Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Job Title: Project Officer – Remote Populations
Reports to: County Research Coordinator
Department: Program – MILE Project
Salary Grade: 7
Country / Location: Kenya / Marsabit (REF: 2019/058) Isiolo (REF: 2019/060)
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: As a member of the MILE project team, the Project Officer – Remote Populations will ensure rigorous and efficient implementation of pilot activities related to improving access to services for remote populations in the ASALs and its impacts on malnutrition.
S/he will monitor and report on all project activities related to the remote populations pilot in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. S/he will support consortium partners and local partners in coordinating and implementing pilot activities and related data collection.
The Officer’s 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.
- 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.
- 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 consortium partners and local partner(s) to prepare 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.
- Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics or other relevant fields.
- Minimum of 3 years of work experience in nutrition project support; experience in implementing IMAM Surge and Baby Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI) preferred.
- Experience in operational research, particularly in Northern Kenya or similar livelihood and geographic contexts.
- Experience with conducting nutrition analyses, assessments and evaluations and other nutrition-related research, including applying data collection tools and methodologies.
- Excellent research, analysis, and writing skills.
- 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).
- 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, local government, and community members.
- Ability to exercise diplomacy and tact as demonstrated in previous roles that have required communication with a broad and diverse set of partners.
- Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.
- Ability to work in challenging and changing environments, and to see through challenges to find solutions.
- Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented.
Required / Desired Foreign Language
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; ability to draft and edit reports.
- Excellent verbal communication skills in Kiswahili.
- Dialects local to Marsabit/Isiolo County a plus.
Travel Required: None
Key Working Relationships:
- Supervisory: None
- Internal: County Research Coordinator; Research and Design Lead; Research and Design Manager; Administrative Manager; System Strengthening and Institutionalization Specialist; STA Nutrition; RTA Nutrition; Pilot project officers.
- External: Consortium partners, Implementing partners, Marsabit/Isiolo County government bodies.
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.
- Continuous Improvement & Innovation
- Builds Relationships
- Develop talents
- Strategic Mindset
- Accountability and stewardship
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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CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer