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Technical Advisory Group

The CaLP Technical Advisory Group (TAG) is dedicated to supporting the technical direction of CaLP and joining CaLP in providing guidance and technical leadershipto the wider Community of Practice. The TAG will ensure coordination andharmonisation of initiatives and the maintenance of high technical standards andfield linkages.

For more information on the TAG please contact Isabelle Pelly, CaLP Technical Coordinator at techco@cashlearning.org

Technical Advisory Group Members: 

Jenny Lamb – Oxfam GB

Jenny Lamb is one of the Public Health Engineering Advisors with Oxfam GB and is a focal point on cash and market programming in the WASH team within Oxfam's humanitarian department. She attended a training about cash transfer programmes, designed for non EFSL specialists, which opened the door for 'cash and market thinking in WASH'. An action from this forum led to a field based Emergency Market Mapping & Analysis (EMMA) training and the roll out of a water orientated EMMA in Ethiopia (commodity water vouchers have been the response thereafter). Since the experience in Ethiopia, Jenny and other WASH staff have advocated for Oxfam to think differently and examine opportunities in cash and market programming in WASH. With a WASH colleague, she has led an EMMA in Lebanon in conjunction with Sawa, World Vision and Intersos. Prior to her advisory post in HQ, she was part of the emergency response team and worked in a range of countries and contexts including Haiti (earthquake), Indonesia and Sri Lanka (tsunami), Chad (refugees), Ethiopia (Acute Watery Diarrhea and drought), Zimbabwe (cholera) and among others. 

Francesca  Battistin-  Save the Children

Francesca is the Humanitarian Cash and Markets Adviser for Save the Children UK, and leads the TAG WG on Humanitarian Cash Transfers and Social Protection. Graduated in Economics and Epidemiology, Francesca has 11 years of professional experience in livelihoods recovery and cash transfer programming in post-disaster and post-conflict settings.

For the International Labour Organization, she backstopped economic recovery initiatives in several countries in Latin America, South-East Asia, the Middle East, and East Africa, and she managed a local economic recovery project in Iraq.For the International Rescue Committee she designed and led cash transfers and livelihoods recovery interventions in Pakistan and Lebanon.

Recently, she evaluated the impact of the multipurpose cash assistance programme of the Lebanon Cash Consortium on the physical, material and psychosocial wellbeing of Syrian refugees.

Silke Pietzsch – Action Against Hunger / ACF International

Silke Pietzsch has worked in the Action Against Hunger (ACF USA) headquarters since 2008 and in the role of Technical Director since 2012. She oversees the organisation’s technical work on Nutrition and Health, Food Security and Livelihoods, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, DRM and Resilience and research. She provides policy expertise, representation and leadership in emerging sectors like cash transfers, nutrition causal analysis, and programme quality and accountability. Silke holds an MSc in Food Science and Household Economy from the University of Kiel, and a MPH from the University of Maastricht.

Mark Henderson - Norwegian Refugee Council

Mark Henderson is the Cash and Voucher Adviser for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). NRC actively works to build capacity and develop programmes that incorporate cash and market responses across its five core competencies: food security; education; shelter; WASH; and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance. Mark provides technical support and guidance to NRC in all aspects of cash transfer programming. Prior to NRC, Mark worked with Mercy Corps, Save the Children UK and Action Against Hunger, with a large focus on cash transfer programming in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Mark holds a Masters in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development. 

Helene Juillard -Independant Humanitarian Consultant

Helene has over a decade’s experience evaluating, researching and managing emergency and early recovery responses. She has been involved in all major emergencies of the past five years from the drought in the Horn of Africa to the South Sudan conflict or the Typhoon Hayan responses. Helene is a skilled trainer and facilitator with strong records of developing and delivering training and lectures with various audiences.

Helene has a specific expertise on Cash and Market Based Programming and has developed numerous guidance, policies and training. That includes CARE, UNDP and Oxfam guidelines for Cash Transfer Programming, the Pre-Crisis Market Analysis guidance and CRS Scoping study on the use of Market Based Interventions. In addition Helene has undertaken numerous evaluations of CTP related projects, across sectors. She is also part of the technical reference group to develop ALNAP guideline “Evaluating Humanitarian Action” and is currently building UNICEF Senior Managers’ capacity to design and manage humanitarian evaluations.Helene is fluent in both English and French and holds a Master degree in International Humanitarian Law. 

Dina Brick- Catholic Relief Services.

As a member of CRS’ Humanitarian Response Department, Dina heads CRS’ Emergency Food Security, Livelihoods and Early Recovery team.  This global team supports cash and market-based programming in pre-crisis, emergency, and early recovery contexts, in multiple sectors such as food security, shelter and settlements, and WASH.  Dina supports CRS programs in market assessment, response analysis, cash and markets trainings, designing and implementing cash- and market-based programs, and monitoring.  Dina joined CRS in 2005 and has worked in or traveled to over 20 countries, in international agriculture, food security, and cash and markets programs. She holds a Masters’ degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. 

John Lamm - Office of Food for Peace (FFP), U.S. Agency for International Development(USAID)

John is a founding member of the FFP markets team, which provides technical guidance, training, and analysis of FFP's market-based assistance activities in development and emergency response. The markets team is responsible for managing the office's Annual Program Statement (APS) for the Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP), which provides resources for local and regional food procurement, cash transfers, and food vouchers. The team also plays a key role in supporting the administration's Food Aid Reform initiative and liaises closely with the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) on issues related to market-based response. John has been working on market-based food assistance programming for the U.S. Government since 2010 including a stint at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in support of the Local and Regional Procurement Pilot Project. He holds a Master's degree from the University College of London.

Alice Golay- Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation/Swiss Humanitarian Aid (SDC/HA)

Alice occupies her post since January 2016, prior to which she was working as Regional Officer for the WFP Latin America and Caribbean bureau in Panama. Her regional position entailed frequent technical support missions to country offices for the design, implementation and review of their cash-based programmes, as well as the coordination and delivery of the WFP corporate training for internal capacity building for offices in the region, training to national emergency counterparts, the identification and mainstreaming of preparedness measures, testing CPT in rapid emergency response, the organization of workshops for exchanges of best practice and the standardization of CTP tools. Alice previously lived in Mali, Pakistan and Niger where her work dealt with sudden and slow onset emergencies (droughts, floods, complex crisis). Her technical area of expertise lies with CTP as a transfer modality as well as with Food Security and Nutrition in different contexts, from emergency to development, and in both lower and middle income countries.

Louisa Seferis -Danish Refugee Council

Louisa Seferis has worked with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) since 2011 on cash, livelihoods and emergency programming, and as DRC’s Global Technical Advisor for Cash Transfer Programming since January 2015. Louisa provides technical and strategic support on CTP to DRC’s programmes worldwide, which includes: rapid deployment for CTP assessments and set-up, including gap filling; CTP design and fundraising; capacity building and training; CTP evaluation and learning; and the development of context and programme-specific tools / guidelines. In 2016, Louisa developed DRC’s global strategy for CTP, as well as operational compliance guidelines for CTP pertaining to DRC’s internal procedures. Based in the Middle East, the majority of her work on CTP has been in the MENA region (Syrian, Libyan and Iraqi crises), but she has also conducted CTP assessments, implementation and evaluations in other parts of the world, most recently in Ukraine and Myanmar.

Prior to 2011, Louisa worked for four years in Africa with international NGOs working on protection, livelihood, and reconciliation initiatives. She holds a master’s degree in humanitarian assistance and conflict resolution from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

Belete Temesgen - World Vision International

Belete Temesgen holds his current position since Aug 2014, based in Nairobi but travels around the glob to provide support to WV's Emergency and Cash Transfer programs. He was deployed to Iraq for Syria response and West Africa for Ebola response and provide remote support to other emergencies. His responsibilities covers  deployment during emergencies, build capacity of staff  and develop tools/systems for cash transfer programming,  guide proposal development processes for market based assistance, lead and support during market assessments and analysis.

Prior to his current role he was Program Development Advisor for WV's East Africa Region Food Assistance programs (both in kind and cash/voucher) covering nine countries - Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. He also worked in Myanmar in different capacities  - Program Quality (managing teams responsible for design, monitoring and evaluation and technical sectors), emergency response (cyclone Nargis) and Food Programming.  Belete also worked in Sri Lanka during Tsunami response, as well as in Zimbabwe during the food crisis response. He hails from Ethiopia where he was working as Development Facilitator, managing grants, coordinating emergency response operations. Belete holds BSc in Agricultural Economics, International diploma in Humanitarian Assistance and MA in Organizational Leadership.

Syed Mohammed Aftab Alam- Plan International

Currently he provides technical support on cash and voucher programming to the funded projects, conduct assessment of the situation, conduct feasibility of cash and voucher programming as a modality, market assessments, monitoring of cash and voucher projects, capacity building of PLAN International staff. In this position he has been able to raise the global cash portfolio from 1 MUSD to 32 MUSD in 2 years (2013-2015) with active support from teams in different country, fund raising and head quarter offices. 

Aftab in his 18 years of career, has assessed humanitarian needs; monitored and evaluated grants (upto €35 Million per annum) specializing in Cash based programs in some of the biggest emergencies and conflicts with health, child protection, shelter, WASH, nutrition and food security sectors

His international experience includes global profile with PLAN International since 2013 till date with active deployments in Nepal earthquake, Philippines typhoon, Bangladesh floods, cyclones, Mali, South Sudan and Ethiopia  conflict, monitoring and evaluation of projects focusing on cash transfers in South Asia and a humanitarian needs assessment mission to Vietnam. His expertise includes Cash based programming under Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), Resilience, Resource Mobilisation, project/grant management, monitoring & evaluation of Developmental Planning & Communication, Child Protection and advocacy with a Rights-Based approach to build sustainable livelihoods & entrepreneurship development globally.

He has worked with European Union (DGECHO), Islamic Relief Worldwide, United Nations Development Programme, Department of International Development funded projects, Ministry of Rural Development, India and Caritas India across 18 years. Syed holds a Master of Business Administration (Rural Development Management); Master Science (Disaster Mitigation) and a Master of Science (Ecology and Environment).

Claire Durham -(away until mid-2017)  IFRC

Claire has a decade of experience working in preparedness, response and recovery programmes supporting multi-sectoral responses (relief, shelter, health, watsan  & livelihoods) initially with the British Red Cross and now with the IFRC.  Deployments have included; Asian Tsunami (Sri Lanka, Maldives & Indonesia), Bangladesh Cyclone Sidr, Haiti Earthquake, Pakistan Floods, Iraq Population Movement and Nepal Earthquake.

Her current role, which she has held since September 2014, is focusing on using innovation and technology to deliver cash transfer programming at speed and scale across the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.  Current projects include the Global Payment Mechanisms (GPM) and the "cash ready" Relief & Logistics ERUs. As well as deploying to the field to undertake GPM pilots and to respond to large scale disaster with a combination of cash & goods, she also is a facilitator on IFRC CTP trainings, provides technical CTP support and is involved in advocacy and mainstreaming across the technical sectors and the organisation more widely.

Gregory Mathews - The International Rescue Commitee

Greg is a food security and nutrition specialist with over ten years of experience in humanitarian response and coordination. He currently oversees the IRC’s cash transfer programming and emergency market analysis efforts, including the promotion and further development of the Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) toolkit and Pre-Crisis Market Analysis (PCMA). Since joining the IRC in 2012, Greg has primarily focused on starting and supporting emergency programs in response to the Syria crisis and in the Philippines, and is now focused on strengthening capacity to rapidly deliver cash grants at scale in emergencies.  He is particularly focused on strengthening preparedness for rapid delivery of cash transfer programs, expanding the use of digital financial services in humanitarian crises, and building the evidence base for more effective and efficient use of cash transfers for a variety of outcomes in emergencies.

Prior to joining the IRC, Greg worked at the Humanitarian Response Department at Oxfam America and the International Disaster Response and Africa units at the American Red Cross.  Greg has previously worked in the Philippines, Haiti (several times), Madagascar, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal and Gambia, and is currently focused on the Syria crisis response. He holds a MS in Nutrition from Tufts University, and a BS in International Politics from Georgetown University.



Related documents

Technical Advisory Group ToR

  • Technical Working Groups:

    • Digital Payments

    • Markets

    • Humanitarian Cash Transfers and Social Protection

    • Monitoring and Evaluation (MEAL)