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Job Title: County Administrative Manager
Ref: 2019/055
Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party – Operations
Department: Operations – MILE Project
Salary Grade: 7
Country / Location: Kenya / Marsabit

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.
Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.
CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties. The activity will be implemented in two phases:
·         Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
·         Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening
Job Summary: The Administrative Manager will manage the provision of responsive, effective, and efficient operations in Marsabit including CRS interests with local government agencies, to ensure implementation of high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable.
S/he will provide leadership in the management of the office, with emphasis on administration, human resources, security, transport, procurement and external relations with government and other partners. S/he will work closely with the Deputy Chief of Party for Operations, and in coordination with CRS Operations Department main office, to ensure strong and effective management systems are in place and program implementation is carried out with high quality and efficiency.
Job Responsibilities:
·         Plan, coordinate, monitor and report on activities and required resources to ensure cost efficient and quality service delivery from administrative support functions. Anticipate delivery challenges to ensure service continuity.
·         Approve expenses, in line with CRS approval matrix, monitor spending, and make budget adjustments in line with operational needs and donor requirements.
·         Serve as the security focal point for Marsabit County. Proactively manage security and mitigate security risks. Ensure a safe work and living environment through leading implementation of safety and security protocols and staff care and well-being best practices.
·         Provide guidance and leadership in making systems efficient, effective, transparent and in line with the agency and donor’s policies, procedures and regulations, ensuring integrity and compliance to the agency accepted standards.
·         Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance management for direct reports. Monitor and assess performance to ensure adequate capacity.
·         Support the operational transition from MILE Phase 1 research to Phase 2 implementation in Marsabit County.
·         Monitor day-to-day operations to ensure all operational services (HR, Finance, Supply Chain, Admin, ICT) are delivered with high quality in an efficient manner and adhere to policies and to ensure accountability and integrity to CRS and Donor’s standards and requirements. Manage risk and address challenges that affect the proper stewardship, optimal utilization and maintenance of program assets and resources (financial, human, and material). Ensure coordination with Main Office OPS Department.
·         Report immediately to the DCoP-Operations any issues, constraints and challenges in complying with CRS and Donor’s standards policies and regulations and with government’s laws.
·         Create and maintain the proper conditions for learning. Establish a safe environment for the sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to small deficiencies. Identify capacity strengthening needs for staff and partners and coordinate with CRS Kenya program and operations teams to address capacity strengthening.
·         Ensure completion of the mandatory CRS online courses and submit the completion report to the DCoP-Operations and CRS Kenya HR Manager
·         Adhere to CRS’ principles of confidentiality in relations to staff, partners, vendors and other stakeholders. Report to the management potential irregularities or any misbehavior that occurs
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
·         Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or other relevant field. Master’s Degree would be a plus.
·         Minimum of 5 years work experience in administrative support functions, with increasing responsibility. Office management experience a plus.
·         Experience with an NGO a plus
·         Knowledge of procurement and general office administrative/management issues
·         Previous experience with donor funded projects or knowledge of donor regulations
·         Staff management experience and abilities
·         Experience in management of safety and security a plus
·         Proficient in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information management systems.
·         Experience working and living in Marsabit County a plus.
Personal Skills
·         Excellent strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
·         Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
·         Team leadership abilities
·         Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented
·         Able to live in an environment where everyday comforts may not be readily available.
Required / Desired Foreign Language
·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; ability to draft and edit reports.
·         Excellent verbal communication skills in Kiswahili.
·         Dialects local to Marsabit County a plus.
Travel Required: 25% of the time within the county
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: Administrative assistant (Marsabit county)
·         Internal: Country Representative, Head of Programs, Head of Operations, Chief of Party MILE, DCOP Operations MILE, System Strengthening Specialist Marsabit, County Research Coordinator, MILE Program team, and Nairobi based operations staff.
·         External: Local government officials, Local/international NGO offices, and UN agencies operating in the project area.

Job Title: Senior Project Officer / County Research Coordinator
Reports to: Research & Design Manager
Department: Programming MILE Project
Salary Grade: 8
Country / Location: Kenya / Marsabit (Ref:2019/64) Isiolo (Ref: 2019/65)
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.
Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.
CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties. The activity will be implemented in two phases:
·         Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
·         Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening
Job Summary: The County Research Coordinator in Marsabit / Isiolo, will ensure effective coordination and management of MILE formative and implementation research activities across the county. S/he will provide both administrative and technical support to the execution of four targeted pilot studies throughout the county. S/he will oversee data collection teams and maintain key relationships with both local implementing partners and relevant county government actors.
Job Responsibilities:
·         Support MILE Research team to roll out strategic mix of research methodologies appropriate for Isiolo geographic and sociocultural context as well as the MILE timeframe.
·         Directly supervise POs for Pilot Studies (5), providing oversight to major functions of implementation research, including data collection, analysis, documentation, and dissemination.
·         Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.
·         Disseminate MILE research tools to support both formative and implementation research, and engage in on-the-job training in their usage as needed
·         Manage partnerships with county research institutions
·         Actively engage county government counterparts on MILE research agenda development and pilot study design, to facilitate collaboration and buy-in.
·         Conduct regular sub-county field visits to support research teams and enhance understanding of local contexts.
·         Contribute to transition plan moving from Phase 1 (Research and Collaboration) to Phase 2 (Activity Implementation) by ensuring research results are useful, accessible, and applicable for making activity design decisions
·         Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project needs.
·         Through planning and oversight, ensure efficient use of project resources
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
·         Bachelor’s Degree in public health, economics, agricultural/development economics, statistics, bio-statistics, nutrition, applied sociology, anthropology, or another relevant subject. Master’s degree in similar fields a plus. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
·         Minimum of four years professional experience in research, including progressive experience in leading multi-disciplinary, multi-site research teams
·         Demonstrated experience in qualitative and quantitative methods
·         Experience working with research and academic institutions in Kenya.
·         Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
·         Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.
Personal Skills
·         Very good strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
·         Very good relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
·         Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
·         Manages financial resources with integrity.
·         Excellent communication skills.
Required / Desired Foreign Language: English and Kiswahili required
Travel Required: 30% field travel
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: Project Officers for Pilot Studies (5)
·         Internal: MILE Research & Design Lead, MILE Research & Design Manager, POs for MILE Pilot studies, County Systems Strengthening Specialists
·         External: Consortium partners, research institutions, government bodies at different levels,

Job Title: Deputy Chief of Party I – Operations
Reports to: Chief of Party – MILE
Department: Programming MILE Project
Salary Grade: 10
Country / Location: Kenya / Nairobi
Ref: 2019/071
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.
Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.
CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties. The activity will be implemented in two phases:
·         Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
·         Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening
Job Summary: As Deputy Chief of Party- Operations, you will work as part of a team on a large project and provide oversight of operations function of the MILE project to serve the poor and vulnerable.
You will be responsible for ensuring efficiency and accountability of MILE operations in support of high-quality programming. including generating financial reports, monitoring project expenses, ensuring cost effective services, facilitating requested audits (internal and external) including partners’ required audits; and ensuring coordination with main office’s Operations’ team; and supporting capacity building of implementing partners.
As a senior leader you will oversee project administrative and finance functions, ensuring sound management of donor resources and compliance with internal and external policies, regulations, CRS policies and procedures and local government’s laws.
Job Responsibilities:
·         Manage key aspects of the development, implementation and transition of the MILE project. Liaise directly with USAID/FFP, Government of Kenya and private stakeholders, when needed; Contribute to ensuring coordination between program and operations leads.
·         Facilitate regular meetings with each Consortium Member on grants management and any Finance/Compliance TWG meetings.
·         Support the overall administrative needs of MILE staff including the optimal utilization and maintenance of program assets and resources
·         In coordination with CRS Kenya Finance Manager, ensure accuracy, quality and timely preparation, review, approval and submission of all financial requirements for MILE project, including month end closing, balance sheet reconciliations, collection of delinquent receivables; Monitor monthly and quarterly cash needs ensuring accurate cash forecast and MILE project cash needs are met; Review the monthly budget comparison report and develop corrective action plan as needed for MILE project to ensure proper use of the approved project budget
·         Work closely with CRS Kenya Head of Operations to ensure effective and efficient service delivery to MILE project, including Partners’ support in compliance with CRS policies and procedures and compliance with Donor’s requirements and regulations
·         Ensure effective and efficient coordination and team work with CRS Kenya Operations Divisions’ Team (Finance, Admin-Supply Chain, HR, ICT), ensuring quality, accuracy and timely support and service delivery and communication
·         With the CRS Kenya Country Program Admin Office, take an active role in inventory planning and management, accounting and recordkeeping of all properties, inventories and fixed assets.
·         Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports
·         Contribute to the development of staffing plans and the recruitment process of senior staff.
·         Along with DCOP Programming, manage and mitigate risk through monitoring national and regional issues that may impact staff and programming. Ensure all staff understand and adhere to CRS staff safety and security policies and plans.
·         Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Help ensure compliance with the donor grants, including financial tracking and oversight of MILE partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to the donor. Develop, analyze and review MILE grant and sub-recipient grant agreements. Ensure receipt and maintenance of all Sub–recipient agreements and supporting documents.
·         Maintain files of required financial compliance documentation (A-133, NICRA letter, etc.); review documentation for potential issues; make recommendations to the Senior Management Team for improvements and action to be taken.
·         Ensure that MILE Project adheres to the donor’s requirements in Risk Management and Fraud Reporting systems, developing and maintaining a project Risk Management and Issues log, and developing a system for digitizing/tracking payments from the project. Ensure compliance with CRS Risk and Fraud policy and procedures
·         Ensure regular cost efficiency analysis and Risk comprehensive are conducted and shared with MILE Management team and CRS Senior Management Team
·         Ensure regular assessment and monitoring with MILE Project’s Implementing Partners and ensure effective implementation of any developed Corrective Action Plan to address the identified issues
·         Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports for internal and external stakeholders – namely the Consortium Members and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP).
·         Ensure that MILE partners provide accurate and timely inputs into program audits; ensure timely closure of audit recommendations; document and ensure discussion and preparation of a plan of action; and monitor implementation of action/improvement plans relative to MILE activity. Maintain close working relationships with key staff of consortium partners to foster clear understanding of roles and responsibilities.
·         Create and maintain proper conditions for learning. Establish a safe environment for sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to deficiencies. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for CRS and partner staff and recommend trainings and technical assistance.
·         Manage capacity strengthening implementations for CRS staff, partners staff and Government representatives that have direct engagement with the project to align them with CRS polices and Donor requirements. Support the COP and DCOP Programming in designing and managing the transition between MILE Phase 1 research and Phase 2 implementation, including restructuring the management structure and workplan.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
·         Master’s Degree in Business Administration or related field with 10 years’ relevant experience.
·         Demonstrated experience of successful management, including management of functions of complex, multi-activity projects.
·         Grants and Budget management experience
·         Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
·         Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
·         Previous experience in USAID projects; FFP a plus.
·         Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.
Personal Skills
·         Very good strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
·         Very good relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
·         Team leadership abilities with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams.
·         Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
Required /Desired: Foreign Language
Travel Required: 30% field travel to Marsabit and Isiolo Counties
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: County Heads of office, Environmental Safeguarding Manager
·         Internal: MILE Chief of Party, MILE DCOP – Programming, CRS Kenya Head of Operations, CRS Kenya operations pooled support, other MILE Managers, all Country Program staff, Regional and Headquarters technical staff.
·         External: Consortium partners, Implementing partners, officials at USAID, government bodies at different levels.

Job Title: Deputy Chief of Party II – Programming
Reports to: Chief of Party – MILE
Department: Program – MILE Project
Salary Grade: 11
Country / Location: Kenya / Nairobi
Ref: 2019/070
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.
Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.
CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties.
The activity will be implemented in two phases:
·         Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition
·         Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening
Job Summary: As Deputy Chief of Party II – Programming you will lead the planning of project activities and set appropriate performance targets, ensuring adherence to technical standards, best practices, reporting timelines and donor guidelines are respected. You will manage key relationships both inside and outside of the MILE consortium, providing direction to a transformational research and implementation agenda.
As a senior leader you will oversee design and delivery of a multisectoral approach to sustainably addressing acute malnutrition in Kenya’s ASALs, an effort which includes cross-cutting interventions in health/nutrition, livelihoods, agriculture, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), gender, youth, learning, knowledge sharing and capacity-strengthening. You will serve as the point person for field-based activities and be responsible for coordinating and preparing all program reports.
Job Responsibilities:
·         Manage key aspects of the development, implementation and transition of the MILE project. Liaise with USAID/FFP, Government of Kenya and private stakeholders, when needed;
·         Ensure project objectives and results are fully accomplished and meet technical quality standards in line with donor expectations;
·         Contribute to ensuring coordination between program and operations leads;
·         Ensure CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures;
·         Ensure timely and complete submission of high-quality deliverables including work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, transition plan and any other reports required by the donor or the government;
·         Contribute to the development of staffing plans and the recruitment process of senior staff;
·         Effectively manage talent, including providing coaching, while managing team dynamics and staff well-being. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete regular performance assessments for direct reports including three MILE key personnel:
·         Along with DCOP Operations, manage and mitigate risk through monitoring national and regional issues that may impact staff and programming. Ensure all staff understand and adhere to CRS staff safety and security policies and plans;
·         Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Help ensure compliance with USAID grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to USAID;
·         Maintain close working relationships with key staff of consortium partners to foster clear understanding of roles and responsibilities.
·         Manage consortium and local implementing partner (LIP) relationships in line with CRS partnership principles;
·         Create and maintain proper conditions for learning. Establish a safe environment for sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to deficiencies. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for CRS and partner staff and recommend trainings and technical assistance;
·         Identify needs for technical assistance in a timely manner and contribute to the development of scopes of work (SoW) as well as supervision of technical assistance. In collaboration with project staff, provide guidance and technical oversight to LIPs, government partners and other collaborating agencies to ensure that objectives are achieved;
·         When feasible, identify opportunities for linkages with other projects and organizations to support MILE project objectives Including USAID/PREG partners and other FFP/DFSA implementers in Kenya;
·         Support the identification, documentation and dissemination of project results in various forms including media stories, lessons learned, and case studies;
·         Support the COP in designing and managing the transition between MILE Phase 1 research and Phase 2 implementation, including restructuring the management structure and workplan; and
·         Periodically serve as interim COP as needed, in the absence of the COP.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
·         Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations or a relevant technical area.
·         10 years’ senior level management experience.
·         Technical experience in either Nutrition, Food security, Natural Resource Management or WASH sectors
·         Knowledge and experience in budget management.
·         Previous experience managing USAID funded projects; FFP experience preferred.
·         Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
·         Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
·         Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.
Personal Skills
·         Very good strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
·         Very good relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
·         Team leadership abilities with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams.
·         Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
Required / Desired Foreign Language: Able to clearly communicate in written and spoken English
Travel Required: 30% to 40% field travel to Marsabit and Isiolo counties
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: System Strengthening and Institutionalization Lead; Gender, Youth, & Social Dynamics Lead, and the Strategic Learning Lead.
·         Internal: MILE Chief of Party, MILE DCOP – Operations, CRS Kenya Head of Programming, M&E Lead and the Research Design Lead (these are consortium partners staff), Regional and Headquarters technical staff.
·         External: Consortium partners, Implementing partners, officials at USAID, government bodies at different levels.

Job Title: Environmental Safeguards Manager
Reports to: Systems Strengthening and Institutionalization Lead
Department: Program – MILE Project
Salary Grade: 9
Country / Location: Kenya / Nairobi
Ref: 2019/074
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.
Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.
CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties. The activity will be implemented in two phases:
·         Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
·         Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening
Job Summary: The Environmental Safeguards Manager will be responsible for the identification of potential impacts from the proposed activities and the identification of strategies to prevent and reduce those impacts considering Kenya´s national regulations, 22 CFR 216, and ADS201.
S/he will also be responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the supplemental Initial Environmental Examination -IEE-, Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan -EMMP-, Environmental Status Report -ESR. and Climate Risk Management -CRM- screening and the diffusion of those documents among the staff.
Specific Responsibilities:
·         Provide technical backstopping during the implementation of MILE project, supporting and advising in addressing a variety of environmental issues at all the stages of the implementation of the project. Review project and activity plans, design, cost, and bid documents to ensure environmental factors and mitigation measures are integrated, and project documents and environmental documents are in harmony
·         Advise project and partner staffs on integrating donor strategies, priorities, technical requirements on development activities
·         Lead the process of any required environmental assessments from full Environmental Impact Assessments and Audits (EIA/EA) to more limited environmental reviews for activities that require environmental review.
·         Lead in the development process of environmental safeguards guidelines and environmental mitigation measures to be used by MILE staff and partners in the plan and implementation process of the project activities. Prepare guidelines, tools and notes for use in the project based on relevant environmental policies, acts and regulations/ directives of the Government of Kenya and reg.216 environmental procedures.
·         Undertake quarterly environmental monitoring and evaluation of project activities against environmental regulations and standards. Lead on developing and delivering a series of spot checks to ensure that proposed mitigation measures are properly implemented in line with the guidelines and unforeseen environmental and human health impacts are minimized. Prepare report (quarterly, field monitoring) on the safeguard risks with appropriate actions to be taken and ensure that timely actions are taken;
·         Develop environmental documents including IEE amendment, pesticide evaluation report and safer use action plans (PERSUAP) for MILE (when required) and ensure that they are implemented accordingly.
·         Provide technical assistance and deliver capacity building training to MILE, Government and partners’ staffs on environmental sound design and management (ESDM) and climate risk management to close knowledge/skill gaps and minimize the likelihood of risks and ensure the sustainability of the project.
·         Compile quarterly, biannual and annual reports on safeguards related issues and deliver to the programme as part of the M&E report;
·         Prepare annual environmental status reports (ESR) and submit to the donor before the submission of PREP
·         Contribute to maintaining relationships with donors, peer organizations and other institutions, participate in forums in the area of environment to collect and share best practices and promote CRS’ work.
·         Advice on administrative measures and actions required for ensuring the compliance with requirements set regarding environmental safeguard measures.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
·         Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Planning and Management, Natural Resources management, Environmental Health and Environmental Engineering or related field. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
·         Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with relevant field-based experience in environment safeguarding sector.
·         Registered with National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to undertake EAIs
·         At least 3 years demonstrated experience in undertaking Environmental Impact Assessments (EAI).
·         Knowledge of technical principles and concepts in environment safeguarding. Thorough knowledge and understanding of Kenya environmental laws, procedures and guidelines.
·         Experience in project design and proposal development
·         Knowledge of capacity strengthening best practices.
·         Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
Personal Skills
·         Strong relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings
·         Good strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
·         Good technical writing skills
·         Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
·         Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented
Required / Desired Foreign Language: English and Swahili
Travel Required: 40% travel to Isiolo and Marsabit
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: None
·         Internal: Chief of Party MILE, DCOP Programming MILE, System Strengthening and Institutionalization Specialists, Strategic Learning Lead, County Research Coordinators, MILE Program team, Nairobi based program staff and MILE consortium partner staff.
·         External: National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Local government officials, Local/international NGO offices, and UN agencies operating in the project area.

Job Title: Senior Project Officer / Financial Inclusion Specialist
Reports to: Systems Strengthening Specialist
Department: Program – MILE Project
Salary Grade: 8
Country / Location: Kenya / Marsabit (REF: 2019/068) Isiolo (REF: 2019/069)
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.
Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.
CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties.
The activity will be implemented in two phases:
·         Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
·         Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening
Job Summary: The Financial Inclusion Specialist will be responsible for day-to-day planning, implementation, efficient and effective roll-out and reporting of CRS Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) component in Marsabit / Isiolo County.
S/he will serve as the Master Trainer for SILC and the Private Service Provider (PSP) approach, assuring that Local Implementing partners (LIP) staff have the knowledge and skills to successfully deliver at scale.
S/he will provide ongoing technical support to field and LIP staff to assure that PSPs are adequately supervised and supported to reach sustainability targets. S/he will also work with the Private Sector Engagement Advisor to link SILC groups with financial education (FE), marketing training, private sector financing, entrepreneurship and franchising opportunities.
Specific Responsibilities:
·         Provide technical oversight, organize and lead the implementation of financial inclusion related project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
·         Assess the capacity and training needs of CRS and partner staff on financial inclusion. Support and design training modules and implementation models for CRS staff, LIP staff, supervisors and field agents and build local capacity networks to deliver high quality trainings and technical assistance. Design and deliver training interventions (trainer-of trainers, face-to-face learning, on-line learning, mentoring, and coaching) for project and partner staff.
·         Ensure learning properly accompanies project activities throughout the project cycle. Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and guiding partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences. Analyze implementation challenges and report any inconsistencies and/or gaps to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules.
·         Guide and support partners in their efforts to collect and analyse data monthly. Analyze MIS data and translate it into programmatic recommendations. Ensure project documentation for assigned activities is complete with all required documents and is filed per agency and donor requirements. Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and documentation of case studies and promising practices
·         Working in collaboration with Private Sector Engagement Advisor, link SILC groups with appropriate financial education (FE), marketing training, private sector financing, entrepreneurship and franchising opportunities
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
·         Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Economics social sciences, development or related field. Master’s degree in similar fields a plus
·         At least 4 years’ work experience in international development working with community savings groups
·         Practical experience in curriculum design and training of adults, certified master trainer experience preferred
·         Prior experience using the community-led savings group MIS (Excel-based or online database)
·         Experience with financial product development and/or mobile money products desired
·         Demonstrated ability to work successfully in diverse geographic and cultural settings
·         Understanding and appreciation of CRS’ commitment to work with and build partner capacity
Personal Skills
·         Strong relationship management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
·         Excellent negotiation skills.
·         Strong communications and presentation skills.
·         Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
·         Capable of working in a dynamic, results oriented environment; ability to multi-task across various work streams/priorities.
·         Team player with a positive attitude who can work independently while also being highly collaborative and open. Capable of building relationships and influencing the opinions of others.
Required / Desired Foreign Language: English and Swahili
Travel Required: 50% of the time within sub counties in Marsabit/Isiolo
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: None
·         Internal: Chief of Party MILE, DCOP Programming MILE, MILE Program team, all Country Program staff, Regional and Headquarters technical staff
·         External: Local implementing partners, government bodies at different levels
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
·         Accountability & Stewardship
·         Builds Relationships
·         Develops Talent
·         Continuous Improvement & Innovation
Leadership and Management Competencies
·         Communicates strategically under pressure
·         Manages stress and complexity
·         Actively promotes safety and security
·         Manages and implements high-quality program activities

Job Title: Project Officer – Food Preservation
Reports to: County Research Coordinator
Department: Program – MILE Project
Salary Grade: 7
Country / Location: Kenya / Marsabit (REF: 2019/062) Isiolo (REF: 2019/063)
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.
Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.
CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties.
The activity will be implemented in two phases:
·         Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
·         Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening.
Job Summary: As a member of the MILE project team, the Project officer- Food Presevation will ensure rigorous and efficient implementation of pilot activities related to household food preservation in the ASALs and its impacts on malnutrition.
S/he will monitor and report on all project activities related to the food preservation pilot in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. S/he will support consortium partners and local partners in coordinating and implementing pilot activities and related data collection.
The Officer’s thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.
Job Responsibilities:
·         Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
·         Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.
·         Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and assisting partners in their efforts to collect and analyze project data per specified mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with consortium partners and local partner(s) to prepare reports per established reporting schedule.
·         Collect information on staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and monitor capacity building and technical support activities to ensure effective impact.
·         Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Food Science and Technology, Nutrition,Food Safety and Quality, Biotechnology and Nutrition as (Food Science, Food Science & Nutrition, Biotechnology, Biochemistry) or other relevant fields.
·         Minimum of 3 years of work experience in project support; with at least 2 years experience in food preservation or value addition preferred.
·         Experience in operational research, particularly in Northern Kenya or similar livelihood and geographic contexts.
·         Experience with conducting nutrition analyses, assessments and evaluations and other nutrition-related research, including applying data collection tools and methodologies.
·         Excellent research, analysis, and writing skills.
·         Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
·         Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
·         Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
Personal Skills
·         Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment.
·         Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners, local government, and community members.
·         ability to exercise diplomacy and tact as demonstrated in previous roles that have required communication with a broad and diverse set of partners.
·         Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.
·         Ability to work in challenging and changing environments, and to see through challenges to find solutions.
·         Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented.
Required / Desired Foreign Language
·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; ability to draft and edit reports.
·         Excellent verbal communication skills in Kiswahili.
·         Dialects local to Marsabit/Isiolo County a plus.
Travel Required: None
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: None
·         Internal: County Research Coordinator; Research and Design Lead; Research and Design Manager; Administrative Manager; System Strengthening and Institutionalization Specialist; Pilot project officers.
·         External: Consortium partners, Implementing partners, Marsabit/Isiolo County government bodies.

Job Title: Project Officer – Gender
Reports to: County Research Coordinator
Department: Program – MILE Project
Salary Grade: 7
Country / Location: Kenya / Marsabit (REF: 2019/066) Isiolo (REF: 2019/067)
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.
Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.
CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties.
The activity will be implemented in two phases:
§ Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
§ Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening.
Job Summary: As a member of the MILE project team, the Project Officer- Gender will ensure rigorous and efficient implementation of pilot activities related to gender and social norms and its impacts on malnutrition.
S/he will facilitate, monitor and report on all project activities related to the gender pilot in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. S/he will support consortium partners and local partners in coordinating and implementing pilot activities and related data collection.
The Officer’s thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.
Job Responsibilities:
·         Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
·         Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.
·         Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and assisting partners in their efforts to collect and analyze project data per specified mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with consortium partners and local partner(s) to prepare reports per established reporting schedule.
·         Collect information on staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and monitor capacity building and technical support activities to ensure effective impact.
·         Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Gender and Development, Sociology, Anthropology International Development or other relevant fields.
·         Minimum of 3 years of work experience in project support.
·         Experience with conducting gender analyses, assessments and evaluations and other gender-related research, including applying data collection tools and methodologies.
·         Experience in qualitative data analysis and data presentation.
·         Experience in operational research, particularly in Northern Kenya or similar livelihood and geographic contexts.
·         Deep understanding of gender dynamics and nutrition in Northern Kenya (a plus)
·         Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
·         Experience monitoring projects preferred.
·         Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
Personal Skills
·         Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment.
·         Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners, local government, and community members.
·         Ability to exercise diplomacy and tact as demonstrated in previous roles that have required communication with a broad and diverse set of partners.
·         Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.
·         Ability to work in challenging and changing environments, and to see through challenges to find solutions.
·         Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented.
Required / Desired Foreign Language
·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; ability to draft and edit reports.
·         Excellent verbal communication skills in Kiswahili.
·         Dialects local to Marsabit/Isiolo County a plus.
Travel Required: None
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: None
·         Internal: County Research Coordinator; Research and Design Lead; Research and Design Manager; Gender, Youth
and Social Dynamics Lead; Administrative Manager; System Strengthening and Institutionalization Specialist; STA Gender; RTA Gender; Pilot project officers.
·         External: Consortium partners, Implementing partners, Marsabit/Isiolo County government bodies.

Job Title: Project Officer – Graduation Pilot
Ref: 2019/059
Reports to: County Research Coordinator
Department: Program – MILE Project
Salary Grade: 7
Country / Location: Kenya / Isiolo
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.
Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.
CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties.
The activity will be implemented in two phases:
§ Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
§ Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening.
Job Summary: As a member of the MILE project team, the Project Officer – Graduation Pilot will ensure rigorous and efficient implementation of pilot activities related to the graduation approach to poverty alleviation and its impacts on malnutrition.
S/he will monitor and report on all project activities related to the graduation pilot in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. S/he will support consortium partners and local partners in coordinating and implementing pilot activities and related data collection.
The Officer’s thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.
Job Responsibilities:
·         Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
·         Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.
·         Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and assisting partners in their efforts to collect and analyze project data per specified mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with consortium partners and local partner(s) to prepare reports per established reporting schedule.

·         Collect information on staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and monitor capacity building and technical support activities to ensure effective impact.
·         Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in International Development, Program Management, public health or other relevant fields.
·         Minimum of 3 years of work experience in project support. Experience in the field of microfinance and for an NGO would be a plus.
·         Experience in the Kenya ASALs preferred.
·         Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
·         Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
·         Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
Personal Skills
·         Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment.
·         Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners, local government, and community members.
·         Ability to exercise diplomacy and tact as demonstrated in previous roles that have required communication with a broad and diverse set of partners.
·         Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.
·         Ability to work in challenging and changing environments, and to see through challenges to find solutions.
·         Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented.
Required / Desired Foreign Language
·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; ability to draft and edit reports.
·         Excellent verbal communication skills in Kiswahili.
·         Dialects local to Marsabit/Isiolo County a plus.
Travel Required: None
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: None
·         Internal: County Research Coordinator; Research and Design Lead; Research and Design Manager; Administrative Manager; Resource Transfer Manager; Pilot project officers.
·         External: Consortium partners, Implementing partners, Isiolo County government bodies.

Job Title: Project Officer – Livestock Support
Reports to: County Research Coordinator
Department: Program – MILE Project
Salary Grade: 7
Country / Location: Kenya / Marsabit (REF: 2019/056) Isiolo (REF: 2019/057)
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.
Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.
CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties.
The activity will be implemented in two phases:
§ Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
§ Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening.
Job Summary: As a member of the MILE project team, the Project Officer- Livestock Support will ensure rigorous and efficient implementation of pilot activities designed to increase animal milk availability and accessibility through targeted livestock support for pastoralists households in the ASALs, and the impacts of these activities on malnutrition.
S/he will monitor and report on all project activities related to the Milk Matters pilot in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. S/he will support consortium partners and local partners in coordinating and implementing pilot activities and related data collection.
The officer’s thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.
Job Responsibilities:
·         Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
·         Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.
·         Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and assisting partners in their efforts to collect and analyze project data per specified mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with consortium partners and local partner(s) to prepare reports per established reporting schedule.
·         Collect information on staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and monitor capacity building and technical support activities to ensure effective impact.
·         Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Livestock Production or other relevant fields.
·         Minimum of 3 years of work experience in livestock project support.
·         Experience in operational research, particularly in Northern Kenya or similar livelihood and geographic contexts.
·         Experience with conducting analyses, assessments and evaluations, including applying data collection tools and methodologies.
·         Excellent research, analysis, and writing skills.
·         Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
·         Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
·         Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
Personal Skills
·         Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment.
·         Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners, local government, and community members.
·         Ability to exercise diplomacy and tact as demonstrated in previous roles that have required communication with a broad and diverse set of partners.
·         Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.
·         Ability to work in challenging and changing environments, and to see through challenges to find solutions.
·         Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented.
Required / Desired Foreign Language
·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; ability to draft and edit reports.
·         Excellent verbal communication skills in Kiswahili.
·         Dialects local to Marsabit/Isiolo County a plus.
Travel Required: None
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: None
·         Internal: County Research Coordinator; Research and Design Lead; Research and Design Manager; Administrative Manager; System Strengthening and Institutionalization Specialist; Resource Transfer Manager; Pilot project officers.
·         External: Consortium partners, Implementing partners, Marsabit/Isiolo County government bodies.

Job Title: Project Officer – Natural Resource Management (NRM) Governance
Ref: 2019/053
Reports to: Systems Strengthening Specialist
Department: Programming – MILE Project
Salary Grade: 7
Country / Location: Kenya / Marsabit
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.
Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.
CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE).
The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties.
The activity will be implemented in two phases:
·         Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
·         Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening
Job Summary: As a member of the MILE project team, the Project Officer – NRM Governance will support MILE efforts to strengthen Marsabit county government to deliver a workforce that can deliver integrated services through strategic planning, capacity-building for priority interventions focused on natural resource management and strengthening of governance, appropriate regulation and education capacities.
S/he will build effective working relationships with county government agriculture, livestock and public health counterparts, and local institutions. Through accompaniment, coordination and on-the-job support s/he will support efforts to build preparedness of county government and other local institutions to assume financial and technical responsibility for maintaining commitments to managing natural resources across Marsabit County after the MILE project implementation period is over.
Specific Responsibilities:
·         Participate in multi-sectoral stakeholder engagement and coordination with relevant county and community-based government of Kenya (GOK) staff, key stakeholders and other local institutions.
·         Engage in technical working groups and other multi-sector platforms to enhance communication of goals and objectives, obtain buy-in, enhance awareness and ensure collective engagement.
·         Provide ongoing support of linkages between MILE activities and GOK’s strategic plans at county levels (e.g. Kenya Ending Drought Emergencies Framework, County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs)). Incorporate strategies to address governance and systems-related drivers of acute malnutrition in the county into MILE activity design.
·         Along with the County M&E specialist and System strengthening specialist, support county government counterparts to use available agriculture, livestock, NRM and other relevant sector information for decision making, program planning, and performance and results monitoring.
·         Contribute inputs to transition plan from MILE Phase 1 (Research and Collaboration) to Phase 2 (Activity Implementation).
·         Utilize tools and materials designed to effectively measure capacity improvements
·         Along with the County M&E specialist, identify and monitor key metrics to measure institutional strengthening
·         Along with System Strengthening Specialist, identify of capacity strengthening needs through ongoing capacity assessments using agreed upon tools and procedures of county government, partner organizations, and other local stakeholders
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Public Administration, International Development or other relevant fields.
·         Minimum of 3 years of work experience in project support, with at least 2 years’ experience related to natural resource management and/or systems strengthening.
·         Demonstrated technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: policy reform, stakeholder coordination, and/or related areas of system strengthening.
·         Experience with conducting gender analyses, assessments and evaluations and other gender-related research, including applying data collection tools and methodologies.
·         Experience in participatory action planning and local government engagement.
·         Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
Personal Skills
·         Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment.
·         Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners, local government, and community members.
·         Ability to exercise diplomacy and tact as demonstrated in previous roles that have required communication with a broad and diverse set of partners.
·         Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.
·         Ability to work in challenging and changing environments, and to see through challenges to find solutions.
·         Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented.
Required / Desired Foreign Language:
·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; ability to draft and edit reports.
·         Excellent verbal communication skills in Kiswahili.
·         Dialects local to Marsabit County a plus.
Travel Required: 50% of the time to the sub counties
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: none
·         Internal: County Systems Strengthening Specialist, County Research Coordinator Marsabit, County M&E Specialist, Nutrition Governance Officer
·         External: MILE consortium members, County government of Marsabit staff especially Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, other related government bodies and authorities, Local Implementing partners and private sector service providers

Job Title: Project Officer – Nutrition Governance
Reports to: Systems Strengthening Specialist
Department: Programming – MILE Project
Salary Grade:  7
Country / Location: Kenya / Marsabit
Ref: 2019/054
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.
Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.
CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties.
The activity will be implemented in two phases:
·         Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
·         Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening
Job Summary: As a member of the MILE project team, the Project Officer – Nutrition Governance will support MILE efforts to strengthen Marsabit county government to deliver a workforce that can deliver integrated service through strategic planning, capacity-building for priority health interventions and strengthening of governance, appropriate regulation and education capacities.
S/he will build effective working relationships with county government nutrition and public health counterparts, and local institutions. Through accompaniment, coordination and on-the-job support s/he will support efforts to build preparedness of county government and other local institutions to assume financial and technical responsibility for maintaining reductions in acute malnutrition after the MILE project implementation period is over.
Specific Responsibilities:
·         Participate in multi-sectoral stakeholder engagement and coordination with relevant county and community-based government of Kenya (GOK) staff, key stakeholders and other local institutions. Engage in technical working groups and other multi-sector platforms to enhance communication of goals and objectives, obtain buy-in, enhance awareness and ensure collective engagement.
·         Provide ongoing support of linkages between MILE activities and GOK’s strategic plans at county levels (e.g. Kenya Ending Drought Emergencies Framework, County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs)). Incorporate strategies to address governance and systems-related drivers of acute malnutrition in the county into MILE activity design.
·         Along with the County M&E specialist and System strengthening specialist, support county government counterparts to use available nutrition and other relevant sector information for decision making, program planning, and performance and results monitoring.
·         Contribute inputs to transition plan from MILE Phase 1 (Research and Collaboration) to Phase 2 (Activity Implementation).
·         Utilize tools and materials designed to effectively measure capacity improvements
·         Along with the County M&E specialist, identify and monitor key metrics to measure institutional strengthening
·         Along with System Strengthening Specialist, identify of capacity strengthening needs through ongoing capacity assessments using agreed upon tools and procedures of county government, partner organizations, and other local stakeholders
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Nutrition, Public Administration, International Development or other relevant fields.
·         Minimum of 3 years of work experience in project support, with at least 2 years’ experience related to nutrition and/or systems strengthening.
·         Demonstrated technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: policy reform, service coverage, clinical nutrition, stakeholder coordination, and/or related areas of system strengthening.
·         Experience with conducting gender analyses, assessments and evaluations and other gender-related research, including applying data collection tools and methodologies.
·         Experience in participatory action planning and local government engagement.
·         Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
Personal Skills
·         Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment.
·         Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners, local government, and community members.
·         Ability to exercise diplomacy and tact as demonstrated in previous roles that have required communication with a broad and diverse set of partners.
·         Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.
·         Ability to work in challenging and changing environments, and to see through challenges to find solutions.
·         Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented.
Required / Desired Foreign Language:
·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; ability to draft and edit reports.
·         Excellent verbal communication skills in Kiswahili.
·         Dialects local to Marsabit County a plus.
Travel Required: 50% of the time to the sub counties
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: none
·         Internal: County Systems Strengthening Specialist, County Research Coordinator Marsabit, County M&E Specialist, NRM Governance Officer
·         External: MILE consortium members, County government of Marsabit staff especially Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, other related government bodies and authorities, Local Implementing partners and private sector service providers

Job Title: Project Officer – Remote Populations
Reports to: County Research Coordinator
Department: Program – MILE Project
Salary Grade: 7
Country / Location: Kenya / Marsabit (REF: 2019/058) Isiolo (REF: 2019/060)
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.
Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.
CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties.
The activity will be implemented in two phases:
§ Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
§ Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening.
Job Summary: As a member of the MILE project team, the Project Officer – Remote Populations will ensure rigorous and efficient implementation of pilot activities related to improving access to services for remote populations in the ASALs and its impacts on malnutrition.
S/he will monitor and report on all project activities related to the remote populations pilot in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. S/he will support consortium partners and local partners in coordinating and implementing pilot activities and related data collection.
The Officer’s thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.
Job Responsibilities:
·         Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
·         Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.
·         Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and assisting partners in their efforts to collect and analyze project data per specified mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with consortium partners and local partner(s) to prepare reports per established reporting schedule.
·         Collect information on staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and monitor capacity building and technical support activities to ensure effective impact.
·         Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics or other relevant fields.
·         Minimum of 3 years of work experience in nutrition project support; experience in implementing IMAM Surge and Baby Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI) preferred.
·         Experience in operational research, particularly in Northern Kenya or similar livelihood and geographic contexts.
·         Experience with conducting nutrition analyses, assessments and evaluations and other nutrition-related research, including applying data collection tools and methodologies.
·         Excellent research, analysis, and writing skills.
·         Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
·         Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
·         Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
Personal Skills
·         Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment.
·         Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners, local government, and community members.
·         Ability to exercise diplomacy and tact as demonstrated in previous roles that have required communication with a broad and diverse set of partners.
·         Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.
·         Ability to work in challenging and changing environments, and to see through challenges to find solutions.
·         Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented.
Required / Desired Foreign Language
·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; ability to draft and edit reports.
·         Excellent verbal communication skills in Kiswahili.
·         Dialects local to Marsabit/Isiolo County a plus.
Travel Required: None
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: None
·         Internal: County Research Coordinator; Research and Design Lead; Research and Design Manager; Administrative Manager; System Strengthening and Institutionalization Specialist; STA Nutrition; RTA Nutrition; Pilot project officers.
·         External: Consortium partners, Implementing partners, Marsabit/Isiolo County government bodies.

Job Title: Program Manager I / Research & Design Manager
Reports to: Research & Design Lead
Department: Program – MILE Project
Salary Grade: 9
Country / Location: Kenya / Nairobi
Ref: 2019/073
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.
Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.
CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties.
The activity will be implemented in two phases:
§ Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
§ Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening
The MILE research strategy and activities will be led by a Research and Design Lead.
Job Summary: The Research & Design Manager will support the Research and Design Lead to ensure effective coordination and management of MILE formative and implementation research activities across two counties (Isiolo and Marsabit).
S/he will provide both administrative and technical support to the research activities in each county under the direction of the Research and Design lead, while also contributing to the translation of research findings into actionable results.
Job Responsibilities:
·         Support Research & Design Lead to roll out strategic mix of research methodologies appropriate for the MILE timeframe as well as geographic and sociocultural dynamics.
·         Ensure timely protocol preparation and submissions and track research approvals and regulatory approvals from relevant governing bodies as needed,
·         Directly supervise County Research Coordinators (2), providing oversight to major functions of formative and implementation research, including data collection, analysis, documentation, and dissemination.
·         Facilitate logistical and administrative support to MILE research teams operating in the two counties to enable timely and efficient research implementation
·         Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.
·         Contribute to the design and dissemination of research tools to support both formative and implementation research
·         With support from Research & Design Lead, manage partnerships with national research institutions, giving oversight to their contributions to the MILE research agenda.
·         Actively engage county government counterparts on DFSA research agenda development and pilot study design, to facilitate collaboration and buy-in.
·         Conduct regular field visits to support research teams and enhance understanding of local contexts.
·         Contribute to transition plan moving from Phase 1 (Research and Collaboration) to Phase 2 (Activity Implementation) by ensuring research results are useful, accessible, and applicable for making activity design decisions
·         Support Research & Design Lead in interpreting data, writing reports and making actionable recommendations
·         Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project needs.
·         Through planning and oversight, ensure efficient use of project resources
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
·         Master’s degree in public health, economics, agricultural/development economics, statistics, bio-statistics, nutrition, applied sociology, anthropology, or another relevant subject. · Additional experience may substitute for some education.
·         At least 5 years of professional experience in leading multi-disciplinary, multi-site research teams
·         Demonstrated experience in qualitative and quantitative methods
·         Experience in obtaining research and regulatory approvals in Kenya
·         Experience working with research and academic institutions in Kenya.
·         Excellent communication skills.
·         Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
·         Previous experience in USAID projects; FFP a plus.
·         Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.
Personal Skills
·         Very good strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
·         Very good relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
·         Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
·         Manages financial resources with integrity.
Required / Desired Foreign Language: English and Kiswahili required
Travel Required: 30% field travel
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: Research Coordinators in Marsabit and Isiolo
·         Internal: MILE Research & Design Lead MILE County Research Coordinators, POs for MILE Pilot studies, other MILE Managers.
·         External: Consortium partners, research institutions, government bodies at different levels,

Job Title: Technical Advisor I / Resource Transfer Manager
Reports to: Head of Office
Department: Operations – MILE Project
Salary Grade :9
Country / Location: Kenya / Nairobi
Ref: 2019/072
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.
Background: CRS is leading a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and international/national research institutions to implement a five-year USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) called Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE).
The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties.
The activity will be implemented in two phases:
§ Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
§ Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening.
Job Summary: The Resource Transfer Manager will ensure effective coordination and management of MILE resource transfer activities across different interventions and activities such as conditional and unconditional cash transfers, in-kind resource transfer, DiNER (diversity in nutrition and enhanced resilience) Fairs, and vouchers, among others.
As a member of the Operations team, s/he will work closely across the programming and operations departments to ensure efficient payments that adhere to risk management strategies through effective segregation of duties throughout the process.
Job Responsibilities:
·         Work closely across the programming and operations departments to ensure efficient resource transfer that adhere to risk management strategies through effective segregation of duties.
·         Manage resource transfers using the CAT (cash and asset transfer) platform or other beneficiary and resource transfer management platform for beneficiary registrations, intervention setups, distribution planning, transfers and distribution reporting.
·         Oversee all project level resource transfers through a clear schedule linked closely to the annual detailed implementation plans. Authorize the release of resources and verify that there are no- duplications in recipients.
·         Support and conduct market assessments to determine the appropriate form of assistance, including cash, voucher, in-kind distributions, and market support interventions.
·         Adapt and/or create (when relevant) guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the use of CAT and/or other beneficiary and resource transfer management platforms for the project cycle (set up; integration with other relevant systems, beneficiaries management, vendor management, card and device management, payments/transfers, MEAL, etc.).
·         Build capacity of operations team on the use of CAT and/or other beneficiary and resource transfer management platforms.
·         Ensure compliance with national and donor reporting requirements related to resource transfer.
·         Verify compliance to CRS and donor’s policy and procedures at every step of the process flow, particularly with respect to segregation of duty.
·         Troubleshoot when issues arise to ensure efficient payments.
·         Report and address duplication of services.
·         Authorize release of resources according to SOPs.
·         Liaise with other relevant resource transfer projects, programs, and providers (to be determined).
·         Contribute to the development of project learning in the area of cash (vouchers), in-kind resource transfer, and markets, as well as related MEAL.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
·         Master’s degree in Administration, Data Management, Computer Sciences, Information Management, Emergency Relief, Rural Development or related studies.
·         Previous experience with a beneficiary and resource transfer management platform.
·         At least 5 years of professional experience 2 of which should be related to operational management of resource transfer programs.
·         Demonstrated skills in cash and markets programs.
·         Experience in market assessment.
·         Demonstrated skills and enthusiasm for use of ICT4D.
·         Ability and proven experience transferring knowledge through formal and informal training.
·         Knowledge of technical principles and concepts in cash and market programming including knowledge of SEEP Minimum Economic Recovery Standards.
·         Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
·         Previous experience in USAID projects; FFP a plus.
·         Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.
Personal Skills
·         Very good strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
·         Very good relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
·         Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
·         Manages financial resources with integrity.
·         Excellent communication skills.
Travel Required: 30% field travel
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: none
·         Internal: MILE Chief of Party, MILE DCOP – Operations, MILE DCOP – Programming, CRS Kenya Head of Operations, CRS Kenya operations pooled support, MILE County Research Coordinators, other MILE Managers, all Country Program staff, Regional and Headquarters technical staff.
·         External: Consortium partners, implementing partners, government bodies at different levels, especially those related to resource transfers.

Job Title: Program Manager I / System Strengthening Specialist
Reports to: Systems Strengthening and Institutionalization Lead – MILE Project
Department: Program – MILE Project
Salary Grade: 9
Country / Location: Kenya / Marsabit
Ref: 2019/075
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.
Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.
CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties.
The activity will be implemented in two phases:
·         Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
·         Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening
Job Summary: The System Strengthening and Institutionalization Specialist, will assist Marsabit county government to strengthen the workforce that can deliver integrated service through strategic planning, capacity-building for priority health interventions and strengthening of governance, appropriate regulation and education capacities.
S/he will be primarily responsible for building effective working relationships with county government ministries, county-level organizations/officials, and local institutions. S/he will provide technical leadership and management in the development and execution of systems strengthening and capacity building efforts at the county level.
S/he will support efforts to build preparedness of county government and other local institutions to assume financial and technical responsibility for maintaining reductions in acute malnutrition after the MILE project implementation period is over.
Specific Responsibilities:
·         Take the lead on multi-sectoral stakeholder engagement and coordination with relevant county and community-based government of Kenya (GOK) staff, key stakeholders and other local institutions. Engage in technical working groups and other multi-sector platforms to enhance communication of goals and objectives, obtain buy-in, enhance awareness and ensure collective engagement.
·         Ensure system strengthening is based on multi-sector engagement to develop a networked system able to holistically respond to the needs of vulnerable populations, in a sustainable and inclusive manner. Guide the integration of systems strengthening liaising with the key technical areas and line sector ministries of health, nutrition, education, and other relevant departments – and engaging both formal and informal systems in the integration. Put in place MoUs and other inter-agency collaborative methodologies.
·         Support county governments to effectively engage and advocate for resources from GOK and outside sources in support of county development priorities. Integrate public-private partnerships (PPP) as a central approach to system strengthening to result in a sustainable intervention, local resource mobilization being a critical pillar of PPP.
·         Ensure linkages and concurrence between MILE activities and GOK’s strategic plans at county levels (e.g. Kenya Ending Drought Emergencies Framework, County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs)). Incorporate strategies to address governance and systems-related drivers of acute malnutrition in the county into MILE activity design.
·         Along with the County M&E specialist, build county government capacity to use available nutrition and other relevant sector information for decision making, program planning, and performance and results monitoring. Incorporate lessons learned and best practices for capacity strengthening and institutionalization approaches from Phase 1 and other projects and donors into MILE activity design.
·         Along with the County Research Coordinator and County M&E specialist, develop and oversee the transition plan from Phase 1 (Research and Collaboration) to Phase 2 (Activity Implementation). Support county governments in the transition from DFSA Phase 1 (Research and Collaboration) to Phase 2 (Activity implementation) through joint development of detailed implementation plans (DIPs).
·         Develop/produce project donor deliverables (quarterly, annual, field project evaluations, etc.) in conjunction with other project staff. Document and share best practices towards improving systems and structures and support in the scale up of best practices
·         Produce tools and materials designed to effectively measure capacity improvements and engage all relevant stakeholders when designing materials to ensure ownership.
·         Along with the County M&E specialist, identify and monitor key metrics to measure institutional strengthening, including demonstrated management capacity around policies, strategies, guidelines, standards, and protocols for malnutrition; demonstrated leadership around malnutrition; capacity to manage data and research; effective use of data and research outcomes.
·         Effectively manage talent and supervise the systems strengthening team responsible for day-to-day guidance and oversight of project activities in order to achieve project targets at the county level. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Supervise and oversee the county level project team and ensure clear roles and responsibilities and lines of communication are maintained amongst the team members. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of project staff, and complete performance management for direct reports.
·         Coordinate the identification of capacity strengthening needs through ongoing capacity assessments using agreed upon tools and procedures of county government, partner organizations, and other local stakeholders and produce tools and materials to strengthen the capacity of relevant stakeholders to support quality project implementation, and a multisectoral approach to reducing acute malnutrition.
·         Engage and strengthen partnerships relevant to MILE project in the county. Represent CRS in sectoral meetings with the government, private sector and other development agencies in the county and ensure that partners are informed and represented. Responsible for ensuring the organization is well represented in relevant forums and technical working groups within the county.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
·         A Master’s degree in policy, communications, economics, agricultural/development economics, statistics, bio-statistics, nutrition, applied sociology, anthropology, or another relevant subject. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
·         Minimum five years’ relevant work experience preferably in a development setting with an international non-governmental organization
·         Demonstrated experience of successful provision of technical assistance to government ministries and/or decentralized government structures
·         Demonstrated experience in implementing systems strengthening approaches, with technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: policy reform, service coverage, supply chain management, information systems, workforce alignment and capacity building, stakeholder coordination, and/or related areas of system strengthening.
·         Demonstrated experience working in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams.
·         Demonstrated experience in driving proactive and innovative strategies to achieve results.
Personal Skills
·         Strong relationship management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
·         Excellent negotiation skills.
·         Strong communications and presentation skills.
·         Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
·         Capable of working in a dynamic, results oriented environment; ability to multi-task across various work streams/priorities.
·         Team player with a positive attitude who can work independently while also being highly collaborative and open. Capable of building relationships and influencing the opinions of others.
Required/Desired Foreign Language: English
Travel Required: 50% of the time to the sub counties
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: Financial Inclusion Specialist, Nutrition Governance officer and NRM Governance officer
·         Internal: Head of office Marsabit, County Research Coordinator Marsabit, County M&E Specialist, other MILE Program team members, Nairobi based program staff.
·         External: MILE consortium members, County government of Marsabit staff especially Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, other related government bodies and authorities, Local Implementing partners and private sector service providers
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
·         Accountability & Stewardship
·         Builds Relationships
·         Develops Talent
·         Continuous Improvement & Innovation
·         Strategic Mindset
Leadership and Management Competencies
·         Communicates strategically under pressure
·         Manages stress and complexity
·         Actively promotes safety and security
·         Manages and implements high-quality program activities

Job Title: Senior Project Officer – Faith & Community Initiative (SPO-FCI)
Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party.
Department: Programming – MWENDO Project
Salary grade: 8
Country / Location: Kenya / Kisumu
Ref: 2019/076
Contract Duration: 1 year
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.
Background: CRS is implementing a 4-year orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) program, MWENDO, which seeks to empower local and county-level OVC stakeholders to strengthen the formal and informal HIV and child protection systems and services and the linkages between them, including cross-sectoral service referrals and coordination to ensure quality service delivery for OVC and their HHs.
Additionally, the project will engage with Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and communities to address issues of HIV prevention, harmful gender norms and practices and cases of violence against children (VAC).
Job Summary: As a key member of the MWENDO OVC Project team, the SPO-FCI will be responsible for the overall coordination of and delivery of the Faith and Community Initiative (FCI) strategy by FBOs and LIPs in 6 counties (Nairobi, Busia, Kakamega, Nandi, Nyamira and Vihiga).
The SPO will oversee a rapid assessment and mapping of harmful gender norms and practices that impede justice for children and promote risky behaviors which accelerate the spread of HIV and violence against children (VAC).
S/he will coordinate effective implementation of the FCI and behavior change and communication strategies aimed at changing harmful practices and risky behavior among adolescents. The Senior Officer’s thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.
The SPO will work closely with other MWENDO Project Officers, Local Implementing Partners (LIPs) and the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) to contribute to a holistic, integrated, and comprehensive gender sensitive OVC project implementation.
S/he will provide monitoring and technical backstopping to FBO Social Workforce to help address barriers to implementing the FBO strategy as well as addressing harmful gender norms and practices as well as VAC.
Specific Responsibilities:
·         Support the coordination, implementation, and monitoring of all assigned Faith Based Organizations (FBO)/Violence Against Children (VAC) MWENDO project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
·         Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to FBO/VAC plans and implementation schedules. Assist Local Implementing Partners (LIPs) in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.
·         Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and assisting implementing FBOs in their efforts to collect and analyze VAC data per specified mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with FBOs to prepare reports per established reporting schedule.
·         Collect information on technical assistance needs of the implementing FBOs and their networks. Provide technical support and monitor capacity building and technical support activities to ensure effective impact.
·         Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices. Actively engage in dissemination and use of relevant knowledge in the field.
·         Represent CRS in meetings at county and national levels, technical working groups (TWGs), and other events as requested, to support forging relations with the MoH, DCS, FBO networks, other stakeholders, and the community.
·         Ensure accurate and timely reporting of all assigned Faith and Community Initiative /VAC MWENDO activities per donor and CRS standards and established schedules.
·         Support development of context focused messages and presentations for key constituent groups, e.g. religious groups, faith groups, youth groups, community partners, and other identified groups
·         Support advocacy for the promotion of gender equality, women’s empowerment, HIV prevention and campaign against all forms of child abuse
·         Cultivate and manage relationships with partners, FBOs and their institutions and representative’s community associations and other key stakeholders.
·         Support FBOs in addressing prevention of sexual violence targeting children and conduct referrals for legal redress.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
·         Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Health, gender, international development, development economics or another related fields. Master’s degree will be a plus.
·         A minimum of 6 years for Bachelors’ degree holders or at least 4 years progressive experience for master’s degree holders implementing VAC, prevention of sexual violence project, integrated HIV/AIDS and other social determinant of health related projects in Kenya, preferably in an NGO setting.
·         Strong knowledge of the health and social service sector in Kenya
·         Strong technical and programmatic skills and experience across a range of adolescent issues and topics.
·         Training and knowledge in community HIV/AIDS prevention and working with children.
·         In-depth understanding of donor expectations for program results, outcomes, impact, and reporting
·         Experience in the development of strategic and tactical plans in collaboration with others (stakeholders) who may represent a wide range of interests and needs
·         Experience working with religious leaders from different faiths particularly Christian and Islamic faith leaders and demonstrated leadership skills
·         Deep understanding of different administrative and non-administrative systems of accessing and working with faith leaders from different religions and denominations
Personal Skills
·         Good strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
·         Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with Faith Based Organizations and their networks and community members and inspire teamwork among diverse partners without direct supervisory responsibilities
·         Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
·         Strong interpersonal, writing, presentation, and organizational skills
·         Proven collegial and cooperative approach to management and decision-making
·         Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented
·         Strategic faith thinking as demonstrated in ability to plan and implement faith interventions in the short and medium term but with an eye for long term impact
Required / Desired Foreign Language
·         Able to clearly communicate in written and spoken English
Travel Required: 60% of the time to FCI/VAC MWENDO project sites
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: FCI Project Officer
·         Internal: Project technical officers
·         External: Representatives of the Counties and National governments, FBOs, other stakeholders, and the community
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
·         Accountability & Stewardship
·         Builds Relationships
·         Develops Talent
·         Continuous Improvement & Innovation
·         Strategic Mindset

Job Title: Senior Project Officer – Transition
Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party
Department: Programming – MWENDO Project
Salary grade: 8
Country / Location: Kenya / Kisumu
Ref: 2019/077
Contract Duration: 1 year
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.
Background: CRS is implementing a 4-year orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) program, MWENDO, which seeks to empower local and county-level OVC stakeholders to strengthen the formal and informal HIV and child protection systems and services and the linkages between them, including cross-sectoral service referrals and coordination to ensure quality service delivery for OVC and their households.
MWENDO is supporting 7 counties to transition out of USAID/PEPFAR funded support by September 2020.
In order to responsibly exit, MWENDO will focus on
1) graduation of households; and
2) working with county actors to continue advocating for increased resources to support child welfare using the investment cases
Job Summary: The SPO Transition will be responsible for facilitating the transition with support from MWENDO’s Systems Strengthening/Sustainability team. S/he will report on all project activities related to county systems strengthening, specifically with respect to OVC in support of CRS’ work serving the poor and vulnerable.
His/her thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve. The Senior Officer will coordinate closely with other MWENDO Project Officers to contribute to a holistic, integrated, and comprehensive project implementation.
S/he will also work closely with clinical partners and health facilities in the 7 target counties to orient them on the social services that enhance adherence to treatment for CLHIV.
Job Responsibilities:
·         Facilitate the transition of OVC caseloads from MWENDO to County Government support in 7 counties.
·         Along with SPO Systems Strengthening, work to transfer MWENDO’s holistic approach to sustainability at the County level to support OVC and household graduation/transition and social service system strengthening ensuring alignment with national case management guidelines
·         Coordinate and work closely with the other component SPOs to ensure integrated approach to sustainability within MWENDO project.
·         Engage and strengthen partnerships relevant with Government of Kenya-department of children services, and county governments especially MoH applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
·         Provide capacity strengthening to county government counterparts through trainings, workshops, facilitated group interactions as well as accompaniment through regular communication via email, telephone and site visits to support the successful mainstreaming of sustainability approaches transitioning counties.
·         Champion learning and data use for decision making with county counterparts
·         Identify/adapt and promote evidence-based sustainability tools, methods or approaches that DCS can use to advocate for funding and support of child welfare issues for sustainable support of vulnerable children and their households and strengthening of a HIV-sensitive social service system
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
·         Accountability & Stewardship
·         Builds Relationships
·         Develops Talent
·         Continuous Improvement & Innovation
·         Strategic Mindset
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
·         Bachelor’s degree in Social Science , Gender, Public Health, International Development or a related field. A relevant master’s degree would be an added advantage
·         A minimum of 6 years for Bachelors’ degree holders or at least 4 years progressive experience for master’s holders in project support in the field of child focused integrated ECD, HIV/AIDS, and other health-related projects in Kenya and for an NGO.
·         In-depth understanding of donor expectations for program results, outcomes, impact, and reporting.
·         Experience in participatory action planning and engagement of stakeholders at various levels.
·         Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
·         Excellent understating of GOK structures and systems, and demonstrated experience managing relationships with local government structures.
·         Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint
Personal Skills
·         Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
·         Strong communication, relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with local stakeholders. Representation abilities.
·         Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
·         Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented
Required / Desired Foreign Language: Strong technical writing skills in English
Travel Required (include percentage of required travel, if applicable): Up to 50 % of time to MWENDO transition counties
Key Working Relationships:
·         Supervisory: No supervisory role.
·         Internal: MWENDO System Strengthening/Sustainability Team
·         External: County Governments in transition areas, IPs, other stakeholders, and the community.
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
***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’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
Written applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by Close of Business Monday September 30, 2019.
Human Resources Manager
Catholic Relief Services – Kenya/Somalia Program
E-mail :Crskenya-hr@crs.org
Note: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) does not charge any fees from applicants for any recruitment. Further, CRS has not retained any agent in connection with this recruitment
CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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