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Technical Advisor II - Value Chains (TA II)


  • Organization: CRS - Catholic Relief Services
  • Location: Kampala
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

Title: Technical Advisor II - Value Chains (TA II)
Department: Programs
Report to: Implementation Lead
Duration: Full time
Job Location: Kampala/Uganda
Vacancies: One (1)

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.
CRS has been working in Uganda since 1965 and has a vibrant portfolio of projects, serving over a million vulnerable Ugandans and refugees each year through the Country Program 2030 Strategy. CRS programs in Uganda currently support five strategic priority areas, including Health and Social Services Systems Strengthening, Resilient Food Systems, Emergency Preparedness and Management, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and Local Leadership. CRS Uganda implements its programs through partnerships with local organizations, including international and local NGOs, Ugandan government departments and ministries, the Catholic Church, and community-based organizations for maximum impact and sustainability. CRS Uganda employs around 150 staff and has its main office in Kampala, with sub-offices in Yumbe, Kyangwali, Kasese and Hoima.

CRS is preparing to implement a new project titled Intensive Mixed Use Agroforestry Systems on household Plots. The specific objective of the project is to increase uptake of agroforestry in refugee host communities in 19 target districts. The key to achieving the objective is to understand the motivation of smallholder farmers in the target districts, and to instill a demand for mixed-use agroforestry uptake from the household level. By placing the household at the center of the project strategy and by connecting both environmental and economic goals, CRS and partners will facilitate the acceleration of land restoration and increase community resilience in the target districts for generations to come.

Job Summary:
You will offer technical expertise, guidance, and assistance on various program design and implementation matters, focusing particularly on larger projects within the scope of the Intensive Mixed Use Agroforestry Systems on household plots project, in alignment with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles, donor directives, and industry standards. Your role involves providing support to regional and Country Program (CP) teams to enhance the delivery of high-quality programs benefiting the poor and vulnerable. Additionally, you will advise on identifying key private sector partners and strategies for engaging them effectively. You will also contribute to establishing a baseline for identifying top-performing green business value chains in the 19 districts where the project operates. Your technical expertise, advice, and guidance will play a vital role in assessing the
effectiveness, adaptability, and innovation of CRS' climate change adaptation and mitigation programming worldwide.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:
•Contribute to the development and implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards, tools, and best practices in green businesses that effectively engage target groups, private sector entities, donors, and governments. Help ensure a cross-sectoral approach integrating gender, protection mainstreaming, and disaster risk reduction.
•Provide technical solutions to regional and CP teams, remotely and on-site, for strategic planning and how to best apply program design and implementation standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools, and M&E, ensuring high-quality implementation.
•Contribute to regional and CP efforts to pre-position CRS for growth opportunities in value chains and Natural Resources-based Enterprises (NRBEs). Lead or contribute to the development of the technical design for large and/or complex proposals, including defining appropriate monitoring systems and indicators. Advise project teams on integrating donor strategies, priorities, and technical requirements into CRS’ approach.
•Contribute to capacity strengthening initiatives in NRBEs programming for staff and partner through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and mentoring and coaching to CP staff.
•Contribute to knowledge management and learning through collecting and analyzing program data, evaluating strategic projects, assisting with measuring program impact, capturing, and sharing lessons learned and best practices, and research and internal reports.
•Establish and maintain relationships with donors, peer organizations, research, and other institutions. Participate in forums in the area of NRBEs to collect and share best practices and promote CRS’ work.

Basic Qualifications
•Master's Degree in agribusiness or agriculture with over 10 years' experience in agribusiness required.
•Minimum of five years relevant international working experience in an advisory or management role with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of three years working for programming interventions in agroforestry value chains.
•Previous experience providing technical assistance and developing successful proposals for external donor funding is required.
•Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in NRBEs programming. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
•Experience in business development, project design and proposal development in multi-use agroforestry systems, including technical writing.
•Experience in mentoring, coaching, facilitation, and training applying adult learning principles and practices.
•Experience with program monitoring and evaluation, including applying data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation.
•Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
•Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.

Required Languages – Ability to speak English and any of the local languages.
Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 60% within the 19 districts of operation.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
•Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings.
•Strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment.
•Strong written and oral communication skills
•Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
•Proactive, resourceful, and results-oriented

Agency REDI Competencies (for all CRS Staff):
Agency competencies clarify expected behaviors and attitudes for all staff. When demonstrated, they create an engaging workplace, help staff achieve their best, and help CRS achieve agency goals. 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.
Personal Accountability – Consistently takes responsibility for one’s own actions.
Acts with Integrity - Consistently models values aligned with CRS Guiding Principles and mission. Is considered honest.
Builds and Maintains Trust - Shows consistency between words and actions.
Collaborates with Others – Works effectively in intercultural and diverse teams.
Open to Learn – Seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.

Agency Leadership Competencies:
Lead Change – Continually looks for ways to improve the agency through a culture of agility, openness, and innovation.
Develops and Recognizes Others – Builds the capacity of staff to reach their full potential and enhance team and agency performance.
Strategic Mindset – Understands role in translating, communicating, and implementing agency strategy and team priorities.

Key Working Relationships
•Supervisory: None.
•Internal: Reports to PM II
•External: Works closely with the regional VC advisor and agribusiness Project officers and Managers on the country team.

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

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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.

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.

All candidates who meet the requirements are encouraged to apply by following the provided instructions.
•This position is for Nationals only.
•The deadline for submitting applications is March 7, 2024, no later than 5:00pm.
•Applications are received electronically through this link only.

This vacancy is now closed.
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