Project Assistant – MEAL US NGO Jobs – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


Job Title:        Project Assistant – MEAL

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

Reports to:
Project Manager – MEAL


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 Project Assistant – MEAL : Program will
implement MEAL activities and provide MEAL technical support to project design
and implementation issues for CRS Uganda’s Vines project, aligned with CRS
program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best
practices to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and
vulnerable. Your MEAL knowledge and support will contribute the effective,
adaptive and innovative implementation of the Vines project.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Support the development and contribute to the implementation of
    Vines project MEAL practices that effectively engage partners, donors, and
    other relevant stakeholders and are compliant with agency and donor MEAL
  • Provide input to and support project MEAL system design and data
    collection tools to measure program/project impact and progress;
  • Train partners and MEAL Agents on the conduct of field-based MEAL
    activities and supervise and support quality data collection and data
    management activities according to the MEAL DIP;
  • Lead simple analyses and reflective review discussions and workshops
    on ongoing monitoring data to contribute field-based insights to project discussions,
    facilitate programmatic adjustments and evidence-based decision-making,
    and contribute to learning;
  • Foster respectful relationships with community members and
    stakeholders to promote honesty and integrity while working with MEAL


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Project
    Assistant – MEAL job placement must hold Bachelor’s degree in development
    studies, population studies, social sciences, statistics, or a related
  • At least three  years of
    relevant work experience in MEAL, ideally with an international NGO.
  • Knowledge of technical principles and concepts in MEAL and of
    methods for managing data. General knowledge of other related disciplines.
  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Good understanding of beneficiary tracking methods.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web
    Conferencing Applications, data management systems, knowledge-sharing
  • Strong analytical skills with focus on detail
  • Ability to work effectively under stressful conditions
  • Good technical writing skills
  • Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented
  • Basic competency in MEAL in Design
  • Solid competency in Monitoring
  • Basic competency in Evaluation
  • Solid competency in Accountability
  • Basic competency in Learning
  • Basic competency in Analysis & Critical Thinking
  • Solid competency in ICT for MEAL
  • Basic competency in MEAL in Management.
  • Required/Desired Foreign Language: Fluency in oral and written English with ability to write technical
    reports required.


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


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