Catholic Relief Services Recruitment for Graduate 2019 | CRS Application Guide and Requirements

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and
non-church partners to implement its programs. Therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to our approach in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established its presence in Nigeria in 2000 and currently focuses on agriculture, governance, peace building and Health/HIV programming.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

  1. Job Title: Markets Assistant

Job Ref Code: MAD060319
Department: Programs
Job Type: Full Time
Reports To: Markets Officer
Band: 3

Job Summary

  • You will assist emergency programming field activities by working directly with local partners and community members in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work to serve the poor and vulnerable.
  • Your service and community interpersonal skills contribute to projects that benefit local communities that consistently applies best practices and continuously works towards improving its impact.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support programming activities at the field level, including beneficiary identification and verification; cash, voucher, and in-kind distributions; and post-distribution interviews contributing to ensuring quality implementation.
  • Contribute to ensuring accountability to project beneficiaries and local stakeholders
  • Support the monitoring of project activities at the field level, per the M&E plan through collection of data.
  • Support community mobilization efforts through communication and information sharing with project beneficiaries at the community level.
  • In coordination with the project team support capacity building events for community volunteers.

Education and Experience

  • High School Diploma required.
  • Some work or volunteer experience in supporting community development and mobilization.

Personal Skills:

  • Observation and active listening skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with diverse groups
  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented
  • At least 1 years’ experience in project implementation preferably with an NGO
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, oral and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to organize and prioritize a variety of initiatives
  • Proficiency in MS office application such as word, excel, PowerPoint and outlook
  • Team-oriented and strong interpersonal skills

Required Language:

  • Fluency in English and Fluency in Hausa required

Required Travel:

  • This position will require frequent travel to program activity sites.
  1. Job Title: Program Manager II

Job Ref Code: PMII060319
Department: Programs
Job Type: Full Time
Reports To: Director of Early Recovery & Resilience (DERR)
Band: 9

Job Summary

  • As Program Manager, you will provide overall leadership to the STaR Nigeria project team and be responsible for the overall management of the project including the quality of programmatic implementation (including monitoring, evaluation and learning) and administrative elements of the project to serve the poor and vulnerable.
  • You are responsible for ensuring that project results are achieved on time and on budget, including strategies for phase out and sustainability, and that the budget is consumed as planned. As a senior leader, you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum of Master’s degree in Agriculture, Health, Development Studies or related field
  • At least 8 years of working experience in agriculture, development or food security programs – including focus on at least one of the following sectors – agriculture, health, livelihoods, nutrition, or governance/peacebuilding
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Experience with participatory methods and partnerships
  • Excellent English language oral and written communication, training and facilitation skills. Fluency in Hausa and/or Kanuri language is an added advantage as well as experience with northern Nigerian context.
  • Proven experience in analyzing gender and applying gender-responsive methods to project implementation.
  • Understanding of faith-based organizations and capacity-building in local partnerships
  • Experience in staff development and partner capacity
  • Understanding of KFW (or German Government) grant provisions, policies and guidelines, including reporting requirements will be an added advantage.
  1. Job Title: Grant Manager/Awards Management Officer

Job Ref Code: AMO060319
Location: Abuja
Department: Operations
Reports To: Chief of Party

Project Background

  • Since the crisis in Northeast Nigeria escalated in 2013, the food security situation has continued to worsen. Emerging data of June 2016 has revealed that the severity of the food and nutritional crisis is well beyond emergency thresholds in Borno State. The Federal Government has declared a food and nutritional crisis in Borno, where over 750,000 people are severely food insecure; including 180,000 in Maiduguri’s outskirts, 120,000 camp residents and approximately 275,000 IDPs in newly reopened areas. A growing number of people are in urgent need of food assistance, and alarming rates of acute malnutrition have been reported.
  • In order to effectively respond to the crisis, CRS Borno’s emergency and early recovery programs are focused on food security, NFI, WASH and shelter, for both IDPs and host families. Where possible, CRS will seek to maximize project impact, efficiency and effectiveness by adopting market-based approaches – through e-vouchers and the RedRose OneSytem platform – privileging integrated programming and empowering targeted communities through participatory approaches.

Job Summary

  • As Award Management Officer, you will be responsible for the overall financial management of the STaR project.
  • You will oversee the effective and appropriate use of financial resources of the project and will develop effective mechanisms for budgeting, expenditure and liquidation tracking, and financial reporting, for the prime partner and any sub-awardees.
  • You will oversee financial management and reporting on STaR project for Nigeria, Chad and Niger.
  • You will ensure that project financial management processes for the project follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), donor (KFW) rules and regulations, and country legal requirements, and that all required project financial reports are prepared and submitted in a timely manner.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or related field plus a qualification in accounting (ICSA/ACCA or equivalent);
  • At least 10 years’ experience in financial management for large, complex projects, of which at least five years were working in the field of international development;
  • Extensive financial and grant management experience working with non-governmental organization sub-recipients and other sub-grantees
  • Familiarity with German Government (KFW, BMZ, GFFO) financial regulations, policies and practices; OR experience working at a senior level on a DFID/EU/ECHO-funded grant;
  • Knowledge of Sun Systems financial accounting package or similar financial management and reporting software;
  • Flexibility to work both in a team and independently;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Full professional proficiency in spoken and written English; and
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally, as required.

Specific Job Responsibilities

  • Serve as principle point of contact on grant management and compliance issues with sub-grantees, CRS/Nigeria Finance, and CP Compliance staff.
  • Lead the review of any new granting/contracting mechanisms to ensure adherence to donor requirements related to eligibility for CRS/partners, budget presentation, acceptability of cost allocation and other proposal requirements.
  • Support timely agreement/contract development/review/approval, both at the level of CRS and partners, ensuring adherence to both internal CRS and donor requirements.
  • Anticipate and respond to donor requests related to contracts, grant budgets and spending
  • Anticipate and respond to CRS and sub-grantee questions related to contracts, grant budgets and spending, and try to encourage information sharing that will allow them to become familiar with requirements and practices of enforcement of donor/CRS finance policy.
  • Ensure access for finance and programming staff to relevant internal CRS and US Government/Other external policy manuals/updates to ensure accountable and efficient program performance.
  • Track liability to donors (A/C 3031/3032/3034) for awards funded in the North Eastern region.
  • Follow up with the Abuja Finance team on any identified issues/questions on contract conditions/need for modifications or clarification.
  • Review, communicate and monitor compliance with donor requirements related to staffing, purchasing, asset management and reporting.
  • Identify compliance gaps and related solutions – including differences between donor and internal CRS policies and procedures, including cost allocation.
  • Track grant/contract compliance via application of existing mechanism (i.e., grants startup checklist) and through the development/testing/roll out/implementation of new tools as and when required.
  • Take the lead in monitoring timely grant/contract closure – engaging both finance and program staff well in advance of closure deadlines and advising on issues related to staffing, disposition and reporting.
  • Ensure the timely reporting to senior management of any identified compliance risks.
  • Review and approve cash disbursement advance journals, ensuring accurate postings particularly to accounts 1231, 1232, and 6166. Ensure that advances to partners are liquidated in a timely manner.
  • Monitor timely reconciliation of project material stocks both at partner and CRS level with distribution reports. Advise of stock status when nearing grant completion.
  • Organize and facilitate regular and ad-hoc meetings with Programming Team, Finance team, Operations team to plan workflow and address finance and grant compliance issues.
  1. Job Title: Infrastructure Program Manager

Job Ref Code: IPM060319
Location: Brono
Department: Programs
Reports to: Director of Early Recovery and Resilience, Program Manager II – StaR (dotted line)

Job Summary

  • Working closely with the STaR Program Manager for STaR, the Infrastructure PM will be overall responsible for community planning for infrastructure and ensuring quality design and construction of all infrastructure projects planned under the STaR project.
  • The post holder will similarly be responsible for managing the vendors / construction company selection process; developing the technical inputs for procurement processes; putting in places monitoring processes for works through CRS staff or third parties; the cash-for-work (CFW) program; adherence to KFW, Government of Nigeria and CRS construction policies and legislation; and the safety of construction teams and users of constructed infrastructure.
  • The post holder will ensure compliance with International Environmental, Social, Health and Safety (ESHS) standards and assessing environmental impact putting in place mitigation strategies against environment degradation in the communities being served.

Education and Experience

  • Critical: Experience in legislation and policies that govern construction and infrastructure development in Nigeria;
  • Critical: Through understanding of Nigeria Government MDAs that regulate construction and infrastructure.
  • Critical: At least 5 years hands-on experience in managing construction projects.
  • Essential: Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or relevant field.
  • Essential: Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills in English.
  • Added advantage: Knowledge of Hausa and / or Kanuri.
  • Added advantage: Experience in contracting especially with private sector actors.
  • Added advantage: Experience in the not-for-profit sector / government
  • Added advantage: Hands on experience in development construction designs / drawings, structural designs and, bills of quantities
  • Added advantage: Proficiency in construction software, use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Deadline: 5:00pm; 19th March, 2019.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should download the “CRS Application Form” using the link below, fill and send with a detailed Resume as one document (in a PDF Format) indicating position being applied for and the Job Ref Code as the subject of the application to: [email protected]

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