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Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is a global non-governmental organization that supports aid and development efforts in more than 99 nations. Regardless of religion, culture, or nationality, CRS programs offer assistance to people based on need. Since CRS implements its programs through local church and nonchurch partners, enhancing the capacity of these groups is essential to the success of its initiatives in each nation where it operates. CRS has been active in Nigeria for almost 25 years.

1). Project/Grant Accountant

Job Identification: 3000730

Location: Abuja

Job Category: Finance

Job Summary

  • The Project Accountant, under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, will coordinate and contribute to the implementation of the LDSC-funded project’s policies and procedures in compliance with CRS’ established accounting standards, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), donors’ rules and regulations, and legal requirements to support high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable.
  • The Project Accountant will perform sub-awardee/partner risk assessment and capacity building visits and manage partner financial management related to the project(s).

Roles and Key Responsibilities
Grants management and compliance

  • Serve as the point of contact for emergency grant management and compliance issues with sub-grantees
  • Support timely agreement/contract development/review/approval, both at the level of CRS and partners, ensuring adherence to both internal CRS and donor requirements.
  • Set and monitor sound accounting and financial reporting procedures for project’s subrecipients and partners following established standards. Ensure setup and maintenance of all data required for processing financial transactions for assigned project accounts in the CRS financial management system.
  • Review and validate supporting documentation before processing of financial transactions to ensure all required documents are accurate and complete and authorizations are in place.
  • Record financial transactions following appropriate authorizations. Review and analyze various accounts to detect irregularities. Advise on corrective actions and prepare correcting entries and adjustments, as necessary.
  • Assess, evaluate and monitor subrecipient financial management processes in accordance with policy and strengthen capacity of partner in financial accounting and transactions.
  • Monitor disbursement/receipt schedules, alert relevant project staff of due payments/liquidations, and maintain appropriate communication and follow-up to facilitate timeliness of financial resource management and compliance with set deadlines.
  • Prepare various periodic and ad hoc financial reports and perform variance analysis to assist project staff with decision-making. Assist with budget maintenance for proper management of financial resources.
  • Provide information to project staff, sub-recipients, and partners on financial accounting policies and procedural compliance issues and deliver training and other capacity-building activities.
  • Perform assigned treasury project (cash payment/receipt, cash forecast, etc.) duties, as long as segregation of duties is ensured.

Subrecipients’ financial management and Capacity Building

  • Build and strengthen the capacity of sub-recipients in the area of financial management. Plan and organize regular trainings and other capacity-building initiatives such as exchange visits to ensure that subrecipients acquire and maintain the skills required to manage financial resources provided by CRS and other donors.
  • Assess and regularly monitor sub recipients ability to safeguard financial resources entrusted to them. In addition, assess and monitor their ability to accurately record and post all financial transactions.
  • Work closely with subrecipients to ensure that they design and implement effective internal control improvement plans.
  • Maintain good working relationships with subrecipients based on mutual respect and effective communication and work closely with the Emergency Coordinator, Program Managers and Finance Leadership to ensure coordinated and consistent partners strengthening efforts.
  • Ensure subrecipient advances and liquidations are managed in accordance with the Subrecipient Financial Management Policy and the terms of the related subrecipient agreements.
  • Through formal training, on the job support and monitoring, build the capacity of CRS and partner staff in grants/contract compliance.
  • Conduct staff orientation in donor and CRS financial management policies, procedures and standards in collaboration and coordination with the Deputy Head of Finance and Grants.

Grant Management

  • Monitor grant agreements to ensure spending is within obligated budgets and the approved project periods; communicate with the CP Finance leadership when new agreements are signed, or existing agreements are modified.
  • Lead the ongoing financial management of the Emergency grant portfolio through timely communication with the Emergency Coordinator, program managers, to ensure budgets are not overspent or significantly under-spent.
  • Approve local partner budget updates and liquidation reports for the CRS finance team to process.
  • Ensure partner liquidation includes sufficient documentation to justify expenses.
  • Verify estimates of partner cash needs and in collaboration and coordination with Program/Project Managers, develop quarterly cash forecast to ensure sufficient cash flow and timely disbursement to support activity implementation.
  • Ensure that partners keep supporting documents for all financial transactions and ledgers for Fixed Assets, Purchase Requisitions, Cash Receipts and Disbursement.
  • In coordination with the Deputy Head of Finance and Grants Management, support the development and review of budget for new proposals and ensure accuracy of direct and allocated direct charges;

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Business Administration or Accounting, required.
  • Professional qualification in accounting (ACCA, CPA or equivalent), preferred.
  • Minimum three-five years relevant work experience w/ NGO, of which three years should be in USG finance and compliance. Very strong finance background.
  • Experience managing USG and/or other donor grant awards.
  • Auditing experience, a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability in building capacity and providing training and technical assistance, and experience working with church partners.
  • Self-guided, strong organizational and planning skills.
  • Excellent communication, coaching and facilitation skills.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to detect and report inconsistencies
  • Conscientious, accurate and thorough with great attention to detail
  • Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented
  • Ability to work collaboratively

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the relevant public donor regulations preferred.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications. Knowledge of SunSystems financial accounting package or similar financial reporting software preferred.

Application Closing Date
29th June, 2023.

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2). Field Security Officer

Job Identification: 3000731
Location: Abuja
Job Category: Program Management

Job Summary

  • The Field Security Officer (FSO) assists in maintaining a safe and secure environment for CRS employees and visitors, premises, and assets as well as maintaining regular communication with staff during field movement.
  • The FSO is responsible for ensuring that appropriate systems and procedures (Safety and Security Protocols) are in place to maximize safety and security and that they are always adhered to.
  • The FSO is responsible for coordinating operational security issues and sourcing of relevant security information within CRS project activity areas and in Sokoto state.
  • He supports the Security manager and Program Manager to ensure that safety and security is mainstreamed into all field operations across Sokoto Office, and at the same time provides high-quality information for decision making.

Roles and Key Responsibilities
Policies and Procedures:

  • Be familiar with CRS’s Safety and Security procedures and policies and Safe and Sound Manual and support the Head of Office in ensuring they are always adhered to.
  • Work with the Security Manager and the Head of Office to develop, consolidate, implement, and regularly review operating procedures and security plans across Sokoto State operational areas.
  • Assist the Security Manager to provide training(s) that may include Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Contingency Plans (CPs), Security Management, Incident Reporting, Prevention and Response Mechanisms, Communications (including satellite phones), and risk/threat analysis.

Communication:

  • Provide thorough security briefings to CRS staff and visitors upon arrival in the State.
  • Initiate, review, and collate security incident reports for each field site.
  • Implement, maintain, and regularly update the CRS State staff and visitors list, Security Communications Tree and SOPs as needed
  • Ensure the communication equipment functions at all times (HF radio, sat phone, internet, phone lines). Follow-up on any calls made by satellite phone and radio

Staff and Vehicle Movement:

  • In collaboration with the Travel Team, monitor movement and provide security guidance to international and national staff on the current situation in operational areas.
  • Daily track and record all CRS field movement within Sokoto State .
  • Maintain strong communication to report and record observations, information, and occurrences during staff movement.
  • Serve as focal point with drivers during interstate movement by tracking the location of all vehicles and staff and communicate with CRS Security Focal Points in other states.
  • Regularly conduct 30% field visits to assess field site compliance with safety and security procedure during field activities.
  • Ensure vehicle and personal tracking systems are appropriate, fully resourced, and operational

Monitoring and Analysis:

  • Collect information regarding politics and security in Sokoto State as well as on safety and security issues concerning CRS.
  • Respond to security-relevant incidents with information gathering and inform the Head of Office and the Country Security Manger.
  • Undertake continual assessments of equipment (including vehicles) and organizational assets to ensure that minimal conditions for security are met.      Prevent loss and damage by reporting irregularities, informing violators of policy and procedures.
  • Ensure that perimeter security staff (guards) have the capacities to perform their duties as per the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Conduct monthly health and safety inspections such as, but not limited to: fire extinguishers, smoke/fire detectors and inspection of CRS facilities in Sokoto State
  • Regular inventory and stock-taking of hibernation kits, first aid kits, and vehicle safety kits; ensure that staff know what is in the kits and how and when to use them.
  • Submit regular contextual updates (weekly/monthly situational reports) to the Head of Office
  • Work closely with CRS field teams to ensure all incidents and accidents are followed up with an official written Incident Report, which is then shared with relevant stakeholders and filed appropriately.
  • Take appropriate measures to secure CRS premises, personnel, assets, and properties by regularly monitoring and control of CRS existing security set-up.
  • Check that facilities and equipment conform to security norms (closures and doorways are in a good state, open spaces lit up, buildings identified, fire extinguishers present, electrical installations buried, etc.).
  • Review lodging options for staff Sokoto State and in field locations, ensuring they meet CRS standard operating procedures.

Coordination:

  • Maintain a wide professional and personal network of influential actors and clearly communicate CRS’s status and mission in Sokoto.
  • Build acceptance to facilitate continuity of current CRS programs and any future humanitarian or development programming by liaising with local communities, local authorities and other humanitarian actors and stakeholders within the state.
  • Coordinate regularly with the Country Security Manger on safety and security issues and fulfill all reporting requirements to the Country Office in Abuja.
  • Attend and represent CRS at UN, Sector, and other meetings relating to access and security as appropriate, following guidance from the Head of Office and the CP Security Manger.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Observation, active listening, and analysis skills with the ability to make sound judgment
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with diverse groups
  • Ability to plan and organize work and write clear and concise reports and communicate effectively (both written and verbal).
  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Word, PowerPoint).

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: Head of Office, Security Manger, Admin Officer, Security Officer, Deputy Country Representative, National staff, International Staff, etc.
  • External: INGOs, UN Agencies, Government Agencies, Partners etc.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences or a relevant field is required. Security Management trainings or certifications is a plus.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in the field of community engagement, risk management, safety and security management or other related field.
  • Previous experience in security management with NGOs is added advantage.
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the geography and culture of Northeast Nigeria with proven ability to read maps.
  • Proven commitment to accountability practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge through formal and informal training
  • Must be familiar with and committed to gender equity in programming and management practice

Application Closing Date
29th June, 2023.

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3). Program Manager I

Job Identification: 3000740
Location: Abuja
Job Category: Program Management

Job Summary

  • You will manage programming in the Country Program (CP) for Sokoto Emergency Response,designing and implementing projects advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable.
  • Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its programming.

Roles and Key Responsibilities
Grant Implementation:

  • Supervise team to meet program implementation targets on time, target and within budget and the, the program Ultimate, Intermediate and Immediate Outcomes are achieved.
  • Provide technical support and leadership on food programming (Voucher programming) within the program area, ensure it is done within CRS and accepted humanitarian standards.
  • Ensure protection and humanitarian accountability is fully implemented.
  • Lead sector leads in participatory planning of Nutrition (Tom Brown, MIYCN and Fresh Food Voucher), Community Liaison, gender, and protection project activities implementation, ensuring adherence to technical standards, best practices and donor guidelines.
  • Provide timely input and contribution to the completion of annual work plan, reports and ensure grant management compliance for the project in alignment with donor and CRS regulations.
  • Ensure effective liaison with local government officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders, making use of an appropriate accountability framework.
  • Gather and compile information from the Sector leads and Officers on overall performance progress reports detailing achievements against plan and variance on a regular basis and share with Emergency Coordinator Weekly.
  • Provide required documents/tools to support departments, particularly Finance, HR, Procurement, Logistics to ensure good practice in the provision of support services.
  • Design strategies, partnerships, and interventions to ensure project activities and implementation strategies are gender, age, and ability inclusive.
  • Ensure strong communication and coordination with all team members to effectively achieve program objectives.
  • Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of project staff, and complete performance management for direct reports.
  • Champion learning with project staff and partner teams. Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.
  • Coordinate the identification of staff capacity and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.
  • Help identify, assess, and strengthen partnerships relevant to Sokoto Emergency program, applying the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
  • Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project needs. Through planning and oversight ensure efficient use of project resources

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in International Development, International Relations or in the field of Social Science required. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • 3-5 years of relevant field-based experience in coordinating or managing light to moderately complex projects required, preferably with an international NGO.
  • Proven experience in managing Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) programs

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgments.
  • Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project management experience in the Northwest is highly desirable.
  • Experience engaging with partner organizations.
  • Experience contributing to the development of technical proposals.
  • MEAL skills and experience preferred.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.

Application Closing Date
29th June, 2023.

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4). Project Officer – Community Liaison

Job Identification: 3000742
Location: Abuja
Job Category: Program Management

Job Summary

  • As a member of the Emergency project team, the Community Liaison Officer (CLO) will serve as the focal point for community engagement and entry.
  • You will support project teams to establish and maintain relationships with community members and local leaders and monitor and report on all project activities in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable.
  • Your thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned community engagement activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences related to community engagement.
  • Coordinate communication and facilitate information sharing among the project team, implementing partners, and project beneficiaries at the community level to assist local partners in strengthening the community interest, involvement and support networks.
  • Liaise with various community stakeholders and mobilize them to ensure full involvement of community leaders, community representatives, and local government representatives in the overall implementation and improvement of project activities.
  • Support the CRS and partner field teams to identify community entry points, potential conflict triggers related to program activities and devise mitigating measures where needed.
  • Build capacity among CRS and partner staff in the area of community engagement and effective communication techniques for trust and relationship building.
  • In coordination with the project team support capacity building events for community representatives.
  • Coordinate, monitor, and report on volunteer activities.
  • Compile data provided at the community level as per project requirements and contribute to the preparation of reports.
  • Develop and maintain a community stakeholder directory to include but not limited to key contacts in the community, local community-based organization groups, local government agencies and humanitarian workers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment
  • Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners and community members
  • General knowledge of local and state government practices
  • Well-developed knowledge of local community cultures, leaders, customs and practices through prior involvement in the community. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of work experience in project support and community engagement.
  • Experience in the field of emergency response and for an NGO would be a plus.
  • Additional education may substitute for some experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

Application Closing Date
29th June, 2023.

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5). Project Officer – Nutrition

Job Identification: 3000743
Location: Abuja
Job Category: Program Management

Job Summary

  • The Nutrition project officer will be responsible for the overall management of the day-to-day activities of the nutrition program in assigned locations.
  • The Nutrition Officer, with guidance from the Program Manager, will undertake the following responsibilities related to project cycle management, technical direction, and field activities implementation.

Roles and Key Responsibilities
Program Support:

  • Support field-level technical assessments in coordination plan and organize CRS community-led supplementary program in project locations sites.
  • Supervise and Support nutrition partner officers, to ensure all aspects of the program are understood and implemented according to stipulated standards.
  • Ensure quality engagement of community leaders / their delegates for the organization of beneficiaries in each project location.
  • Carry out weekly supervisory visits to all project locations assigned.
  • Submit weekly field data and report to the Program Manager
  • Report any progress and any problems in a timely manner.
  • Identify gaps and present plans for capacity building to inform effective programing.
  • Attend regular nutrition meetings and assist in any other tasks when required.
  • Respect the dignity and culture of beneficiaries and other members of the community.
  • Ensure adequate availability of food and material supplies for distribution in all project locations and share monthly distribution plan with the Program Manager
  • Ensure effective follow-ups on beneficiaries in all project locations.
  • Ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
  • Collaborate with local partner(s) to prepare reports per established reporting schedule.
  • Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Identifying information for case studies for reports on program successes and learning

Capacity Building:

  • Identify learning and training opportunities for partner staff and communicate this to the Senior Nutrition Officer.
  • Ensure all partner officers are familiar with their responsibilities and up to date on any changes.
  • Coordinate project evaluation activities and assist partners in their efforts to collect and analyze project data as per specified tools.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Computer knowledge – Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Strong command of both written and spoken English and knowledge of local language
  • Solid analytical, writing skills, and communication skills.
  • Sound knowledge and skills in training and facilitation.
  • Team spirit and excellent interpersonal relations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Key Working Relationships:

  • Consult the Nutrition Manager Maiduguri and Sokoto program Manager on the technical decision process.
  • Timely updates to Program Manager on program data and activities
  • Collaborate with other nutrition team members.
  • Establish and maintain good communication with partner officers.

Internal:

  • Emergency Coordinator
  • Nutrition Manager
  • MEAL and Accountability Officers
  • Visiting National Offices, Partners and staff (Enumerators, Contractors, Volunteers, Consultants, Vendors)
  • Other CRS staff
  • GBV/Protection Officer

External:

  • Local and state governments
  • International/national and state institutions, agencies, clusters, partners
  • Children and their families
  • Parents and other members of the communities
  • Other partners

Basic Qualifications

  • B.Sc. Nutrition / Public Health / BSc or equivalent
  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience in the implementation of nutrition programs, including CMAM especially SFP and/or IYCF preferably in an International or Local NGO.
  • Experience in implementing Tom Brown nutrition program is an advantage.
  • Experience in conducting nutrition assessments and an understanding of nutritional surveillance and information systems.
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive and empathize with all beneficiaries.
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions.
  • Demonstrable ability at report writing.
  • Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Application Closing Date
29th June, 2023.

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6). Senior Project Officer, Research & Learning (Nigerian Nationals Only)

Job Identification: 3000753
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Job Category: Program Management

Job Summary

  • As a member of the THRIVE project team, you will monitor, document and report on the project learnings, case studies and innovations.
  • Your thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.
  • You will work closely with the evaluation and program teams to sieve out evidence-based learnings that have catalyzed change in the project implementation locations.
  • He/She will coordinate the team to ensure more effective learning and assess the effectiveness and outcomes of our work and support partners to use research to address underlying issues the project is working and disseminate this research to key stakeholders.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Support project team to learn from and demonstrate the impact of our work including contributing to learning processes for all the project sector areas.
  • Provide technical input on learning and evaluation agendas and approaches, data collection tools, and protocols for our work with partners and community stakeholders.
  • Review and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data to draw key lessons learned from quarterly review and learning sessions, research reports and support the team to step down learnings with project adaptations.
  • Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on best practices.
  • Communicate findings of research studies and learning reviews through reports, case studies, impact stories, presentations, and other materials with the project key stakeholders (partners, peer organizations, media, etc).
  • Promote team learning and strengthen staff capacity to participate in learning and assessment activities. At other times, you can assist colleagues in synthesizing, analyzing, and sharing learnings.
  • Connect with peers as we explore learning across the sector with the aim of collectively making a difference and helping manage existing learning, feedback, and data.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Development, Data Science, or any other related field.
  • 3 – 5 years of relevant field-based experience in project support. Experience in the field of monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) or Collaboration, Adaptation and Learning (CLA) for an NGO would be a plus.

Required / Desired Language:

  • Hausa/Kanuri

Travel Required:

  • (40% local travel)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
  • Experience of analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, including working with large datasets.
  • Ability to use analysis to drive improvements in program improvement and performance.
  • Relationship management skills: the ability to establish effective working relationships with people at all levels, internally and externally.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills; able to communicate research and evaluation findings in an understandable and usable manner.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, SPSS Word, PowerPoint).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with partners, participatory action planning and community engagement.
  • Staff supervision experience a plus.
  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: COP, DCOP, Emergence MEAL Coordinator, Food Security and Livelihood Advisor, Food assistance PM, other THRIVE sector leads, Head of Office, Heads of Administration, Supply Chain, and Finance, Security Coordinator, Admin and Operations staff in Maiduguri and Abuja.
  • External: UN, coordination forums, INSO, THRIVE implementing partners, relevant government ministries.

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

Application Closing Date
1st July, 2023.

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7). Senior Project Officer – Youth Enterprise & Economic Strengthening (Nigerian Nationals Only)

Job Identification: 3000753
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Job Category: Program Management

Job Summary

  • You will manage economic recovery and market systems (ERMS)  programming activities under CRS in THRIVE, based in Maiduguri. Together with the Project Officer Youth enterprises and economic strengthening, you will work with participants, and participant groups, stakeholders, and consortium partners in the implementation of ERMS sector activities.
  • You will work collaboratively as a team member with the other CRS sector leads and MEAL in THRIVE, under the leadership of the Food Security and Livelihood Advisor to plan, sequence, and layer all sector interventions to achieve optimal integration and impact for the poor and vulnerable.
  • You will also oversee the planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring, program quality and reporting for economic recovery and marketing systems activities. Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that THRIVE delivers high-quality, cost-effective and locally appropriate programming, and continuously works towards improving the impact of its interventions.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Manage and implement all economic recovery and market system, specifically 1) formation of project participants into savings and internal lending communities ( SILC), capacity assessment and building of the groups for optimal realization of economic gains by the targeted participants, monitor SILC groups throughout the savings cycle 2) implementation of youth enterprise activities, identification of targeted youths, mapping and prioritization of youth preferred vocational trainings, identification and capacity building of artisans to support apprenticeship for the targeted youths vocational enterprises. Support transparent linkage of youths to identified and trained artisans, and monitor the apprenticeship process while ensuring good observance of protection standards.
  • Implement and monitor granting of the targeted youths,
  • Enhance utilization of appropriate systems and tools in the realization of project activities throughout the project cycle and in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Ensure effective planning and integration of economic recovery and market system interventions with THRIVE activities in nutrition and protection, food assistance, and shelter and settlement &WASH.
  • Represent THRIVE and CRS at all state-level sector-based coordination mechanisms for youth enterprise and economic strengthening.
  • Champion learning amongst project staff and partner teams. Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.
  • Act as a key resource person in project design and proposal development in respective programming area, gap-filling and taking on growth responsibilities, as needed.
  • Coordinate the identification of youth vocational enterprises, artisans and facilitate linkage of targeted youths to identified and trained artisans for apprenticeship.
  • Help identify, assess, and strengthen partnerships relevant to economic recovery and market systems.
  • Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project needs. Through planning and oversight ensure efficient use of project resources

Required Languages:

  • English and Hausa are essential. Knowledge of one or more of the languages spoken in Maiduguri, such as Kanuri or Shuwa Arabic is an advantage

Travel:

  • The post is based in Maiduguri and includes 60% travel to field locations in the Jere area of Maiduguri.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in implementing youth enterprise and economic strengthening activities is essential.
  • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with the ability to make sound judgments.
  • Demonstrable capacities in team working and cross-sectoral planning and implementation.
  • Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups
  • Experience in managing relationships and performance with partner organizations and representing programs to local stakeholders.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports and make presentations.
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, and information management systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in implementing youth enterprise and economic strengthening activities is desired.
  • Program management experience in North-East Nigeria is desirable
  • Experience in implementing emergency agriculture and livelihood programming
  • Experience contributing to the development of technical proposals.
  • MEAL skills and experience preferred. Experience using CommCare and Power BI is an advantage.
  • Experience of using market-based mechanisms and CVA modalities, including the RedRose platform, for provision of assistance to youth enterprise and economic strengthening activities is desirable,
  • Practical hands-on experience working with community savings groups.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervises Youth Enterprises and Economic Strengthening Project Officer

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: COP, DCOP, Food Security and Livelihood Advisor, Food assistance PM, other THRIVE sector leads, Head of Office, Heads of Administration, Supply Chain, and Finance, Security Coordinator, Admin and Operations staff in Maiduguri and Abuja.
  • External: UN, coordination forums, INSO, THRIVE implementing partners, relevant government ministries.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Livelihood and Economic Strengthening -based courses or related field. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Minimum of two years of relevant field-based management experience in coordinating similar interventions in North- East Nigeria.
  • Minimum two years in implementing youth entrepreneurship and economic strengthening in NE Nigeria
  • Minimum one year in a supervisory role in similar or related tole
  • Minimum one year budget management experience

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

Application Closing Date
1st July, 2023.

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8). Program Manager I – Agriculture & Livelihoods

Job Identification: 3000750
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Job Category: Program Management

Job Summary

  • You will manage to program for agriculture and livelihood for the THRIVE consortium based in Maiduguri.
  • You will directly supervise the CRS THRIVE agriculture and livelihood team.
  • You will work collaboratively as a team member with the other CRS sector leads and MEAL in THRIVE, under the leadership of the Food Security and Livelihood Advisor THRIVE, to plan, sequence, and layer all sector interventions to achieve optimal integration and impact for the poor and vulnerable.
  • You will also oversee the planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring, program quality and reporting for agriculture and livelihood activities.
  • Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that THRIVE delivers high-quality, cost-effective and locally appropriate programming, and continuously works towards improving the impact of its interventions.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Manage and implement all agriculture and livelihood activities, specifically vegetable and crop farming, poultry rearing, economic recovery and market systems-based activities on youth enterprise and savings and internal lending community activities throughout relevant project cycles – project design, start-up, implementation, and close-out – to ensure efficient and effective implementation in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Ensure project team and partner staff use the appropriate systems and tools.
  • Ensure effective planning and integration of agriculture and livelihood interventions with THRIVE activities in nutrition and protection, food assistance, and shelter and settlement &WASH.
  • Represent THRIVE and CRS at all state-level sector-based coordination mechanisms for agriculture and livelihoods.
  • Effectively manage talent and supervise the THRIVE agriculture and livelihood team in CRS. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of project staff, and complete performance management for direct reports.
  • Champion learning with project staff and partner teams. Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.
  • Act as a key resource person in project design and proposal development in respective programming area, gap-filling and taking on growth responsibilities, as needed.
  • Coordinate the identification of staff capacity and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.
  • Help identify, assess, and strengthen partnerships relevant to nutrition and protection, applying the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools, and approaches.
  • Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project needs. Through planning and oversight ensure efficient use of project resources

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Agriculture-based courses. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Minimum of two years of relevant field-based management experience in coordinating similar interventions in North-East Nigeria.
  • Two years’ experience in working in an integrated and multisectoral program.
  • Two years’ experience in a supervisory role
  • Two years’ experience in budget management

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Project management experience in agriculture and livelihood is essential.
  • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
  • Demonstrable capacities in team working and cross-sectoral planning and implementation.
  • Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups
  • Experience in managing relationships and performance with partner organizations and representing programs to   local stakeholders.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports and make presentations.
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project management experience in agriculture and livelihood is desirable.
  • Program management experience in North- East Nigeria is desirable.
  • Experience in implementing emergency agriculture and livelihood programming.
  • Experience contributing to the development of technical proposals.
  • MEAL skills and experience preferred. Experience using CommCare and Power BI is an advantage.
  • Experience of using market-based mechanisms and CVA modalities, including the RedRose platform, for provision of agriculture and livelihood inputs to project participants is desirable.

Required Languages:

  • English and Hausa are essential. Knowledge of one or more of the languages spoken in Maiduguri, such as Kanuri or Shuwa Arabic is an advantage.

Travel:

  • The post is based in Maiduguri and includes 40% travel to field locations in the Jere area of Maiduguri.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Senior Program Officer – Youth entrepreneurship and economic strengthening, Project Officer-Agriculture, Project Officer Livestock.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: COP, DCOP, Food assistance PM, other THRIVE sector leads, Head of Office, Heads of Administration, Supply Chain, and Finance, Security Coordinator, Admin and Operations staff in Maiduguri and Abuja.
  • External – UN, coordination forums, INSO, THRIVE implementing partners.

Application Closing Date
1st July, 2023.

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9). Project Officer – Youth Enterprise and Economic Strengthening

Job Identification: 3000751
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Job Category: Program Management

Job Summary

  • You will support the implementation of economic recovery and market systems (ERMS) programming activities under CRS in THRIVE, based in Maiduguri. This position does not supervise any staff, but you will work directly with participants and participant groups, stakeholders, and consortium partners in the implementation of ERMS sector activities.
  • You will work collaboratively as a team member with the other CRS sector leads and MEAL in THRIVE, the Mercy Corps Business development team in THRIVE and under the leadership of Senior Project Officer for Youth enterprises and economic strengthening to plan, sequence, and layer all sector interventions to achieve optimal integration and impact for the poor and vulnerable.
  • You will support the planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring, program quality and reporting for economic recovery and market systems activities.
  • Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that THRIVE implements high-quality, cost-effective and locally appropriate economic recovery and market systems activities in the target communities of Jere LGA as per the proposal and contribute to program improvements and adaptations.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Develop implementation plans and facilitate implementation of youth enterprise and economic strengthening activities in the five project communities in Jere LGA,
  • Coordinate, mobilize and support the formation of project participants into savings and internal lending communities (SILC).
  • Coordinate the training capacity assessment and building of the formed SILC groups.
  • Actively monitor the performance of the SILC groups while intentionally seeking integration and layering opportunities for the groups for enhanced impact on the livelihood of participating households.
  • Coordinate with THRIVE SILC lead implementation staff to ensure harmonized programming approach and experience sharing amongst the SILC groups.
  • Coordinate, mobilize and support targeted identification of youths for livelihood support.
  • Conduct targeted identification of artisans to support livelihood apprenticeship support for targeted youths.
  • Coordinate the training of youths on business development mindset change skills, and eventual linkage of the youths to trained artisans.
  • Actively support and engage in the mapping of appropriate livelihood options that the youths can be supported in within Jere LGA
  • Coordinate training of select artisans on business development skills, empowering the artisans with skills to enable them to conduct skills transfer apprenticeship to select youths attached to them for up to three months.
  • Monitor implementation of youth business grants post-training and apprenticeship.
  • Enhance utilization of appropriate systems and tools in the realization of project activities throughout the project cycle and in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Ensure effective planning and integration of economic recovery and market system interventions with THRIVE activities in nutrition and protection, food assistance, and shelter and settlement &WASH.
  • Support learning amongst project staff and partner teams. Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.
  • Contribute to project design and proposal development in the respective programming area, gap-filling and taking on growth responsibilities, as needed.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Livelihood and Economic Strengthening -based courses or related. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Minimum of two years of relevant field-based management experience in coordinating similar interventions in North- East Nigeria.
  • Two years’ experience in youth vocational training, youth entrepreneurship and SILC group formation & management.

Required Languages:

  • English and Hausa are essential. Knowledge of one or more of the languages spoken in Maiduguri, such as Kanuri or Shuwa Arabic is an advantage.

Travel:

  • The post is based in Maiduguri and includes 70% travel to field locations in the Jere area of Maiduguri.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in implementing youth enterprise and economic strengthening activities is essential.
  • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with the ability to make sound judgments.
  • Demonstrable capacities in team working and cross-sectoral planning and implementation.
  •  Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups
  • Experience in managing relationships and performance with partner organizations and representing programs to local stakeholders.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports and make presentations.
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented.
  •  Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, and information management systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in implementing youth enterprise and economic strengthening activities is desired.
  • Program management experience in North- East Nigeria is desirable.
  • Experience in implementing emergency agriculture and livelihood programming.
  • Experience contributing to the development of technical proposals.
  • MEAL skills and experience preferred. Experience using CommCare and Power BI is an advantage.
  • Experience of using market-based mechanisms and CVA modalities, including the RedRose platform, for provision of assistance to youth enterprise and economic strengthening activities is desirable,
  • Practical hands-on experience working with community savings groups.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: COP, DCOP, Food Security and Livelihood Advisor, Food assistance PM, other THRIVE sector leads, Head of Office, Heads of Administration, Supply Chain, and Finance, Security Coordinator, Admin and Operations staff in Maiduguri and Abuja.
  • External : UN, coordination forums, INSO, THRIVE implementing partners, relevant government ministries.

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

Application Closing Date
1st July, 2023.

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10). Project Officer – Livestock (Nigerian Nationals Only)

Job Identification: 3000747
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Job Category: Program Management

Job Summary

  • You will support the implementation of the agriculture activities at the field level in Jere LGA. You will directly work with project participants, agriculture extension workers, village agents and local stakeholders in ensuring the implementation of robust agriculture activities as per THRIVE proposal.
  • You will work collaboratively as a team member with the other CRS staff under the leadership of the Agriculture and Livelihood PM to sequence, and layer all sector interventions to achieve optimal integration and impact for the poor and vulnerable.
  • You will support the planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring, program quality and reporting for agriculture and livelihood activities.
  • Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that THRIVE implements high-quality, cost-effective and locally appropriate agriculture activities in the target communities of Jere LGA as per proposal and contribute to program improvements and adaptations.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Develop implementation plans and lead in the implementation of poultry activities in the intervention communities in Jere LGA.
  • Work with the community animal health workers and veterinary department in building the technical capacity of project participants on poultry rearing, ensuring that project participants are provided vaccinated birds and that participants are well trained on poultry care and appropriately linked/exposed to drug stores for own sustainable access to production inputs.
  • Organize participants into learning groups for support and ease of poultry rearing information sharing and dissemination.
  • Proactively mobilize and engage project participants to promote derivation of maximal gain from the project by promoting good poultry rearing practices, limiting premature sales and consumption of production stock.
  • Support implementation of poultry activities as envisioned in the proposal, including working closely
  • Ensure robust timely reporting and field-level documentation of all subsector activities.
  • Work closely with all other project sector staffs, THRIVE implementing partners and area-based committees in the implementation and monitoring of the activities.
  • Assist the agriculture and livelihood PM in context analysis, optimistic gap identification and proposing of feasible intervention solutions to identified programming gaps.
  • Assist the agriculture and livelihood PM in the implementation of MEAL systems, including but not limited to the identification of project participants, monitoring and evaluation of the sector activities.
  • Act as a link between the project staff and the targeted communities in Project Operational areas.
  • Assist in farmers’ training and monitor the practical application of the knowledge, skills and techniques acquired and adapted by farmers.
  • Report on farmer’s performance and improvement in poultry husbandry.
  • Report weekly and monthly on project progress to the agriculture and livelihoods PM
  • Actualize any duties assigned for the overall success of the THRIVE project

Basic Qualifications

  • Degree in Livestock production, Animal Health, Veterinary Medicine or related field. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • At least 3 – 5 years of relevant field experience in the implementation of similar projects with IDPS, host communities and returnees.
  • Experience in working in a similar role in NE Nigeria

Required Languages:

  • English and Hausa are essential. Knowledge of one or more of the languages spoken in Jere, such as Kanuri or Shuwa Arabic is an advantage

Travel:

  • The post is based in Maiduguri, with field-level work in Jere LGA. Includes 80% travel to field locations in the Jere area of Maiduguri.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated skills in working with subsistence crop farmers
  • Basic poultry production skills
  • Ability to work closely with government agriculture extension workers and the Ministry of Agriculture.
  • Demonstrated ability to mobilize and organize community groups for project implementation
  • Willingness to travel frequently and work in an insecure and physically and mentally challenging environment
  • Good physical health and fitness.
  • Project management experience in agriculture and livelihood is essential.
  • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with the ability to make sound judgments.
  • Demonstrable capacities in team working and cross-sectoral planning and implementation.
  •  Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups
  • Experience in managing relationships and performance with partner organizations and representing programs to local stakeholders.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports and make presentations.
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented.
  •  Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, and information management systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in the implementation of emergency agriculture, vegetable farming, and cereal crops under both rainfed and irrigated systems is desirable.
  • Program management experience in North-East Nigeria is desirable
  • Experience in working with IDPs in agriculture projects.
  • Experience of using market-based mechanisms and CVA modalities, including the RedRose platform, for the provision of agriculture inputs to project participants.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: Agriculture and Livelihoods PM, Project officer Agriculture, Food assistance PM, other THRIVE program sector leads, Head of Office, Heads of Administration, Supply Chain, and Finance, Security Coordinator, Admin and Operations staff in Maiduguri and Abuja.
  • External: Project participants, agriculture extension workers, THRIVE implementing partners (Mercy Corps, JDPC)

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and are 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

Application Closing Date
1st July, 2023.

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11). Project Officer – Project Officer Community & Government Liaison

Job Identification: 3000747
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Job Category: Program Management

Job Summary

  • As a member of the THRIVE project team, the Community Liaison Officer (CLO) 2 will serve as the focal point for stakeholder engagement and entry in the Jere target communities.
  • You will support THRIVE project teams to establish and maintain relationships with ministries, departments, agencies (MDAs) and report on all project activities in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable through the THRIVE program activities.
  • Your thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned stakeholder level engagements in the Jere communities as outlined in the THRIVE detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist THRIVE partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences related to stakeholder engagement.
  • Work in coordination with the CLO 1 tasked with engagement activities for THRIVE at the community level in Jere. Engage with stakeholders at Maiduguri municipality and Borno State levels to provide briefing and updates and secure necessary support for THRIVE implementation. Ensure that essential feedback regarding the THRIVE program from LGA and state level stakeholders is shared effectively and regularly with THRIVE senior management. Work jointly with CLO1 to create and sustain a consistent and unified CRS approach to stakeholder engagement, stakeholder feedback and reporting for THRIVE at the community, city and state levels.
  • As required by the supervisor, support CLO1 in the mobilization, formation, and capacity development of the THRIVE area-based committees. Support in the development of a capacity development plan for area-based committee members to strengthen their participation in planning, organizing, overseeing, and monitoring and providing feedback to strengthen implementation of THRIVE sector activities.
  • Support CLO1 in the organization, conduct and follow up of scheduled meetings for THRIVE sector teams with all the Jere program’s area-based committees.
  • Coordinate communication and facilitate information sharing among the CRS THRIVE project team, consortium partners, and project beneficiaries at the community level in the seven communities of Jere to assist local partners in strengthening the community interest, involvement, and support networks.
  • Liaise with municipality and state level stakeholders in Maiduguri to create understanding and mobilize support for the overall implementation of THRIVE project activities.
  • Support the CRS and consortium partner field teams working in Jere for THRIVE to identify entry points with LGA and state level stakeholders. Identify potential issues and areas of concerns amongst stakeholders related to program activities and advise THRIVE senior management on appropriate communication and mitigation strategies consistent with CRS and donor policies and mandates.
  • Build capacity among CRS and consortium partner staff in community engagement and effective communication techniques for trust and relationship building.
  • In coordination with the project team and CLO 1 support the delivery of capacity building events for community representatives.
  • In coordination with CLO1, monitor, and report on activities of volunteers and non-staff agents, including community mobilisers, enumerators, and SILC field agents.
  • Compile data provided at the community level as per project requirements and contribute to the preparation of reports.
  • Develop and maintain a stakeholder directory for LGA and Borno state stakeholders for THRIVE, including but to key contacts in the state line ministries, traditional leaders and agencies overseeing humanitarian activities in Borno.

Basic Qualifications

  • Secondary School Diploma required. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum three to five years relevant field experience working in project support and community engagement. Experience required working with international NGOs in the area of emergency response. Familiarity of e-voucher assistance, Nutrition, Shelter, and WASH programming desirable.
  • Demonstrated high level interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to organize and prioritize a variety of initiatives.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities;

  • Observation, active listening, and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgments.
  • Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners and community members.
  • General knowledge of local and state government practices.
  • Well-developed knowledge of local community cultures, leaders, customs and practices through prior involvement in the community. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Attention to details, accuracy, and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: THRIVE Program Managers, Project teams, MEAL staff, Operations staff.
  • External: Consortium partner staff working in Jere, municipality and state level government stakeholders, and traditional leaders at city and state level.

Required Languages:

  • English is required and proficiency in Hausa, Fulani, Kanuri and/or local languages is desirable.

Travel:

  • Must be willing and able to travel up to 60% of the time to field locations throughout the work week.

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

Application Closing Date
1st July, 2023.

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12). Project Officer – Agriculture

Job Identification: 3000748
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Job Category: Program Management

Job Summary

  • You will support the implementation of the agriculture activities at the field level in Jere LGA. You will directly work with project participants, agriculture extension workers, village agents and local stakeholders in ensuring implementation of robust agriculture activities as per THRIVE proposal.
  • You will work collaboratively as a team member with the other CRS staffs under the leadership of the Agriculture and Livelihood PM to sequence, and layer all sector interventions to achieve optimal integration and impact for the poor and vulnerable.
  • You will support the planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring, program quality and reporting for agriculture and livelihood activities.
  • Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that THRIVE implements high-quality, cost effective and locally appropriate agriculture activities in the target communities of Jere LGA as per proposal and contribute to program improvements and adaptations.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Develop agriculture implementation plans and lead in the implementation of agricultural activities in the intervention communities in Jere LGA.
  • Work with the agriculture extension workers in building the technical capacity of project participants on crop production, through field level demonstration-based trainings.
  • Support organization of participants into learning groups for ease of agricultural information sharing and dissemination.
  • Coordinate and implement participants seed and tools needs identification to guide provision of the farming inputs to the participants.
  • Work closely with housing lands and property department in ensuring project participants have recognized access to safe farmland.
  • Ensure project participants have recognized working arrangements regarding safe utilization of water resource for farming in systems where farming is not dependent on rainfall water.
  • Support implementation of agriculture activities as envisioned in the proposal, including working closely
  • Ensure robust timely reporting and field level documentation of all agriculture activities.
  • Work closely with all other project sector staffs, THRIVE implementing partners and area-based committees in the implementation and monitoring of the agriculture activities.
  • Assist the agriculture and livelihood PM in context analysis, optimistic gap identification and proposing of feasible intervention solutions to identified programming gaps.
  • Assist the agriculture and livelihood PM in implementation of MEAL systems, including but not limited to identification of project participants, monitoring and evaluation of the sector activities.
  • Act as a link between the project staff and the targeted communities in Project Operational areas.
  • Assist in farmers training and monitor the practical application of the knowledge, skills and techniques acquired and adapted by farmers
  • Report on farmer’s performance and improvement in crops and vegetable husbandry.
  • Report weekly and monthly on project progress to the agriculture and livelihoods PM
  • Actualize any duties assigned for the overall success of the THRIVE project
  • Required Languages – English and Hausa are essential. Knowledge of one or more of the languages spoken in Jere, such as Kanuri or Shuwa Arabic is an advantage
  • Travel – The post is based in Maiduguri, with field level work in Jere LGA. Includes 80% travel to field locations in the Jere area of Maiduguri.

Supervisory Responsibilities (if none, state none)
Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: Agriculture and Livelihoods PM, Project Officer Livestock, Food assistance PM, other THRIVE program sector leads, Head of Office, Heads of Administration, Supply Chain, and Finance, Security Coordinator, Admin and Operations staff in Maiduguri and Abuja.
  • External: Project participants, agriculture extension workers, THRIVE implementing partners (Mercy Corps, JDPC)

Basic Qualifications

  • Degree in General Agriculture or related field. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • At least 3 – 5 years of relevant experience in the implementation of similar projects with IDPS, host communities and returnees.
  • Experience working in a similar field in NE Nigeria

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated skills in working with subsistence crop farmers
  • Basic Agriculture Extension skills
  • Ability to work closely with government agriculture extension workers and the Ministry of Agriculture.
  • Demonstrated ability to mobilize and organize community groups for project implementation
  • Willingness to travel frequently and work in an insecure and physically and mentally challenging environment
  • Good physical health and fitness.
  • Project management experience in agriculture and livelihood is essential.
  • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with the ability to make sound judgments.
  • Demonstrable capacities in team working and cross-sectoral planning and implementation.
  •  Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups
  • Experience in managing relationships and performance with partner organizations and representing programs to local stakeholders.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports and make presentations.
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented.
  •  Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, and information management systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in the implementation of emergency agriculture, vegetable farming and cereal crops under both rainfed and irrigated systems is desirable.
  • Program management experience in North-East Nigeria is desirable
  • Experience in working with IDPs in agriculture projects.
  • Experience of using market-based mechanisms and CVA modalities, including the RedRose platform, for the provision of agriculture inputs to project participants.

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

Application Closing Date
2nd July, 2023.

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13). Procurement Assistant – (Nigerian National only)

Job Identification: 3000754
Location: Abuja, FCT
Job Category: Supply Chain

Job Summary

  • You will effectively perform various activities throughout the procurement cycle to assist the acquisition of goods and services in support of the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable.
  • Your abilities will allow you to successfully support the quality and efficiency of procurement and purchasing activities applying the principles of stewardship, integrity, transparency, and accountability.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Supports requestors to prepare complete and comprehensive Purchase Requisition Forms.
  • Assists with the maintenance of the procurement plan and the procurement tracking tool to facilitate timely communication of procurement/purchase needs, status updates on progress of all orders, and effective and efficient service delivery.
  • Assists the Procurement Officer in the continuous search for competent, reputable, and reliable suppliers of goods or services.
  • Visits suppliers (company site, stores, and/or production facilities) to collect information and support the due diligence process.
  • Purchases items following CRS procurement documents (i.e. Purchase Order), instructions, and standards.
  • Prepares Payment Requests, ensuring all the supporting documentation is accurate and on file to assist the timely payment to vendors; and, follows up with requestors, suppliers, and other relevant parties to address any deficiencies and/or discrepancies.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree / High School Diploma required.
  • Minimum of 2 years work experience in supporting procurement/purchasing, logistics, and/or administration processes and activities.
  • Good writing skills.
  • Knowledge of local market conditions.
  • Knowledge in MS Office package (Excel and Word).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong attention to detail with good organizational, time management and prioritization skills.
  • Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized organizational codes of ethics
  • Strong customer service orientation with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional certification a plus.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Experience with database management systems (e.g. MS Access) highly desirable.

Required Languages:

  • English and Hausa, proficiency in other local languages preferred.
  • Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 10 %.

Deadline: 2nd July, 2023.

How to Apply: Interested and qualified candidates should use the links below to apply:

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