Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Job Title: Senior Project Officer / Financial Inclusion Specialist
Reports to: Systems Strengthening Specialist
Department: Program – MILE Project
Salary Grade: 8
Country / Location: Kenya / Marsabit (REF: 2019/068) Isiolo (REF: 2019/069)
About CRS: Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality.
CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.
Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.
CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties.
The activity will be implemented in two phases:
- Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
- Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening
Job Summary: The Financial Inclusion Specialist will be responsible for day-to-day planning, implementation, efficient and effective roll-out and reporting of CRS Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) component in Marsabit / Isiolo County.
S/he will serve as the Master Trainer for SILC and the Private Service Provider (PSP) approach, assuring that Local Implementing partners (LIP) staff have the knowledge and skills to successfully deliver at scale.
S/he will provide ongoing technical support to field and LIP staff to assure that PSPs are adequately supervised and supported to reach sustainability targets. S/he will also work with the Private Sector Engagement Advisor to link SILC groups with financial education (FE), marketing training, private sector financing, entrepreneurship and franchising opportunities.
- Provide technical oversight, organize and lead the implementation of financial inclusion related project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
- Assess the capacity and training needs of CRS and partner staff on financial inclusion. Support and design training modules and implementation models for CRS staff, LIP staff, supervisors and field agents and build local capacity networks to deliver high quality trainings and technical assistance. Design and deliver training interventions (trainer-of trainers, face-to-face learning, on-line learning, mentoring, and coaching) for project and partner staff.
- Ensure learning properly accompanies project activities throughout the project cycle. Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and guiding partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences. Analyze implementation challenges and report any inconsistencies and/or gaps to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules.
- Guide and support partners in their efforts to collect and analyse data monthly. Analyze MIS data and translate it into programmatic recommendations. Ensure project documentation for assigned activities is complete with all required documents and is filed per agency and donor requirements. Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and documentation of case studies and promising practices
- Working in collaboration with Private Sector Engagement Advisor, link SILC groups with appropriate financial education (FE), marketing training, private sector financing, entrepreneurship and franchising opportunities
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Economics social sciences, development or related field. Master’s degree in similar fields a plus
- At least 4 years’ work experience in international development working with community savings groups
- Practical experience in curriculum design and training of adults, certified master trainer experience preferred
- Prior experience using the community-led savings group MIS (Excel-based or online database)
- Experience with financial product development and/or mobile money products desired
- Demonstrated ability to work successfully in diverse geographic and cultural settings
- Understanding and appreciation of CRS’ commitment to work with and build partner capacity
- Strong relationship management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
- Excellent negotiation skills.
- Strong communications and presentation skills.
- Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
- Capable of working in a dynamic, results oriented environment; ability to multi-task across various work streams/priorities.
- Team player with a positive attitude who can work independently while also being highly collaborative and open. Capable of building relationships and influencing the opinions of others.
Required / Desired Foreign Language: English and Swahili
Travel Required: 50% of the time within sub counties in Marsabit/Isiolo
Key Working Relationships:
- Supervisory: None
- Internal: Chief of Party MILE, DCOP Programming MILE, MILE Program team, all Country Program staff, Regional and Headquarters technical staff
- External: Local implementing partners, government bodies at different levels
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.
- Accountability & Stewardship
- Builds Relationships
- Develops Talent
- Continuous Improvement & Innovation
Leadership and Management Competencies
- Communicates strategically under pressure
- Manages stress and complexity
- Actively promotes safety and security
- Manages and implements high-quality program activities
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
***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.
Written applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by Close of Business Monday September 30, 2019.
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Note: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) does not charge any fees from applicants for any recruitment. Further, CRS has not retained any agent in connection with this recruitment
CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer