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Officer SILC and Livelihoods
Organization: Catholic
Relief Services (CRS)
Duty Station: 
Reports to: Project
Manager Livelihoods
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 Project Officer – Savings and Internal
Lending Communities (SILC) and Livelihoods will support livelihoods programming
for the Uganda Country Program within an emergency/early-recovery context in
support of CRS’ South Sudanese refugee response in northern Uganda. S/he will
primarily focus on SILC and Livelihoods activities across the Emergency
Response Program that is supporting South Sudanese refugees in Bidibidi
settlement. As a member of the livelihoods project team, s/he will assist
project implementation by working directly with community members, coordinating
various project activities and events in support of Catholic Relief Services’
(CRS) work to serve the poor and vulnerable, as well as managing and training
SILC field agents and entrepreneurs as part of livelihoods activities. Her/his
service and community relations skills ensure that the local partners and
communities feed into and benefit from the project that consistently applies
best practices and continuously works towards improving its impact. The SILC
and Livelihoods Project  Officer will
have a high level of self-initiative and use critical thinking skills to
identify, report, and fill gaps. The position requires close communication and
coordination with all project staff involved in the emergency response.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Recruit SILC agents, PSPs; and facilitate establishment of SILC
    groups and PSPs across the project areas and keenly monitor progress of
    SILC groups through regular field visits, provide ongoing support to field
    agents who take over the facilitation of SILC groups.
  • Conduct training for the SILC field agents and Private Service
    Providers (PSP) on the SILC methodology as well as refresher trainings and
    group mentorship.
  • Support Livelihoods Project Manager to effectively develop, promote,
    integrate the livelihood activities with other CRS programs in Bidbidi.
  • Support Livelihoods Project Manager in the creation of linkages,
    setting up IGAs, alternative livelihood options, business and financial
    skill development and upscaling of good practices.
  • Provide support in the coordination and monitoring of SILC and
    livelihoods activities, ensuring implementation schedules are met as per
    the detailed activity plan, and that adherence to systems for quality
    project implementation are strengthened.
  • Work closely with Caritas Arua staff and various community
    stakeholders and mobilize them to ensure full involvement of community
    leaders, community representatives, and local government representatives
    in the overall implementation and improvement of project activities.
  • Support community sensitization meetings to create awareness in all
    the project activities including SILC, Business Skills Training, small
    grant activities, and business mentorship.
  • Identify technical capacity and challenges related to skills, and
    knowledge in the project areas for SILC Field Agents, small grant
    entrepreneurs and EasyAgric agents.
  • Facilitate data collection from the SILC and entrepreneur groups,
    ensure quality verification and entry of SILC Data in the management
    information system (MIS) on monthly basis and share it with the project
    manager and the MEAL manager.
  • Assist the Project Manager in compiling monthly, quarterly and
    annual SILC and Livelihoods reports
  • In coordination with the Livelihoods Project Manager, act as the
    Focal Point for all SILC and Livelihoods related activities: represent CRS
    ERP in all meetings, forums, and events related to community savings
  • Maintain a database of all trained SILC Field Agents, PSPs and
    entrepreneur groups.
  • Document success stories and lessons learned regarding
    implementation of Livelihoods activities.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Project
    Officer SILC and Livelihoods job should hold a Bachelor’s degree in
    business administration, finance, economics, international development, or
    a related field preferred.
  • At least two years of work or volunteer experience in community
    development and mobilization.
  • Computer literacy skills
  • Good observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability
    to make sound judgment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact
    effectively with diverse groups
  • Highly proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented
  • English fluency, including oral and written skills, required.
Agency-Wide 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 candidates
should Email a cover letter and CV only to Large
files and/or scans of documents will lead to rejection of your application, in
the subject line of the email, copy and paste –
All applications
that do not contain this exact subject line will be rejected and not read.
Deadline: 24th September 2019 by 5:00pm
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