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Senior Project Officer Shelter

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 livelihood 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 Shelter

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:

As a member of the Emergency project team, the Senior Project Officer Shelter will monitor and report on all project activities in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. The candidate’s thorough and service-oriented approach is expected to ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve. And also provide guidance and coaching for staff under his supervision.


Job Responsibilities of Senior Project Officer Shelter :

·       Provide technical guidance for CRS shelter programming.

·       Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.

·       Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.

·       Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and assisting partners in their efforts to collect and analyze project data per specified mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with local partner(s) to prepare reports per established reporting schedule.

·       Collect information on staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and monitor capacity building and technical support activities to ensure effective impact.

·       Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices.

·       Offer different shelter related training for CRS’s staff partners and beneficiaries.

·       Conduct shelter related assessments for the unit and for other CRS’s programs when requested.

·       Participate on cluster and sub nation shelter NFI cluster coordination forms.

·       Provide input during proposal development in area of shelter and settlement.

·       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.



·       Conduct regular visits to support implementing partners

·       Ensure timely technical support is provided to partners to respond to the capacity gaps identified during visits.

·       Establish a working relationship that fosters dialogue with the partners and in which partners contact the PM when issues or questions arise.

·       Inform supervisor when issues arise with a solution-focused approach and take the lead in ensuring the resolution of those issues in a timely manner.

·       Ensure field trip reports supporting the partners contain detailed information about the results of the trip and planned next steps


Job Requirements

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

·       BA/BSC Degree or MS in construction Studies, engineering studies, or related field of study.

·       6 years relevant experience for BA degree and 2 years MS

·       Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement

·       Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred

·       Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).



Personal Skills

·       Observation, active listening and analysis skills with the ability to make sound judgment

·       Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners and community members

  • Attention to details, accuracy, and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented



Required/Desired Foreign Language English


Travel Required (75% field travel when there is a demand)


Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: No supervisory role

Internal: PMs, Finance, HR, and admin units

External:  Woreda and Zonal respective government offices, sub-cluster coordinators, Humanitarian agencies implementing shelter projects


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


CRS Emergency Competencies:

Each CRS staff member working in emergencies is expected to have 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

How to Apply

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**