Project Officer - Financial Inclusion - Marsabit

Country: Kenya
Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Closing date: 26 Aug 2021

About CRS:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the Unit ed 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. CRS is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity, or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) opened o perations in Kenya in 1965. For over 50 years, we have worked throughout the country to implement programs in agriculture, health, microfinance, water, sanitation, emergency relief and peacebuilding. We have built deep relationships with the Government of Kenya and the Catholic Church through ongoing collaboration and support. CRS’ pro jects in Kenya currently include agriculture, health, microfinance, emergency response, HIV care and treatment, and services for orphans and vulnerable children. CRS Kenya implements its programs through partnerships with local organizations, including the Catholic Church, other faith-based organizations and community entities for maximum impact and sustainability.
Background:
CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions is leading the USAID*Nawiri Program*, a USAID Office of Bureau of Humanitarian (BHA) funded 5-year Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) in Kenya. The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce persistent levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties. The activity will be implemented in two phases:

  • Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
  • Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Multi-sectoral Activity implementation and adaptation and Local System and Institutional Strengthening

Job Summary:
The Project Officer – Financial Inclusion will be responsible for day-to-day planning, implementation, efficient and effective roll-out, including integration within the graduation approach, and reporting of CRS Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) component in Marsabit County. S/he will serve as the Master Trainer for SILC and the Private Service Provider (PSP) approach, assuring that Local Implementing partners (LIP) staff have the knowledge and skills to successfully deliver at scale. S/he will provide ongoing tec hnical support to field and LIP staff to assure that PSPs are adequately supervised and supported to integrate SILC components within the graduation approach and to reach sustainability targets. S/he will also work with the livelihoods team to link SILC groups with financial education (FE), marketing training, private sector financing, entrepreneurship and franchising opportunities.
Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical oversight, organize and lead the implementation of financial inclusion related project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Assess the capacity and training needs of CRS and partner staff on financial inclusion. Support and design training modules and implementation models for CRS staff, LIP staff, supervisors and field agents and bu ild local capacity networks to deliver high quality trainings and technical assistance. Design and deliver training interventions (trainer-of trainers, face-to-face learning, on-line learning, mentoring, and coaching) for project and partner staff.
  • Ensure learning properly accompanies project activities throughout the project cycle. Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and guiding partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences. Analyze implementation challenges and report any inconsistencies and/or gaps to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules.
  • Guide and support partners in their efforts to collect and analyse data monthly. Analyze MIS data and translate it into programmatic recommendations. Ensure project documentation for assigned activities is complete with all required documents and is filed per agency and donor requirements. Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and documentation of case studies and promising practices.
  • Working in collaboration with livelihood specialist, link SILC groups with appropriate financial education (FE), marketing training, private sector financing, entrepreneurship and franchising opportunities.
  • Working in collaboration with staff implementing the graduation approach and nutrition, ensure integration of SILC to deliver both economic empowerment training and nutritional training.

Required/Desired Foreign Language: English and Swahili
Travel Required 50% of the time within sub counties in Marsabit
Key Working Relationships:
Supervisory: None
Internal: Nawiri Chief of Party, DCOP Programming, Nawiri Program team, all Country Program staff, Regional and Headquarters technical staff
External: Local implementing partners, government departments at different levels
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Economics social sciences, development or related field. Master’s degree in similar fields a plus
  • At least 4 years’ work experience in international development working with community savings groups
  • Practical experience in curriculum design and training of adults, certified master trainer experience preferred
  • Prior experience using the community-led savings group MIS (Excel-based or online database)
  • Experience with financial product development and/or mobile money products desired
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in diverse geographic and cultural settings
  • Understanding and ap preciation of CRS' commitment to work with and build partner capacity

Personal Skills

  • Strong relationship management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Strong communications and presentation skills.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
  • Capable of working in a dynamic, results oriented environment; ability to multi-task across various work streams/priorities.
  • Team player with a positive attitude who can work independently while also being highly collaborative and open. Capable of building relationships and influencing the opinions of others.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guidin g principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Accountability & Stewardship
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation

Leadership and Management Competencies

  • Communicates strategically under pressure
  • Manages stress and complexity
  • Actively promotes safety and security
  • Manages and implements high-quality program activities

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
What we offer
CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.
*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.** CR S Kenya strives to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come and work, stay, and do their best.**
CRS provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, sex, age, marita l status, physical or mental disability or handicap, medical condition and any other status protected by law. As an equal opportunity employer, CRS will recruit, hire, train and promote persons solely on their qualifications and abilities. 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 safeguarding-related topics.

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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