Posted on :
25 Sep, 2017
25 Sep, 2017
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has been working in Ghana since 1958 in Health, Agriculture, Peace Building, Water and Sanitation, Microfinance and Education programs and has long-standing relationships with Church and non-Church partners and communities throughout the country.
CRS/Ghana currently has 61 staff with project offices in Tamale and Accra.
Catholic Relief Services carries out 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 Title: SILC Field Officer
Reports To: Senior Project Officer – SILC
Start Date: October, 2017
End Date: September, 2019
Catholic Relief Services carries out 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.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has been working in Ghana since 1958 in Health, Agriculture, Peace Building, Water and Sanitation, Microfinance and Education programs and has long-standing relationships with Church and non-Church partners and communities throughout the country. CRS/Ghana currently has 61 staff with project offices in Tamale and Accra.
As a member of the I-SEARCH project team, you will monitor and report on all project activities in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your 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.
Support the coordination and monitoring of project activities at the field level, ensuring implementation schedules are met as per the detailed activity plan, and that adherence to systems for quality project implementation are strengthened.
Coordinate communication and facilitate information sharing among the project team, implementing partners, and project beneficiaries at the community level to assist local partners in strengthening the community interest, involvement and support networks.
Liaise with various community stakeholders and mobilize them to ensure full involvement of community leaders, community representatives, and local government representatives in the overall implementation and improvement of project activities.
In coordination with the project team support capacity building events for community representatives including activity reporting.
Coordinate, monitor, and report on volunteer activities.
Compile data provided at the community level as per project requirements and contribute to the preparation of reports.
Support Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability and Learning (MEAL) activities through assisting partners in their efforts to collect and analyze project data per specified ICT4D technologies, mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with local partner(s) to prepare reports per established reporting schedule.
Support MEAL Specialist on field monitoring and evaluation activities in ensuring that project MEAL systems comply with agency standards and donor specifications.
Proactively identify issues and challenges and report them to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Document lessons learned and success stories.
Scope: Supervises volunteers who facilitate the formation and development of SILC groups at the community level
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Agric Program Manager, Senior Agric. Program Officer, ATT Project Coordinator and Finance Manager
External: IFDC/ATT Project, Department of Agriculture and other partners
Travel Required (include percentage of required travel, if applicable) 60% travel required
Required Skills or Experience
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, agronomy, or other related field required.
Minimum of 2-3 years of work experience in project support. Experience in Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) or Village Savings and Loans (VSLA) methodology for an NGO would be is required.
Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
Experience with activity monitoring and data collection preferred.
Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment.
Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with diverse groups including local partners and community members.
Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.
Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented.
Proficiency in local languages of target districts in the northern region of Ghana.
Required/Desired Foreign Language:
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.
Serves with Integrity
Cultivates Constructive Relationships
Competencies Relevant for the Specific Position:
Set clear goals and work towards achieving them
Collaborates effectively with staff and stakeholders
Manages financial resources with integrity
MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning) Competencies:
Accountability: Improving our accountability to a range of stakeholders through increased participation, transparent communication, responsive feedback mechanisms, and adherence to internal and external quality standards and requirements.
Analysis and Critical Thinking: Engaging with data, challenging biases and assumptions, posing thoughtful questions, pursuing deeper understanding of evidence through reflection and perspective-taking, and making informed programming decisions.
Monitoring: Implementing monitoring activities, including timely collection of quality data, set up and maintenance of databases, facilitation of participatory reflection on monitoring results, and submission of timely progress reports.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please submit your CV and letter of interest to [email protected] by 5pm on September 29, 2017.
The e-mail subject line for all applications and CVs should make reference for position applied e.g.: SILC Field Officer
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.