Kenya: Project Officer – Emergency (Ref.2018/006)

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Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 14 Jan 2018

Department: Programs

Band: 6

Reports To: Emergency Project Coordinator

Country/Location: Kenya/Mombasa

Position Type: Fixed Term (4 months)

About CRS:

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) 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.

CRS has worked in Kenya since 1965. Over the years, CRS’ focus shifted from direct relief and food distributions to a comprehensive development program that works with partners and enhances local capacity. CRS Kenya programs now support children affected by HIV, and community-based efforts to increase household incomes, improve family health and sanitation, and enhance agriculture livelihoods.


Kenya Drought Emergency Response and Recovery project (KDRRP) aim is to support to provide relief to extremely vulnerable families struggling with severe drought in Kenya’s most affected populations in Arid and Semi-arid counties: Kwale, Kilifi, Turkana, Samburu and Isiolo. Interventions concentrate on Pastoral/agro-pastoral livelihoods, WASH and natural resources management. KDRRP is a one year project funded by CRS private funds, LDS Charities and Margaret Cargill Foundation. CRS is implementing the project through four local partners and with close collaboration with the relevant county government departments and National Drought Management Authority.

Job Summary:

As a member of the KDRRP project team, you will monitor and report on all project activities in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. Specifically, you will coordinate and monitor all emergency project activities within your assigned county (ies) in Kenya and ensure use of technically appropriate implementation approaches and reporting, consistent with the donor and CRS requirements. 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.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate CRS Kenya’s County Level Emergency Response programming in close collaboration with the Emergency Coordinator to ensure effective program management quality.
  • Ensure program quality through development and implementation of periodic project reviews and learning, and local partner capacity enhancement.
  • Support implementing partner program and MEAL staff officer to effectively implement the project
  • Represent CRS and Emergency Project in all relevant county level coordination meetings
  • Together with MEAL staff, ensure all emergency responses in Kenya comply with required MEAL policies and procedures i.e. project design, monitoring, evaluation, budgeting, accountability and learning.
  • Coordinate and co-facilitate regular monitoring data interpretation to inform decisions and learning as provided in the emergency responses MEAL systems.
  • Work with partner organizations to ensure financial reporting follows CRS partner standards and best practices.
  • Closely manage county level activity budgets.
  • Coordinate with the relevant county level NGO emergency actors to ensure effective targeting and implementation of the projects.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Degree in Agriculture, veterinary medicine, water engineering or related field
  • 5 years’ experience in drought response programs preferably in arid/ semi-arid and marginalized areas
  • Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with local communities and County governments as appropriate.
  • Ability to represent CRS at coordination meetings
  • Excellent analytical, communication, and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple work demands in high-stress environments and work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision.
  • Advanced computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, etc.).
  • Professional proficiency English.

Personal Skills

· Observation, active listening and analysis skills with 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

Emergency Competencies

· Communicates strategically under pressure

· Manages stress and complexity

· Actively promotes safety and security

· Manages and implements high-quality emergency programs

Key Working Relationships:



· Emergency coordinator


· Project Implementing partners

· local and international NGOs,

· County government relevant departments

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

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

How to apply:

Written applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by Close of Business Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Human Resources Manager

Catholic Relief Services – Kenya Program

E-mail :

Note: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) does not charge any fees from applicants for any recruitment. Further, CRS has not retained any agent in connection with this recruitment

CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation

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