EMCEA Program Quality Technical Advisor II

Catholic Relief Services

Job Title: EMCEA Program Quality Technical Advisor II

Reports to: DRD/PQ, EMECA

Department: EMECA

Salary Grade: 10

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:

You will provide program quality technical and management support in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to EMECA regional and Countr y Program (CP) teams to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your technical knowledge and program management experience and skills will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS’ programming is across the region.

Required Languages – English required. Arabic desirable.

Travel– Must be willing and able to travel up to 35%.

Job Location: This is a global telecommuter position

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide program quality management surge support to fill short-term CP gaps related to program start-up, close-out, or other key deliverables.
  • Contribute to regional and CP efforts to pre-position CRS for growth opportunities. Lead or contribute to the development of the technical design for large and/or complex proposals. Advise project teams on integrating donor strategies, priorities and technical requirements into CRS’ approach.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the new EMECA regional strategy and related operational documents and tools.
  • Provide technical support to regional and CP teams, remotely and on-site, for strategic planning and how to best apply program design and implementation standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools, and M&E, ensuring high-quality implementation. Help ensure a cross-sectoral approach integrating gender, protection mainstreaming, and disaster risk reduction.
  • Contribute to capacity strengthening initiatives for staff and partners through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and mentoring and coaching to CP staff.
  • Contribute to knowledge management and learning through assisting with measuring program impact, capturing and sharing lessons learned and best practices, and research and internal reports.
  • Support establishing and maintaining relationships with donors, peer organizations, research and other institutions. Participate in relevant forums to collect and share best practices and promote CRS’ work.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in International Relations or a related field required.
  • Minimum of five years relevant international working experience in an advisory or management role with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO .
  • Previous experience providing technical assistance and developing successful proposals for external donor funding is required.
  • Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts. 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.

NOTE: This is a global telecommuter position; CRS will give preference to candidates who are based in countries where we have existing offices. CRS does not sponsor visas for telecommuting employees.

***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.

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

Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

CRS talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm.

CRS welcomes candidates from the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency.

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.

How to apply


Closing date: 9/21/2022