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.
Project Background and Job Summary:
Now in its 11th year, the Lake Chad Basin crisis has been estimated to affect 10.7 million people in one of the world’s poorest, most drought-prone regions. As of January 2018, an estimated 5.2 million people are in dire need of emergency food assistance in Northeast Nigeria. Despite a scale up in humanitarian assistance, significant gaps remain, as thousands of people affected by the conflict have not been reached with adequate humanitarian support. Communities are in immediate need of food, nutrition, WASH, emergency shelter, and NFIs to save lives and restore dignity. Agriculture and livelihood support remain key as the ongoing humanitarian response transitions to support early recovery and resilience. Social Cohesion forms an integral part of the overall response.
In order to effectively respond to the crisis, CRS’ Northeast Nigeria emergency and early recovery program provides a holistic support package including food assistance, nutrition, NFI, WASH, shelter, agriculture, livelihoods, and social cohesion for both IDPs and host families. Where possible, CRS seeks to maximize project impact, efficiency and effectiveness by adopting market-based approaches through e-vouchers and empowering targeted communities through participatory approaches.
The primary roles for Emergency MEAL Coordinator include providing technical and field level support to improving emergency MEAL and information management systems in CRS’ emergency responses in Northeast Nigeria.
- Master’s Degree in a field related to international development, research or social sciences or equivalent relevant experience and Bachelor’s degree
- Minimum of 3-5 years of work experience in a management position involving MEAL responsibilities with an international NGO
- Strong knowledge of principles and current approaches to MEAL of development programs using both quantitative and qualitative methods, especially those of USAID
- Knowledge with beneficiary accountability mechanisms and ability to implement these
- Proficiency in database development/management, and skills in analyzing, interpreting, and communicating data and information to various stakeholders
- Strong experience in conducting assessments and surveys
- Experience with facilitation, capacity strengthening and partnership building, with the capacity to empower staff through opportunities for growth & development
- Experience contributing to the development of technical proposals
- Supervisory experience and team building skills
- Flexibility to work both in a team and independently
- Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Power BI, Web Conferencing Applications, ICT4D software and devices, and information management systems.
- Experience living and working, preferably in an emergency context
- Willingness to be based in rural North-East Nigeria and travel to field locations
- Familiarity with Red Rose OneSystem and/or CommCare would be an added advantage
- Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
- Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups.
- Excellent planning and organization skills
- Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
- Excellent self-motivation skills
- Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports
- Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented
- Cultural sensitivity, patience and flexibility
- Demonstrated personal accountability and driven to serve others.
Required/Desired Foreign Language: English fluency, including excellent oral and written skills, required.
***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.
CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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.