SEADS Training Coordinator At Catholic Relief Services

Job Title: SEADS Training Coordinator

Reports to: SEADS Coordinator

Department: HRD

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services 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.

Job Summary:

You will manage, coordinate, and monitor the Global Training Program under Phase 2 of the Supporting Emergency Agriculture Design and Standards (SEADS) project, which will advance CRS’ work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your training and coordination skills, and knowledge of agriculture and humanitarian response will ensure that Tufts, CRS, and the SEADS consortium delivers a high-quality training-related outputs and continuously works towards improving the impact of humanitarian agriculture programs globally.

Note: This position is contingent on donor funding, full-time (50%) and is a telecommuter involving international travel.

Project Background

Tufts’ University’s Feinstein International Center at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy has recently led the first phase of the SEADS project to design a companion guide to the Sphere Handbook that focuses on agricultural standards in emergencies, covering all developing countries and regions; the standards intend to guide practitioners in implementing effective, people-centered agriculture programs in emergency contexts. CRS has been the main partner in the project through the provision of the SEADS Coordinator and implementation of activities with Tufts. The SEADS Handbook will be published in 2022, and the second phase of SEADS from mid-2022 has four main components:

  • SEADS Core Functions
  • SEADS Translations
  • SEADS Global Training Program
  • SEADS Evidence Strengthening

The SEADS Training Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day management of the SEADS Global Training Program.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide day-to-day leadership, planning and budgeting, and overall coordination of the SEADS Global Training Program, working closely with the SEADS Coordinator and SEADS Communications Expert
  • Develop clear training objectives and strategy and ensure the SEADS program achieves training objectives with high quality
  • Coordinate and provide technical inputs into the design of all SEADS training courses, in residential and online formats; coordinate the production of training materials, including translations; organize reviews and revisions of training courses and materials.
  • Organize and coordinate: the testing activities for all SEADS training course; the rollout of the SEADS Training of Trainers course; and the delivery of a SEADS 3-day course with SEADS partners in selected countries/regions.
  • Identify and manage consultants as appropriate
  • Provide technical support and coordinate financial support to local NGO trainings.
  • Provide mentoring support to SEADS Trainers and develop and support networking among Trainers; actively source and document Trainer’s experiences.
  • Ensure adequate monitoring and documentation of all SEADS-related training activities and provide monitoring reports to the SEADS Coordinator; provide briefings on the progress of the training program to the Steering Group.
  • Prepare updates, briefs, blogs and presentations, and present information on the training program to SEADS users, trainers and the wider humanitarian community; participate in relevant technical meeting, webinars and conferences.

Required Languages English required; French, Spanish or Arabic a plus

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 50% of the time.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with international partners. Representation abilities.
  • Strong writing skills and ability to produce written progress reports and other documents
  • Budget management experience
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented
  • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of work experience in project management, coordination or training, ideally in the field of agriculture or humanitarian assistance
  • At least 3 years of experience of adult learning techniques, and the design and delivery of short training courses for adults.
  • Familiarity with implementation and field-reality of humanitarian responses
  • Experience working with stakeholders at various levels and gathering together actors of diverse background.
  • Experience with technical agricultural programs
  • Experience analyzing data and contributing to evaluation reports.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Supervisory Responsibilities (if none, state none): None

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: SEADS Coordinator, Principal Investigators (PI) at FIC/Tufts (Professor Andy Catley); SEADS Steering Group members; SEADS Communication lead; other CRS support team staff (from Humanitarian Response Department and Agriculture/ Livelihoods team).

External: SEADS partners, especially SG member organizations and SEADS Field Teams; a wide range of local and international NGOs involved in SEADS trainings; SEADS Trainers.

Qualifications – External

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree in International Relations, agriculture, or related field a plus.
  • At least 5 years of experience managing large scale development grants, preferably focusing on training, agriculture or humanitarian assistance.
  • Proven track record of successful USG funded program management.
  • At least 3 years of supervisory experience, including performance evaluation, coaching and mentoring.

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

*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.

*Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.*

Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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