Senior Project Officer – MEAL Non-profit Jobs – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Senior Project Officer – MEAL Non-profit Jobs – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Job Title:              Senior Project Officer – MEAL

Organization:  Catholic Relief Services

Duty Station:   Kampala, Uganda

Reports to:  Homes and Communities Program Manager

About US:

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-profit organization which implements the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Job Summary: The Senior Project Officer – Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) will facilitate the achievement of project objectives through coordinating and reporting on all project MEAL activities and providing MEAL-related technical guidance and advice to staff and implementing partner(s) and advancing CRS’ work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your coordination and relationship management skills will ensure that the Homes and Communities project applies best practices in MEAL and constantly works towards improving the impact to those we serve.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Homes and Communities Program Manager, the Senior Project Officer for MEAL will:

  • Organize and lead the implementation of all assigned project MEAL activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles, standards and MEAL practices; donor MEAL requirements, and industry good practices.
  • 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 gaps to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules.
  • Lead the roll-out and implementation of the project’s feedback and response mechanism (FRM). Support actively seeking and responding to feedback from all members of targeted communities and other stakeholders as defined by the FRM.
  • Implement monitoring activities and processes according to the Homes and Communities’ Detailed Implementation Plan and MEAL system.
  • Ensure the quality of monitoring data through annual data quality assessments.
  • Coordinate and oversee MEAL-related working relationships with all local project stakeholders and serve as the liaison between them and the project team to mobilize local actors and promote project activities and impact. Identifies and responds to key stakeholders’ information needs in MEAL activities, using a range of appropriate communication methods.
  • Supervise and perform ad hoc inspections of various MEAL processes and resources at project sites to ensure timely project activities implementation and adherence to established process standards and procedures.
  • Ensure proper tracking of resource use for project MEAL activities through periodic budget reviews and follow-up with and assistance to implementing partner.
  • Support and coordinate MEAL-related capacity building and technical support activities to ensure assigned project MEAL activities are implemented per project guidelines and standards. Optimize partner participation and capacity development in the implementation of MEAL systems.
  • Coordinate provision of any MEAL-related logistical and administrative support to staff and partners.
  • Ensure timely, project documentation for assigned MEAL 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.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal applicant for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Senior Project Officer – MEAL job must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations or in the field of MEAL would be a plus.
  • At least two to three years of work experience in project support, ideally in the field of MEAL and for an NGO.
  • Experience working with partners, participatory action planning and community engagement.
  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data.
  • Experience using CommCare data collection, MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with diverse groups
  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented
  • Languages: Knowledge of the local languages spoken by South Sudanese and host communities living on or near Bidibidi settlement


  • A capacity and desire to pass on skills and information, a confident communicator and willing to work in a collaborative and respectful way with target communities.
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and meeting deadlines in changing situations
  • Analysis and problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgments
  • Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners
  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented
  • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities

Agency-Wide Competencies (for all CRS staff): These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

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

Emergency Competencies: Each staff member working in emergencies is expected to use the following competencies to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  • Communicates strategically under pressure
  • Manages stress and complexity
  • Actively promotes safety and security
  • Manages and implements high-quality emergency programs

Influence Competencies (for all Homes and Communities Staff): Effectively communicates the agency’s priorities and leverages local relationships to bring stakeholders perspective to decision-makers, based on job-specific responsibilities

How to Apply:

All candidates should Email a cover letter and CV only to Large files and/or scans of documents will lead to rejection of your application, in the subject

line of the email, copy and paste – SENIORPROJECTOFFICERMEAL. All applications that do not contain this exact subject line will be rejected and not read.

Deadline: 20th May 2020

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