Technical Advisor for Partnership and Capacity Strengthening

Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Apply by 5 May 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 7 March 2018

Job Description

The Strength in Solidarity:
Transforming CRS and Partners’ Capacity to Serve the Poor project (SiS) contributes to the broader, shared CRS and partner goal of improved service to the poor. This project is housed in the Partnership and Capacity Strengthening unit. CRS’ vision at the end of the eight-year initiative is that, as a result of highly effective and efficient accompaniment and capacity strengthening facilitated by CRS, its partners will be among the leading organizations meeting people’s needs and transforming unjust structures.

SiS focuses on three key areas:
1) improving internal CRS systems, structures, and skills that impact agency effectiveness in partner capacity strengthening;
2) enhancing resources (financial and technical) and opportunities to carry out the agency’s capacity strengthening mandate; and
3) facilitating learning and knowledge-sharing around what works in capacity strengthening.

SiS is a global program and works with country programs, regions, and headquarters departments, acknowledging that a significant number of CRS staff around the world are engaged in capacity strengthening and have lessons to share, skills to offer, and particular areas of expertise useful to partners. SiS also works to expand the number and depth of university partnerships, to draw on their expertise in organizational change, to explore management models for communication, collaboration, and coordination, and to serve as course developers, instructors, and mentors in the Institute for Capacity Strengthening (ICS).

Specific Responsibilities
Provide support to projects, country programs, regional offices, and headquarters departments to improve their own level of competency on capacity strengthening and partnership relations.
1 Facilitate use of the ICS as a resource to support design and implementation of capacity strengthening initiatives with CRS staff and partner staff.
2 Support the development and adoption of standardized approaches, practices, tools, and measurements in partnership and capacity strengthening.
3 Contribute to the development and dissemination of knowledge products in support of internal and local capacity strengthening, including but not limited to guidelines, tools, case studies, and e-learning courses.
4 Support country program and headquarters technical staff in the development of comprehensive plans and materials for the incorporation of local capacity strengthening in each program area and theme.
5 Provide timely information to country programs regarding donor interests and new resource opportunities for capacity strengthening.
6 Support country programs in their efforts to monitor and evaluate partnership and capacity strengthening activities and initiatives.
7 Identify and support the creation of strong inter-organizational networks and efforts to strengthen the capacities of local partners.
8 Represents CRS in external professional fora and with donor agencies in support of resource acquisition for capacity building initiatives.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
* Promotes learning
* Develops constructive relationships
* Models stewardship
* Serves with integrity

Key Working Relationships
Internal: Partnership and Capacity Strengthening Unit staff, SiS project team, Instructional Designers, Senior Technical Advisors, Technical Advisors, Country Representatives, Heads of Programs, Heads of Operations, Deputy Regional Directors, Global Knowledge and Information Management department, Web Unit, Human Resources department, and others.

External: Partners (including but not limited to the Catholic Church), Private Voluntary Organizations, Private Voluntary Organizations’ networks, academic institutions, donor agencies.

* Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
* 3-5 years of progressive responsibility designing and conducting overseas relief and development programs with organizations that focus on partnership and capacity strengthening with local organizations.
* Specialization in organizational development strongly preferred.
* Knowledge of, and demonstrated experience in working with, Catholic Church structures and dynamics, particularly at the local level required.
* Thorough knowledge of best practices in capacity strengthening with demonstrated experience in integrating this theme into multi-sectoral programming.
* Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluating partnership and capacity strengthening.
* Familiarity with key institutions and donor agencies active in capacity building.
* Experience in developing successful grant or contract proposals to USAID or other public donors.
* Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through participatory adult training, mentoring, distance education and other formal and non-formal methods. Strong design and facilitation skills.
* Ability to work well in a diverse, multi-cultural team setting.
* Ability to work effectively under pressure and to organize and prioritize a variety of initiatives.
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
* Willingness to travel up to 30% of time.

Computer and Language Skills
* Microsoft Office word processing, e-mail and Internet
* Fluency in written and spoken English and French required.

Personal/Professional Skills
* Excellent interpersonal, organizational and written and verbal communication skills, including in cross-cultural settings
* Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment
* Ability to work effectively off–site with minimal supervision
This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, efforts, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

Open to US based telework arrangement.

Internal applicants are encouraged to apply during the first ten days of posting.

NOTE: All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.

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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.

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.