Senior Project Officer: Economic Strengthening US Non-profit Jobs – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Organization: Catholic
Relief Services (CRS)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: 4Children KCHPF
Technical Advisor
About US:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-profit
organization which implements 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 Senior Project
Officer: Economic Strengthening will serve as the lead for the cash grant
component in the Keeping Children in Healthy and Protective Families (KCHPF)
project team. The incumbent will facilitate the achievement of project
objectives through coordinating and reporting on all project activities and
providing technical guidance and advice to staff and implementing partner(s)
advancing CRS’ work serving the poor and vulnerable. The Senior Project
Officer’s coordination and relationship management skills will ensure that the
project for which s/he is responsible applies best practices and constantly
works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.
Key Duties and
  • Organize and lead the implementation of
    all beneficiary cash disbursements as outlined in the detailed
    implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and
    standards, donor requirements and good practices, taking into account the
    confines of the project as a randomized control trial.
  • 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.
  • Coordinate and oversee working
    relationships with all local project stakeholders and serve as the liaison
    between them and the project team to mobilize local actors and promote
    Household Economic Strengthening activities in the form of cash disbursements,
    mobile money literacy, relationship management with mobile money service
    providers and adherence to partner and CRS financial compliance.
  • Supervise and perform ad-hoc inspections
    related to the project’s cash transfer procedures to ensure adherence to
    established standards and procedures in support of the project’s overall
    Household Economic Strengthening strategy. Ensure the established cash
    transfer systems as a part of the overall Household Economic Strengthening
    strategy are properly adhered to and support and assistance is provided to
    the implementing partner when necessary. Support and coordinate capacity
    building and technical support activities to ensure project activities
    related to household economic strengthening, financial literacy and cash
    disbursements are implemented per project guidelines and standards.
  • Coordinate provision of any logistical and
    administrative support to staff and partners.
  • 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.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Catholic
    Relief Services (CRS) Senior Project Officer: Economic Strengthening job
    opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Management, Business,
    Economics, International Development, Social Sciences or related field.
  • At least five years of work experience in
    project support, ideally in the field of household economic strengthening
    for vulnerable groups and for an NGO.
  • Previous experience working with partners,
    preferably managing and monitoring project activities that promote
    household-level economic strengthening (HES) such as household-level cash
    transfers and financial literacy education.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience and
    networks with diverse actors delivering HES in Uganda.
  • Prior exposure and experience in monitoring
    projects and collecting relevant data.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office
    packages (Excel, Word and PowerPoint).
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and oral
    presentation skills in English.
  • Analysis and problem-solving skills with
    ability to make sound judgment
  • Excellent relationship management skills
    and the ability to work closely with local partners
  • Highly proactive, results-oriented and
  • Attention to details, accuracy and
    timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
  • Willingness to travel regularly
    (approximately 30%) to the field.
  • Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS
    Staff): Serves
    with Integrity, Models Stewardship, Cultivates
    Constructive Relationships, Promotes Learning
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested Ugandan candidates are encouraged
to send their cover letters, CVs and three work references (names and contact
information only) to
Deadline: 1st October
2017 by 5:00PM
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