International Non-profit Careers – Project Coordinator at Catholic Relief Services (CRS)




Organisation: Catholic
Relief Services (CRS)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Program
Manager, Agriculture and Livelihoods
About CRS:
Catholic Relief
Services (CRS) is an international non-profit organization which 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.
Job Summary: The Project
Coordinator will be responsible for the coordination of planning,
implementation, and monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning of the
Ben and Jerry’s Vanilla Producer Development Initiative (PDI) project
activities and other specified deliverables. The focus of this position is to
support the local implementing partner.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1.
Project Planning and Implementation:
·        
Prepare detailed quarterly and annual work plans
which allow for timely sequencing of the activities needed to successfully
complete the project
·        
Provide day to day coordination, supervision and
guidance for project implementation, ensuring that it is executed according to
the approved work plan and is in accordance with CRS programming principles and
core values
·        
Actively monitor project expenses to ensure
adherence to budgets and compliance with donor requirements and CRS policies
·        
Support the project partner (RFCU) in the financial
advance and liquidation process, including processing request for disbursement
of project funds and ensuring that partners track expenses against approved
budget
·        
Regularly review the project work plans with project
partner and revise the work plan as required
·        
Organize and carry out periodic planning and review
meetings with the project partner to ensure project targets are achieved in
time
·        
Draw up the sustainability plans of the project as
envisaged in the project
·        
Address all issues of the project, donors or
respective line ministries regarding program implementation
·        
Ensure up to date knowledge of all CRS and donor
compliance issues; seek support and guidance as needed
·        
Work collaboratively with the B&J technical
team, participate in monthly/quarterly calls, provide updates, etc. etc.
2.
Partner Staff Capacity Building:
·        
Support partners in meeting partner-specific
targets, financial, deadlines and compliance as stated in partner agreement
·        
Conduct the SRMP, creating improvement plan, and
supporting RFCU to implement the recommendations.
·        
Identify areas of project partner staff development
and develop the partner staff capacity building plans
·        
Through specific training, and regular monitoring
and mentoring, Build technical capacity, organizational capacity (finance, HR,
etc.)
3.
Project Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL):
·        
Carry out frequent field level monitoring of the
project implementation and provide timely feedback and support to project
partners to ensure successful delivery of the project targets and results.
·        
Effectively support the performance of project
partner staff using the Performance Management System
·        
Compile periodic quality project financial and
administrative reports for submission to the management, project donors and
other stakeholders
·        
Regularly review the quality of the work completed
with the project partner on a regular basis to ensure that it meets the project
standards and donor requirements
·        
Coordinate project evaluations/assessments (e.g.
baselines, midterm and final evaluations) in accordance with CRS Uganda’s MEAL
System and Framework
·        
Document the best practices implemented, success
stories and case studies of the community level changes for dissemination and
learning
4.
Networking:
·        
Work closely with relevant local government
ministries, private businesses and other organizations working in the sector to
build partnerships and synergies
·        
Take part in appropriate networks, forums, meetings
and conferences to build networks and share experiences and influence policies
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The Catholic Relief Services Project Coordinator
should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture/Agribusiness, Development and
Business related fields
·        
Possession of a post graduate qualification in
project planning and management is an added advantage
·        
A minimum of five years’ experience in planning and
managing agribusiness development projects in a private sector or an NGO
environment
·        
Previous experience in CSO-public-private sector
engagement
·        
Demonstrated technical and business knowledge and
experience with high agricultural value chains/commodities
·        
Previous experience in capacity building of producer
organizations and stakeholder farmers
·        
Excellent written and oral communication skills in
English
·        
Computer literacy skills with proficiency in MS Word,
Excel, and PowerPoint
·        
Must be gender and culturally sensitive
·        
Highly respectful of varying customs and values
·        
Customer service approach, driven to serve others
·        
Enthusiastic, committed to meeting or exceeding
expectations
·        
Willingness to travel and spend a minimum of 50% of
time in the field
Personal Competencies (for all CRS
Staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used
by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the
desired results.
·        
Serves with Integrity
·        
Models Stewardship
·        
Cultivates Constructive Relationships
·        
Promotes Learning
How to Apply: 
All interested
applicants are encouraged to apply by sending their cover letters, updated CVs and
three work references (names and contact information only) to ug_recruitment@crs.org.
NB: Only selected candidates that meet the requirements
will be notified.
Deadline: 21st September, 2015

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