Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Specialist (Supporting Seed Systems for Development)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Job Description

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, Agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

About Supporting Seed Systems for Development

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has granted CRS and its Consortium Partners (IP’s) a five-year Leader with Associates (LWA) award to implement the Feed the Future Global Supporting Seed Systems for Development activity (S34D), which was created to enhance farmers’ access to a full range of seed choices and options to maximize their responsive decision making and planning for production. The activity just started its fourth year (Oct 1) and seeks to improve functioning of national and regional seed sectors in Feed the Future focus countries and in aligned countries with resilience and emergency seed security programs. By identifying and removing constraints and bottlenecks within the seed systems, the S34D activity will increase the number of smallholder farmers utilizing quality, high-impact seeds, including high yielding and stress tolerant commercial and staple crop varieties. The goal of the S34D activity is to assist in the improvement of the functioning of high-impact integrated seed systems.

Job Summary

This unique position combines aspects of monitoring and evaluation, operations and programming support to the S34D activity. You will support S34D’s Operations Director with administrative and finance tasks, support S34D technical leads with review of reports, survey instruments, Scope of Works, questionnaires, and data Analysis. You will provide supp ort to a range of Design" id="link" class="link">Program Design and implementation issues in the area of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning in line with Catholic Relief Services (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.

Roles and Key Responsibilities MEAL:

  • Support with reporting against S34D indicators to CRS HQ and USAID Mission (DIS)
  • Conduct analysis of MEAL data, qualitative and quantitative and ensures quality of data and Data Management practices
  • Ensures compliance with donor and CRS agency MEAL policies and procedures
  • Support with continued implementation of the S34D learning agenda
  • Design and lead development of Data Collection instruments in excel and Power BI tools.
  • Conduct analytical summaries and design infographics and spatial maps using Excel, R, Power BI, QGIS or other software such as Stata.
Roles and Key Responsibilities - Programming:

  • Conduct research on seed systems for S34D countries
  • Coordinate efforts on the forage seed system portfolio – review reports, support with formatting documents, literature review, support with meetings by taking and sharing minutes, contribute to documents with research support
  • Support in writing blogs and success stories, webinars and newsletter
  • Draft and/or prepare activity reports, work plans, activity charts and budgets and correspondence
  • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, International Development, Public Administration, Economics, Agriculture or Public Health required.
  • Minimum of three years relevant work experience with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Knowledge of technical principles and concepts in monitoring and evaluation. General knowledge of agricultural programming to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
  • Proficiency in use of Excel and Data Visualization tools.
  • Strong time management skills, ability to multitask.
  • Understanding of partnership principles.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree.
  • Experience with information systems and performing data analyses.
  • Two years relevant field-based experience in monitoring and evaluation.
  • Computer proficiency with the ability to utilize MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget Management Systems, knowledge-sharing networks.
Required Languages – English Desired Languages – French, Portuguese, or Spanish.

Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 10 %.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship
Supervisory Responsibilities: None Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: S34D team members, Global Grants team, Program Impact and Quality Assurance staff and other HQ department staff.
  • External: S34D partners
*Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position. CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

*CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer* Catholic Relief Services carries out 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.

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