Senior Project Officer At Catholic Relief Services

Reports To: Deputy Head of Programming
Length of Contract: 9 months
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 are accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.
CRS has worked in Kenya since 1965. Over the years, CRS’s focus shifted from direct relief and food distributions to a comprehensive development program that works with partners and enhances the local capacity. CRS Kenya programs now support care reforms, children affected by HIV, and community-based efforts to increase household incomes, improve family health an d sanitation, and enhance agricultural livelihoods.
Job Summary:
As CRS point person for strategic partnerships with the Diocese of Lodwar and the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (KCCB CJPC), the Senior Project Officer will provide technical guidance and advice to implementing partner staff and facilitate the achievement of project objectives through coordinating and reporting on all project activities. Additionally, s/he will apply relationship management skills and facilitate engagement of other CRS colleagues to coordinate CRS capacity building support to the national Caritas office as well as other partner dioceses across Kenya, and potentially also Caritas Somalia.
Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Organize and lead the implementation of all assigned project activities for the Enhancing Climate Change Adaptation in Turkana (ECCAT) project as well as emergency related projects such as Prevention of Election Violence (PEV) as outlined in the detailed implementation plans in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • For each project, and along with CRS Kenya MEAL team, ensure learning properly accompanies activities throughout the project cycle. Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and guiding partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences. Analyze implementation challenges and report any inconsistencies and/or gaps to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules.
  • Coordinate and oversee working relationships between local partners (Diocese of Lodwar and KCCB CJPC,) and CRS programming and operations teams, including coordinating provision of logistical, technical and administrative support to partners.
  • Provide accompaniment and on-the job-support for various processes and resources with local partners to ensure timely project activities implementation and adherence to established process standards and procedures. Ensure proper tracking of resource use for project activities through periodic budget reviews and follow-up with and assistance to implementing partners.
  • Ensure project documentation for assigned activities is complete with all required documents and is filed per agency and donor requirements. Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and documentation of case studies and promising practices.
  • Serve as a point person for CRS Kenya for receiving, planning and coordinating requests for support made by other Caritas partners, in exploration of potential partnership with CRS
  • Serve as point person for coordinating CRS ongoing relationship management and technical support to Caritas National coordination team, including supporting drafting of emergency appeals and CRS-Caritas retreats and other strategic collaborations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Analysis and problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment
  • Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners
  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented
  • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities

Required Languages Excellent spoken and written English.
Travel  Must be willing and able to travel up to 50% within Kenya.
Supervisory Responsibilities: none
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Deputy Head of Programming, Program Quality Manager, Head of Programming,
External: Caritas Directors at Diocese level, Project leads at partners level l, Caritas National Coordinator
*Basic Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s Degree in the field of social sciences, environmental science or community development or related field required. Degree in International Relations or Project Management would be a plus.
  • Minimum of 6 years of work experience in project support and coordination, with a focus in local partner capacity development preferably in the NGO sector.
  • Demonstrated commitment to respect, equity, diversity and inclusion including gender equality.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with partners, participatory action planning and community engagement.
  • Experience with capacity strengthening tools, resources or methodologies a bonus.
  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

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

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
What we offer:
CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.
*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.
CRS Kenya strives to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come and work, stay, and do their best.
CRS provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, sex, age, marital status, physical or mental disability or handicap, medical condition and any other status protected by law. As an equal opportunity employer, CRS will recruit, hire, train and promote persons solely on their qualifications and abilities.
*By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics.*

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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