16 Sep 2021

Technical Advisor II – Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) Lead at Catholic Relief Services – CRS

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Job Description

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.

For nearly 60 years, CRS has taken the lead in responding to natural and man-made disasters affecting Ethiopia’s most vulnerable communities. Moving beyond emergency response, CRS’ disaster mitigation and recovery projects in drought and flood-prone areas have rebuilt individual and community assets through non-food aid in the form of agriculture, livestock, health, nutrition, and water and sanitation assistance. CRS’s humanitarian work in Ethiopia also provides livelihoods support to farmers and entrepreneurs, promotes gender equality, mobilizes for immunization and mitigates the impact of HIV.

As part of CRS family, you will join the more than 5000 strong and vibrant individuals working globally to accomplish the mission of CRS. CRS/Ethiopia invites you, the qualified candidate, to apply for the following position;

Position Title: Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) Lead

Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Employment Term: Indefinite Term contingent upon funding of RFSA program

Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party – MEAL RFSA


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for Peace (FFP) is seeking applications for funding for development food security activities in Ethiopia from 2020-2025. Drawing on previous experience in managing USAID Food for Peace (FFP) awards in Ethiopia, as well as considerable experience managing and implementing FFP awards globally, CRS will be submitting a proposal in response to the anticipated 2020 FFP Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) Request for Applications (RFA). The proposed program will involve a multi-sectoral response to build resilience and address food insecurity and malnutrition in Ethiopia, with focus on Oromia.

Job Summary

You will provide technical advice, guidance, and support to a wide range of program design and implementation issues with a focus on collaboration, learning and adapting within the RFSA in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, USAID-BHA guidelines, and industry best practices to regional and Country Program (CP) teams to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your technical knowledge, advice and guidance will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive, and innovative CRS’ Ethiopia programming is across the globe. You will work closely with all RFSA staff to ensure collaboration and learning with other activities in the implementation area. You will ensure the activity includes active, intentional, and adaptive learning within and across interventions, and will play a critical role in incorporating refinement activities and learning into implementation. This includes but is not limited to U.S. Government, host Government of Ethiopia, international donors, multilateral organizations, and private sector investments. Additionally, you will improve peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing and application, activity-based capacity strengthening, and evidence and data utilization in support of adaptive management both within and beyond initial refinement. You will also ensure appropriate and continued coordination and joint planning with other USAID and other donor activities (specifically the USAID food security and resilience portfolio), GoE initiatives, and private sector engagement.

Job Responsibilities:

·       Contribute to the development and implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards, tools, and best practices in RFSA CLA initiatives that effectively engage partners, donors and governments. Help ensure a cross-sectoral approach integrating gender, protection mainstreaming, and disaster risk reduction.

·       Provide technical solutions to regional and CP teams, remotely and on-site, for strategic planning and how to best apply program design and implementation standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools, and M&E, ensuring high-quality implementation.

·       Contribute to regional and CP efforts to pre-position CRS for growth opportunities in RFSA CLA initiatives. Lead or contribute to the development of the technical design for large and/or complex proposals, including defining appropriate monitoring systems and indicators. Advise project teams on integrating donor strategies, priorities, and technical requirements into CRS’ approach.

·       Contribute to capacity strengthening initiatives RFSA programming for staff and partner through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and mentoring and coaching to CP staff.

·       Contribute to knowledge management and learning through collecting and analyzing program data, evaluating strategic projects, assisting with measuring program impact, capturing, and sharing lessons learned and best practices, and research and internal reports.

·       Establish and maintain relationships with donors, peer organizations, research, and other institutions. Participate in forums in CLA to collect and share best practices and promote CRS’ work.


Supervises one communications officers and qualitative monitoring and reporting senior officer and two field based monitoring and reporting senior officers.

Job Requirements

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

·       An advanced degree (PhD or Master’s) plus a minimum of three years relevant work experience or a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years relevant experience is required. Two years of relevant experience can substitute for a master’s degree.

·       Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in facilitating learning and knowledge sharing processes; establishing and managing dynamic feedback systems to capture experiential learning and unintended consequences.

·       Experience and skills in networking and relations with large donors such as USAID/FFP, USAID/FTF preferred as well as peer organizations, faith-based and civil society partners.

·       Previous experience providing technical assistance and developing successful proposals for external donor funding is required.

·       Experience on innovative learning practice including Internal Change Management for CLA, Evaluative thinking and Adaptive management.

·       Skills in analyzing, interpreting, and communicating information to a wide range or stakeholders, including producing publications and organizing public events.

·       Experience in mentoring, coaching, facilitation, and training applying adult learning principles and practices.

·       Experience with program monitoring and evaluation, including developing and applying data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation, and oversight of researchers or evaluators.

·       Proficiency in programming using at least one statistical package including R Studio, STATA, SPSS.

·       Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management, knowledge-sharing networks.

Personal Skills

·       Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.

·       Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups.

·       Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports

·       Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented

·       Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills

·       Excellent 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.

·       Strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment

Required/Desired Foreign Language

Travel – 40% field travel required

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: Supervises one communications officers and qualitative monitoring and reporting senior officer and two field based monitoring and reporting senior officers.

Internal: CoP, DCoP Programming and Youth/Gender, DCoP MEAL, RFSA MEAL Managers, MEAL Officer, Accountability Officer; CRS Ethiopia MEAL Manager and ICT4D unit

External:  Implementing partner organizations, Government staff managing respective MIS, other organizations working in ICT4D

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff) 

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

·       Integrity

·       Continuous Improvement & Innovation

·       Builds Relationships

·       Develops Talent

·       Strategic Mindset

·       Accountability & Stewardship

Method of Application

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Closing Date : 25 September. 2021


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