Project Officer – Livelihollds for LRO program (Meki/Shashemene)

at Catholic Relief Services - CRS
Location Meki/Shashemene, Oromia, Ethiopia
Date Posted April 29, 2020
Category Agriculture
Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


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 partner’s 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 position;

Position Title:

Project Officer, Livelihoods  

Duty Station:

Meki or Shashemene

Employment Term:

Indefinite Term contingent upon funding of the LRO program

Reports to:

Program Manager I - Livelihoods

Application Deadline:

May 8, 2020

Position Summary

As a member of the LRO Livelihoods team, you will support, coordinate, monitor and report on all project activities in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.

Job Responsibilities

·   Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.

·   Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.

·   Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.

·     Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and assisting partners in their efforts to collect and analyze project data per specified mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with local partner(s) to prepare reports per established reporting schedule.

·     Collect information on staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and monitor capacity building and technical support activities to ensure effective impact.

·    Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices.

·    Provide technical support for the establishment and functionality of Livelihood Groups (LGs); livelihood pathway selection; business plan development; marketing groups (MGs) formation; organization of MSP meetings; establishment/strengthening of agro dealers; and livelihood recovery support, etc.

.   Ensure program quality at ground level and serve as field level contact person for LRO Livelihoods/value chain activities.


Job Requirements

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

 Education and Experience

·         MA/MSC Degree in crop, agronomy related fields.

·         2 years relevant experience for MA or 4 years relevant experience for BA degree.

·         NGO experience in the field of livelihoods would be a plus.

·         Additional education may substitute for some experience.

·         Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.

·         Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.

·         Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

 Personal Skills

  • Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment
  •  Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners and             community members
  • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented


Applying Instructions

You should fill the application form through the link and attach your up-to-date CV on / before the application deadline May 8, 2020.

You will be contacted only if selected for written exam/interview. Phone solicitations will not be accepted. These job opportunities are open to Ethiopian nationals only.

CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. 


** Qualified women are highly encouraged to apply**

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