Catholic Relief Services WASH & Nutrition Senior Technical Advisor and ECD Project Manager Jobs opportunity in Nairobi Kenya 2013


Catholic Relief Services – USCCB is the official agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops  for relief and development overseas.
CRS supports programs in over 100 countries and works through local partners.
We are seeking suitable applications for the following positions for anticipated USAID and  Conrad N. Hilton Foundation funded projects.
The successful candidates require technical competencies, excellent written and verbal communications skills, willingness to travel to field locations and a commitment to work with and support partners of CRS many of whom are Catholic institutions.

1) Senior Technical Advisor – WASH and Nutrition

Location: Nairobi

Note: This position is not guaranteed, as it is dependent on a successful donor funding approval.

Job Purpose: This position is for an anticipated USAID-funded Kenya Integrated Water Sanitation and
Hygiene (KIWASH) program in Kenya.
The Senior Technical Advisor will develop and oversee activities aimed at integrating nutrition and WASH interventions and will work to incorporate WASH activities into current health initiatives.
S/he will strengthen evidence base and programming guidance for coordinated WASH-nutrition programming.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
  • Responsible for strategic direction and ensuring, in coordination with other consortium members, results against Component 3: access to integrated WASH and nutrition services improved and meet expected technical quality standards
  • Develop tools and training materials based on a review of literature from WASH and nutrition sectors.
  • Manage training of trainers on Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA) and Essential WASH Actions (EWA).
  • Coordinate with prime contractor to ensure compliance with donor, prime contractor, and CRS standards.
  • Provide input in the compilation of monthly/quarterly donor reports or data information sheets in a timely manner.
  • Please note that this Job Description is not an exhaustive list of all duties required of this position.
A full JD can be obtained from CRS Office
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirement
  • University degree required; Master’s Degree preferred in engineering, hydrology, health, or related subject.
  • Minimum 8 years working in a technical or program management role on WASH or nutrition projects, with at least 3 years in a technical advising role.
  • Demonstrated experience with similarly complex projects in African countries, involving coordination with multiple programs, and partner institutions. Strong preference for experience in East Africa.
  • Proven experience with WASH and nutrition programming, experience with WASH and nutrition integration strongly preferred
  • Experience working on USAID contracts strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience managing budgets for USG donors.
  • A professional with high level of integrity and good stewardship of resources
  • Ability to cultivate constructive relationships and promote safety and security.
2) Project Manager – Early Childhood Development (ECD) 
Location: Nairobi
Note: This position is not guaranteed, as it is dependent on a successful donor funding approval.
Job Purpose: 
The Project Manager – ECD is responsible for the day to day implementation of an anticipated project funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation focused on ECD capacity building for Catholic Sisters.
S/he will work closely with the National Association of Sisterhood of Kenya (AOSK) to implement the anticipated project.
S/he is expected to coordinate and oversee the development and implementation of an ECD training curriculum for Catholic Sisters with a particular focus on Sisters working with children 0-5 affected by HIV/AIDS.
All planning and implementation will be done in close coordination with AOSK with the aim of increasing the organizational sustainability of Sister Congregations.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
  • Serve as overall Project Manager for the project
  • With partner staff, design and implement relevant, effective, efficient, sustainable interventions that achieve project goals and objectives in a timely manner, using donor-approved project documents and work plans to guide implementation.
  • Prioritize the participation of Sisters throughout the programming process and ensure interventions address identified priority needs by congregations.
  • Provide guidance and technical oversight to ensure that ECD training for sisters is developed according to international and Kenyan ECD standards.
  • Manage on-going relations with project participants and address any potential constraints in a timely manner.
  • Provide overall financial management of the project.
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of program finances and progress status, review actual financial performance against the budget, and explain variances on a regular basis.
  • Organize and lead monthly ECD curriculum development meetings with key stakeholders including the Ministry of Education, local Universities, ECD experts, Catholic Sisters, and representatives of the Catholic Church
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirement
  • Degree in Teaching, Early Childhood Development, Social Work, Health or related field.
  • At least 3 years of ECD field experience including experience in ECD curriculum development and trainings.
  • Strong background in working with children 0-5 affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster integration in programming approach and work with varied teams.
  • A professional with high level of integrity and good stewardship of resources
  • Ability to cultivate constructive relationships and promote safety and security.
Written applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by close of Friday November 1, 2013.
Human Resources Manager
Catholic Relief Services – Kenya Program
Note: Please indicate the Reference Number of the position you are applying for on the ‘email subject’.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.