Project Manager - MEAL

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Catholic Relief Services is the international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States

Vacancy title:Project Manager - MEAL

Deadline of this Job:25 September 2020  

Job Title: Project Manager - MEAL
Department: Programs
Supervisor: Chief of Party
Job Type: Regular, Full Time
Grade: 9
Country/Location: Uganda/Kampala
About Catholic Relief Services:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. CRS’ Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations; serving people on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs.
CRS has worked in Uganda since 1965, initially providing emergency assistance to Sudanese refugees living in the north. Over the years, CRS has expanded its programming to also address development needs in western, central, and eastern Uganda. CRS' projects in Uganda currently include agriculture, health, microfinance, peacebuilding, and youth. CRS Uganda implements its programs through partnerships with local organizations, including the Catholic Church, other faith-based organizations, and community entities for maximum impact and sustainability. CRS Uganda employs around 190 staff and has its main office in Kampala, with sub-offices in Moroto, Yumbe, and Hoima.
Project Summary:
The Vines Project, implemented by CRS Uganda, is a five-year, $13 million Food for Progress project that will make Uganda the world’s next leading supplier of high-quality vanilla. Vines will leverage the expertise of CRS and its partners to enhance the production of safe, pure vanilla and develop sustainable market links with US vanilla companies, directly transforming the lives of 16,200 farmers, 836 supply chain actors, and create 15,820 new jobs to reach 32,856 vanilla stakeholders. The Vines strategy reflects best practices in sustainable development and will leave Uganda with a robust vanilla farming community resilient to the boom/bust nature of the market and a cadre of private sector agricultural extensionists to support more sophisticated production, processing, and marketing needs.
Job Summary:
You will lead and ensure high-quality project monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) for CRS, partners, and other project stakeholders to achieve Vines project objectives. You will lead the project’s MEAL Team; develop the project MEAL system and train CRS staff and partners in on the MEAL system and all related topics. You will lead the implementation of all project MEAL activities. Your project MEAL skills and knowledge of the program area will ensure that the Vines project will deliver high-quality programming, expected results, accountability to beneficiaries and other stakeholders, and continuously works towards improving and increasing project impact.

Job Roles and Responsibilities:

  •  Ensure the development, testing, and roll-out of project-level MEAL systems, including performance monitoring plans (PMP), performance indicator reference sheets (PIR), indicator performance tracking table (IPTT), data collection instruments, data and reporting flow maps, feedback and response mechanisms (FRM), and detailed implementation plan (DIP).
  •  Ensure effective planning, coordination, and integration of MEAL efforts and reporting with other CRS programs to optimize the use of shared MEAL teams, assets, and facilities, and strengthen the collective impact of interventions.
  •  Adapt and test existing MEAL technical guidelines, frameworks, standard operating procedures, data collection tools, and databases on program-related interventions. Lead the development of MEAL technical guidelines for all project interventions.
  • Plan and oversee the implementation of the MEAL system in line with the program’s detailed implementation plan. Coordinate implementation of monitoring and accountability activities and processes (including ICT4D). Track compliance with donor requirements on deliverables, timelines, and reporting.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise MEAL staff. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance management for direct reports. Identify MEAL staff capacity and technical assistance needs and support capacity strengthening activities. Lead goal setting and performance management for MEAL staff and contribute to the same for staff shared with other CRS programs.
  •  Provide management, guidance, technical oversight, and direct supervision of the program’s MEAL team, including consultants and other MEAL collaborators.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  •  Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
  •  Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with local stakeholders. Representation abilities.
  •  Ability to contribute to written reports
  •  Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented
  • Attention to details, accuracy, and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
  • Agency-Wide Competencies (for all CRS staff)
  • These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  •  Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  •  Promotes Learning

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Relevant grant management experience, especially for USG or other public donors, a plus. • Staff supervision experience.
  •  Experience working with stakeholders at various levels and strengthening community partnerships.
  •  Ability to contribute to the development of technical proposals, a plus.
  •  Experience analyzing data and contributing to evaluation reports.
  •  Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).

Education and Experience:

  •  At least 7 years of technical experience in developing and directly implementing MEAL systems for agricultural value chain programs.
  •  Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment. Proven ability to plan and manage multiple tasks in parallel. Capacity to respond rapidly to evolving challenges, devise appropriate solutions, and achieve results.
  •  Cultural awareness and the capacity to learn rapidly and adapt management approaches to varying cultural and security contexts.
  • Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups. Experience and skills in implementing matrix management for programs and operations field teams.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports and analyze data.
  • Experience with leading MEAL on USG-funded projects.
  • Experience conducting SMART surveys
  •  Strong qualitative analysis skills
  •  Understanding and experience implementing feedback response accountability systems
  •  Direct project management experience with ICT4D, including CommCare is highly desirable.
  •  Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.

Required/Desired Foreign Language:

  • English fluency, including excellent oral and written skills, required
  • Travel:
  • include percentage of required travel, if applicable. Could be stated as Must be willing and able to travel up to 50% of the time in Uganda

Key Working Relationships:
Supervision: Project Officer - MEAL, Project Assistant - MEAL
Internal: Vines MEAL Manager, Chief of Party, all project staff, and other CRS MEAL staff.
External: Partner staff, MEAL staff from other peer agencies

Work Hours: 8

Job application procedure
This job description is not an exhaustive list of skills, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
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.
By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics.
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer
To apply, please follow these instructions exactly otherwise your application will NOT be considered:

  • Email a cover letter and CV only to by September 25th, 2020 at 5:00pm.
  •  Large files and/or scans of documents will lead to rejection of your application, in the subject line of the email, copy and paste – PROJECTMANAGERMEAL only
  •  All applications that do not contain this exact subject line will be rejected and not read