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Field Officer – MEAL Yumbe

Yumbe | Kampala

  • Organization: CRS - Catholic Relief Services
  • Location: Yumbe | Kampala
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: Closed

Title: Field Officer – MEAL
Department: Programs
Report to: Senior Project Officer
Duration: Full time
Job Location: Yumbe/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 support the implementation of monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning for the Intensive Mixed Use Agroforestry Systems on household plots project activities. This includes assisting farmers in joining the system, conducting field monitoring, collecting data for reporting, and tracking progress. You will receive direct supervision and technical support from the M&E expert. Your excellent service and community relations skills will ensure that partners and local communities benefit from the project that consistently applies best practices and strives to enhance its impact.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:
•Support the coordination and monitoring of project activities at the field level, ensure that implementation schedules are met in accordance with the detailed activity plan, and promote adherence to systems related to monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning in relation to the implementation of quality projects.
•Coordinate communication and facilitate the sharing of information related to monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning between the project team and implementing partners and project participants at the community level to assist local partners in enhancing community interest and participation and support networks.
•Assist in the introduction and implementation of the project's feedback and response mechanism. Support the search for, and effective response to feedback from all members of target communities and other stakeholders as defined in the feedback and response mechanism.
•Coordinate with and mobilize various community stakeholders to ensure the full participation of community leaders and representatives and local government representatives in the overall implementation and improvement of project monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning activities.
•Support capacity building events related to monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning for community representatives in coordination with the project team.
•Coordinate, monitor and report on volunteer activities related to monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning.
•Collect data provided at the community level according to project needs and contribute to reporting.
•Contribute to the learning of the program by asking thoughtful questions, reflecting on information collected from community members and partners and sharing it with project management.

Basic Qualifications
•High School diploma required. Bachelor’s degree a plus.
•4 years of work experience in monitoring and evaluation Additional education may substitute for some experience.
•Must have a rider’s license (Class “A”).
•Experience in monitoring agroforestry projects is an added advantage.
•Computer skills required.

Required Languages - Ability to speak English and any of the local languages.
Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 50% with the areas of operation and to Kampala offices.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
•Ability and willingness to ride a motorcycle is required.
•Observation, active listening, and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment.
•Good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with diverse groups.
•Proactive, results-oriented, and service-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: Works closely with MEAL officers on the country team.
External: Works closely with the partners and stakeholders.
Monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning competencies (for MEVA staff in Catholic Relief Services) Each staff member in this position is expected to have the basic knowledge and ability and, with guidance, be able to apply the following competencies in common situations with limited difficulties:
•Analysis and critical thinking
In addition, each employee holding this position is expected to have a first perception, show readiness and the possibility of learning more about:
•Applications of technology in monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (ICT4MEAL)
•Monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning in management.

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.

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