Project Manager – Agroforestry NGO Job Careers – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


Job Title:        Project Manager I –

Organization: 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
Agro-forestry Specialist will lead all 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
lead 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 Chief of Party. 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

  • You will lead 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.
  • You will lead the training, coaching, monitoring, and coordination
    in all project activities related to agro-forestry, good agricultural
    practices, and climate smart adaptation.
  • You will ensure the 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
  • You will lead the strengthening of partnerships relevant to Vines
    project, applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools
    and approaches.
  • 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

  • The ideal candidate for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Project
    Manager I – Agroforestry job placement must hold a Bachelor’s Degree
    required. Master’s Degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, or a related field
    would be a plus.
  • Minimum of 5 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,


Preferred Qualifications

  • Relevant technical experience, especially for USG or other public
    donors, a plus.
  • Staff supervision experience.
  • Experience working with stakeholders at various levels and
    strengthening community partnerships.
  • Ability to contribute to the development of technical proposals, a
  • 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


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


NOTE: To 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 –


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


Deadline: 25th September,


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