CaLP’s Standard Training Package

Module 1: CTP Fundamentals

Course Description / Summary

This introductory course targets any staff who are new to CTP, and is designed as an introduction to key concepts, definitions, and myths relating to cash transfer programming in humanitarian settings.

This course is ideal for people who wish to understand the basics of CTP, or who need to be able to explain some of the key concepts to partners, donors, or the public, or for people who want to understand the terminology related to CTP.

It will also serve as an entry point for practitioners wishing to engage in other capacity building activities with CaLP.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Aim

To establish a foundation of knowledge in the fundamental concepts of cash transfers for all actors involved in humanitarian response.

Learning outcomes

  • Define cash transfer programming, including key terminology and definitions, and state principles for good practice in CTP
  • Describe modalities, delivery mechanisms and different tools for cash transfers
  • Define preconditions for implementation of cash transfers
  • Explain the relevance of cash transfers in different humanitarian contexts and advocate for CTP to a variety of stakeholders
  • List the key steps and associated tasks for cash transfers in the humanitarian project cycle
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of different staff functions in the CTP project cycle

Target Audience

Any humantarian practitioners who  are new to CTP, or looking for an introduction to CTP concepts

Type of delivery

Available as a face to face training course, and will also be available as a self-driven e-learning course from March 2017.

Duration

1 day face to face training, or approx 3 hours of e-learning

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Module 2.1: Core CTP Skills for Strategic Planning and Decision-Making

Course Description / Summary

This course aims to inform and support the strategic decision making processes undertaken by senior level personnel, as organisations engage in cash transfer programming. It considers a range of topics including risk analysis,  policies and procedures related to CTP, cash advocacy, and cash coordination.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Aim

To develop the knowledge, skills and confidence of humanitarian organisations’ senior managers for cash transfer strategic planning and decision-making.

Objectives

By the end of this Module, you will be able to:

  • Make strategic decisions for the design, implementation and monitoring of cash transfer programming(CTP)
  • Determine, for their own organisation, an acceptable level of risk for using CTP
  • Support a response analysis process on CTP related aspects
  • Support the production of organisation level standard operating procedures (SOPs) for designing and delivering CTP
  • Advocate for the appropriate use of CTP to meet humanitarian needs across sectors
  • Discuss the key aspects of CTP coordination

Target Audience

This course targets (often more senior level) staff primarily involved in strategic planning and decision-making at the organisational level. This group might include senior Programme Managers, Country Directors, Head of Base, or Programme Advisors at HQ level.

Type of Delivery

Face to face training course

Duration

2 days

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Module 2.2: Core CTP Skills for Technical Programme Design and Quality

Course Description / Summary

This course is structured around the nine DAC criteria used for the evaluation of humanitarian action: appropriateness, coverage, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, coordination, impact, protection and connectedness.

The training is structured around those criteria to grasp key factors for success and how to measure those when designing and implementing a cash programme.

The course is focused on a technical/programmatic perspective, and incorporates examples and case studies from multiple sectors.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Aim

To develop the knowledge, skills and confidence of humanitarian organisations’ practitioners for cash transfer technical design and quality.

Objectives

By the end of this Module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to design, implement and monitor cash transfer programming (CTP) to ensure quality
  • Identify and mitigate programmatic risks for using CTP
  • Make technical and programmatic decisions for designing and implementing CTP across sectors
  • Produce, for the programme side, organisation level standard operating procedures (SOPs) for designing and delivering CTP
  •  Identify the complementary of programme and operations teams for good quality CTP

Target Audience

This course targets technical or operational programme staff responsible for leading and overseeing the design and monitoring of cash transfer programme. This group might include technical specialists such as food security, livelihoods, WASH or Shelter programme staff.

Type of Delivery

Face to face training course

Duration

5 days

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Module 2.3: Core CTP Skills for Operational Delivery of CTP

Course Description / Summary

This couse, developed in collaboration with the Fritz Institute,  focuses on the operational delivery of CTP, and demonstrates how the roles of logistics/supply chain, finance, ICT and Security play critical roles in the design, set-up, implementation and monitoring of CTP programmes.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives:

  • Build essential competences for Operations staff (Finance, ICT, Supply Chain, & Security) to enable execution and delivery of CTP and share best practices for specific activities
  • Ensure understanding of the implications of CTP, its modalities, and mechanisms to Operations as well as the risks and challenges of implementation 
  • Support synchronization and inter-operability of Program and Operations functions and their responsibilities for CTP, including adoption of a common language

Target Audience

This target group usually includes operations and support staff and can be understood to mean turning the programme design into an operational and implementation reality. This group might include Finance, Logistics, Administration, Security or IT staff.

Type of delivery

Face to face training course

Duration

5 days

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CaLP’s Specialised Training Package 

Market Assessment Tools Training

Course Description / Summary

 

This is a 3-day training designed for anyone who is not an economist who may participate in a market assessment with a humanitarian objective. This training focuses on how to measure market performance and how to select appropriate market tools and guidance for an assessment. 

This main focus of this course is:

  1. How to measure market performance
  2. How to select appropriate market assessment tools and guidance 

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, participants will be able to:

  • Contribute to, and engage in the market analysis process and participate in response options discussions
  • Utilise core market analysis tools, understanding their contribution to market analysis in a range of contexts.

Target Audience

Any humanitarian staff who may participate in a market assessment with a  humantiaian objective

Type of delivery

Face to face training course

Duration

3.5 days without the field work component, or 5 days including field work

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Market Assessment Tools Training for Decision-makers

Course Description / Summary

This course is a briefing designed for senior decision makers, including managers who commission market assessments

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the value of market analysis in programme design and be able to undertake a basic quality check of analysis undertaken.
  2. Explain how market analysis recommendations can be incorporated into programme design. 

Target Audience

Senior managers and decision-makers who may need to commission a market assessment.

Type of delivery

Face to face training

Duration

Approximately 2.5 - 3 hours.

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Market Assessment Tools Training for Team Leaders

Course Description / Summary

The main focus of the module is on practical considerations, managing the process, and understanding how to analyse market data. This course is a supplement to the full 5-day markets analysis course, and it is assumed that participants of this course will have already completed the full course first. 

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the module participants will: be able to:

  1. Be able to describe market leadership roles and responsibilities.
  2. Have an understanding of market analysis and the application of market analysis to programme design. 

Target Audience

This is an orientation module designed for anyone who may lead a market assessment with a humanitarian objective.

Type of delivery

Face to face training course.

Duration

¾ day

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Social Protection Part 1: Introduction to Social Protection and CTP for  Humanitarian stakeholders

Course Description / Summary

This course covers social protection concepts, and introduce participants to the linkages between humanitarian assistance and social protection, and programmatic options for forging and using these links. It will briefly explores the role of humanitarian actors in this process, and provides examples of how social protection systems have been used to deliver humanitarian assistance in different contexts.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module participants will possess a better understanding of :

  • Social protection and its components that are relevant from a humanitarian perspective;
  • It’s links with humanitarian cash based assistance and the potential role for humanitarian actors in making social protection systems responsive to shocks;
  • Options to link humanitarian assistance with social protection and potential challenges; and
  • Examples of scaling up social protection for humanitarian response in different contexts.

Target Audience

The target audience for this training is humanitarian stakeholders who have limited or no experience of working with social protection systems. However, it is assumd that participants of this course will already have a working knowledge of Cash Transfer Programming

Type of delivery

Available as a face to face training course, and will also be available as a self-driven e-learning course from March 2017.

Duration

½  day face to face training, or approx 1.5 hours of e-learning

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Social Protection Part 2: Designing Humanitarian Cash-based assistance linked to Social Assistance

Course Description / Summary

This course covers the key processes/steps involved in designing humanitarian assistance that contributes to strengthening/developing social assistance systems in the country. This follows the project cycle from assessment, through design, implementation and learning, and provides clarity on the role of humanitarian actors in linking humanitarian assistance with social assistance.

This training is based on the CaLP publication ‘Working with Cash Based Safety Nets in Humanitarian Contexts’.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module participants will have:

  • Knowledge of key steps and considerations involved in designing humanitarian assistance that contribute to strengthening/developing social protection systems in the country;
  • Clarity on the role of humanitarian actors in linking humanitarian assistance with social protection in general and cash based social safety nets in particular.

Target Audience

Participants for this session should have ideally have attended the introductory session, or have equivalent basic knowledge of the topic (e.g. read the accompanying guidance). The general target audience for this session is humanitarian practitioners who have little or no experience of working with social protection, but understand the basic concepts and opportunities, and want to learn more about how they might apply this in humanitarian programming.

Type of delivery

Available as a face to face training course, and will also be available as a self-driven e-learning course from March 2017.

Duration

1  day face to face training, or approx 3 hours of e-learning

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Protection in cash-based interventions

Course Description / Summary

This course was developed by WRC and UNHCR, in collaboration with CaLP, and is based on the inter-agency Guide for Protection in Cash-based Interventions.

The aim of this training is to strengthen the capacity of humanitarian agency staff to analyze and monitor protection risks and benefits in cash-based programming.

It provides practical instruction in order to strengthen knowledge of protection in response analysis among agencies and staff, with a focus on CBIs in humanitarian response, including as part of protection programmes.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

 

Target Audience

Program managers and technical experts across all areas or sectors of humanitarian response who may consider using cash-based interventions in humanitarian response; and protection experts who may consider using cash-based interventions as part of protection activities or programs.

Type of delivery

Face to face training course

Duration

1  day face to face training

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 CTP and Livelihoods

Course Description / Summary

This is a 2-hour face to face introductory training module on Cash and Livelihoods, which was developed under the LRC/ERC Project funded by ECHO.

It was developed in October 2015. 

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

By the end of this  module you will: 

  • Understand the basic concepts of livelihoods programming including terminology, and the importance of cash transfers as a tool to achieve livelihoods objectives.
  • Be aware of the different ways in which cash can be used to achieve different objectives in livelihoods programming.
  • Be able to cite key lessons learned, including key issues and challenges, of using CTP for achieving livelihoods objectives.
  • Be better able to incorporate CTP into livelihoods programming.

Target Audience

This course is intended for humanitarian and development practitioners involved in cash transfer programming and with some knowledge of livelihoods programming.

Type of delivery

Face to face

Duration

Approx 2 hours

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 Response Analysis and CTP -Short Course

Course Description / Summary

The objective of this training is to build capacity of humanitarian practitioners to support response analysis and its institutionalization within their agencies. The sessions will cover essential information requirements for response options analysis and engage participants in practical exercises.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

The training will enable participants to:

  • Understand informational requirements for feasibility and risk assessment for the selection of appropriate modality (cash, voucher, in-kind, market support) and mechanisms (local/regional/US procurement, electronic/paper, mobile/card, financial service provider)
  • Compare and rank modality and delivery mechanism options

Target Audience

This course is intended for humanitarian practitioners involved in choosing modalities and mechanisms for programs, including those involved in program design, proposal development, development of logframes, and development of theories of change. It assumes some knowledge of cash transfer programs and other humanitarian delivery mechanisms.

Type of delivery

Face to face training course

Duration

1 day

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Response Analysis and CTP – Longer Course

Course Description / Summary

This three day module provides classroom-based training, grounded in project experiences and practical exercises, designed to build advanced knowledge and technical expertise in response analysis processes. It comprises a classroom-based course over two days and a‘scenario exercise’ on day three.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module, it is expected that participants will be able to:

  • Describe a situational analysis
  • Differentiate a needs assessment from a vulnerability assessment
  • Understand how market analysis feeds into situation and response analysis (SRA) to inform response choices
  • Determine the operational feasibility of CTP
  • Assess and compare different modalities and mechanisms to make decisions on the most appropriate response option(s)
  • Establish the value of a cash transfer using all appropriate criteria – taking into account the potential for multisector responses

Target Audience

Humanitarian practitioners engaged in the technical design and implementation of multi-sectoral or sector-specific humanitarian assistance – it is appropriate for people working in a range of sectors.

Participants should be familiar with cash transfer programming and/or have completed CALP’s core courses (Core Module 1 ‘Fundamentals’ and Core Module 2.2 ‘Technical’).

Type of delivery

Face to face training course

Duration

3 days

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CTP and Quality Standards in  WASH and Shelter programming

Course Description / Summary

This classroom course is a specialised training session. It provides classroom-based training, grounded in project experiences and practical exercises, designed to build knowledge on the issue of quality standards in WASH and Shelter, and how these can be achieved through CTP. t can be delivered as a standalone training, or as an add-on module to one of CaLP’s core training packages.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

By the end of this Session participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the different quality standards that are important in WASH and Shelter programmes.
  • Think through the particular risks that cash, and other modalities, pose to attainment of quality standards in WASH and shelter programmes.
  • Be familiar with case study evidence of programmes using CTP to achieve quality standards.
  • Identify a range of mitigation measures to reduce these risks.

Target Audience

Humanitarian practitioners engaged in the technical design and implementation of multi-sectoral or sector-specific humanitarian assistance – particualrly WASH and Shelter interventions – though it is appropriate for people working in a range of sectors.

Participants should be familiar with cash transfer programming and/or have completed CALP’s core courses (Core Module 1 ‘Fundamentals’ and Core Module 2.2 ‘Technical’).

Type of delivery

Face to face training course

Duration

3 – 3.5 hours

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