Project Coordinator: Productive Agriculture Through Community Engagement

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Yangon, Myanmar
Apply by 27 June 2018
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 28 May 2018

Job Description

PMI, PACE Project Coordinator, Myanmar

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Based in Hakha, the PACE PM will provide direct, hands-on leadership of the PACE project. S/he will work closely with his/her supervisor and local partner counterpart with the project partner to ensure quality, impact-driven implementation of activities and quality, timely data collection and reporting
  2. Strengthen and oversee the agriculture component, providing technical, planning, and implementation support to the officer(s) and field agents to enhance the effectiveness of activities
  3. Work with MEAL team to streamline data collection and entry; work with his/her supervisor and the PACE team to produce timely and quality narrative reports for donors
  4. Provide training, oversight, guidance, support and feedback to partners to implement appropriate field activities. Ensure project plans are implemented effectively and according to the schedule.
  5. Assist with the development of detailed annual and quarterly operational budgets and provide first-level review and comment on partners’ quarterly and annual budgets.
  6. With supervisor, identify partner training and capacity development needs related to the implementation of the PACE project and ensure training to partner staff in all aspects of project planning, approaches, concepts, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  7. Build relationships and collaboration with appropriate government, UN, NGOs and CSOs on PACE and related programming policies and programs and with other CRS Myanmar projects as appropriate.
  8. Perform other relevant tasks that may be assigned as needed

KEY WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

  • Internal: CRS Myanmar Country Manager, CRS Agricultural Livelihoods Program Manager, Senior Finance Officer, MEAL Project Officer, Sub Regional Head of Programming, Sub Regional MEAL Manager, Health and Nutrition Technical Advisor, and other CRS staff as appropriate.
  • External: Partner Project and Operations staff, related government agencies and other development partners.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Technical Support and Implementation:

  • Provide oversight, guidance and support to partners to ensure plans are implemented effectively and according to agreed timeframe
  • Work with partners and supervisor to develop and maintain detailed work plans
  • Provide direct technical assistance, particularly in nutrition-sensitive agriculture (maize, pulse, vegetable cultivation, and seed and grain storage) and behavior change approaches, to PACE project with assistance from Agricultural Livelihoods Program Manager and Technical Advisors
  • Strengthen and oversee the planning, implementation and monitoring of the nutrition-sensitive agriculture project activities, supporting the partner officer(s) and field agents
  • With help from supervisor, identify and support CRS partners’ technical training and capacity development needs including developing a capacity building plan that focuses on technical capacity, project planning, activity management, etc.
  • Assist CRS and partner to develop linkages with government and other related NGOs to ensure sustainable systems and relationships are in place

2. Reporting, Sharing, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL):

  • Work with MEAL team and partner counterpart to enhance and streamline the data collection, entry, and reporting system in line with MEAL policies and procedures
  • Work with supervisor to prepare timely project narrative and financial reports and any additional required documents as required for submission to the donor or agency
  • Ensure that project activities are appropriately monitored and supervised so that objectives and indicators are met in accordance with project agreements.
  • Coordinate participatory quarterly and annual project reviews to guide implementation plans in collaboration with MEAL team.
  • Ensure strong focus on learning and capacity building of partner staff, including training where needed, and the facilitation of lessons learned sessions and case studies
  • Identify opportunities for linkages, experience sharing and promotion of the project learning and outcomes with other implementers and with the relevant government agencies

3. Operations and Financial Resources Management:

  • Support supervisor in managing and monitoring the successful implementation of project activities in compliance with CRS’ and donor management quality (MQ) standards
  • Support regular assessment of local partners and recommend necessary orientation in collaboration with operations and finance team
  • Coordinate with supervisor, CRS Finance Manager and partners to carry out budget planning for the project: make cash forecasts, analyze budget comparison reports (BCR) and assist in financial reporting.
  • Coordinate with supervisor and CRS Finance Manager to ensure partner expenses are accurately accounted for and partner cash advances are liquidated according to schedule.
  • Review monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports for CRS and donors.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES

  • Master’s degree in field related to Agriculture Sciences
  • At least 3 years’ experience in program management and rural development
  • Experience managing moderately complex projects with an international NGO
  • Demonstrated ability in participatory assessment, planning, budgeting, MEAL, and financial and project management
  • Experience working with local partners, State and Township level authorities; strong interpersonal and facilitation skills
  • Strong written and verbal proficiency in English with willingness and experience in learning other languages
  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

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.

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