Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation Lead – DFSA, Ethiopia


Note : This position is contingent upon grant and candidate approvals by the donor.

About the program
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for Peace (FFP) is seeking applications for funding for development food security activities in Ethiopia from 2020-2025. Drawing on previous experience in managing USAID Food for Peace (FFP) awards in Ethiopia, as well as considerable experience managing and implementing FFP awards globally, CRS will be submitting a proposal in response to the anticipated 2020 FFP Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) Request for Applications (RFA). The proposed program will involve a multi-sectoral response to build resilience and address food insecurity and malnutrition in Ethiopia, with focus on Oromia.

Job Summary
The Collaboration, Learning and Accountability (CLA) Lead will provide technical advice, guidance, and support to a wide range of program design and implementation issues in line with CRS’ program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. S/he will promote coordination, collaboration and continuous learning with other activities in the targeted areas of Ethiopia. The CLA Lead will develop and manage a system that captures, analyzes and disseminates learning and take the lead in collecting best practices and lessons learned and organize relevant reviews of program activities. S/he will play a critical role in incorporating refinement activities and learning into implementation. This includes but is not limited to US Government, Government of Ethiopia, international donors, multilateral organizations and private sector investments.

Education and Experience
* An advanced degree (PhD or Master’s) plus a minimum of three years relevant work experience or a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years relevant experience is required. Two years of relevant experience can substitute for a master’s degree
* Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in facilitating learning and knowledge sharing processes; establishing and managing dynamic feedback systems to capture experiential learning and unintended consequences.
* Experience and skills in networking and relations with large donors such as USAID/FFP, USAID/FTF preferred as well as peer organizations, faith-based and civil society partners.
* Previous experience providing technical assistance and developing successful proposals for external donor funding is required.
* Experience on innovative learning practice including Internal Change Management for CLA, Evaluative thinking and Adaptive management.
* Skills in analyzing, interpreting and communicating information to a wide range or stakeholders, including producing publications and organizing public events.
* Experience in mentoring, coaching, facilitation and training applying adult learning principles and practices.
* Experience with program monitoring and evaluation, including developing and applying data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation, and oversight of researchers or evaluators.
* Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management, knowledge-sharing networks.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
* Excellent 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.
* Strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
* Strong written and oral communication skills in English required; ability to communicate in Amharic a plus.
* Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
* Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented

Desired Foreign Language: Amharic

Travel Required: Ability to travel for up to 50% of time throughout Ethiopia.

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.

* Strategic Mindset
* Integrity
* Accountability & Stewardship
* Builds Relationships
* Develops Talent
* Continuous Improvement & Innovation

Disclaimer : This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

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CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. 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.

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