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.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has been working in Ghana since 1958 in Health, Agriculture, Peacebuilding, Water and Sanitation, Microfinance, and Education programs.
- Job Title: SILC Project Officer
- Department: Health
- Grade: 7
- Reports To: Project Manager (SCORE ECD III)
- Country/Location: Tamale, Northern Region/Ghana
As a SILC Project Officer in the SCORE ECD III (Strengthening Capacity of Women Religious in Early Childhood Development) project team, you will facilitate the achievement of project objectives through coordinating and reporting on Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) and Private Service Provider (PSP) activities related to the SCORE III project.
You are also expected to provide technical guidance and advice to staff, implementing partner(s), and community stakeholders. Your coordination and relationship management skills will ensure that the activities for which you are responsible apply best practices and constantly work toward improving the impact of project benefits.
- Facilitate the implementation of SILC component of the CRS-SCORE III Project activities on timely basis and ensure sustained linkages between activities of the project
- Ensure effective collaboration and linkage between CRS Ghana and relevant partners including targeted decentralized government agencies at the regional and district levels.
- Facilitate the roll out of the SILC Private Service Provider Business Model as part of the overall SILC component.
- Work with the Project Manager and district level partner staff in preparation of work plans, capacity building modules, planning and delivery of project activities
- Plan with, assign tasks to and supervise partner field staff (Reverend Sisters) in the execution of their duties and responsibilities.
- Work closely with other technical team members (including the MEAL Specialist) in the implementation of key project components at the district and community level to realize all project objectives and results including but not limited to farmer training, seed/technology fairs, and effective SILC groups.
Project Implementation and Management:
- Support and collaborate with project implementing partners and the target communities to undertake all activities aimed at enhancing the achievement of project strategic objectives
- In collaboration with the PM and PO for IBMC, identify and promptly resolve all troubleshooting issues as they arise within the team and work on team building and team beneficiary communities
- Sensitize district partners and communities about project objectives
- Support partners to mobilize and register SILC groups
- Monitor and evaluate activities of all partners and submit reports to the PM
- Consult the Project Manager in planning and organizing training workshops for collaborating partner staff, SILC groups and community volunteers
- Support and coordinate step down trainings by partner staff and PSPs
- Facilitate the process of documentation of project activities as required by the project/CRS.
- Periodically review field activities to ensure and promote quality of service and maintain high quality standards in the implementation of the SILC aspects.
- Trouble-shoot challenges and find appropriate solutions to them
Project Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:
- Periodically conduct field visits to ensure implementation plan is followed and level of activities is on track.
- Ensure the conduct of targeted assessments and surveys on timely basis
- Setup and continuously update the SILC information on SAVIX.
- Ensure accurate data collection, processing and timely reporting on project activities
- In collaboration with the MEAL SPO, monitor the project SILC activities.
- Support the conduct of targeted assessments and surveys on timely basis
- Work closely with MEAL SPO, key component specialists to supervise implementing partner staff and PSPs on the MEAL requirements of the project, and to assure that the project meets set goals and objectives
- Produce success stories and human-interest stories on project impact.
- Support coordination of and participate in field visits from project partners
Carry out any other duties/assignments as shall from time to time be directed by the Project manager, the Head of Programs or Country Representative
Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 80 %.
Required Skills or Experience
Required Languages – Fluency and proficiency in the English language is preferred
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Analysis and problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment
- Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners
- Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented
- Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
- Experience working with partners, participatory action planning and community engagement.
- Staff supervision experience a plus.
- Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data.
- Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
- University degree in Public Health, Nutrition, Business Administration, Agriculture, Early Childhood Development, or any other relevant professional background in Maternal and Child Health.
- Minimum of 4 years of work experience in project support. Experience in the field of MCH programming and for an NGO would be a plus.
- Experience in participatory action planning, community engagement, Monitoring and Evaluation
- Experience working with SILC/VSLAs (Demonstrable understanding on the mechanics of Savings and Loans groups) Work experience in and ability to relate with rural populations especially women
- Clear understanding of gender dynamics and mainstreaming.
- Ability to effectively communicate with beneficiaries, partners, and project staff.
- Ability to develop project communication materials (presentations, reports, success stories, and BCC materials relevant to SILC).
- Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
- Possession of a License to ride a motorcycle is preferred.
- Knowledge of the local language would be preferable.
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.
- Continuous Improvement & Innovation
- Builds Relationships
- Develops Talent
- Strategic Mindset
- Accountability & Stewardship
HOW TO APPLY
CLOSING DATE: Applicants should submit their CV and letter of interest by 5pm, on 25th January 2022
This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
CRS’ emphasis on family values supports benefits, including maternity and paternity leave, policies that promote exclusive breastfeeding, the availability of a baby room at the office, and flexible working hours where possible.
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.
CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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