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  • Posted: Jul 17, 2020
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    Catholic Relief Services is the international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States.

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    Program Manager I

    You will manage all current and future Agriculture and Livelihood programming in the Country Program (CP), 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:

    • Manage and implement all 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.
    • Help identify, foster, and strengthen partnerships with Government of Ghana Agriculture sector offices, multiple donors, private sector stakeholders and relevant civil society organizations, applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools, and approaches.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    •  Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project needs. Through planning and oversight ensure efficient use of project resources
    • Collaborate across programming, especially integration of microfinance, WASH, and health activities, as well as mainstreaming of gender into the design and implementation of agriculture and agro-enterprise development programs to increase equity.
    •  Position and maintain CRS/Ghana at the forefront Ghana’s agricultural development efforts

    Basic Qualifications

    • Master’s Degree in the field of Agriculture or International Development required.
    • Minimum of 5 years of relevant field-based experience in coordinating or managing moderately complex projects required, preferably with an international NGO.
    • Additional experience may substitute for some education.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

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

    Required Languages – Fluency in English required.

    Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 25%.

    Supervisory Responsibilities: Senior Project Officers for Agriculture and Livelihood Dept.

    Key Working Relationships:

    Internal: Country Representative, Head of Programs, Finance Manager, Business Development Specialist, Senior/Regional Technical Advisors, Health/WASH Program Managers

    External: MoFA, Dept. of Agric, Church partners, Universities and research institutions, and other partners


    Preferred Qualifications

    •  Project management experience in Agriculture and Livelihoods 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.

    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

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    Project Officer Sr – Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning

    As a lead for implementing monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) initiatives for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Unit, you will be tasked to consult with project team(s) and collaborate with the MEAL Coordinator and the Regional MEAL Technical Advisor to develop and achieve project-level learning objectives, ensure projects meet MEAL policies and procedures; and develop action plans to raise the bar of project level MEAL performance. The Senior Project Officer - MEAL role includes but is not limited to the development of standardized data collection tools and database systems, frequent data collection, verification of results reported, analysis and presentation of findings and project progress, implementation of project accountability mechanisms, and the provision of feedback to partners. The Senior Project Officer-MEAL will ensure that systems are in place to measure programs’ impact and progress, and that data is readily available to be used as a foundation for programmatic adjustments and evidence-based decision-making. 

    Roles and Key Responsibilities:

    In close collaboration with the MEAL Coordinator and the Regional MEAL Technical Advisor, the SPO-MEAL will undertake the following:

    1.       Project MEAL System Design

    •    Work with Program Manager- WASH (WPM) and Program Quality Manager (PQM) for project MEAL system design, including drafting results framework, Proframe, accompanying MEAL narrative, and operating manual
    •    Lead development and standardization of forms and tools to collect data on project monitoring indicators, results, effects and impacts (Simple Measurement of Indicators for Learning and Evidence-based Reporting, also known as SMILER) to comply with donor and CRS standards
    •    Promote the use of ICT4D and assist in developing digital data collection systems
    •    Ensure that all project monitoring arrangements comply with project and donor agreements

    2.       Project Monitoring

    •    In coordination with the Program Manager- WASH (WPM), lead all project level data collection exercises
    •    Conduct quarterly field visits to monitor the implementation of program activities
    •    Lead annual project level beneficiary and service delivery indicator (BSDI) data according to agency standards, definitions and processes
    •    Initiate annual data quality assessments for all projects over two years
    •    Validate all collected data, to ensure it is accurate and of the highest quality
    •    Analyze data collected using available ICT4D tools and software (I-form builder, CommCare, etc.)
    •    Ensure all data is recorded in relevant project databases in a timely and accurate manner
    •    Initiate thinking on innovative ways to collect and present data using ICT4D

    3.       Project Evaluations

    •    Lead data collection for baseline, midline and endline values for all WASH projects as outlined in MEAL Policies and Procedures
    •    Initiate terms of reference for all required evaluations
    •    Lead efforts to coordinate final evaluation or after-action review as outlined in MEAL Policies and Procedures
    •    Lead organization of participatory events with partners and beneficiaries to reflect on project monitoring data, identify learning and recommendations as a part of all evaluations and reviews
    •    Lead all aspects of realizing project studies and evaluations, which includes but is not limited to: planning and arranging logistical arrangements for field research, overseeing sampling strategies, attending research and tool training workshops, leading quantitative, qualitative and participatory data collection efforts in the field, supervising the execution of field studies and ensuring the reliability and validity of data collected therein

    4.       Budgeting

    •    Draft budget for all project-level MEAL activities and support budgeting during design phase of proposal development

    5.       Accountability

    •    Adopt best practices for including beneficiary input into all major monitoring, evaluation and learning activities

    6.       Reporting and Learning for Improving Program Quality

    •    Draft documentation of results and other evaluation findings to key stakeholders, as requested
    •    Highlight areas of concern in project quality as shown in data analysis
    •    Assist in knowledge management initiatives, including leading in the completion of past performance reference for each project and maintaining an updated Gateway system
    •    Ensure project documentation of activities is complete with all required documents and is filed per agency and donor requirements. Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and documentation of case studies and promising practices
    •    Draft quarterly progress and donor/annual reports in line with the projects/donor agreements

    7.       Other

    •    Review data collection systems as implemented by partners, to ensure rigor and appropriateness of practices
    •    Lead formal training events for partner MEAL staff, to enhance their capacity for sound MEAL implementation
    •    Accompany and mentor partners after MEAL trainings, to ensure knowledge retention and address concerns which may emerge
    •    Facilitate the work of counterparts assigned to other projects, or complete assessments related to business development, to bolster in house MEAL technical support to all CRS projects and programs

    Travel - include percentage of required travel, if applicable. Could be stated as Must be willing and able to travel up to 50 %.

    Basic Qualifications

    • Bachelor's Degree in development studies or social sciences required. Master’s degree in Water, Sanitation/Agricultural Engineering, Statistics or in the social sciences is also required.
    • Minimum of 3-5 years of work experience in project support, ideally in the field of monitoring and evaluation and for an NGO with a background in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene or Sanitary, Environmental/Agricultural engineering.
    • Experience with digital data collection systems and tools required.
    • Experience working with international, national or local partners in participatory action planning and community engagement activities.
    • Staff supervision experience a plus.
    • Excellent understanding of local NGOs and government systems.
    •      Knowledge of participatory and rural development processes.
    • Strong skills in assessing and developing partner capacity including institutional strengthening in MEAL.
    • Experience using statistical analytical software/tools, SPSS, MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
    •      Proficiency in English. Other local languages a strong advantage.
    •  Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    • Analysis and problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
    • Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners.
    • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented.
    • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.
    • Supervisory Responsibilities: None
    • Key Working Relationships:
    • Internal: Project Manager-WASH, Head of Programming, Country Representative, other CRS staff
    • External: District Assemblies, Decentralized relevant state departments, ministries and agencies, Catholic Diocesan Church Partners and Caritas Ghana, I/NGO partners, Government partners, technical partners, consultants, research and academic institutions, Local Government Units


    • 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

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