Technical Advisor I– Protection Mainstreaming & PSEA, EMPOWER

Catholic Relief Services

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.

Duration: 12-month position

Country/Program Background

The EMPOWER (Empowering Partner Organizations Working on Emergency Responses) project is a joint initiative piloted in FY18 of the CRS Latin American and Caribbean Regional Office and the Humanitarian Response Department (HRD). In 2020, CRS expanded this program to Central America and Mexico and it continues to grow a team of LACRO-based emergency responders whose primary role is to support strengthening the emergency response capacity of local partners response in the Caribbean, South and Central America and Mexico and support them implementing high quality emergency responses.

Through EMPOWER, CRS staff accompany local organizations in institutional capacity self-assessments. Based on self-assessment results, as well as institutional mission, vision, and strategy, participating local organizations develop institutional strengthening plans. In response to expressed priorities and request s, CRS provides participating organizations with demand driven technical resources, support, training and accompaniment, and organizes zonal and regional workshops to facilitate shared learning and strengthening of peer networks among local and national humanitarian response organizations.

Job Summary:

You will provide technical advice and support to EMPOWER partners on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)/Safeguarding and protection mainstreaming in line with the EMPOWER program goals and objectives, and with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to advance the delivery of high-quality, safe programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your advice, knowledge, and support will provide capacity strengthening for partners in Latin America and the Caribbean. You will be part of the global Humanitarian Response Department (HRD), within the Safe & Dignified Programming & PSS team .

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, International Development or another related field required.
  • Minimum of three years relevant work experience with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of two years relevant field-based experience in PSEA/safeguarding and protection mainstreaming / safe & dignified programming approaches in humanitarian response contexts.
  • Knowledge of technical principles, concepts and international standards in safeguarding/PSEA and protection mainstreaming in humanitarian response. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
  • Experience in project design and proposal development and review. Experience in writing content for—and reviewing—proposals.
  • Knowledge of capacity strengthening best practices and partnership building principles.
  • Experience with program monitoring and evaluation and analysis.
  • Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams), web conferencing applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.

Required Languages– Oral and written language proficiency; capable of conducting trainings, writing reports and proposals, holding meetings, conducting interviews and communicate with partners in English and Spanish is a requirement.

Knowledge of Portuguese, French or Haitian Kreyol are a plus.


  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally 50% of time (i.e., 6 months out of the year)
  • Willingness and ability to deploy as soon as possible when disasters strike, primarily within Latin American and the Caribbean; may include deployments to other regions, as needed

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Extremely flexible and able to cope with stressful situations in emergency environments.
  • Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings
  • Strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports
  • Proactive, resourceful, results and service-oriented
  • Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidates from/presently based in the LAC region are highly preferred.
  • Experienced trainer/teacher of adults and multi-cultural groups, in both in-person and virtual settings.
  • Experienced in establishing and implementing community-based feedback, complaints and response mechanisms is an asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to navigate the humanitarian coordination system.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

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

***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.

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: 9/18/2022