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Technical Advisor II, OVC Programming – Catholic Relief Services, Uganda

Catholic Relief Services, Uganda Program


Job Title : Technical Advisor II, OVC Programming

Department : Programs

Supervisor : Deputy Head of Programs

Job Type : Regular, Full Time

Grade : 10

Country/Location: Uganda/Kampala

About Catholic Relief Services:

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. CRS’ Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations; serving people on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS
works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs.

CRS has worked in Uganda since 1965, initially providing emergency assistance to Sudanese refugees living in the north. Over the years, CRS has expanded its programming to also address development needs in western, central and eastern Uganda. CRS’ projects in Uganda currently include agriculture, health, microfinance, peacebuilding and youth. CRS Uganda implements its programs through partnerships with local organizations, including the Catholic Church, other faith-based organizations and community entities for maximum impact and sustainability. CRS Uganda employs around 190 staff and has its main office in Kampala, with sub-offices in Moroto, Yumbe, and Hoima

Job Summary:

CRS is a technical resource partner to TPO implementing the USAID Keeping Children Healthy and Safe (KCHS) Activity which aims to prevent new HIV infections and reduce vulnerability among orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in Southwestern Uganda. KCHS is a five-year Activity (October 2020- September 2025), however CRS role on KCHS will be for one-year October 2020 to September 2021. Under KCHS, you will manage and provide technical oversight of the
startup and implementation of the Activity. You will provide leadership in ensuring effective systems and processes are in place that support high-quality programming for OVC. You will support TPO to identify partner capacity gaps, develop capacity building plans and oversee their implementation. Under your leadership, you will strengthen a culture of data driven programming and ensure the Activity is compliant to PEPFAR/USAID OVC programming guidance and reporting requirements.

Job Roles and Responsibilities:

• Provide guidance and technical oversight to KCHS to ensure systems are in place for effective transition of beneficiaries from outgoing implementing partners, uninterrupted service provision to existing beneficiaries and enrollment of new beneficiaries to meet the COP 20 target.

• In line with GOU/PEPFAR/USAID policy guidelines and frameworks, provide leadership in the development and adaptation of program models, guidelines and standards for implementation of high quality OVC programming.

• Provide technical leadership in identification of partner capacity gaps and support TPO to develop capacity building plans, track implementation while providing on-going mentorship and coaching.

• Provide oversight of the technical quality of the program, support TPO to establish technical working groups and to facilitate linkages with USG clinical partners, key local government departments of health, community services, education and other stakeholders to ensure that activities complement ongoing initiatives and adhere to country and global standards.

• Provide leadership and build a culture of data demand and use to track progress towards achievement of targets and graduation benchmarks and ensure adherence to reporting requirements per PEPFAR MER 2.4 guidelines

• Support TPO to develop/adapt tools and conduct regular service quality assessments and Site Improvement Management Systems (SIMS) to ensure effective service delivery at household level and proper documentation of beneficiary records, Standard Operating Procedures and tools available at site level to guide programming and reporting

• Effectively manage talent for a team of staff under KCHS and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance management for direct reports.

• Contribute to the proactive pursuit of opportunities for new funding to ensure growth of the CP in the OVC and Child Protection portfolio in line with agency, regional, and CP strategic priorities. Serve as the technical lead and technical writer to ensure quality proposals in OVC Programming per agency and donor standards. Contribute to budgeting and staffing plans and activities for proposals.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience:

• Master’s Degree in Social Work and Social Administration, Public Health, International Development or in the field of OVC programming required.

• Minimum of 5 years’ experience with PEPFFAR OVC programming

• Experience in managing moderately complex projects preferably with an international NGO.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Good experience in project management, including project design, preferably for grants from public donors, including USAID.

• Experience engaging with partner organizations

• MEAL skills and experience required.

• Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.

• Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.

Required/Desired Foreign Language:

• English, Luganda, Runyankore/Rukiga


• Must be willing and able to travel up to 70%.

Key Working Relationships:

Supervision: Will supervise a team of two staff that will be working on the KCHS Activity

Internal: Reports directly to the Deputy Head of Programming and links with related CRS programs within the CP i.e. Sustainable Outcomes for Children and Youth (SOCY), Child Protection, FASTER and any other children/youth and health related programs that may come on board.

CRS East Africa Regional Office (EARO) and HQ as needed

External: Will work with consortium partners under the KCHS Activity, government stakeholders at national and local government level, USG partners including clinical partners and the donor (USAID)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with ability to make sound judgment and decisions and offer innovative solutions

• Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.

• Good presentation and facilitation skills

• Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented

Agency-Wide Competencies (for all CRS staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

• Serves with Integrity
• Models Stewardship
• Cultivates Constructive Relationships
• Promotes Learning


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

Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services 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 to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguardingrelated topics.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

NOTE: To apply, please follow these instructions exactly otherwise your application will NOT be considered:

Email a cover letter and CV only to ug_recruitment@crs.org by November 23rd
, 2020 at 5:00pm.

• Large files and/or scans of documents will lead to rejection of your application, in the subject line of the email, copy and paste – TECHNICALADVISORIIOVCPROGRAMMING only

• All applications that do not contain this exact subject line will be rejected and not read


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