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 Economic Livelihoods Manager
Duty Station: Addis Ababa with up 40-50% field travel
Employment term: Indefinite Period Contingent upon funding of the ELRP Program
Reports To: Deputy Chief of Party for Programming
Application Deadline: October 31, 2016
Purpose of the Position:
The Economic Livelihoods Manager will provide strategic vision, management and technical expertise in leading the activities of one of the key purposes of the ELRP scope of work: ensuring households improve their sustainable economic well-being. 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 be responsible for increasing quantity, quality, and competiveness of the income generating activities (IGAs), both off-farm and on-farm, and supporting access to sustainable livelihood pathways. The incumbent will employ a ‘climate smart’ approach to agro-enterprise, pursuing activities that promote soil regeneration, crop diversification and other practices that minimize land degradation. The incumbent will support rural businesses and livelihood groups to improve their products/services, processes, add new functions, and enter new market channels.
The incumbent will have a strong background in agricultural production, market assessments, rural market linkages, livelihood generation and capacity building.
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 Economic Livelihoods Manager must:
Leadership and Representation:
Program Quality and Management:
Oversee development of training curriculum for development agents on crop and livestock production and management techniques;
Oversee CRS implementing partners in facilitating the development of livelihood groups among PSNP beneficiaries, and supporting the establishment of small businesses;
Provide guidance and quality technical oversight to training of livelihood groups in CRS’ savings and internal lending community (SILC) methodology;
Collaborate with CRS implementing partners in supporting peer-based farmer to farmer approach entailing demonstration plots and learning sessions in climate-smart approaches;
Provide technical leadership to program activities related to on-farm and off-farm Income Generating Activities (IGAs), including development of business plans;
Conduct market assessments for IGA activities and labor markets;
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, business, marketing, labor market, climate adaptation and/or food security. An advanced degree can be substituted with an additional 3 years of relevant experience.
Minimum 8 years demonstrated experience with USG or other similar development projects focused on livelihoods (preferably with experience related to on-farm, off-farm and employment livelihoods), resilience and vulnerable households, preferably Ethiopian with understanding of the Ethiopian context
Experience managing project staff and budgets
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 or local languages;
Established relationship with and/or substantive knowledge of agribusiness firms in the livestock sector, both within Ethiopia and internationally;
Experience with USAID project implementation, knowledge of 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