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Recent Job Opportunities at Catholic Relief Services (CRS), 10th Aug.

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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist person on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria m 2000 and currently focuses on agriculture, HIV and health extractives and governance, and peace building programming.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

 

Job Title: Agriculture Livelihoods Officer

Job Ref Code: ALR80719
Location
: Biu, Borno
Department: Programs
Reports To: Program Manager II – STaR
Supervises: Program Assistant Biu
Band: 7

Background

  • CRS will implement a multi-million-dollar, multi-year Germany Government funded, KreditanstaltfürWiederaufbau (KFW)-managed ‘Stabilization and Reconciliation in the Lake Chad Region (STaR) Project’ in the North East of Nigeria. Through programming in agriculture & livelihoods, social cohesion, community infrastructure and local governance, the project is intended to contribute to the stabilization and reconciliation in the most affected regions of the Lake Chad Basin namely Borno and Adamawa in Nigeria, Diffa in Niger and, the Lake Region in Chad.

Job Summary

  • The Agriculture / Livelihoods Officer will provide technical leadership, guidance and capacity strengthening to STaR project in the areas of agriculture-based livelihoods and food security.
  • S/he will provide guidance in the implementation of STaR agriculture & livelihoods activities using CRS approaches and methodologies as articulated in the project proposal documentation to improve household food security and resilience of targeted communities.
  • Focus areas will include improved agricultural practices, increasing yields, diversification of livelihoods, value addition to existing agricultural produce, improved storage, strengthening of producer groups,agro enterprise, and collective marketing of focus crops.
  • S/he will liaise with relevant government ministries, other technical experts and agencies working in the field of agriculture-based livelihoods.
  • The position will liaise with private sector partners to deliver the market optimization model.

Key Outputs/Responsibilities
Project Implementation – 70% :

  • Provide technical leadership and guidance in the assessment, planning and implementation of agriculture / livelihoods activities of STaR in the Northeast Region of Nigeria in collaboration with STaR’spartners and relevant government agencies.
  • Ensure that agriculture-based livelihoods related activities are implemented in accordance with CRS standards and approaches.
  • Under the direction of the Agriculture/Livelihoods Advisor, lead the design and development of capacity strengthening strategies, approaches and tools to support STaRpartners and relevant government agencies in the area of agricultural livelihoods.
  • Lead STaR’s capacity development of producer groups and marketing committees.
  • Develop Scopes of Work for short-term technical assistance/consultants in the area of agricultural livelihoods and food security livelihoods.
  • Lead STaR Nigeria’s partnership with private sector players in the agriculture/livelihoods sector

Coordination and representation – 10%:

  • Under the direction of the Program Manager, represent STaR and support coordination and representation aimed at ensuring STaR contributes to the overall delivery of CRS’ strategies in Nigeria, Niger and Chad.

MEAL and reporting – 20%:

  • In coordination with the MEAL Officer, ensure timely and quality capturing of MEAL data on agricultural and livelihoods project components.
  • Ensure timely completion of project performance tools including detailed implementation plans (DIPs) and indicator tracking tables (ITT).
  • Provide regular (using standardized formats) and ad hoc reporting on implementation to the STaR leadership, CRS Nigeria leadership and the donor as directed by the Project Director.
  • Provide guidance and technical assistance to implementing partners on the use and adoption of the latest tools and methodologies in all aspects of project management related to agriculture-based livelihoods, including monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) systems.

Background, Experience& Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Crop/Animal Science or relevant field or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in management of agriculture production and/or value-chain activities in developing countries. Experience in Nigeria and particularly the North East will be a bonus.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing agriculture projects in rural and peri-urban settings.
  • Demonstrated experience in training design, development of training curriculum, delivery and mentoring in subject matter relevant to this position.
  • Experience with the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable agriculture development and food security
  • Experience with market development approaches such as agricultural value-chain development (linking producers to markets) programming.
  • Previous experience carrying out and using the results of technical capacity assessments in the areas of agricultural production, value-chain development, food security and related fields.
  • Strong team player with the ability to take initiative and work well independently.
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills in English.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Travel Required:

  • 60%to field locations in Borno and Adamawa.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Supervisory: Program Assistant Biu
  • Internal: Agriculture/Livelihoods Adviser, Governance Adviser, Infrastructure Specialist, Social Cohesion Officer, MEAL Officer and SILC Officer
  • External: government ministries departments and agencies, local and international NGOs, coordination platforms and working groups, community leaders

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:
    • Trusting Relationships
    • Professional Growth
    • Partnership
    • Accountability


Job Title: Internal Auditor

Job Ref Code: ITA80119
Location: Abuja
Department: Internal Audit
Reports To: Head, Internal Audit
Band: 6

Job Summary

  • The Internal Auditor shall assist the Head, Internal Audit in developing and executing the Country Program’s audit plan, and take a lead role in the day to day execution of internal audits.
  • In this role you will contribute to the Internal Audit function by identifying risks associated with CRS’ objectives and evaluating the controls in place to mitigate those risks in order to improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.
  • You will provide value-added advice and support to staff and partners on the creation or modification of policies, procedures, processes, products or services to ensure an appropriate level of internal control and compliance is maintained.

Job Responsibilities
Audit Reviews:

  • Develop a risk based test plan by selecting appropriate audit approach, test procedures and sampling criteria based on professional judgment and departmentally defined internal audit methodology
  • Perform audit tests and prepare working papers in accordance with professional internal audit standards and CRS’ IA methodology
  • Evaluate the adequacy of process, design, and the effectiveness of controls in meeting program and control objectives. Identify and document control and process weaknesses and provide evidential support for findings
  • Propose practical and value added recommendations to address control weaknesses and/or process inefficiencies
  • Organize and reference work papers for review by Head, Internal Audit
  • Participate in closing meetings with client at the end of fieldwork, providing clear explanations for identified issues

Reporting:

  • Assist in the preparation of a concise and informative audit report to effectively communicate the findings and recommendations to the project and senior management.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Assists the Head, Internal Audit in the development of the annual Internal Audit plan
  • Conduct follow up audits to monitor management’s interventions
  • Determine project level operational risks in the area of finance, procurement, human resources (HR), compliance and other relevant areas.
  • Contribute and assist in maintaining an organizational risk management framework
  • Conducts reviews of suspected internal fraud or malpractices
  • Provide consultative support to projects and departments with regard to the adequate design and implementation of risk management processes
  • Provide in person training to staff and partners on agency wide policies, external rules, regulations and legislation which requires compliance of all staff (i.e., foreign corrupt practices act, mandatory disclosure, full cooperation, etc.)
  • Develops and maintains effective and professional working relationships with all levels of staff within the organization, including Senior Management and partner organizations.
  • Engage in continuous knowledge development regarding donor rules, regulations, best practices and internal audit standards
  • Any other tasks assigned by supervisor.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements
Education and Experience:

  • A recognized professional designation in Accounting or Internal Auditing (ACCA, ACA, CA, or CISA)
  • Bachelor’s in one of the following or related fields required: Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Auditing or similar relevant fields
  • Minimum of five years’ relevant experience, preferably with an International Organization.
  • Proven knowledge of auditing standards and procedures, laws, rules and regulations, knowledge of USG Regulations and Global Fund a plus.
  • Computer proficiency; highly competent using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and experience working with complex financial systems like SUN systems

Personal Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral English), including the ability to communicate and present to key stakeholders at all levels within the organization.
  • High attention to detail and excellent analytical skills.
  • Unquestioned personal integrity with strong ethics and values consistent with CRS’s values
  • Strong awareness of the need for confidentially in sensitive matters
  • Demonstrate high level of initiative, diplomacy and tact
  • Cultural awareness and the ability to work collaboratively in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Commitment to travel to all project offices in the country up to 35% of the time.
  • Commitment to Catholic Relief Services values.

Required/Desired Foreign Language:

  • Travel Required (35% of the time).

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: Program Managers, Grants Managers, Head of Finance, all program and operations staff
  • External: External Auditors, Sub-recipients

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:
    • Trusting Relationships
    • Professional Growth
    • Partnership
    • Accountability.

Deadline: 5pm; 14th August, 2019.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should download the “CRS Application Form” using the link below, fill and send with a detailed Resume as one document (in a PDF Format) indicating the position being applied for and the Job Ref Code as the subject of the application (e.g. Internal Auditor – Abuja – ITA80119) to: ng.recruitment_operations@crs.org

Click here to Download Application Form (docx)

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Note

  • “CRS is an equal – opportunity employer, does not discriminate based on race, color, religion and we are committed to gender sensitive programming and management’. etc.
  • Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply”
  • ‘’CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation’’
  • 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.

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