Technical Advisor I - Protection Mainstreaming & PSEA, EMPOWER

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 23 February 2021

Job Description

Job Summary:

You will provide technical advice and support to EMPOWER partners on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)/Safeguarding and protection mainstreaming in line with the EMPOWER program goals and objectives, and with Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to advance the delivery of high-quality, safe programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your advice, knowledge, and support will provide capacity strengthening for partners in Latin America and the Caribbean. You will be part of the global Humanitarian Response Department (HRD), within the Safe & Dignified Programming & PSS team.

This is a telecommuting role which involves providing both remote and in-country/on-site support to organizations in the Latin America & Caribbean region (on-site support / travel expected to be up to 50% of time). As such, candidates from / presently based in the Latin America & Caribbean region are preferred.

Required Languages: Spanish, English

Travel Required 50%


Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, International Development or another related field required.
  • Minimum of three years relevant work experience with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of two years relevant field-based experience in PSEA/safeguarding and protection mainstreaming approaches in humanitarian response contexts.
  • Knowledge of technical principles, concepts and international standards in safeguarding/PSEA and protection mainstreaming in humanitarian response. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
  • Experience in project design and proposal development and review. Experience in writing content for-and reviewing-proposals.
  • Experienced trainer/teacher of adults and multi-cultural groups, in both in-person and virtual settings.
  • Experienced in establishing and implementing community-based feedback, complaints and response mechanisms is an asset
  • Knowledge of capacity strengthening best practices and partnership building principles.
  • Experience with program monitoring and evaluation and analysis.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in Spanish and English required. Portuguese and/or French a plus.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to navigate the humanitarian coordination system
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally 50% of time
  • Candidates from/presently based in the Latin America & Caribbean region preferred.
  • Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society organizations.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams), web conferencing applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.

Personal Skills

  • Strong relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings
  • Good strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
  • Good technical writing skills
  • Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented

Emergency Competencies:

These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff working in emergencies to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  • Communicates strategically under pressure.
  • Manages stress and complexity.
  • Actively promotes safety and security.
  • Manages and implements high-quality emergency programs.

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.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

CRS’ requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect, and actively prevents harassment, abuse, exploitation and human trafficking everywhere and at all times. All applicants should familiarize themselves with CRS’ safeguarding policy and code of conduct and ethics, and must commit to these if hired.

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.

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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