Senior Project Officer – F2F USAID Project Jobs – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

 

Job Title:   
Senior Project Officer – F2F

Organization: Catholic
Relief Services (CRS)

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Country
Project Director – F2F

 

About US:

Catholic Relief
Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO)
supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world.
CRS carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist
the poor and vulnerable overseas. CRS’ Catholic identity is at the heart of our
mission and operations; serving people on the basis of need, regardless of
creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church
partners to implement its programs. CRS has worked in Uganda since 1965,
initially providing emergency assistance to Sudanese refugees living in the
north. Over the years, CRS has expanded its programming to also address
development needs in western, central and eastern Uganda. CRS’ projects in
Uganda currently include agriculture, health, microfinance, peace building and
youth. CRS Uganda implements its programs through partnerships with local
organizations, including the Catholic Church, other faith-based organizations
and community entities for maximum impact and sustainability.

 

About USAID F2F Program:

CRS Farmer-to-Farmer
(F2F) Program is a US$11M USAID funded 5-year program (October 2018 – September
2023) that will provide technical assistance from United States (U.S)
volunteers to farmers, farmer groups (cooperatives and associations),
agribusinesses and other agriculture sector institutions in the countries of
Benin, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Timor East and Nepal. The program objectives are
to facilitate economic growth within targeted agriculture sub-sectors, enhance
sub-sector inclusiveness to expand participation to a broader range of
individuals and communities and to increase the American public’s understanding
of international development issues and US international development programs.
Volunteers, recruited from all States and the District of Columbia, are
generally individuals who have domestic careers, farms and agribusinesses, or
are retirees who want to participate in development efforts. F2F program will
assist in agriculture development, commodity value chain competitiveness and
firm upgrading by providing technical assistance to introduce new technologies,
innovations and development of local capacity for more productive, profitable,
sustainable and equitable agriculture systems. The F2F program objectives and
strategic framework are in line with the USG assistance programs USG Global
Hunger and Food Security Initiative/Feed the Future, USAID Agriculture
Strategy/Linking Farmers to Markets and the US Farm Bill. In addition to these
initiatives and strategies, the F2F program will be concurrent with Country
Investment Plan (CIP) and USAID country missions

 

Job Summary:  The senior Project Coordinator for the Farmer
to Farmer (F2F) project in Uganda, will facilitate the achievement of project
objectives through coordinating and reporting on all project activities and
providing technical guidance and advice to volunteer technical experts, host
organizations and implementing partner(s) advancing Catholic Relief Services’
(CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. The Senior Project Coordinator will
coordinate and manage relationships to ensure that the project applies best
practices and constantly improves the impact of the beneficiaries we serve.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       
Assist
implementation of the F2F project activities as outlined in the detailed
implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards,
donor requirements, and good practices.

·       
Serve as
deputy Country Project Director during absences of the Project Director, taking
a leading role in engaging with USAID and other IPs and participating in Feed
the Future Implementing Partners meetings

·       
During
Project Director absences carry out all necessary decision-making
responsibilities to ensure programming continuity. Assume additional
responsibilities in implementing Uganda program due to the diminished presence
of the Project Director.

·       
Ensure
learning properly accompanies project activities throughout the project cycle.
Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and
guiding hosts and 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 host organizations and
stakeholders and serve as the liaison between them and the volunteer experts to
mobilize local actors and promote project activities and impact.

·       
Support
and coordinate capacity building and technical support activities to ensure
assigned project activities are implemented per project guidelines and
standards.

·       
Coordinate
provision of any logistical and administrative support to F2F volunteer
experts, host organizations 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.

·       
In close
collaboration with the Project Director and other in country Programs, oversee
F2F integration with other CRS programming in Uganda.

·       
Lead in
establishing partnership linkages/engagement roles with the private sector at
the higher end of the value chains as described in the F2F country project
strategies

·       
Support
CP in new business development as and when required

 




Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal candidate for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Senior Project Officer –
F2Fjob placement must hold a bachelor’s degree in agriculture or related
development field. Or 2-3 years F2F hands on experience equivalent.

·       
Any
additional qualification such as business training, gender mainstreaming, ICT
would be a plus.

·       
Minimum
of 5 years of work experience in project support, ideally in the field of
administration or project management for an NGO.

·       
Additional
education may substitute for some experience; additional experience may
substitute for some education.

·       
Experience
working with partners, participatory action planning and community engagement.

·       
Experience
with donor engagement and other IPs

·       
Experience
in integrating within programming

·       
Proven
ability to build linkages/engagement with private sector at the higher end of
the value chains

·       
Experience
in playing an oversight role in hosts and volunteer management

·       
Ability
to support new business development

·       
Experience
using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

·       
Analysis
and problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment

·       
Good
relationship management skills, communication skills and the ability to work
closely with local partners

·       
Proactive,
results-oriented, and service-oriented

·       
Attention
to details, accuracy, and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities

·       
Cultural
sensitivity, listening skills and trustworthy

·       
English
fluency, including excellent 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 interested and
qualified candidate please Email a cover letter and CV only to
ug_recruitment@crs.org

Large files and/or
scans of documents will lead to rejection of your application, in the
subject line of the email, copy and paste – SENIORPROJECTOFFICERF2F only


NB: 
All applications that do
not contain this exact subject line will be rejected and not read

Only selected
candidates that meet the requirements will be notified.

 

Deadline: 2nd September 2020

 

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