Technical Adviser II Resilience

  • CDD
  • Sahel

Catholic Relief Services

Job Title: Technical Advisor II, Resilience

Reports to:  TBD
Department:  WARO
Salary Grade: 10
Note: This position is dependent upon funding, as well as the donor’s approval of the proposed Chief of Party.

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

CRS is seeking a Resilience Lead for the anticipated 5-year USAID Regional Resilience Activity in the Sahel. The program seeks to expand resilience in the Sahel, improving the ability of individuals, households, and communities to mitigate, adapt to, and recover from perennial shocks and stresses. This grant will be implemented in several countries, including Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and the Gambia. The program will be implemented by a consortium of local, national, regional and international implementing partners, including faith-based and civil society organizations, NGOs and research organizations, working in close collaboration with government agencies and the private sector. The Resilience Lead will support the program Chief of Party in developing the strategic direction and providing technical advice across all program components in the planning, designing, implementation, and monitoring of activities. They will also be responsible for establishing and managing internal systems to ensure principles of resilience and sustainability within the programming approach and ensure that the technical sectors, including nutrition, agriculture, and WASH work together to create multiplier effects. The Resilience Lead will identify and promote appropriate integration, layering, and sequencing of technical interventions within the Regional Resilience Activity. The program is anticipated to start in 2024 and this position will be based in one of the Sahel countries.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Provides technical guidance to the consortium and assumes responsibility for effective integration of all technical interventions at all levels of implementation
  • Ensure the achievement of activity goals and objectives are in line with annual workplans by providing technical advice and direction to the implementation team
  • 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 contributing to research and internal reports
  • Support the coordination of programmatic approaches for humanitarian response, resilience-building, disaster risk reduction, development and peacebuilding across participating country programs to enable cross-country learning and increased effectiveness of the project
  • Establish and maintain overall strategic coherence and coordination, including engagement with key stakeholders such as donors, peer organizations, research, and other institutions. Participate in forums around resilience and related areas to collect and share best practices and promote CRS’ work.
  • Lead the development of program learning documents, identify opportunities for learning, research and publications in the area of Resilience.  Facilitate the dissemination of promising practices and lessons learned to contribute to the agency knowledge management agenda.

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Public Health, Nutrition, International Development, Rural Development or related field required.
  • Minimum of 5-10 years’ relevant international working experience in an advisory or management role with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of four years working for programming interventions in a triple-nexus response in West Africa and/or the Sahel.
  • Previous experience providing technical assistance and developing successful proposals for external donor funding is preferred.
  • Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in resilience. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
  • Experience in business development, project design and proposal development in triple-nexus programming and related areas, including technical writing.
  • Strong experience in project grants management.
  • 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.

Required Languages – French and English fluency, including excellent oral and written skills, required. Working proficiency in local African languages.

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.

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

Supervisory Responsibilities None

Key Working Relationships

Internal WARO BD team, HRD team, Country Representatives, HOPs, HOOPs, country-based Humanitarian relief and Peacebuilding project staff, WARO Regional Advisors, Global Technical Advisors, IDEA colleagues

External Partner organizations, Donors, Representatives of Peer Organizations

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

You can send your application including: a cv, a cover letter in PDF and the names of three people cited as professional references to the following address:, putting Technical Advisor II Resilience in the subject line, no later than june 30, 2024.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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