Technical Advisor II,
Psychosocial Support & Gender for EMECA Region
Deputy Regional Director,
Program Quality, EMECA (DRD/PQ)
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.
The Europe, Middle East and Central Asia (EMECA) region encompasses country programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon (covering Jordan, Syria and Cyprus), Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza, Egypt and Greece, as well as a Europe Zonal office in Sarajevo and program offices in Moldova and Serbia. Registration is currently being pursued in Yemen and Pakistan, and the region also supports partners in over 20 outreach countries. Main programming areas are emergency response and recovery, education, and livelihoods, with a cross-cutting focus on social cohesion, equity and inclusion. The regional strategy highlights psychosocial support in the context of protracted emergencies, with a particular focus on caregiver engagement in the wellbeing of children and youth. Protection and PSS considerations are also mainstreamed in education, reintegration and youth programming, mostly in response to the stress and displacement caused by the Syria and Iraq crises. Significant interest in strengthening gender integration was identified in the 2020 Regional Meeting.
You will provide technical advice, guidance, and support to a wide range of program design and implementation issues with a focus on larger projects in the areas of Psychosocial support (PSS) and Gender in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to regional and Country Program (CP) teams to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your technical knowledge, advice and guidance will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS’ PSS and Gender programming is across the globe.
Roles and Key Responsibilities:
- Contribute to the development and implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards, tools, and best practices in PSS and Gender programming that effectively engage partners, donors and governments. Help ensure a cross-sectoral approach integrating protection mainstreaming, and disaster risk reduction.
- Provide technical solutions to regional and CP teams, remotely and on-site, for strategic planning and how to best apply program design and implementation standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools, and M&E, ensuring high-quality implementation that is reflective of industry standards and relevant to the local context.
- Contribute to regional and CP efforts to pursue relevant growth opportunities. Lead or contribute to the development of the technical design for large and/or complex proposals, including contributing to gender analysis and the development of appropriate indicators and associated monitoring methods. Review concept notes and full proposals in the sector. Advise project teams on integrating donor strategies, priorities and technical requirements into CRS’ approaches.
- Professional experience in Gender programming
- Master’s Degree in psychology, counseling, social work or related field required.
- Minimum of five years relevant international working experience in an advisory or management role with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of three years working for programming interventions in child/youth programming, education, counseling or related sector.
- Previous experience providing technical assistance and developing successful proposals for external donor funding is required.
- Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in PSS and Gender. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
- Experience in business development, project design and proposal development in education, child/youth psychosocial programming, gender or related sector, including technical writing.
- Experience in mentoring, coaching, facilitation and training applying adult learning principles and practices.
- Experience with program monitoring and evaluation, including applying data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation.
- Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
- Prior work experience in the Middle East or Central Asia a plus.
- Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.
***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.