Technical Advisor I-EMPOWER MEAL IM


CRS’ EMPOWER program provides technical support and accompaniment to local and national organizations to strengthen institutional capacity for humanitarian response programming. Through EMPOWER, CRS staff accompany local organizations in institutional capacity self-assessments. Based on self-assess
ment results, as well as institutional mission, vision, and strategy, participating local organizations develop institutional strengthening plans. In response to expressed priorities and requests, CRS provides participating organizations with demand driven technical resources, support, training and accompaniment, and organizes zonal and regional workshops to facilitate shared learning and strengthening of peer networks among local and national humanitarian response organizations.
Job Summary
You will provide technical guidance and accompaniment to local and national organizations participating in the EMPOWER p
rogram in the areas of project management and monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) to strengthen their institutional capacity for humanitarian response programming, in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality and partnership principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practice. As
a part of the EMPOWER team, you will support local and national organizations in achieving their institutional objectives for humanitarian response management.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Thorough familiarity with the principles of, and field experience in, current approaches to MEAL for emergency relief programs, including both qualitative and quantitative methods and database design.

  • Expertise in Excel and statistical software, with experience in PowerBI and one or more of the following digital data collection tools: DHIS, CommCare, RedRose.

  • Experience in implementing relational databases in humanitarian/development contexts, including data cleaning/wrangling, data analysis and creation of dashboards

  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.

  • Familiarity with geo sp
    atial data management principles with demonstrable experience in GIS software and familiarity with concepts of relational databases and hands-on experience with one or more RDBMS.

Required Foreign Language

  • Excellent professional communications skills, with language proficiency in oral and written English and Spanish. Knowledge of Portuguese, French or Kreyol a plus

Required Travel

  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally 50% of time (i.e., 6 months out of the year)

  • Willingness and ability to deploy as soon as possible when disasters strike, primarily within Latin American and the Caribbean; may include deployments to other regions, as needed

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work wi
    th individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings

  • Good strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment

  • Good technical writing skills

  • Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills

Key Working Relationships
Internal: EMPOWER Team Lead and Team members, HRD Technical Advisors, CRS Latin America and Caribbean Country Program Staff
External: Program, Operations, and Management Staff form Participating Local Organizations
Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in MEAL or equivalent experience, in a field relevant to a MEAL position in an international NGO e.g., Social Sciences, Statistics, International Development, Economics, Humanitarian management, Data Science, etc.) required

  • Minimum of three years relevant work experi
    ence with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of two years relevant field-based experience in Project Management or MEAL.

  • Knowledge of technical principles and concepts in Project Management and MEAL. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.

  • Experience in project design and proposal development. Experience in writing content for proposals.

  • Knowledge of capacity strengthening best practices.

  • Experience with program monitoring and evaluation and analysis.

  • Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.

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
*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.
*Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and respon
sibilities associated with the position.* **Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination. 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**

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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