Technical Advisor II – IFS MEAL


As part of its Vision 2030 agency strategy, CRS is investing in six strategic change platforms to achieve results at scale. One of these key strategic change platforms is Strengthening Families for Thriving Children Strategic Change Platform 5 (SCP5). This Strategic Change Platform is a bold initiative to support vulnerable children to thrive in safe, healthy, and nurturing families, create more resilient and supportive communities, work with our Catholic partners, civil society and governments to establish policies and systems that strengthen families. SCP5 also aims to influence governments, donors, Catholic actors and other regional and global stakeholders to redirect resources and support to strengthening families.

The platform is implemented across CRS country programs and works around the world to influence other countries, regions and global actors to change practices, policies and resources in support of family strengthening and family car e. One of the Platform’s flagship initiatives, Changing the Way We Care℠, amplifies a global movement to prevent children from entering orphanages and to place children currently in orphanages in safe and nurturing families. To date, the project has been active in three demonstration countries (Kenya, Guatemala, Moldova) since October 2018; CTWWC seeks to expand programming in India and Haiti, and initiate programming in Lebanon and Indonesia.

In Zambia and Kenya, SCP5 is also initiating a three-year family strengthening initiative through the Inclusive Family Strengthening (IFS) project in Zambia and, through CTWWC, in Kenya. With this initiative, CRS builds upon decades of experience in community and family strengthening activities—and the strong partnerships with the Catholic Church, governments, and local organizations—to ensure families have the resources and skills to care for children – especially children with disabilities.

The position will s upport the IFS initiative, with a strong focus on the provision of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) technical support to Zambia, as well as facilitate learning and exchanges across Kenya and Zambia and more broadly across SCP 5.

Job Summary:

The position will provide technical advice, guidance, and support to MEAL-related family strengthening and alternative care program design and implementation issues to global, regional and Country Program (CP) teams to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable with a focus on the Inclusive Family Strengthening (IFS) project, in both Zambia and globally. The position will also provide targeted MEAL technical support to SCP 5’s global MEAL system. Overall this technical support will be in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices. The Technical Advisor’s technical knowledge, advice and guidance will contribute to generating high-quality data and evidence and learning to inform CRS’ family strengthening, and alternative care programming. It is estimated that the position’s level of effort will be split (75/25) between supporting the Inclusive Family Strengthening (IFS) project and global SCP 5 MEAL. In addition, the position will coordinate and represent both programs in regional and global fora.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

This includes:

Implement capacity strengthening initiatives in MEAL for family strengthening and alternative care programming for IFS and SCP 5 staff and partners, with an emphasis on IFS Zambia**.** Support the development of learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conduct trainings and workshops, and mentor and coach CP MEAL and other relevant staff. Contribute to knowledge management and learning through establishing learning agendas, collecting and analyzing program data, measuring program impact, capturing and sharing lessons learned and best practices, and research and internal reporting, in particular for the IFS project. Establish and maintain relationships with research, peer and other learning institutions in Eastern and Southern Africa with a strong focus on Zambia. Participate in MEAL forums in the area of family strengthening and alternative care in particular within Eastern and Southern Africa to collect and share best practices and promote CRS’ work. Contribute to the development and implementation of agency-wide MEAL strategies, standards, tools, and best practices for SCP 5 that effectively engage country programs, partners, donors and governments. Basic Qualifications

Master’s Degree in program monitoring and evaluation, public health, social work or other related area required. Minimum of five years relevant international working experience in an advisory or management role with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of three years working for programming interventions in MEAL. Previous experience providing technical assistance and developing successful proposals for external donor funding is required. Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in MEAL. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach. Experience in business development, project design and proposal development, including technical writing. Experience in mentoring, coaching, facilitation and training applying adult learning principles and practices. 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

Fluency in English Proficiency in another language a plus Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 20 to 30%.

Location: The position will be based in Eastern or Southern Africa, with a preference for Kenya or Zambia

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

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CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.


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