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Senior Advisor, Cash and Livelihoods


The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is a research and advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children, and youth displaced by conflict and crises. We research their needs, identify solutions, and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

About WRC’s Cash and Livelihoods Work

WRC’s current work in this area includes research, advocacy, coordination, technical assistance, and development of field guidance, tools, and trainings on cash and voucher assistance (CVA) in humanitarian settings. This includes CVA targeted to diverse displaced and marginalized individuals and households as well as group cash transfers to support community-driven solutions, as well as protection mainstreaming within CVA and CVA for gender, livelihoods, protection, and sexual and reproductive health outcomes. WRC also works for safe, gender-transformative, market-based livelihoods programming with the aim of restoring the dignity, opportunities, and existing capacities of those displaced by conflict and crisis and reducing their dependence on external humanitarian aid. The senior advisor, cash and livelihoods, will continue to develop the linkages between these areas to bring vision and strategy to further develop WRC’s Economic Empowerment and Self-Reliance Program, as well as promote deeper integration of this and WRC’s other landmark program areas to expand WRC’s reach and impact.


  • Define and address global gaps in economic programming in crisis-affected settings and across the humanitarian-development nexus.
  • Strengthen policies, funding, programming, and local leadership and ownership for economic recovery in humanitarian settings and across the humanitarian-development nexus.
  • Provide vision and leadership on cash and livelihoods technical and related issue areas, ensuring alignment with broader WRC organizational initiatives and strategic priorities.
  • Fundraise to support the program’s strategic priorities – cultivate donors and lead on relevant proposal writing.
  • Provide leadership on the Economic Empowerment and Self-Reliance Team and hire and supervise program staff, fellows, and interns.
  • Lead (co-lead with partners), plan, and support implementation and monitoring of projects, including research, advocacy, and pilot projects, with WRC staff and local, national, and international partners.
  • Provide training (virtual and/or in-person) for local stakeholders on relevant technical areas.
  • Document and share findings and recommendations in participant, summary, and comprehensive reports; advocacy and policy briefs; journal articles; webinars; and in-person conferences and events.
  • Provide technical expertise and policy advice internally (WRC staff and board) and externally (policymakers in governments, UN agencies, NGOs) on economic issues affecting displaced women and youth.
  • Represent WRC on refugee livelihood issues to a variety of audiences, including with policymakers, government and UN officials, at public events, meetings, conferences, and other venues as appropriate, and with media.
  • Identify and coordinate partnerships with national and international NGOs implementing CVA and livelihood programs in emergencies.
  • Lead and drive global thinking and learning on CVA and livelihoods in emergencies.


  • Master’s degree in humanitarian management, development management, economic development, economics, or related field.
  • 5+ years’ work experience on cash and/or livelihoods in humanitarian emergencies.
  • 3+ years’ field experience in humanitarian settings.
  • Technical expertise in cash and voucher assistance and market-based programming.
  • Proven track record of technical input into successful fundraising.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation and data management.
  • Experience conducting qualitative research, including with participatory methods, and quantitative data collection and analysis.
  • Proven track record writing reports and policy papers for varied audiences, with publication in peer-reviewed journal articles desired.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Solid diplomatic skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work across multiple projects.
  • Solid organizational skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Good computer skills: facility with Microsoft 365 (Outlook, Teams, OneDrive, SharePoint, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Languages: English, with preferred working knowledge of French, Arabic, or Spanish.

Reports to: Vice President, Programs
Position: Regular, full-time
Target Salary: $85,470+ (commensurate with experience)
Location: New York, N.Y. (hybrid)
Posting Date: September 29, 2022
Closing Date: Until filled

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume via this link.


The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, or disability. All qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.