Technical Advisor II - Social Cohesion & Justice Integration

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 16 April 2021

Job Description

With the launch of its Agency Strategy, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) seeks to catalyze development and humanitarian outcomes at scale. To this end, CRS is investing in six Strategic Change Platforms (SCPs) of which SCP1 is focused on Fostering Just and Cohesive Societies. Under SCP1, social cohesion and justice are seen as force multipliers that accelerate and amplify the effectiveness and sustainability of impact across sectors. In the initial 3-year seed investment period (2020-2022), SCP1 is focusing on three main areas of activity: developing a stronger evidence base for social cohesion and justice integration; piloting integration with other SCPs; and strengthening staff and partner competencies for social cohesion and justice integration. Internal and external influence activities are also part of the initial workplan and are integral to achieving the SCP1 goal of enhancing development and humanitarian outcomes through systematic integration of social cohesion and justice.

Job Summary: You will provide technical advice, guidance, and support to a range of social cohesion and justice integration program design and implementation issues with a focus on scaling pilots of other SCPs in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor interests, and industry best practices to advance transformational change at scale. Your technical knowledge, advice and guidance will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS’ social cohesion and justice programming is across the globe. Key priorities include: adaptation of tools, methodologies, and resources for ready uptake in other CRS SCPs, with particular focus on Sustainable Landscapes and Livelihoods/SCP3 (including Natural Resource Management) and Safe & Dignified Homes & Communities/SCP2 (including Shelter & Settlements); supporting pilot integration efforts with these and other SCPs; and contributing to integration standards and guidance based on learning from these pilot experiences.

Location: Headquarters / Telecommuting

This is a time-limited position under CRS’ initial SCP1 investment and is funded only through September 2022.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards, tools, and best practices in social cohesion and justice integration that effectively engage partners, donors and governments.
  • Provide technical solutions for social cohesion and justice integration to SCP, regional and Country Program (CP) teams working on pilot scaling efforts. This will include leading and/or assisting in adapting tools and methodologies for integration while maintaining program quality and partnership standards and best practices. Work closely with colleagues from other sectors to understand their sectoral approaches and processes and to identify integration opportunities.
  • Contribute to knowledge management and learning through collecting and analyzing program data, evaluating strategic projects, assisting with measuring program impact, capturing, and sharing lessons learned and best practices, and research and internal reports. Work closely with SCP staff and research advisors to ensure that CRS is generating rigorous evidence from integration pilots.
  • Contribute to regional and CP efforts to pre-position CRS for high-priority growth opportunities integrated programming. In some cases, contribute to the technical design for large and/or complex proposals, including defining appropriate monitoring systems and indicators. Advise project teams on integrating donor strategies, priorities and technical requirements into CRS’ approach.
  • Contribute to capacity strengthening initiatives for staff and partners in line with the forthcoming competency model for social cohesion and justice integration as well as the tools adapted for specific sectors through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and mentoring and coaching to CP staff.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with donors, peer organizations, research, and other institutions. Participate in forums in the area of social cohesion and justice integration to collect and share best practices, promote CRS’ work and influence policy, funding and programmatic changes across the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding nexus.

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in peacebuilding, political science, sociology, anthropology, international relations, public policy, or related fields 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 peacebuilding, social cohesion, justice and/or governance.
  • Previous experience providing technical assistance and developing successful proposals for external donor funding is required.
  • Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in social cohesion and justice, particularly as applied in integrated programming. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
  • Experience in business development, project design and proposal development in social cohesion and justice, especially as integrated with other sectors, and 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.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.

Required Languages - Excellent written and oral English required, French strongly preferred, Spanish desirable.

Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 40%

Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

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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