Core Cash and Voucher Assistance Skills for Programme Staff

The Core CVA Skills for Programme Staff course is a 5-day training for technical staff responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring cash transfer programmes.

The training is structured around the project cycle and covering all of the key skills required to design, implement and monitor cash transfer programmes.

The course is interactive, drawing on participants’ experiences and knowledge. It is focused on a technical/programmatic perspective and incorporates examples and case studies from multiple sectors.

This course is CaLP-accredited and delivered in English by Key Aid Consulting.

Course objectives

By the end of the Core CVA Skills for Programme Staff,training participants will be able to:

  • Understand how CVA is guided by key policies, standards and guidelines
  • Describe how CVA needs to be integrated into role of different teams throughout the project cycle
  • Explain what assessment information is needed to inform response analysis
  • Use market information to inform modality choice
  • Understand how CVA can contribute to response objectives
  • Identify the information needed for monitoring of CVA
  • Identify how collaboration and coordination support quality CVA

Course structure

Training will run from 9:00 to 17:00 every day except for the last day, which will end at 15:00. Each day is organised into four blocks, separated by a lunch break and two coffee breaks (one in the morning and another in the afternoon).

From the second day onwards, each day will begin with a review of the topics covered the day before to ensure that the concepts, tools, and approaches were fully understood. Each day ends with a period of reflection, evaluation, and questions.

Participants will be actively encouraged to take part in classroom discussions and group work. The trainers will draw on both theoretical and practical knowledge in order to make the experience and learning applicable.

TOPIC 1 – CVA Concepts, Standards and the Policy Environment 

– CVA concepts and terminologies

– Explain how CVA can support the different phases of humanitarian response

– The key steps of CVA across the project cycle

– CVA and key standards in the humanitarian sector

– Key policy trends and their influence on CVA

TOPIC 2 – Assessment 

– Apply the project cycle to assessing what humanitarian response efforts will be necessary

– Integrate CVA-relevant information into needs assessment data collection

– Explain how CVA contributes to broader Market-Based Programming (MBP)

– Key types of data that need to be collected to assess market performance

– Key actions involved in market analysis

– Outline common market assessment tools and methods and contexts where they may be more appropriate

– Key factors for selecting delivery mechanisms

– Coordination between assessments and situation analysis

TOPIC 3- Analysis 

– Define CVA feasibility

– Compare the feasibility of different delivery mechanisms for CVA

– Pros and cons of different assistance modalities and delivery mechanisms

– Identify the decision-making process for modality selection

– Types of risks related to CVA and potential mitigation strategies

– Transfer value and related concepts

– Relationship between transfer value and expected outcomes

TOPIC 4- Design and Implementation 

– CVA-specific targeting considerations

– Key considerations for beneficiary registration for CVA

– Service providers for CVA

– Programme design to reach a humanitarian objective or objectives

– Key elements of the CVA delivery (encashment) process (registration, authentication/verification, distribution, reconciliation)

– Explain concept of accountability to affected populations (AAP) and other stakeholders

– Complaint and feedback mechanisms

– Staff and beneficiaries safety

– Coordination, jobs and functionalities

– The different service providers

– How to select the good ones and have successful relationships?

– Cash in/cash out: the concrete steps

TOPIC 5 & 6 – Monitoring & Looking ahead

– CVA monitoring indicators

– Market monitoring: purpose, steps and tools

– Collaboration and coordination across sectors

– Next steps for learning

Who should attend? 

This course is aimed for technical staff who manage/support/backstop cash programs. This might include: programme managers, programme officers, technical specialists from any sector, such as food security, livelihoods, WASH, Health, or Shelter, MEAL specialists.

Participants are typically from NGOs/INGOs, UN, Red Cross/Red Crescent. In addition they may be from donors, especially staff involved in technical supervision of and guidance to projects/programmes.

Upon successful completion of the 5 days course, participants will receive a CaLP certificate.

How much does it cost to attend the training?

Our fees are inclusive of all training resources, lunch, and refreshments. Our training is non-residential but we usually offer recommendations on affordable accommodations close by.

Standard fees: 5 days training: 900 EUR.

Early bird: if you register and pay 6 weeks before, you will get a 10% discount.

Individuals working for organisations with HQ based in the global south are offered a 30% discount on our training fees.

Group discount: organisations booking at least 3 participants at the same time get a 20% discount on training fees.

Note: those discounts are non-cumulative.

Refunds may apply as per our Terms and Conditions.

Still have some questions?

Check out our Terms and Conditions here

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