Job Title: ASPIRE Training Program
Organisation: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-profit organization whose commitment is to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas set out by the Bishops of the United States. 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.
About the Project:
Our ASPIRE Program is a structured field-based learning program, where successful applicants will build skills in key areas of programming and operations while working alongside experienced staff and supporting critical programs. They will benefit from mentoring and regional networking as they prepare for positions of greater responsibility with CRS.
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.
Job Summary: 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.
Key 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.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal applicant must hold a 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 of Uganda
- 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
- Graduate Degree (Master’s level)
- Six 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
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should apply online at the link below.
Deadline: 31st August 2022