Technical Advisor Natural Resources Management (TA NRM)
Catholic Relief Services

We work with organizations around the world to help poor and vulnerable people overcome emergencies, earn a living through agriculture and access affordable health care.


 Gross Salary: 1,976 USD
 Section/Unit: Programming
 Supervisor: Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP)
 No. of Post: 1
 Duty Station: Khartoum based with 70% travel to five Darfur states
 Duration: 12 Months
 Closing Date: 30 Sept 2020


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Sudan Program is implementingthe United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) grant for resilience programming in Darfur, with CRS as a lead of a large five INGO consortium implementing in all five Darfur States. The project is a resilience project titled "Taadoud: Transition to Development", it seeks to build the resilience of local communities and households to cope with shocks and stresses. Leveraging learning and evidence from this extensive experience in Darfur, Taadoud II focuses on improving natural resource management (NRM) and governance, reducing chronic malnutrition, and increasing the resilience of livelihoods of returnee and conflict-affected vulnerable populations within all the five states of Darfur, Sudan. The development-focused approach targets the whole population that contains these vulnerable groups, with a necessary focus on returnees.


Job Summary:

A successful candidate will provide technical advice and support the project implementation issues in the area of Natural Resources Management (NRM), Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Community-based conflict resolution mechanisms, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and early warning in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards to Taadoud consortium member teams to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your advice, knowledge, and support will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative Taadoud’ resilience building programming isfor the development and sustainable management of the rural natural resources (land, water and vegetation)in the Darfur region, Sudan and global.

 Duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide technical solutions on the issues of NRM to Taadoud consortium teams, remotely and on-site, for strategic planning,development, implementation and evaluation on technical issues, helping to ensure high-quality project impact.
  • Support the development and application of guidance, tools, approaches and procedures that help to implement high quality natural resources management interventions including physical infrastructures, biological solutions and socio-economic interventions.
  • Support the development of the technical design for physical infrastructures including soil and water conservation structures such as, sand dams, sub-surface dams, check dams etc., small scale irrigation structures, nursery and afforestation activities etc.  Support the process of feasibility study including data collection and anlysis, design, technical drawing preparation and preparation of BoQs and guide construction of those structures and help partners mainstream Operation and Maintenance (O&M) throughout their interventions. As needed, advise consortium teams on workplan and procurement document preparations.
  • Support establishment and capacity strengthening of community-based organizations such as catchment committee, community action groups, community-based conflict resolution mechanisms etc.
  • Collect and analyze program data, capture and share lessons learned and best practices for specific projects to facilitate improvements in decision-making and contribute to the NRM/IWRM, peace building and resilience learning agenda.
  • Support the development and contribute to the implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards, tools and best practices in NRM/IWRMthat effectively engage partners, donors,and governments. Help ensure a cross-sectoral approach integrating gender, protection mainstreaming, and disaster risk reduction.
  • Lead and manage quarterly technical review of implementation plans for the NRM Technical Working Group (TWG) as well as coordinate with all the sectoral TWGs and ensure appropriate actions are taken to meet implementation timelines and commitments. Collaborate with all Consortium Technical Leads in coordinating, planning, and implementing technical activities to achieve sectoral and program targets.
  • Support capacity strengthening initiatives in resilience building, NRM/IWRM and peace building programming for staff and partner through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and coaching.
  • Lead collaboration and learning from similar interventions in Darfur/Sudan as well as regional/global experiences/projects through coordination meetings, exchange visits, sharing best practices and lessons learned.
  • Work closely with the DCoP to provide strategic leadership to the Consortium Technical Leads of agriculture and livestock, peace building and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) setting yearly objectives, training agenda and overall coordination to ensure integration of program activities.
  • In collaboration with the Project Management Team (PMT), TWGs, Communication and Learning Manager and MEAL Coordinator, provide guidance and technical oversight to ensure that best practices and lessons learned are documented and disseminated and ensure the integration of program innovation and learning.

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

Education and Experience

  • Master's Degree in Environment Management, NRM/IWRM, hydrology or other related field or extensive experience in this field in the absence of master’s degree
  • Minimum of three to five years relevant work experience with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO.
  • Practical experience, knowledge of technical principles and concepts in NRM, IWRM, environmental restoration, nature-based solutions, community-based conflict resolution mechanisms, community-based early warning are a requirement. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
  • Experience in project design and proposal development. Experience in writing content for proposals.
  • Knowledge of capacity strengthening best practices.
  • Experience with program monitoring and evaluation and analysis.
  • Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.


Personal Skills

  • Strong relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings
  • Good strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
  • Good technical writing skills
  • Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented


Required/Desired Foreign Language: English and Arabic


Travel Required: About 50% - 75% travel to project areas in Darfur, Sudan


Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory:Not Applicable

Internal: Taadoud and RISING CoPs, DCoP, Communication and Learning Manager, Taadoud MEAL Coordinator and SPOs, CRS regional and HQ Technical Advisors for technical support and backstop as well as CRS Sudan Program and Operation Staff including the CR, Head of Programmes, Head of Operations and Head of Offices.


External:  Consortium members NRM staff, Consortium Sectoral Technical Leads and Consortium members Project Managers, Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC), Line Ministries, UN and INGOs with natural resources interventions and DFID.


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

Disclaimer:  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.

Equal Opportunity Employer


How to apply:

  • If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, and copies of your education and work certificates to

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