Project Officer-Off Farm at Catholic Relief Services – CRS

Job Description

About CRS: “Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partner’s people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.”

In Ethiopia, CRS has a long and rich history of providing emergency relief and development assistance to the people of Ethiopia since 1958. At present, CRS/Ethiopia implements multiple projects through different partner organizations.  CRS/Ethiopia has a highly diverse portfolio ranging from very large food-supported emergency response to cutting edge development programs. The current CRS/Ethiopia budget stands at $100 million with funding from the U.S. Government, UN agencies, private foundations, individual donors, and CRS private funds.

CRS strictly adheres to its Policy on Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults among its staff, consultants, volunteers, and affiliates. CRS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer: women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

As part of CRS family, you will join the more than 5000 strong and vibrant individuals working globally to accomplish the mission of CRS. CRS/Ethiopia invites you, the qualified candidate, to apply for the following positions;

Position Title:                Project Office – Off Farm

Department:                  Program

Duty Station:                  CRS Ethiopia/Addis Ababa

Required Number:        One

Employment Term:       Indefinite period contingent upon funding of LRO program

Reports To:                     Technical Advisor I-Technical Training & Wage Employment

Application Deadline:   November 13, 2019

Job Summary:

As a member of the Feed the Future Ethiopia Livelihoods for Resilience-Oromia (LRO) project team, you will monitor and report on all project activities in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences. Schedule and manage market related activities for off-farm livelihood options.
  • Follow up and report on the status of off-farm marketing groups (MG), coordinate the off-farm MG trainings on leadership, business management, marketing, quality, etc.
  • Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and assisting partners in their efforts to collect and analyze project data per specified mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with local partner(s) and beneficiaries to prepare filed reports, quarter reports, annual reports per established reporting schedule.
  • Collect information on staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and monitor capacity building and technical support activities to ensure effective impact.
  • Assist in the identification and contract of value-chain actor leaders to train project clients on specific off-farm livelihood options and coordinate venue, time and other related issues for the off-farm technical training at ToT levels and cascades.
  • Identify and support the establishment of linkages at both forward and backward levels for the off-farm livelihood options.
  • Organize trainings and coordinate with partners and trainers on events.
  • Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying
    Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Positions):These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

    *Trusting Relationships *Professional Growth *Partnership *Accountability

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Job Requirements

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • BA/BSC or MA/MSC Degree in related field of study.
  • 2 years relevant experience for MA or 4 years relevant experience for BA degree.
  • Experience in the field of Livelihoods and for an NGO would be a plus.
  • Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Personal Skills

  • Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment.
  • Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners and community members.
  • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.
  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented.

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