Internal/ External Job Announcement
About CRS: “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.”
In Ethiopia, CRS has a long and rich history of providing emergency relief and development assistance to the people of Ethiopia since 1958. At present, CRS/Ethiopia implements multiple projects through different partner organizations. CRS/Ethiopia has a highly diverse portfolio ranging from very large food-supported emergency response to cutting edge development programs. The current CRS/Ethiopia budget stands at $100 million with funding from the U.S. Government, UN agencies, private foundations, individual donors, and CRS private funds.
CRS strictly adheres to its Policy on Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults among its staff, consultants, volunteers, and affiliates. CRS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer: women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
As part of CRS family, you will join the more than 5000 strong and vibrant individuals working globally to accomplish the mission of CRS. CRS/Ethiopia invites you, the qualified candidate, to apply for the following positions;
Position Title: ELRP Climate Change Advisor
Duty Station: Addis Ababa with up 40-50% field travel
Employment term: Indefinite period contingent upon funding of the ELRP Program
Reports To: PSNP Systems Manager
Application deadline: October 31, 2016
Purpose of the Position:
The Climate Change Advisor will provide strategic vision, management and technical expertise in leading activities aimed at building capacity of government and communities to improve their sustainable well-being and resilience to climate shocks by embracing approaches to create, protect and rehabilitate local landscapes, watersheds and other natural resources. The incumbent will establish and maintain positive and complementary working relationships across a wide range of contributing implementing partners and GoE stakeholders. The incumbent will embody a ‘climate smart’ approach to agro-enterprise, pursuing activities that promote soil regeneration, crop diversification and other practices that minimize land degradation. The position reports directly to the ELRP PSNP Systems Manager. Through these approaches the incumbent will also work closely with the ELRP Economic Livelihoods team to help communities prepare for climate-related shocks, such as droughts, allowing them to save money, grow food surplus and rehabilitate their local environments. The incumbent will have demonstrated expertise in eco-hydrology and sustainable agriculture.
Key /Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
To ensure program’s strategic objectives and results are fully accomplished on time and meet expected technical quality standards, the Climate Change Advisor must:
Leadership and Representation:
Program Quality and Management:
Along with PSNP Systems Manager, select public works activities based on community priorities and potential for rehabilitating landscapes and improve climate resilience
Introduce and facilitate community level public works initiatives intended to improve natural resource base, including soil bunds, tree planting, and gully reclamations
Build capacity of K/WFSTF and development agents in the community-managed disaster risk reduction (CMDRR) process – helping communities to map risks, vulnerabilities and capacities related to natural resource management
Provide Woreda food security task force members with the necessary skills and tools to conduct assessments (identifying assets and barriers), and to develop holistic plans that consider needs of all groups and address environmental, livelihood and health issues (e.g., water needs for productive and HH use).
Assess environmental rehabilitation efforts for social, political, economic or cultural conflicts prior to implementation
Design and implement trainings for youth and community leaders on watershed management, as well as assessments on benefits of long-term watershed management
Incorporate Watershed and CMDRR planning into all training programs
Collaborate with GoE and NGO stakeholders to institutionalize government guidelines on participatory resource governance
Oversee collection of measurable data on environmental rehabilitation efforts
Oversee development and adherence to ELRP Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP); lead the generation of the annual Environmental Status Report (ESR)
Ensure the quality and appropriateness of activities to achieve the target indicators in a cost-effective, timely, and sustainable manner; and
Perform any other duties as assigned by the Chief of Party.
An advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in a relevant field including international development, agriculture, natural resource management, climate adaptation and/or food security. An advanced degree can be substituted with an additional 3 years of relevant experience.
Minimum 5 years demonstrated experience with USG or other similar development projects focused on agriculture, natural resource management, disaster risk reduction, community initiatives, resilience and watershed management, preferably Ethiopian with understanding of the Ethiopian context
Demonstrated ability to work and coordinate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including national and local government, donors, community-based organizations, and the private sector
Demonstrated ability to design training materials and research/learning events;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in both English and Amharic;
Experience with USAID project implementation and familiarity with rules and regulations;
Strong Microsoft Word and Excel skills.
Good organizational skill including the ability to plan, coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluate programs
Ability to develop and maintain dynamic and productive relationships with staff, government organizations, NGOs, donors
Innovative and flexible appreciation, self-starter with ability to take initiative
Ability to work effectively under stressful conditions
Comprehensive experience in developing and managing budgets
A high level of computer iterance
Ability to develop and deliver effective strategy for growth
Ability to apply cost effective measures in use of resources
Ready to comply and live up to and in accordance with CRS/ET’s ideals and core values
Ability to translate vision to results by developing and providing clear strategic and operational guidance
Communicates strategically under pressure
Manages stress and complexity
Actively promotes safety and security
Manages and implements high-quality emergency programs