Technical Advisor II-MEAL, Southern Africa Region Job at Catholic Relief Services – South Africa

Technical Advisor II-MEAL, Southern Africa Region – (2100008A)


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.

Job Summary:
You will provide technical advice, guidance, and support to a wide range of program design and implementation issues with a focus on larger projects in the area of Monitoring, Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to regional and Country Program (CP) teams to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your technical knowledge, advice and guidance will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS’ MEAL programming is across the globe.

This position is open for international telecommuting and nationals from the Southern Africa Region (Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe).

S/he will work closely with other Technical Advisors (Tas) in SARO and be part of global Community of Practice of technical advisors for MEAL within CRS, liaising with her/his counterparts to develop and disseminate tools, best practices and policies. The TA-MEAL exists to promote best practices, learning and sharing and advance CRS’ Agency Strategy (2019-2030), which recognizes MEAL as a Core Competency.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:
Contribute to the development and implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards, tools, and best practices in MEAL that effectively engage partners, 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 MEAL. 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 MEAL 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 MEAL to collect and share best practices and promote CRS’ work.

Required Languages – List languages required to perform the job

French/Portuguese will be an advantage

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 30 %.

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

Supervisory Responsibilities (if none, state none)

The MEAL TA has no direct reports; however, s/he may be required to supervise consultants, as needed

Key Working Relationships:
Internal Country Program MEAL staff, Heads of Programming, Country Representatives, other TAs within SARO, PIQA MEAL advisors, TAs for MEAL in other regions, CRS’ Chief Learning Officer and the DRD PQ.

External: Local Partners, other PVOs; consultants working in MEAL; USG, especially USAID, and other donor agencies; professional associations (e.g. National Evaluation Associations)


Basic Qualifications

Master’s degree and equivalent experience, in a field relevant to an INGO MEAL position.

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 MEAL.

Previous experience providing technical assistance and developing successful proposals for external donor funding is required.

Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in MEAL. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.

Experience in business development, project design and proposal development in MEAL, 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.

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 responsibilities 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

Primary Location: Southern Africa

Job: Technical Programming

Organization: Catholic Relief Services

Schedule: Regular

Shift: Standard

Job Type: Full-time

Day Job

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Job Posting: Apr 19, 2021, 11:06:12 AM

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