Job Title: Technical Advisor II, Resilience, DRR and Food Security
Reports to: DRDPQ
Salary Grade: 10
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.
You will provide technical advice, guidance, and support to a wide range of program design and implementation issues with a focus on larger projects in the area of resilience, DRR and food security in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to regional and Country Program (CP) teams to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your technical knowledge, advice and guidance will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS’ programming is across the globe.
Roles and Key Responsibilities:
- Contribute to the development and implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards, tools, and best practices in resilience, DRR and food security that effectively engage partners, donors and governments. Help ensure a cross-sectoral approach integrating gender, protection mainstreaming.
- Provide technical solutions to regional and CP teams, remotely and on-site, for strategic planning and how to best apply program design and implementation standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools, M&E, and management strategies, ensuring high-quality implementation.
- Contribute to regional and CP efforts to pre-position CRS for growth opportunities in resilience, DRR, food security and other related program areas. Lead or contribute to the development of the technical design for large and/or complex proposals, including defining appropriate monitoring systems and indicators. Advise project teams on integrating donor strategies, priorities and technical requirements into CRS’ approach.
- Contribute to capacity strengthening initiatives in resilience, DRR, food security and related programming for staff and partners through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and mentoring and coaching to CP staff.
- Actively engage in program start-up, management and close-out as appropriate, with an emphasis on building the capacity of country program teams
- Contribute to knowledge management and learning through collecting and analyzing program data, evaluating strategic projects, assisting with measuring program impact, capturing and sharing lessons learned and best practices, and research and internal reports.
- Support the coordination and collaboration of programmatic and management approaches for humanitarian response, resilience, food security and disaster risk reduction programming across LACRO country programs to enable cross-country learning and increased efficiency and effectiveness of the programs.
- Establish and maintain relationships with donors, peer organizations, research and other institutions. Participate in forums in the area of resilience, DRR, food security and related areas to collect and share best practices and promote CRS’ work.
Required Languages – English fluency and Spanish working proficiency required. Working proficiency in French desirable.
Travel- Must be willing and able to travel up to 30%.
Supervisory Responsibilities None
Work Conditions/Environment Conditions: Telecommuting position or potential hire from a CRS office in the LACRO region
Key Working Relationships:
Internal LACRO BD team, HRD team, Country Representatives, HOPs, HOOPs and Humanitarian relief project staff, LACRO Regional Advisors, Global Technical Advisors, IDEA colleagues
External Partner organizations, Donors, Representatives of Peer Organizations
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings.
- Strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
- Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented
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.
About the Organization
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.