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Project Officer-ECCAT Project

Catholic Relief Services

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Job Description

Reports To: Sector Lead â Climate Change Adaption and Livestock 

Country/Location: Kenya/Lodwar, Turkana County

Length of Contract: One year 

About CRS:  

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Catholic 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. 

CRS is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity, race or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners, including the Government to implement its programs.

CRS opened operations in Kenya in 1965. For over 50 years, we have worked throughout the country to implement programs in agriculture, livelihoods, health and nutrition, water, sanitation, emergency relief and peace building. We have built deep relationships with the Government of Kenya and the Catholic Church


The CRS Kenya Country Strategy identifies climate change adaptation as a strategic priority area. CRS is working to promote sustainable, scalable, nature-based strategies that contribute to resilient development by utilizing its expertise in climate change adaptation and livestock management. In its response to the climate crisis, CRS Kenya is developing and coordinating implementation of projects that ensure natural resources including water, soils and forests are sustainably managed and developed in an integrated manner for socio-economic development and environmental security. 

The Enhancing Community-based Climate Change Adaptation in Turkana (ECCAT) project aims at addressing the problem of livelihood insecurity and environmental degradation experienced by poor and vulnerable communities in Turkana County as a result of climate change. This is largely through strengthening the capacity of Ward Climate Change Planning Committees to deliver their roles as per the County climate change legal framework, provision of grants to natural resource management groups for livelihood diversification and implementation of natural ecosystem restoration interventions within the project area.

Job Summary:  

The Project Officer will provide technical, operational and coordination oversight for the implementation of the project in the respective project location. S/he will be responsible for coordination and support the implementing partner to ensure effective and timely activity development planning, delivery, monitoring and reporting for the project. A key aspect of the position will be to facilitate integration and implementation of project components at the field level and assist with management and coordination oversight of activity implementation. The position also has a strong focus on capacity building and mentoring of partners to deliver on project objectives including monitoring and evaluation of outputs against actual outcomes.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

Assist in the development and administration of annual work-plans, budgets, internal agreements, contracts and production of progress reports, provide technical oversight and guidance on project activities, ensuring coherence with the projectâs results framework. In coordination with the MEAL team, develop and apply the projectâs monitoring instruments and systems, document, package and disseminate case studies, best practices and lessons from the project to a wider audience for awareness, advocacy and policy influencing, as well as ensuring collection, collation, reporting, organization and keeping of all project data and documents. lead day to day communication with the implementing partner to ensure a high level of coordination within the project, support the building and maintenance of positive and productive relationships between the implementing partner and other relevant stakeholders, manage the production of project outputs and getting them laid out/designed appropriately for specific audiences. Ensure sound environmental practices/guidelines are in place, monitored and reported on Support business development efforts by contributing to the development of funding proposals for the project. Represent CRS on issues at strategic, political and technical meetings, seminars and other events and processes as may be required from time to time.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relations across multi-functional teams as well as with the private sector. A strong delivery-oriented work ethic with the ability to meet competing demands and challenging timelines. Excellent interpersonal skills to support building and maintaining networks and partnerships. Committed to continuous learning, proactive and self-development. Strong strategic, analytical and problem-solving skills, with ability to make sound judgment and decisions and offer innovative solutions. Excellent technical report writing, presentation and facilitation skills. Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented. Committed to gender sensitive management and respect, equity, diversity, inclusion initiatives.

Required Languages â English required; Swahili and/or other Kenyan language an advantage.

Travel required:  Supervisory Responsibilities: None Key Working Relationships:  Internal â  Head of Programming,Technical advisor climate change adaptation, MEAL department,  External â  Caritas Turkana, County government representatives, 


Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in environmental management, environmental studies, natural resources management, or related disciplines. At least three (3) years of experience in planning and implementing project activities in sustainable natural resources management, climate change adaptation and resilience building and participatory natural resource management. Demonstrable project management skills including design, budgeting, procurement, implementation, monitoring, learning and reporting skills. Strong knowledge and experience in governance, advocacy and policy influencing of natural resources management. Experience working with pastoral and agro-pastoral communities on climate change related and resilience building interventions. Experience in partnership development and management with the private sector, community groups and government agencies Knowledge of national/global development agenda and goals related to climate risk management. Understanding of the project management cycle

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 â  Consistently takes responsibility for oneâs 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 â  Works effectively in intercultural and diverse teams. Open to Learn â  Seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.

Agency Leadership Competencies:

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


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. CRSâ 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.

CRSâ emphasis on family values supports benefits, including maternity and paternity leave, policies that promote exclusive breastfeeding, the availability of a baby room at the office, and flexible working hours where possible. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

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.

About Us

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. CRSâ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

About the Team

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 welcomes candidates from the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Info

Job Identification3001051 Job CategoryProgram Management Posting Date11/03/2023, 06:32 AM Apply Before11/17/2023, 03:59 PM Degree LevelBachelor's Degree Job ScheduleFull time Job ShiftDay Locations Kenya RAPID Field Office Location , Lodwar town, Turkana, KE (On-site)

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