2 Senior Project Officer – Agroforestry US Non-profit Job Vacancies – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


Job Title:        Senior Project Officer –
Agroforestry (2 Job Vacancies)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

Reports to:
Chief of Party


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,
peacebuilding 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. CRS Uganda employs around 190 staff and has its main office in
Kampala, with sub-offices in Moroto, Yumbe, and Hoima


About Project:

The Vines Project,
implemented by CRS Uganda, is a five-year, $13 million Food for Progress
project that will make Uganda the world’s next leading supplier of high-quality
vanilla. Vines will leverage the expertise of CRS and its partners to enhance
the production of safe, pure vanilla and develop sustainable market links with
US vanilla companies, directly transforming the lives of 16,200 farmers, 836
supply chain actors and create 15,820 new jobs to reach 32,856 vanilla
stakeholders. The Vines strategy reflects best practices in sustainable
development and will leave Uganda with a robust vanilla farming community
resilient to the boom/bust nature of the market and a cadre of private sector
agricultural extensionists to support more sophisticated production,
processing, and marketing needs.


Job Summary:  The Senior Project Officer – Agroforestry will
implement field activities related to the coordination, training, and
monitoring of project agro-forestry approaches, good agricultural practices and
climate smart adaptations to increase the production, productivity, and quality
of Ugandan vanilla. The Specialist will support the analysis of farming systems
and implement the capacity building of farmers in key areas such as soil and
water management. This position will report to the Agro-forestry Lead
Specialist. Your technical, training, and collaborative skills, as well as
vanilla value chain knowledge will ensure that the CRS delivers high- quality
programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of this project


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • You will support the implementation of technical, coordinating,
    monitoring and reporting activities through most of the project cycle –
    start-up, implementation and close-out – in line with CRS program quality
    principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Provide training, coaching, monitoring, and coordination in all
    project activities related to agro-forestry, good agricultural practices,
    and climate smart adaptation.
  • Support learning properly accompanies project activities throughout
    the project cycle. Support accountability through coordinating project
    evaluation activities following MEAL Policy. Proactively identify issues,
    report them to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules.
  • Support the strengthening of partnerships relevant to Vines project,
    applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and
  • Identify staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of
    partner organizations and contribute to capacity strengthening and
    required interventions to support quality project implementation.
  • Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and disseminate


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Senior
    Project Officer – Agroforestry job placement must hold Bachelor’s Degree
    required. Master’s Degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, or a related field
    would be a plus.
  • At least three years of work experience in technical or management
    positions in the field of Agriculture, preferably for a donor funded,
    time-bound project.
  • Proven understanding of agro-forestry approaches and good
    agricultural practices.
  • Experience in value chain projects or programs.
  • Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Required/Desired Foreign Language: English fluency, including excellent oral and written skills,



  • Relevant technical experience, especially for USG or other public
    donors, a plus.
  • Experience in farmer training, coaching, and capacity building
    related to agro-forestry, good agricultural practices, and climate smart
  • Experience working with stakeholders at various levels and
    strengthening community partnerships.
  • Experience analyzing data and contributing to evaluation reports.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word,
  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability
    to make sound judgment.
  • Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work
    effectively with local stakeholders. Representation abilities.
  • Ability to contribute to written reports.
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented.
  • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned


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


apply, please follow these instructions exactly otherwise your application will
NOT be considered.


How to Apply:

All candidates
should 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 – SPOAGROFORESTRY only


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


Deadline: 25th September, 2020


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