Technical Advisor - Water & Environment

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 July 2019
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Job Description

CRS recently launched its Water Security for 2030 strategy. Water security, as defined in CRS’ Water Security for 2030 agency strategy, encompasses and includes all water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programming. The three priority areas of the strategy are Water in Sustainable Landscapes (e.g. Water for Ag), WASH in Humanitarian and Development contexts, Water Finance and Governance. To support high quality implementation of the strategy, CRS is seeking a technical advisor to support CRS and partners in implementing water security activities and to provide regular technical assistance to programs in the East Africa and Southern Africa regions.

Job Responsibilities:
* Support implementation through CRS programs of the three priority areas identified in the CRS Water Security for 2030 strategy – Water in Sustainable Landscapes, WASH in Humanitarian and Development contexts, Water Finance and Governance.
* Contribute to the development and implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards, tools, and best practices in Water Security that effectively engage partners, donors and governments. Help ensure a cross-sectoral approach integrating gender, protection mainstreaming, and disaster risk reduction.
* Provide technical solutions to water projects in East Africa and Southern Africa, as well as global and other regions, through remote and on-site support. Provide strategic planning and support in applying program design and implementation standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools, and M&E, ensuring high-quality implementation.
* Contribute to efforts to pre-position CRS for growth opportunities in Water Security in East Africa and Southern Africa, as well as globally and in other regions. Lead or contribute to the development of 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 in Water Security programming for staff and partner through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and mentoring and coaching to CP staff.
* 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.
* Establish and maintain relationships with donors, peer organizations, research and other institutions. Participate in forums in Water Security to share best practices, promote CRS’ work, learn from others, and influence priorities and global practice.
* Master’s Degree in public health, engineering or other related field in WASH. Candidates with engineering skills will be given preference.
* Minimum of five years relevant international working experience in an advisory or management role with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO. Minimum of three years working on programming interventions in WASH and/or water resource management.
* Previous experience providing technical assistance and developing successful proposals for external donor funding is required.
* Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in Water Security. General knowledge of other related disciplines to support multisectoral approaches.

Foreign Language: French language proficiency preferred

Travel Required: Up to 60% of time

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: The TA II has no direct reports; however, s/he may be required to supervise consultants, as needed

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 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's Agriculture and Livelihoods team supports farming communities using our Pathway to Prosperity approach, which enables rural families to increase their productivity within sustainable landscapes, achieve a living income and build more resilient communities.

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