Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Technical Advisor (Youth Programming)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Job Description

You will lead strategy development in the field of globally and provide technical leadership and advice in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to Technical Advisors and Regional and Country Program (CP) teams to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to Opportunity Youth. Your expertise, leadership, and influence will be key in determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS’ youth livelihoods programming is across the globe.

Job Responsibilities:

* Lead Design and implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards, tools, and best practices in youth livelihoods that effectively engage partners, donors, and governments. Ensure a cross-sectoral approach that integrates gender, protection mainstreaming, and Disaster Risk Reduction.

* Lead development and advancement of agency-wide standards, policies, innovative approaches, tools, and M&E in youth livelihoods, including application of partnership principles.

* Contribute to HQ, regional, and CP staff efforts to pre-position CRS for strategic growth opportunities in youth livelihoods. Provide technical guidance in proposal development and project design with a focus on complex projects to ensure innovative programming solutions and technical excellence. Support CPs to appropriately staff project teams.

* Lead capacity strengthening initiatives in youth livelihoods programming for staff and partners through ensuring development of learning agendas/curriculums, organizing and/or facilitating trainings, workshops and conferences, and mentoring and coaching staff in innovative CRS approaches and tools. Provide mentoring and coaching to Technical Advisors, as well as CP and regional staff.

* Lead the agency Knowledge Management and learning agenda in youth livelihoods through setting conditions for collective learning that ensure capturing, documenting, and sharing key successes, promising practices, lessons learned, and evidence-based implementation research, internally and externally, including publications in peer reviewed journals.

* Represent CRS at global forums, UN, Congress, and major donor forums to present CRS’ work and research in youth livelihoods to influence technical partner approaches, future funding opportunities, and policies. Network with relevant organizations to increase CRS’ profile in youth livelihoods, influence the global youth livelihoods community, and support donor diversification.

* Effectively manage consultants.

* Contribute to internal and extremal communications efforts.

Education and Experience

* Master's Degree in International Development or related Social Sciences required. PhD or equivalent degree (e.g., MD, DrPH, EdD) strongly preferred.

* Minimum of ten years of work experience in youth programming with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with five years overseas in multiple regions as a technical Advisor and/or program manager of a youth livelihoods and/or multi-sectoral project with a livelihood component.

* Deep understanding and application of technical principles and concepts in positive youth development and youth livelihoods, and in particular in workforce development and TVET systems. Good knowledge of related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.

* Track record of contributing significantly to successful Business Development activities capturing public and/or private donor funding in youth livelihoods.

* Expertise in the development and production of curricula, tools, and other products to support youth livelihoods interventions and programming. Demonstrated experience to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training, mentoring, and other formal and informal methods.

* Experience with program monitoring and evaluation including development of indicators, Data Collection tools and methodologies, data Analysis, and data presentation.

* Demonstrated experience and skills to represent the organization at the highest levels at meetings with donors, government, international NGOs, local partners – faith-based and civil society.

Understanding of partnership principles.

* Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications and strong understanding of information and budget Management Systems and knowledge-sharing networks.

* Technical and/or academic publications highly desirable.

Personal Skills

* Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings.

* Excellent strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.

* Excellent written and oral communication skills, including research publications.

* Excellent presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills.

* Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented.

Required/Desired Foreign Language:

French and/or Spanish preferred.

Travel Required (include percentage of required travel, if applicable):

Willingness and ability to travel extensively, up to 30% of the time once travel resumes.

***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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