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10 Jan 2021

Program Manager II- Agriculture and Livelihoods

Job Description

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.

 

You will manage and provide technical oversight of the development and implementation of the Country Program (CP) anticipated four-year USAID funded ‘Increasing Community Resilience through Agriculture’ program, ensuring effective systems and processes are in place that support high-quality programming advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable. You will have overall responsible for the program’s agriculture and livelihoods components. Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its agriculture and livelihoods programming.

Together with the program’s technical team, you will be based in Bor town, Jonglei State and conduct regular field visits to remote and insecure field locations. Hiring is contingent upon successful receipt of the contract and donor approval of the candidate.

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in International Development, International Relations or in the field of Rural Development, Natural Resource Management or Agriculture required. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in relevant field-based direct project management experience required, with preferably at least 2-3 years of experience in the direct implementation of rural livelihoods programming, including market strengthening.
  • Experience in managing moderately complex projects preferably with an international NGO.

Required Languages – English

Travel: Must be willing and able to spend up to 50% of time in remote and insecure field locations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with ability to make sound judgment and decisions and offer innovative solutions.
  • Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • Good presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
  • Technical expertise in micro-credit, enterprise development, crop farming, livestock management, rural youth livelihoods and cash and in-kind programming in conflict settings.
  • Proven ability to plan and manage multiple tasks in parallel to optimize the short seasonal implementation window in multiple locations.
  • Experience and skill in implementing matrix management and remote management supervision for field teams and partners.
  • Demonstrated capacity to live and work in remote and insecure field locations with very basic amenities and few or no other international staff and adhere a strict curfew and movement restrictions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Good experience in project grants management, including project design, preferably for USAID contracts.
  • Demonstrated ability to write high quality technical proposals.
  • Experience engaging with partner organizations.
  • MEAL skills and experience required.
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

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.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

Supervisory Responsibilities: Direct supervision of livelihoods technical team. Technical supervision of national field-based program teams.

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

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