Food Security Policy Analyst

Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Apply by 28 December 2017
Entry-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 28 November 2017

Job Description

Through our work at Catholic Relief Services, we have witnessed the increasing consequences of climate change on the poor and vulnerable communities that we serve overseas. In response, CRS has a wide and varied portfolio of climate change & resilience activities across program areas. However, in order to truly scale up our successes we need access to key platforms for financing and influencing structural and systemic change.

The Agriculture and Livelihoods team has identified several needs if CRS is to continue to grow as a thought leader on climate change and resilience. These opportunities include the accreditation process for the Green Climate Fund and conducting learning events on resilience. There is additional need for providing more nutrition-sensitive technical guidance and support to the field around issues such as aflatoxins, orange flesh sweet potatoes, and homestead gardens.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support Green Climate Fund (GCF) accreditation process
  • Assess existing CRS guidance and procedures (i.e. ProPack, SMILER) to contribute appropriate language and concepts to the development of an agency-wide ESS policy
  • Collaborate on GCF 1-pager for country program audience
  • Support Caritas Internationalis food security & climate change working group with content and event preparation for upcoming COP23
  • Conduct assessment of peer organizations approach, staffing and funding for climate change to inform OverOps climate change session
  • Support development of concepts and preparation for a resilience event for Taadoud
  1. Develop abstract
  2. Obtain input and ideas from CP
  3. Identify talking points and lessons learned, work with CP to refine messaging
  4. Support identification of venue/sponsor and possible panelists
  5. Facilitate communications between key stakeholders, incorporating feedback and ideas into content decisions
  • Finalize aflatoxin literature review, brief and tool for distribution to field staff
  • Draft technical guidance to the field for use of orange fleshed sweet potatoes
  • Refine CRS OFSP project briefs and upload them to the SPHI knowledge portal
  • Conduct literature review on food systems to create guidance for country programs
  • Collect and analyze data from INC2016 survey
  • Develop or refine chapters of the CRS homestead garden guide
  1. Revised marketing chapter to remove duplication and streamline content
  2. Annex from Rupert
  3. Draft content for the chapter on guidance for selecting crops to produced.This guidance will be pulled from existing chapters in the guide:nutrition, marketing, seed, water resources, post-harvest, integrated soil health management
  4. Draft initial content for the introduction chapter
  5. Draft initial content for the chapter on vertebrate animal protection based on review of literature and resources
  • Manage and facilitate Build Block 6 Community of Practice (BB6) including uploading resources to BB6 SharePoint document library and coordinating/ facilitating the November webinar
  • Uploading the Gender Analysis Training of Trainers materials to the Gender SharePoint sight (English and Spanish versions)
  • Coverage of meetings and events in Washington DC related to climate change, Farm Bill negotiations, gender and nutrition-sensitive programming
  • AFR100 application
  • Niger DFSA support – literature review nutrition-sensitive agriculture
  • IFPRI presentation for A4NH
  • Climate change capacity statement – workshop
  • World Food Prize event preparation and support


  • A Master’s degree required.
  • A minimum two years relevant experience required.

Note: All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.