Job Opportunities at Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

The Federal Government of Nigeria has applied for a credit from the International Development Association (IDA) towards the implementation of Community and Social Development Project (CSDP). The overall objective of the CSDP is to increase access of people (In rural communities) to improved Social, Natural Resources and Infrastructural services in a sustainable manner through the provision of grant support to Communities and Groups.
Federal Capital Territory Community and Social Development Project (FCT-CSDP) hereby invites applications, from qualified candidates among the public and private sector as well as within, for recruitment into the various positions available.

Position: Program Assistant

Job Type: Full Time

Qualification: BA/BSC/HND

Experience: 2 Years

Location: Adamawa

Unit: Programs/Water for Agriculture

Job Description:

  1. The Program Assistant will be required to work within a multi-sectoral setting including infrastructure, agriculture, livelihoods, community engagement and governance.
  2. The post holder will deliver effective, highly competent project support and consistently deliver in a person-centered environment which promotes positive relationships. S/he will liaise with the NE (Damaturu, Maiduguri and Yola offices) operations teams to ensure quality support for the USAID-funded Water for Agriculture (WFA) project.

Job Responsibilities:

General Administrative Duties:

  1. Liaise with administration support staff to provide updates on anticipated administrative needs.
  2. Provide general administrative support to the operation of project activities.
  3. Organize proper storage and issuance of stock, maintain stock reports and monitor usage.
  4. Organize transport and distribution of project materials to project sites.
  5. Maintain files and support the dissemination of project information among the project team.
  6. Work collaboratively with other project team members to ensure necessary project planning, resource availability and management activities function smoothly and efficiently.
  7. Support program staff with request for advances and cash disbursements

 

Support Project and CRS-wide meetings, trainings and activities:

  1. Schedule and coordinate internal and external meetings, including invitations, meeting space, logistics, provision of materials and refreshments.
  2. Support in drafting meeting notes and record all proceedings and share with meeting participants.
  3. Filing (electronic and hard) project documents, meeting minutes and technical documents.
  4. Maintain inventory of all project partner’s contact information.
  5. Maintain project assets inventory register in collaboration with the grant unit
  6. Liaise with the IT department on hardware and software issues to ensure functionality to meet ongoing and ad hoc needs
  7. Support the establishment and function of project resource center and project information management

Logistics and itineraries:

  1. Ensure logistical support to staff/visitors including liaising with operations on itineraries
  2. Make appointments according to schedules developed by department members
  3. Be the primary point of contact for visitors’ administrative needs
  4. Communicating material and cash needs to Finance and/or Administration in a timely manner.
  5. Coordinate staff movements including leave, field trips and all required logistics using the movement and leave tracker.
  6. Assist with correspondence, letters, and invitations. Act as liaison between programs staff and dispatcher.
  7. Serves as the interface between technical team and the operations unit.

Qualifications & Experience:

    1. Minimum of a university degree. 
    2. Minimum of 2 years work experience in program support
    3. Experience working with local or international NGO a plus
    4. Interest in development issues
    5. Strong computer skills required, especially the ability to work comfortably in the MS office package
    6. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully in team environment
    7. Demonstrated ability to assess priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously to meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality;
    8. Strong organizational skills and communication skills
    9. Ability to work and manage various projects in a team setting, with limited supervision
    10. Fluency in English, Hausa
    11. Ability to work well with people at all levels.
    12. Strong initiative and self-motivation required, with a commitment to teamwork and effectiveness within a dynamic integrated project.
    13. Passion to reach the most vulnerable groups
    14. Ability and willingness to travel to project locations
    15. Travel Required 60% to field locations in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa

    Key Working Relationships:

    1. Internal: MEL Specialist, Deputy Chief of Party, Senior Agronomist, Chief of Party
    2. External: Government ministries departments and agencies, local and international NGOs, coordination platforms and working groups, community leaders

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  1. Integrity
  2. Strategic Mindset
  3. Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  4. Develops Talent
  5. Builds Relationships
  6. Accountability & Stewardship


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Position: Finance/Grants Assistant

Job Type: Full Time

Qualification: BA/BSC/HND

Experience: 2 Years

Location: Yobe

Unit: Operations/Finance

Job Description:

  1. The Finance/Grants Assistant will efficiently provide comprehensive information, clerical, and accounting services to assist the Finance Department in executing processes and delivering service needs that support high-quality implementation of the USAID-funded Water for Agriculture project.
  2. S/he will deliver quality support, applying clearly defined accounting and financial reporting processes, procedures and service standards.
  3. S/he will manage project subrecipients and ensure that their financial management processes comply with donor and CRS requirements.


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Job Responsibilities

  1. Complete standard financial documents (vouchers, wire transfer requests, checks, etc.) following a sample template with prescribed guidelines and circulate as needed.
  2. Provide administrative and clerical support to financial transactions processing. Prepare, type, photocopy, and scan related documentation. File accounting and financial reporting documentation as instructed.
  3. Compile supporting documentation (liquidation/receipt package) to support processing of financial transactions. Communicate with staff, sub recipients, partners, suppliers to follow up on required documents.
  4. Perform data entry for financial transactions recording, following validation by the next-level Finance staff.
  5. Keep custody of various documents (e.g. blank/undelivered checks, fuel coupons, etc.).
  6. Collating, follow-up and sending of monthly staff timesheet to Maiduguri
  7. Conducting compliance assessment visits to subrecipient partner offices
  8. Processing and vetting of partner liquidations

Background, Experience and Requirements:

    1. HND / BSc in Accounting.
    2. Professional qualifications in Accounting, Finance, Economics, or Business Administration a plus.
    3. Understanding of donor requirements for institutional donors – DFID, USAID, EU, ECHO etc.
    4. Minimum of two years’ work experience in a similar role with some familiarity of standard accounting practices. Experience with an international organization a plus.
    5. Experience using MS Office packages including Excel and Word. Hands-on experience with data entry into online databases and forms.
    6. Travel Required 30% to field locations in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa

    Key Working Relationships:

    1. Internal: Grants Specialist, Deputy Head of Finance and Grants NE, Head of Office – Yobe
    2. External: Government ministries departments and agencies, local and international NGOs, coordination platforms and working groups, community leaders

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  1. Integrity
  2. Strategic Mindset
  3. Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  4. Develops Talent
  5. Builds Relationships
  6. Accountability & Stewardship


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Position: Financial Inclusion Officer

Job Type: Full Time

Qualification: BA/BSC/HND

Experience: 5 Years

Location: Adamawa

Unit: Programs/Water for Agriculture

Job Description:

  1. The Financial Inclusion Officer (FIO) will support the delivery of USAID-funded Water for Agriculture project by promoting financial inclusivity and expanding the reach of financial services. 
  2. At the community level, FIO will work with groups of herders and farmers to increase awareness and demand for competitive credit; to establish community-level savings and lending schemes; and, to support entrepreneurs and producers to access financing from micro-finance institutions (MFIs). 
  3. At the institutional level, FIO will work with MFIs to develop and market culturally appropriate and affordable financial products and services to smallholder farmers, MSMEs and other agricultural / livestock value chain actors. 
  4. Key performance indicators (KPI) of this position will include the number of famers / herders’ groups that establish and sustain ‘Savings and Internal Lending’ (SILC) groups; proportion of targeted communities and populations that report increased access to affordable financing; and, an increase in the reach and utilization of financial services.

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Develop and implement models to increase access to financial services for the targeted communities.  The models must be culturally sensitive, client-responsive, tailored to the Northeast Nigeria context, and evidence-based.
  2. Support the Senior Agronomist to create, identify and support viable economic opportunities along agricultural and livestock value chains by linking them to financing sources.
  3. Carry out new / collate existing assessments to consolidate and map financial services and products in target communities; and create information products to increase farmers and herders’ knowledge on how to access these services and products.
  4. Support farmers and herders’ groups to self-organize into SILC groups and support such groups to obtain government registration and embark on savings and lending activities using CRS-established methodologies.
  5. Support water assets management committees to create savings and lending schemes that will group their income.
  6. Provide targeted technical, financial and management trainings using CRS’ SMART skills curriculum to farmers and herders’ groups and WASHCOMs.
  7. Working closely with SEARCH, build the capacity conflict management capacity of SILC groups.
  8. Manage the SILC activities of the project with a focus on mentoring and coaching of partner staff. Ensure that all activities related to SILC in the project are implemented according to CRS standards and protocols.
  9. Create and facilitate linkage meetings and workshops with government, NGO, private sector, and community partners to increase knowledge on financial services.
  10. Build and support relevant governments’ Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to create a conducive and enabling environment for financial services and to enforce responsible management of communities’ savings.
  11. Identifying and integrate best practice and trends including use of ICT4D within the project.
  12. Lead CRS Nigeria’s development of a financial inclusion strategy and scaling of competitive financial services to the rural poor.
  13. Work closely with the MEAL team to monitor, evaluate and document results and outcomes emanating from improved access to financial services and products.

Background, Experience & Requirements

    1. Bachelor’s Degree in Micro-finance, Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business Administration or other relevant fields.
    2. A minimum of 5 years of experience in provision of financial services particularly to rural unbaked populations.
    3. Experience working with agricultural and livestock value chains.
    4. Demonstrated ability to influence private sector actors to generate financial products for the poor and rural communities.
    5. A deep understanding of the impact and influence of culture, religion and other socio-economic factors in acceptance and uptake of financial services and products.
    6. An active pro-poor approach to provision of financial services.
    7. At least 3 years’ experience on similar donor-funded programs. 
    8. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; knowledge of Hausa will be an added advantage.
    9. Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
    10. Travel Required 60% to field locations in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa

    Key Working Relationships:

    1. Internal: Senior Agronomist, Livelihoods Officer, Livestock Officer
    2. External: government ministries departments and agencies, local and international NGOs, coordination platforms and working groups, community leaders

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  1. Integrity
  2. Strategic Mindset
  3. Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  4. Develops Talent
  5. Builds Relationships
  6. Accountability & Stewardship


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Position: Livestock Officer

Job Type: Full Time

Qualification: BA/BSC/HND

Experience: 5 Years

Location: Adamawa

Unit: Programs/Water for Agriculture

Job Summary:

CRS Nigeria has been awarded the USAID/Nigeria Water for Agriculture Program.  This program seeks to develop and implement interventions that will sustainably increase water availability and management, towards increasing agricultural productivity in in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states of Nigeria. This effort will contribute to CRS’ agriculture and livelihoods signature program area and ongoing efforts to promote resilience, recovery and development within Nigeria and neighboring countries around the Lake Chad Basin. Additional project details are contained below:

Period:

  • Three (3) years; July 15th, 2019 to July 14th, 2022

Location: 

  1. Yobe: Jakusko and Bursari
  2. Borno: Biu and KwayaKusar
  3. Adamawa: Gombi and Mayo Belwa

Amount:   

  • US$ 8M

Interventions:  

  1. Construct water assets for agricultural use (crop irrigation and watering livestock);
  2. Build capacity of local government agencies and community structures to manage water assets;
  3. Increase agricultural production and productivity of farmers and livestock herders

Job Description:

  1. The Livestock Officer will support the delivery of USAID-funded Water for Agriculture (WFA) project by working with livestock owners / pastoralists to increase their productivity and income from livestock value chains.
  2. Key performance indicators will include the extent to which livestock owners / pastoralist communities’ access and use sustainable public and private sector livestock services; monetarize livestock products; and, diversify their livelihoods to reduce their vulnerability to weather-related shocks and hazards such as drought.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Work with public and private sectors to increase competitive livestock services including veterinary and livestock watering services for pastoralists.
  2. Support pastoralist communities to increase quantity and quality of animal fodder through increased fodder cultivation and improved fodder processing and storage.
  3. With the Financial Inclusion Officer (FIO) to support pastoralists to self-organize, to increase their financial, technical and organizational skills and to access financial services and products.
  4. Under the leadership of the Senior Agronomist, carry out livestock value chain analyses to determine appropriate interventions; develop and implement livestock value chain models that will enable pastoralists increase their income from animal products.
  5. Support pastoralists families to engage in small scale agricultural activities to supplement their families’ diets.
  6. Work closely with other project staff and with Search for Common Ground (SEARCH) to build livestock owners / pastoralists understanding of and capacity to manage competition over water resources and the resulting conflict. The post holder will be required to track and report conflicts over water resources in all targeted communities / LGAs.
  7. Working through the SPS Assistant, build the capacity of targeted pastoralists’ communities to actively mitigate against water borne diseases. The post holder will be required to track and report on prevalence of / outbreaks of water-borne diseases within targeted communities / LGAs.
  8. Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual work plans, budgets, and technical reports on livestock activities as part of the overall WFA program planning and reporting cycle.
  9. Represent CRS in livestock forums
  10. Provide effective management, coaching and support to SPS Assistant.

Background, Experience & Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Animal Production, Livestock Production; Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture, or other relevant fields.
  2. A minimum of 5 years of experience in similar position. Experience in pastoralist communities will be an added advantage.
  3. Demonstrated and extensive experience in development and implementing cost recovery activities and working with both the public and the private to improve sustainability of basic services.
  4. Experience in development institutional and community capacity.
  5. A deep understanding of challenges facing livestock production in the Northeast Nigeria including conflict over land and pasture.
  6. Prior experience on donor-funded programs of a similar size and scope.
  7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; knowledge of Hausa will be an added advantage.
  8. Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
  9. Travel Required 60% to field locations in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa

Key Working Relationships:

  1. Internal: Senior Agronomist, Financial Inclusion Officer, Livelihoods Officer, SPS Assistant
  2. External: Government ministries departments and agencies, local and international NGOs, coordination platforms and working groups, community leaders

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

  • These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results:
    1. Integrity
    2. Strategic Mindset
    3. Continuous Improvement & Innovation
    4. Develops Talent
    5. Builds Relationships
    6. Accountability & Stewardship


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Position: Community Water Specialist

Job Type: Full Time

Qualification: BA/BSC/HND

Experience: 5 Years

Location: Adamawa

Unit: Programs/Water for Agriculture

Job Description:

  1. The Community Water Specialist will support the Water Governance Manager in the delivery of USAID-funded Water for Agriculture (WFA) project by building institutional capacity of local government agencies and communities to utilize, manage and develop water assets in an equitable and sustainable manner. 
  2. The goal and key performance indicator (KPI) of this position is self-financing, good governance and management of water infrastructure projects at community level. 
  3. This will include successful institution and acceptance of water tariffs to finance operational costs, routine repair and system overhaul. 
  4. The post holder will support the Water Governance Manager to deliver ‘Component 2: Strengthening Capacity for Water Governance and Management’ of WFA but focusing on the community aspects.  S/he will be required to familiarize her/himself on the conceptualization, implementation and reporting on this component. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Under the leadership of the Water Governance Manager, provide technical assistance to relevant government ministries and departmental agencies aimed at ensuring responsible governance of water infrastructure developed / rehabilitated by WFA project. The post-holder:
    1. Work with MDAs to develop tools and activities to monitor performance of water infrastructure
    2. Enable MDAs to enforce legislation, policies and guidelines that encourage responsible utilization, conservation and management of water assets
    3. Build capacity, encourage inter-departmental coordination and improve organizational structure of relevant MDAs to increase effectiveness and efficiencies aimed at providing better oversight to water management entities.
  • Under the leadership of the Water Governance Manager, provide technical assistance to targeted communities aimed at ensuring responsible and sustainable utilization and management of water infrastructure developed / rehabilitated by WFA project. The post holder will:
    1. Work within the existing government legislation and guidelines to form / strengthen community water management committees.
    2. Build technical, financial and organizational capacities of community water management committees using CRS and other INGOs’ training tools such as SMART Skills.
    3. Support community water management committees to self-organize, establish democratic governance structures and obtain requisite government registrations.
    4. Ensure linkages and sustained engagements between community water management committees and relevant government MDAs for purposes of oversight and support.
  • Support target communities to understand the need for, to institute and to manage water tariffs / cost-recovery fees in an equitable and transparent manner.
  • Under the leadership of the Water Governance Manager, provide training in good water governance and management practices to communities’ leadership, water assets’ management committees and members of the targeted communities.
  • Under the leadership of the Water Governance Manager, support target communities to formulate and implement fundraising and income generation strategies aimed at subsidizing the heavy cost of water assets capital investments / major system overhauls and repairs.
  • Work closely with other project staff and with Search for Common Ground (SEARCH) to build communities’ understanding of and capacity to manage competition over water resources and the resulting conflict. The post holder will be required to track and report conflicts over water resources in all targeted communities / LGAs.
  • Document case studies and share information on water governance and management best practices and lessons learned within CRS and with local partners and government MDAs.
  • Working closely with the Water Governance Manager, prepare monthly, quarterly and annual work plans, budgets, and technical reports on Water Governance activities as part of the overall WFA program planning and reporting cycle.
  • Represent CRS in water forums in the absence of the Water Governance Manager

Background, Experience & Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Micro-finance, Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business Administration or other relevant fields.
  2. A minimum of 5 years of experience in provision of financial services particularly to rural unbaked populations.
  3. Experience working with agricultural and livestock value chains.
  4. Demonstrated ability to influence private sector actors to generate financial products for the poor and rural communities.
  5. A deep understanding of the impact and influence of culture, religion and other socio-economic factors in acceptance and uptake of financial services and products.
  6. An active pro-poor approach to provision of financial services.
  7. At least 3 years’ experience on similar donor-funded programs. 
  8. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; knowledge of Hausa will be an added advantage.
  9. Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
  10. Travel Required 60% to field locations in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa

Key Working Relationships:

  1. Internal: Deputy Chief of Party, Community Liaison, Water Governance Manager, Construction Supervisors, Hydrologist, Geo-Hydrologist
  2. External: Government ministries departments and agencies, local and international NGOs, coordination platforms and working groups, community leaders

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

  1. These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
  2. Integrity
  3. Strategic Mindset
  4. Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  5. Develops Talent
  6. Builds Relationships
  7. Accountability & Stewardship


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Position: MEAL Assistant

Job Type: Full Time

Qualification: BA/BSC/HND

Experience: 3 Years

Location: Yobe

Unit: Programs/Water for Agriculture

Job Description:

  1. The MEAL Assistant will work with the MEAL officer and implementing partners to provide strategic guidance to Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) on the USAID-funded Water for Agriculture (WFA) project
  2. S/he will support MEAL activities across all sectors including periodic assessments / surveys and routine gathering of project implementation information collection;
  3. S/he will implement efficient systems for accountability to beneficiaries, donors and other stakeholders;
  4. S/he will collate and archive project documentation; and foster cross-learning among projects.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Support the development and regular updating of WFA MEAL tools, approaches, frameworks and databases.
  2. Support the MEL Specialist to monitor WFA implementation progress on a regular basis against CRS quality standards and international humanitarian principles through monitoring visits, data quality audits, spot check against reports and review of implementation reports.
  3. Support implementing partners in collection and analysis of data (method, formats, software, etc.), indicator measurement, feedback and complaint mechanisms, negative impact analysis, etc.
  4. Provide technical support to WFA partner staff on the implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities, data management and integration of cross-functional issues.
  5. Support project wide assessments and surveys including baseline and other evaluative surveys. This might entail leading recruitment, orientation, deployment and management of external consultants.
  6. Support learning and knowledge management within the WFA project and ensure such best practice is communicated across CRS Nigeria.
  7. Ensure robust and participatory beneficiary accountability and feedback mechanisms are established, used and reported against.

Background, Experience & Requirements

  1. Understanding of MEAL standards used by major donors including USAID,
  2. Bachelor’s Degree in Information Sciences, Monitoring and Evaluation or relevant field
  3. Minimum 3 years of experience in a MEAL role on a development or humanitarian project
  4. Demonstrated experience in planning and delivering effective trainings.
  5. Strong team player with the ability to take initiative and work well independently.
  6. Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills in English.
  7. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  8. Knowledge of Hausa is an added advantage.
  9. Knowledge of CRS MEAL standards and policies.
  10. Prior experience in a similar position in the Northeast Region of Nigeria.
  11. Ability to work to meet deadlines in multiple tasking environments
  12. Excellent organization, planning and analytical skills; detail oriented
  13. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with demonstrated strength in relationship management.

Position: Sanitary & Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) Assistant

Job Type: Full Time

Qualification: BA/BSC/HND

Experience: 3 Years

Location: Yobe

Unit:  Livestock Officer

Program Summary

CRS Nigeria has been awarded the USAID/Nigeria Water for Agriculture Program.  This program seeks to develop and implement interventions that will sustainably increase water availability and management, towards increasing agricultural productivity in in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states of Nigeria. This effort will contribute to CRS’ agriculture and livelihoods signature program area and ongoing efforts to promote resilience, recovery and development within Nigeria and neighboring countries around the Lake Chad Basin. Additional project details are contained below:

Period:

  • Three (3) years; July 15th, 2019 to July 14th, 2022

Location: 

  1. Yobe: Jakusko and Bursari
  2. Borno: Biu and KwayaKusar
  3. Adamawa: Gombi and Mayo Belwa

Amount:   

  • US$ 8M

Interventions:  

  1. Construct water assets for agricultural use (crop irrigation and watering livestock);
  2. Build capacity of local government agencies and community structures to manage water assets;
  3. Increase agricultural production and productivity of famers and livestock herders

Job Description:

  1. The Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) will support the delivery of USAID-funded Water for Agriculture (WFA) project by promoting implementation governments’ Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures for protection of human, animal and plant life and health in targeted communities.
  2. Key performance indicators (KPI) of this position will include increased knowledge on identification and prevention of water-borne diseases between human and livestock populations.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Support target communities to carry out comprehensive risk assessments and develop local mitigation and response plans to reduce the risk and impact of water borne and animal diseases on livestock and humans.
  2. Build capacity of targeted communities to actively mitigate against water borne diseases. The post holder will be required to track and report on prevalence of / outbreaks of water-borne diseases within targeted communities / LGAs.
  3. Collate and analyze existing SPS measures and guidelines with the aim of producing client-friendly information products to increase awareness and implementation of community-level activities to protect humans and animals from diseases and pests.
  4. Carry out education activities jointly with relevant government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to increase awareness of SPS measures among farmers and herders especially around communal water resources.
  5. Build local government’s capacity and facilitate relevant MDAs to inspect and monitor animal movements, animal products and services such as abattoirs to mitigate disease transmission risks.
  6. Jointly with other projects and working closely with relevant MDAs, improve and expand animal disease surveillance and outbreak detection / rapid response to reduce impact of animal diseases.
  7. Support farmers and livestock owners to instigate and maintain good hygienic standards in public areas including animal markets and water points.

Interventions:

  1. Construct water assets for agricultural use (crop irrigation and watering livestock);
  2. Build capacity of local government agencies and community structures to manage water assets;
  3. Increase agricultural production and productivity of famers and livestock herders

Background, Experience & Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree / Higher National Diploma in Animal Production, Animal Husbandry, Livestock Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine or other relevant fields.
  2. A minimum of 3 years of experience in delivering livestock services / programming particularly among pastoralist communities.
  3. Public health knowledge / training will be an added advantage.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work with livestock owners and partner and influence government MDAs.
  5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; knowledge of Hausa will be an added advantage.
  6. Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
  7. Travel Required 60% to field locations in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: Senior Agronomist, Financial Inclusion Officer, Livelihoods Officer, Livestock Officer
  • External: Government ministries departments and agencies, local and international NGOs, coordination platforms and working groups, community leaders

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff): 
These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results:

  1. Integrity
  2. Strategic Mindset
  3. Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  4. Develops Talent
  5. Builds Relationships
  6. Accountability & Stewardship


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Position: Agriculture & Livelihoods Officer

Job Type: Full Time

Qualification: BA/BSC/HND

Experience: 3 Years

Location: Adamawa

Unit: Programs/Water for Agriculture

Program Summary

CRS Nigeria has been awarded the USAID/Nigeria Water for Agriculture Program.  This program seeks to develop and implement interventions that will sustainably increase water availability and management, towards increasing agricultural productivity in in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states of Nigeria. This effort will contribute to CRS’ agriculture and livelihoods signature program area and ongoing efforts to promote resilience, recovery and development within Nigeria and neighboring countries around the Lake Chad Basin. Additional project details are contained below:

Period:

  • Three (3) years; July 15th, 2019 to July 14th, 2022

Location: 

  • Yobe: Jakusko and Bursari
  • Borno: Biu and KwayaKusar
  • Adamawa: Gombi and Mayo Belwa

Amount:   

  • US$ 8M

Interventions:  

  • Construct water assets for agricultural use (crop irrigation and watering livestock);
  • Build capacity of local government agencies and community structures to manage water assets;
  • Increase agricultural production and productivity of famers and livestock herders

Job Description

  1. The Agriculture / Livelihoods Officer will provide technical leadership, guidance and capacity strengthening to USAID-funded Water for Agriculture (WFA) project in the areas of agriculture-based livelihoods and food security.
  2. S/he will provide guidance in the implementation of WFA agriculture & livelihoods activities using CRS approaches and methodologies as articulated in the project proposal documentation to improve productivity of smallholder farmers. 
  3. The main goal and key performance indicator for this role is improved productivity of smallholder farmers.
  4. Focus areas will include improved agricultural practices, increasing yields, diversification of livelihoods, value addition to existing agricultural produce, improved storage, strengthening of producer groups, agro enterprise, and collective marketing of focus crops.
  5. S/he will liaise with relevant government ministries, other technical experts and agencies working in the field of agriculture-based livelihoods.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Provide technical leadership and guidance in the assessment, planning and implementation of agriculture / livelihoods activities of WFA in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in collaboration with project partners and relevant government agencies.
  2. Ensure that agriculture-based livelihoods related activities are implemented in accordance with CRS standards and approaches.
  3. Under the direction of the Senior Agronomist, lead the design and development of capacity strengthening strategies, approaches and tools to support WFA partners and relevant government agencies in the area of agricultural livelihoods.
  4. Lead WFA’s capacity development of producer groups and marketing committees.
  5. Work with private sector partners to implement the market optimization and outreach model (MOOM)
  6. Lead the rolling out of SMART skills training to farmers to ensure they apply modern, water-smart agricultural production techniques during cultivation, processing and storage of agricultural produce
  7. Lead activities to improve access to input for smallholder farmers including community-based seed production and village agro-dealerships
  8. In coordination with the MEL Specialist, ensure timely and quality capturing of MEAL data on agricultural and livelihoods project components.


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Background, Experience & Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Crop/Animal Science or relevant field or equivalent experience.
  2. Minimum 3 years of experience in management of agriculture production and/or value-chain activities in developing countries.  Experience in Nigeria and particularly the North East will be a bonus.
  3. Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing agriculture projects in rural and peri-urban settings.
  4. Demonstrated experience in training design, development of training curriculum, delivery and mentoring in subject matter relevant to this position.
  5. Experience with the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable agriculture development and food security
  6. Experience with market development approaches such as agricultural value-chain development (linking producers to markets) programming.
  7. Previous experience carrying out and using the results of technical capacity assessments in the areas of agricultural production, value-chain development, food security and related fields.
  8. Strong team player with the ability to take initiative and work well independently.
  9. Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills in English.
  10. Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy.
  11. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  12. Travel Required 60% to field locations in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa

Key Working Relationships:

  1. Internal: Senior Agronomist, Financial Inclusion Officer, SPS Assistant, Livestock Officer
  2. External: Government ministries departments and agencies, local and international NGOs, coordination platforms and working groups, community leaders

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results:

  1. Integrity
  2. Strategic Mindset
  3. Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  4. Develops Talent
  5. Builds Relationships
  6. Accountability & Stewardship


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Position: Overseas Research Intern

Job Type: Full Time

Qualification: BA/BSC/HND

Location: Borno

Unit: Internship

Job responsibilities

  1. Compile data, perform data entry and data verification in relation to Tom Brown Programming processes
  2. Designs MEAL tools for quality data collection on a timely basis
  3. Communicates findings and results with colleagues and stakeholders
  4. Contributes to reflective community-based conversations on ongoing interventions
  5. Shares insights and perspectives based on observations and interactions with community members, colleagues and stakeholders
  6. Supervises quality data collection and management activities
  7. Leads simple analyses and reflective discussions on ongoing monitoring data
  8. Conduct a qualitative and quantitative desk review of existing data for CRS Food Security and integrated nutrition programming
  9. Draft, edit and release MAM related documentation for broader consumption by the nutrition community
  10. Compile and present final reports with the federal ministry of health, UNICEF/Nutrition Sector coordination and FAO in Abuja on strategies of SFP for MAM interventions and the rates in NE Nigeria

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements

Education and Experience:

  1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required in Nutrition or Health related sector.
  2. Previous experience in qualitative or quantitative research
  3. Experience working in data collection with local or international NGO a plus.
  4. Experience with typing/word processing, data entry into online databases and forms, and working with various office equipment.
  5. Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio) and information management systems. Proficient in Word.

Personal Skills:

  1. Good time management skills with ability to work on multiple tasks
  2. Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented
  3. Ability to self motivate.

Required/Desired Foreign Language:

  • Travel Required (include percentage of required travel, if applicable) : limited field travel

Key Working Relationships:

  1. Supervisory: none
  2. Internal: Nutrition Program Team Members
  3. External: Nutrition Working Groups and Sector Actors

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:
    1. Trusting Relationships
    2. Professional Growth
    3. Partnership
    4. Accountability


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Social Cohesion Assistant

Job Type: Full Time

Qualification: BA/BSC/HND

Experience: 2 Years

Location: Adamawa

Unit: Programs

Project Summary:

CRS’ Nigeria office is implementing a 2-year, Germany government project entitled,“Stabilization and Reconciliation in the Lake Chad Region (STaR)” in the North East of Nigeria. Through programming in agriculture & livelihoods, social cohesion, community infrastructure and local governance, the project is intended to contribute to the stabilization and reconciliation in the most affected regions of the Lake Chad Basin namely Borno and Adamawa in Nigeria, Diffa in Niger and, the Lake Region in Chad.

Job Description:

  1. The Social Cohesion Assistant (SCA) will support the Social Cohesion Officer in the implementation of the STaR project activities which include peace building, conflict mitigation and re-integration activities.
  2. S/he will also supportstrengthening community traditional systems, increase social cohesion and inclusion in communities.
  3. This position will work across all sectors and coordinate closely with other CRS colleagues to ensure that CRS activities abide by ‘Do No Harm’ principles; that CRS contributes to the repair of the social fabric; and, that CRS programming protects the rights of the most vulnerable groups.  This position requires close interaction with community members and local governance structures.

Job responsibilities

  1. Key Outputs/Responsibilities:

Project Implementation and Technical Support – Weight:

  1. Assist in the day-to-day implementation of social cohesion activities and capacity improvements of the program (both at the administrative level and in the field), including oversight of staff under this specific component. – (70 Weight)
  2. Support implementation of social cohesion activities in the target communities of intervention
  3. Support to identify technical support needs of partners and facilitate capacity building trainings and other supports to program partners on social accountability.
  4. Support the efforts to engage with local governments, community members, and displaced communities on constructive activities to improve local governance and service delivery, as well as advance peace-building initiatives.
  5. Support coordination of CRS social cohesion activities with similar initiatives funded by other donors / implemented by government MDAs / various stakeholders.
  6. Support efforts to increase community participation in local peacebuilding and conflict prevention.
  7. With supervision of the Social Cohesion officer implement activities to support a stabilization-enabling environment, such as social reconciliation, trauma-healing activities, or any other activity that fosters a willingness to engage in peace building.

Coordination and Representation:

  1. Support the social cohesion officer to effectively contribute to monitoring of cohesion activities in target communities.
  2. Work closely with other STaR and CRS staff to liaise with community members, including displaced communities to draft community development plans and link these plans to the government budgeting process and / or to other development initiatives including DFID funded PERL and Government of Germany funded / GIZ-managed projects – (5 Weight)

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL):

  1. In coordination with the MEAL Officer, ensure timely and quality capturing of MEAL data on social cohesion project component.
  2. Ensure timely completion of project performance tools including detailed implementation plans (DIPs) and indicator tracking tables (ITT). – (25 Weight)
  3. Provide regular (using standardized formats) and ad hoc reporting on implementation to the STaR leadership, CRS Nigeria leadership and the donor as directed by the Program Manager.

 

Background, Experience& Requirements
Education and Experience:

  1. Critical: Outgoing personality with local language skills and advanced level of intra and inter-personal communication.
  2. Critical: Advanced security awareness and experience in similar environment.
  3. Essential: Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences, Administration or relevant field or equivalent experience.
  4. Essential: Minimum 2 years of experience in management of governance projects in developing countries.  Experience in Nigeria and particularly the North East will be a bonus.
  5. Essential: Demonstrated experience in designing governance trainings and establishing governance structures at both the community and government levels.
  6. Essential: Strong team player with the ability to take initiative and work well independently.
  7. Essential:  Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills in English, Hausa and Arabic.
  8. Added advantage: Proven experience in working closely with government MDAs in Nigeria. Thorough understanding of the Nigerian Government structure at the National, State and LGA levels.
  9. Added advantage: Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy.
  10. Added advantage: Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Personal Skills:

  • Ability to work to meet deadlines in multiple tasking environments
  • Excellent organization, planning and analytical skills; detail oriented
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with demonstrated strength in relationship management
  • Travel Required 50%to field locations in Borno and Adamawa

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: Governance Adviser, Infrastructure Specialist, Governance Officer, Livelihoods Officer, MEAL Officer and SILC Officer
  • External: government ministries departments and agencies, local and international NGOs, coordination platforms and working groups, community leaders

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:

  1. Trusting Relationships
  2. Professional Growth
  3. Partnership
  4. Accountability


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Method of Application:

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 the position being applied for and the Job Ref Code as the subject of the application (e.g. Program Assistant – Yola-PGA80119,) to: vacancies.ne.nigeria@crs.org


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Note

  1. “CRS is an equal -opportunity employer, does not discriminate based on race, color, religion and we are committed to gender sensitive programming and management’. etc.
  2. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply”.
  3. Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position. CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

deadline: August 14, 2019

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