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Senior Project Officer Emergency

Job Description

Internal/External Job Announcement

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:

Senior Project Officer Emergency

Duty Station:

Addis Ababa

Employment Term:

Indefinite Term contingent upon funding of Emergency program

Reports to:

Emergency and DRR Program Manager

Application Deadline:

January 18, 2021

 Job Summary:

You will be supervening programming in the Country Program (CP) for Emergency designing and implementing projects advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable. Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its programming.

 Job Responsibilities:

·       Supervise and implement all activities throughout relevant project cycles – project design, start-up, implementation and close-out – to ensure efficient and effective implementation in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices. Ensure project team and partner staff use the appropriate systems and tools.

·       Effectively manage talent and supervise: Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of project staff, and complete performance management for direct reports.

·       Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.

·       Act as a key resource person in project design and proposal development in respective programming area, gap-filling and taking on growth responsibilities, as needed.

·       Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. 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 staff capacity and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.

·       Help identifies, assess and strengthen partnerships relevant to Emergency, applying the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools, and approaches.

·       Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project needs. Through planning and oversight ensure efficient use of project resources


Job Requirements

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

·       An advanced degree (Masters) in a relevant field including agriculture, economics, public health, food security, or international development. An advanced degree can be substituted with an additional 3 years of relevant experience or BSC with minimum of 6 years demonstrated experience in USG or other similar development projects.

·       Experience in emergency programing is highly desirable.

·       Experience engaging with partner organizations

·       Experience contributing to the development of technical proposals.

·       MEAL skills and experience

·       Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.


Personal Skills

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

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

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

·       Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented


Required/Desired Foreign Language

Fluent written and spoken English is mandatory for the job holder


Travel Required (include a percentage of required travel, if applicable)

The job holder will be stationed 60-70 % percent of her/his time in project areas where CRS has active emergency response projects


Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: PM Cash, Shelter officers,

Internal: DHOPs, HOP, Operation, DCOPs, other PMs,

External:  Partners, Government NDRMC, Regional DRMC, emergency cluster leads


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.

·       Trusting Relationships

·       Professional Growth

·       Partnership

·       Accountability

How to Apply

You should fill the application form through this link;

and attach your up-to-date CV on/before the application deadline of January 18, 2021.


You will be contacted only if selected for a written exam/interview. Phone solicitations will not be accepted. These job opportunities are open to Ethiopian nationals only.


CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. 


** Qualified women are highly encouraged to apply**