As the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, CRS carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through integrated programming in emergency response, health, agriculture/livelihoods, education, peacebuilding and more. 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.
The ASPIRE Program is a unique career-building opportunity for individuals who are passionate about relief and development work and have the skills, attitude and approach to grow into managerial positions with CRS. This structured and intentional field-based learning program is designed to prepare participants for positions of greater responsibility with CRS.
Under the supervision of experienced staff, participants actively support CRS’ relief and/or development projects over a 12-month period while building foundational skills in programming and operations. Through the foundational training, participants gain experience in project management, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL), project design and proposal development, partnership and capacity strengthening, supply chain, human resources and more.
To complement the core training, each participant also hones their skills in a specific area that aligns with their career objectives and strategically positions them for onward employment with CRS.
Duties and responsibilities:
Under the supervision of an experienced staff member and in collaboration with CRS partners, the ASPIRE participant will support programming and operations as follows:
- Support implementation of current projects (e.g. participate in planning/review workshops, support activity implementation in the field)
- Support appropriate management of cash and in-kind resources (e.g. monitor/analyze spending on project budgets, prepare cash forecasts, participate in financial reporting to donors, support commodity management).
- Support timely and accurate reporting (e.g. review/synthesize data to report on project indicators, draft/edit narrative reports).
- Support communication-related activities for country program and projects (e.g. draft program summaries, annual reports, partnership newsletters, social media content and webpage updates).
Project Design and Proposal Development
- Support project design (e.g. participate in needs assessments and problem identification, stakeholder analysis, development of concept notes)
- Support proposal development (e.g. participate in design workshops, draft sections of technical narratives and budgets, package/edit proposals for submission).
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)
Support MEAL activities in:
- Project design (e.g. support data collection, needs assessments, gender analysis, gap analysis, development of results frameworks, Proframes, theories of change, evaluation plans, performance management plans).
- Project start-up (e.g. support baseline assessments, development of MEAL manuals and accountability mechanisms)
- Project implementation (e.g. prepare survey instruments using ICT4D, support collection of monitoring data, prepare donor reports, organize learning events, document learning)
- Project close-out (e.g. draft final reports, support final evaluations and knowledge management activities).
Partnership & Capacity Strengthening
- Support CRS partners with project management, project design and MEAL
- Support partnership strengthening and capacity building (e.g. participate in partnership reflection workshops, partner assessments and monitoring visits).
Finance, Supply Chain, HR, Compliance
- Support strong financial management by analyzing budgets, monitoring & forecasting spending, reviewing supporting documentation for financial transactions by CRS and sub-recipients.
- Support supply chain and procurement by assisting with inventory counts, data collection, bid analysis and vendor selection, contracting, receipt and warehousing of goods.
- Support human resources by preparing job descriptions, reviewing applications/shortlisting candidates.
- Support audit and compliance by reviewing internal controls, systems for fraud prevention, studying CRS policies and donor regulations.
- Support staff safety by reviewing security protocols and manuals, updating as needed.
Key Working Relationships
Internal: CRS Country Representative, Head of Programming, Head of Operations, Program Managers, Finance, Supply Chain and HR staff
External: CRS partner organizations
Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:
- Bachelor’s degree in related field (e.g. International Development, Agriculture, Health, Business, Communications, Public Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Supply Chain)
- Strong speaking and writing skills in English
- National Female of SUDAN
- Willingness to travel (up to 10-15% of the time)
- Ability to work respectfully and professionally in a multi-cultural environment
- Strong analytical, research, and problem-solving skills
- Six months to less than 24 months of relevant experience (may include internships, volunteer, or paid work experience)
- Strong analytical, research and problem-solving skills
- Women and persons living with disabilities are encouraged to apply
Agency-wide Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Competencies
Based on the mission, values, and guiding principles of the agency, CRS REDI competencies are to be exemplified by all staff in fulfillment of his or her respective roles and responsibilities.
- Personal Accountability
- Acts with Integrity
- Builds and Maintains Trust
- Collaborates with Others
- Open to Learn
- Strategic Mindset
- Develops and Recognizes Others
- Leads Change