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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 leadership to the wider Community of Practice. The TAG will ensure coordination and harmonisation of initiatives and the maintenance of high technical standards and field linkages.

For more information on the TAG please contact Anna Kondakhchyan, Global Programmes Coordinator at akondakhchyan@cashlearning.org or consult the TAG Terms of Reference.

Apply to join CaLP’s Technical Advisory Group by 27th February

Complete the application form and submit it with your CV, by COB Thursday 27th February to Rose Smith, Membership Coordinator.

Applications will be assessed on the criteria as set out in the TAG Terms of Reference.

Please note, only individuals from CaLP Member organisations (or independent consultants who are CaLP members) may apply for the Technical Advisory Group.

 Technical Advisory Group Members





Action Against Hunger

Celine Sinitzky

Cash based interventions and social protection Advisor


Action Aid

Rachid Boumnijel

Senior Technical Specialist - Cash Transfers

Rachid Boumnijel is the Senior Technical Specialist - Cash Transfers for ActionAid.  Rachid has over a decade of experience in humanitarian response, recovery and development globally, in particular in DRC, Madagascar, Niger, Pakistan, Philippines and South Sudan.  Since 2008 Rachid has designed, managed and implemented response and recovery programs incorporating cash transfers, using a range of mechanisms including, vouchers, cash-in-hand, with financial institutions and through mobile money.  Rachid has designed and implemented operational research on cash and has experience in capacity development on design, accountability and impact measurement of cash transfers.  In his role as Senior Technical Specialist Rachid is the lead in supporting the ActionAid Federation’s institutionalisation of cash approaches and oversees the organisational commitment to increase cash transfers in our humanitarian responses.

British Red Cross

Emma Delo

Cash & Markets Technical Team Manager

Emma Delo has over 12 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector working for IFRC, Oxfam, VSO and CaLP working in post-disaster recovery work in more than ten countries. Her expertise includes livelihoods and food security, community development and participation, cash based assistance and market based interventions. Emma is currently working for the British Red Cross as their Technical Team Manager for Cash and Markets supporting the increased scale up of cash in the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement through leadership and advocacy, building a new cadre of cash practitioners, institutionalising cash into National Societies through preparedness and collaborating and partnering for innovation and technological solutions.


Christian Aid

Kristina Flegg



Danish Church Aid

Christer Lænkholm

Senior Humanitarian Adviser

Christer Lænkholm has more than 16 years of experience in the humanitarian sector, working with both emergency response and recovery. The last 5 year he has been leading the transformation and institutionalizing of cash in DanChurchAid. He is training and capacity building staff and implementing partners as well as providing technical and strategic support on CTP to DCA’s programmes globally.  Currently his focus is on how digitalization and electronic cash transfers can make CTP more efficient.  And how CTP can bridge the humanitarian-development nexus. Christer holds a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Etienne Juvanon Du Vachat

Resilience Expert/Coordinator of the cash transfer programming team


International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Jo Burton

Cash Transfers & Markets Specialist

Jo Burton is a Cash Transfers and Markets Specialist working with ICRC, with over 12 years field work in conflict affected countries. At ICRC she held a number of posts in the field, including Economic Security Delegate, Head of Sub-Delegation and Economic Security Coordinator. Having first worked on Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) in 2004, she has, since 2006, specialized in CTP in conflict and post conflict contexts. She moved to ICRC headquarters in 2017 to take up her current position, where she is responsible for developing the institutional strategy for Cash Transfer programming (CTP). In this role she will support and foster institutional capacity building and alignment across all programme areas.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Caroline Holt

Manager, Global Cash Transfer Programming



Paula Gil Baizan


Paula Gil Baizan has 15 years of experience in the use of markets in humanitarian and development settings. She has held senior roles at the ICRC, Save the Children, British Red Cross and World Vision working in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. 

Independent Isabelle Pelly  

Isabelle has been actively involved in CVA since 2008, when she worked on ECHO’s first cash and voucher guidance. Since then, she has had a broad range of project management, advisory, and coordination roles in CVA, in contexts such as Haiti, Zimbabwe, West Africa, and Lebanon. She was CaLP’s global programmes coordinator until the end of 2018, and during this time became passionate about the role networks can play in driving system change. She is now working as an independent consultant based in Haiti, on projects spanning CVA, Social Protection, foresight analysis, strategic planning, and collective impact.

International Rescue Committee  

Elizabeth Tromans


Senior Technical Advisor for Cash and Emergencies

Elizabeth Tromans is the Senior Technical Advisor for Cash and Emergencies at the International Rescue Committee, based in New York City. She supports a team of 4 Cash Technical Advisors and 3 Emergency Cash Specialists and provides direct CVA support to IRC country programs in Latin America and Asia. Prior to joining the IRC, Elizabeth was the Regional Technical Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Response for the Asia Region with Catholic Relief Services. Elizabeth has supported humanitarian responses in nearly 20 countries. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bangladesh and earned her master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance from the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. 

Key Aid Consulting

Helene Julliard

Key Aid Consulting co-founder

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. 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.


Rosa Akbari


Senior Advisor

Rosa Akbari is a Senior Advisor with the Technology for Development team at Mercy Corps. She helps teams leverage lowest common denominator technologies throughout Mercy Corps’ field work, with special focus on humanitarian cash and voucher assistance. Rosa has worked at the intersect of humanitarian response & technology for the past 10 years—previously working for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Dimagi, and US public sector. She is currently based in Beirut.


Tim McInerny


Global Advisor – Cash & Markets

Tim is Global Advisor – Cash & Markets with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). Tim provides technical and strategic support on cash and markets across NRC’s programmes worldwide. Tim has over a decade of experience in the humanitarian sector, working with both response, recovery and DRR with the Red Cross Movement, UN and INGOs. Tim started with cash programming in 2014 and continues to expand his knowledge. He has worked in the Pacific, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Caucasus. Tim holds a Master degree in Emergency Management and is currently living in Tbilisi, Georgia.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Louise Gentzel

Humanitarian Affairs Officer - Cash



Kristin Smart

Global Cash Transfer Programming Coordinator

Kristin Smart is the global lead for Oxfam’s cash transfer programming.  With 10 years of humanitarian experience in South East Asia, Pacific, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe Kristin has specialized in cash transfers, economic recovery and livelihoods.   Prior to Oxfam she worked as a consultant with CaLP researching trends in CTPs and led humanitarian programs with the Danish Refugee Council and Médecins Sans Frontières.  Her current work is strategically focused on using cash as a tool to build local response capacity (localization and social protection), and the use of cash in non-traditional cash sectors (WASH and protection). 

Plan International

Syed Mohammed Aftab Alam

Cash Based Programme in Emergencies Specialist (Global lead)

In his current role, Aftab provides leadership and direction to Plan International on CVA, including technical support across all sectors.  Previously he has worked with DGECHO, Islamic Relief Worldwide, United Nations Development Programme, Department of International Development funded projects, Ministry of Rural Development, India and Caritas India, across 21 years. Most recently he authored “Impact Assessment for Cash for Education Project funded by DGECHO in Egypt,”. This report measures the impact of CVA on education and protection outcomes through a gender lens, documenting good practice and lessons learnt.

Save the Children

Francesca Battistin

Humanitarian Cash and Markets Advisor

Francesca is the Humanitarian Cash and Markets Adviser for Save the Children UK. 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.


Paola Castiati

Global Cash Specialist

Paola Castiati is the Global Cash Specialist for Tearfund. Tearfund implements market based intervention through National Civil Society and Faith Based Organisations with a particular focus on their capacity building. Cash and Vouchers are integrated in long term programs and they are the preferred modality to respond to humanitarian crisis. Paola provides technical support and guidance to Tearfund Country teams and Partners in all aspects of Cash Transfer Programming. Prior to Tearfund, Paola spent 7 years in African Countries with a focus on Cash Transfer Programming in East Africa. Paola holds a degree in Development and Cooperation and a Master in International Relationship and Human Rights.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Annika Sjoberg

Senior Cash Officer  

Annika is the Senior Cash Officer with UNHCR, managing a team of seven. As the main developer of the UNHCR CBI Policy, she is focusing on institutionalizing cash by 2020 with a particular focus on strengthening the strategic and meaningful use of cash in light of social protection and financial inclusion of displaced persons, as well as overseeing cash and protection and the technical sectors, capacity-building and partnerships. She started her career in the private sector, notably in banks, followed by human rights work with Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists. She has held several head of project positions in conflict affected areas with Médecin Sans Frontières and UNHCR, including the management of cash assistance. Recruited by UNHCR in 2006, Annika has worked in various roles related to emergency response, protection, programme and policy, before joining the global cash operations at Headquarters.

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

John Lamm

Food Security and Market Advisor

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. He holds a Master's degree from the University College of London.

Solidarités international


Natacha Calandre



World Vision International

Belete Temesgen 

Senior Technical Advisor – Cash and Market Based Programming

Belete Temesgen is a Senior Technical Advisor – Cash and Market Based Programming for World Vision International, in Washington DC. Belete has contributed to the Cash Based Assistance portfolio growth by developing systems and tools, building capacity of staff, supporting markets and response option analysis, reviewing proposals to donors and guiding field operations of Cash and Voucher based programs.

Prior to this, Belete was Emergency Food and Cash Based Programming Advisor and Program Development Advisor for WV's East Africa Region Food Assistance programs, covering nine countries. Belete holds a BSc in Agricultural Economics, International diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University and MA in Organizational Leadership.

Women's Refugee Commission 

Tenzin Manell

Senior Program Officer, Livelihoods in Emergencies

Tenzin Manell is Senior Program Officer for Cash and Livelihoods at the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC). Tenzin conducts action research; provides technical assistance to cash and livelihood actors globally to ensure gender-sensitive, protective assistance; develops guidance and tools; and advocates for evidence-based practice that promotes resilience and self-reliance. She has worked on humanitarian and development projects in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Haiti, India, Iraq, Jordan, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Uganda. Prior to working with WRC, Tenzin worked with the British Red Cross and CARE. Tenzin holds a Master’s degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics.