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 Officers (2)
Duty Station: Dire Dawa (1) or Shashemene (1) with up 40-50% field travel
Employment term: Indefinite period contingent upon funding of the ELRP Program
Reports To: Climate Change Advisor
Application Deadline: November 25, 2016
Purpose of the Position:
CRS will hire two Climate Change Officers, to be based in Dire Dawa (1) and Shashemene (1) to work closely with implementing partners Hararghe Catholic Secreteriat (HCS) and Meki Catholic Secreteriat, (MCS) respectively. The incumbent will lead capacity building efforts for both the local implementing partners and relevant woreda government institutions in the areas of ‘climate smart’ agriculture and sustainable management of natural resources. The incumbent will also have interface with Mercy Corps Livestock/Rangeland Management staff. Through facilitation of training and increasing access to resources, the incumbent will 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 experience in community-level training initiatives, 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 Officer must:
Leadership and Representation:
Under the guidance of the Climate Change Advisor, provide capacity building and oversight to implementing partners, government counterparts and community members on a range of climate smart and sustainable NRM techniques.
Work closely with implementing partners to ensure efficient and effective project implementation including the timely completion of high-quality work plans, accurate reports, and other mandated deliverables; and
Maintain clear, regular and effective lines of communication with, woreda, and kebele level food security task force leaders, as well as climate-focused implementing partners.
Program Quality and Management:
Create formal and informal opportunities to build capacity of implementing partner on range of climate change adaptation approaches
With Economic Livelihoods Team, participate in training and capacity building efforts for development agents on crop and livestock production and management techniques;
Participate in training for K/WFSTF and development agents in building technical and functional skills related to resilience, nutrition and livelihoods, as well as an introduction to community-managed disaster risk reduction (CM-DRR);
Build capacity of implementing partners to train communities on governance of resources, including orientation to basic GoE guidelines regarding watershed, road and other infrastructure maintenance;
Along with MEAL team, administer surveys to targeted communities to determine skills and governance capacity of community structures, and clients’ basic knowledge, participation and appreciation of activities;
Engage neighboring woreda structures in resilience building capacity development efforts as well to improve system sustainability;
Work with Climate Change Advisor and Economic Livelihoods teams to train farmers on range of climate smart approaches, utilizing peer farmer to farmer approach and demonstration.
Work with implementing partners to 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 CM-DRR planning into all training programs
Work with implementing partners and other stakeholders to institutionalize government guidelines on participatory resource governance
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 ELRP CoP, Climate Change Advisor or PSNP Systems Manager.
An advanced degree 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 that includes capacity building.
Minimum 3 years (5 years preferred) 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
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.
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
Cultivates Constructive Relationships
Communicates strategically under pressure
Manages stress and complexity
Actively promotes safety and security
Manages and implements high-quality emergency programs