Project Officer (MEAL) : Catholic Relief Services Catholic Relief Services

Job Summary

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States of America. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard of race, religion, or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance, and peacebuilding. Registered in Zimbabwe under the PVO Act, certificate number 6/2002, CRS has been supporting program activities in Zimbabwe since 1989 and has long-standing relationships with Church and non-Church partners and communities throughout the country. Zimbabwe program implements projects through 14 partner organizations in 30 districts in the areas of health, OVC, education, food security and agricultural livelihoods, and peacebuilding.

The successful candidate will provide support to Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) project activities of serving the poor and vulnerable. His/her thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that CRS consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those it serves.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Supporting compliance with agency and donor MEAL requirements.
• Providing technical leadership for quality MEAL design, including tools and methods, appropriate to scope, context, and technical requirements of projects.
• Supporting the planning and execution of baseline surveys, mid-term surveys and end of project evaluations to track projects’ progress and impact.
• Ensuring quality data collection and management activities.
• Promoting data for decision making through integration of data analysis, reflection and interpretation and use within ongoing projects’ activities.
• Working with MEAL staff to incorporate the use of ICT4D into data collection, analysis, presentation, reporting and storage.
• Leading simple analyses and reflective discussions on ongoing project monitoring data.
• Documenting and disseminating findings and field-based insights to project discussions.
• Fostering respectful relationships with community members and stakeholders.
• Building the capacity of project staff, partners and other stakeholders in participatory and systemic approaches of Theory of Change, monitoring and evaluation, data collection and management, and Collaborative Learning and Adaptation (CLA) methods as necessary.
• Identifying staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and contributing to capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.
• Providing financial management assistance for MEAL activities as necessary or when required.
• Any other duties as may be assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications and Experience

• A Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Operations Research, Development Studies or any related program.
• A minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience preferably in an NGO setup.
• Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
• Experience in monitoring projects and collecting relevant data is preferred.
• Experience in using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), (SPSS, Databases, GIS).

How to Apply

Those who meet the above criteria are invited to submit their applications together with a cover letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae that includes names and email addresses of three traceable references. Applications should be clearly marked with the position applied for, i.e., “Project Officer - MEAL” in the email subject line.

Please submit your applications by Monday, 6 February 2023, to The Country Representative at the following email address: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

About Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States of America. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more...

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