Vacancy at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for a Technical Advisor I – Agriculture

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.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) came to Nigeria in 1960 to provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations in collaboration with the Catholic Church.  CRS was forced to leave the country in 1970 during the Biafran war.  However, in the late 1990s CRS Cameroon began outreach projects through the Catholic Church and in 1999 CRS opened a country office. Since then, CRS has been a continuous leader in development and humanitarian response within Nigeria – focusing on the three Strategic Program Areas of Agriculture, Health and Emergency Response.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Technical Advisor I – Agriculture, Nigeria
Requisition Number: I3127
Location: Nigeria
Position Type: To Be Assigned
Hours Per Week: 40
Full Time or Part Time:     Full
Regular, Short Term OR Temporary: Regular
Job Description   

  • CRS Nigeria is seeking an experienced agriculturalist to act in the strategic, senior management role of Technical Advisor-Agriculture (TA-Agric). Reporting to the Deputy Country Representative/Programs (DCRP), the Technical Advisor- Agric will lead all aspects of current and future agricultural and livelihoods programming.
  • Leading the design and ensuring program quality of integrated programs that address systemic constraints to sustained and market-based livelihood improvements in agricultural value chains, the Technical Advisor- Agric will be a key member of the senior management team tasked with maintaining and further positioning CRS in Nigeria at the forefront of agricultural development efforts.

Key Responsibilities
Technical Guidance and Assistance: 

  • Provide technical assistance to CRS in Nigeria agric programs to ensure program quality.
  • Assist CRS in Nigeria agric programs in developing solutions to identified challenges.
  • Ensure agric project objectives and results are fully accomplished; meeting and/or surpassing expected technical quality standards.
  • Lead project development and strategic support in a wide variety of areas, including value chain development and upgrading strategies, improving access to agricultural inputs, agricultural extension, marketing, climate-smart agriculture, and rural and peri-urban garden plot development.
  • Facilitate market driven linkages between agribusiness producers, wholesalers, processors, and markets within Nigeria, the region, and internationally.
  • Conduct regular field visits to program sites providing hands-on technical assistance and monitoring of program activities and implementation.
  • Ensure high quality quarterly, annual, and final agric project reports are submitted in timely manner.
  • Design agricultural and livelihoods projects from a gender transformative perspective.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning:

  • Develop rigorous, results based and impact focused programmatic monitoring systems to be used in the design of future programs.
  • Identify training needs and oversee quality of training in the agric sector for targeted staff and partners.
  • Collaborate with the CRS Agricultural Team and larger agricultural research and development community to promote learning and identification of relevant innovations, including assisting with the testing of new agric tools and approaches.
  • Identify and implement information technology (ICT4D) solutions to improve MEAL initiatives within the agric program.
  • In collaboration with CRS Senior Agricultural Team and MEAL Unit staff, document program results for multiple objectives, including program quality improvement, dissemination within CRS, and to peer agencies.

Strategic Growth & Business Development: 

  • Lead in the development and implementation of an agric growth strategy in line with country program and agency strategic initiatives. This may include conducting innovative research and market analysis for targeted value chains.
  • Develop relationships with key institutional donors, private sector and university partners with the view to understand the priorities and the mutually beneficial opportunities of each organization.
  • Facilitate and attend workshops in core areas related to the agric sector. This includes attending international conferences, preferably as a presenter of CRS in Nigeria’s work.
  • Lead in the identification, prepositioning and development of new agricultural business development opportunities

Human Resource Management: 

  • Lead and provide technical support to staff with a view of developing their programmatic and management capacity.
  • Mentor staff to ensure high levels of motivation, commitment, capacity, and teamwork.

Key Working Relationships

  • Internal: Regional RTA for Agricultural Livelihoods, other Agency Agric Technical Advisors, Business Development Specialists at Country Program, Regional and HQ-level, DCRP, CR, DHoP Health, CoPs, Project Staff, Head of Operations and Finance Manager
  • External: Nigeria Ministry of Agriculture, Institutional Donors, CGIAR Centers, Universities, Private Sector, Church and Secular Partners

Required Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • At least ten (10) years of professional work experience in agriculture, agribusiness development or related discipline
  • Past experience leading and building the capacity of teams to meet program needs and deliverables
  • Proven experience in building and maintaining institutional linkages.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally as required.
  • Excellent English language oral and written communication skills required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook required.
  • Demonstrated proposal writing skills, particularly of USG or other public donor funded programs required.
  • Knowledge of key USG regulations including, but not limited to USAID 22 CF Part 226 Administration of Assistance Awards to U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations, 22 CFR Part 145 Grants and Agreements with Non-Profits, OMB Circulars A-122, Cost principles for non-profit organizations and A-133 Audit of states, local governments, and non-profits preferred.

Agency-Wide Competencies:
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.

  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning

CRS Competencies for Program Managers: 

  • Sets clear goals and manages towards them
  • Manages financial resources with integrity
  • Applies program quality standards to project design and organizational learning
  • Collaborates effectively with staff and stakeholders

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidate should:
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