Project Manager (Food Security and Livelihoods)

Fixed-Term Contract

About CRS:
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States of America. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard of race, religion, or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance, and peacebuilding. Registered in Zimbabwe under the PVO Act, certificate number 6/2002, CRS has been supporting program activities in Zimbabwe since 1989 and has long-standing relationships with Church and non-Church partners and communities throughout the country. Zimbabwe program implements projects through 14 partner organizations in 30 districts in the areas of health, OVC, education, food security and agricultural livelihoods, and peacebuilding. CRS seeks to fill in the following position that has arisen.

• Project Manager (Food Security and Livelihoods) (Bulawayo based)

Job Summary:

The successful candidate will manage, coordinate, and monitor project activities and relationships with partners and other project stakeholders to achieve Food Security and Livelihoods project objectives of advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work of serving the poor and vulnerable. His/her project management skills and knowledge of the program area will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of the project.

Responsibilities include:

• Leading technical, budget management, monitoring and reporting activities through most of the project cycle i.e start-up, implementation, and close-out, in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.

• Effectively managing talent and supervising teams. Managing team dynamics and staff well-being. Providing coaching, strategically tailoring individual development plans, contributing to the recruitment process of project staff, and managing performance of direct reports.

• Ensuring learning throughout the project cycle. Supporting accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities following MEAL Policy. Proactively identify issues, report them to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules.

• Engaging and strengthening partnerships relevant to the Food Security and Livelihoods project by applying appropriate partnership concepts, tools and approaches.

• Representing the organization with donors, INGO working groups, UN, relevant local partners and relevant local government and community actors for Food Security and Livelihoods.

• Conducting periodic budget reviews and following-up with partners to ensure timely submission of financial reports and proper tracking of resource use.

• Identifying staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and contributing to capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.

• Assisting in preparing trends analysis reports and disseminating the results.

• Reviewing project documentation to ensure that the project file is complete with all the required documentation & that it is filed as per agency and donor requirements.

• Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

Education and Experience

• A Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Development Studies, or any relevant field.

• A Master’s Degree in Agriculture or any relevant field will be a plus.

• A minimum of 5 years working experience in project management, ideally in the field of agriculture in an NGO environment.

• Technical skills and experience in the areas of agriculture, livelihoods, agribusiness and/or economic growth. An Agriculture background is highly desired.

• Ability to contribute to the development of technical proposals is a plus.

• Experience using MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) is required.

Those who meet the above criteria are invited to submit their applications together with a cover letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae that includes names and email addresses of three traceable references. Applications should be clearly marked with the position applied for, i.e., “Project Manager (Food Security & Livelihoods)” in the email subject line.

Please submit your applications by Wednesday, 11 January 2023, to The Country Representative at the following email address: [email protected]. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

CRS does not charge application fees or processing fees to potential applicants or any fee throughout the recruitment process.

Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. CRS 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 for this job, the candidate understands and acknowledges that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect. Further, s/he understands that if successful, s/he will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate the candidate’s behaviors related to safeguarding-related topics.