Project Officer – Emergency Response

Catholic Relief Services - Zambia Country Program

About CRS

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 part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and commitment to serving those in need. Since 2000 CRS Zambia has been implementing several programmes to support vulnerable Zambians. Its recent programming areas include nutrition, agriculture, Emergency Response, food security, HIV/AIDS, WASH, financial inclusion, early child development, Climate action, and environmental protection.

Job Summary: As a Project Officer under Emergency, you will be responsible for supporting the implementation, monitoring, and reporting on all planned project activities and expected deliverables under the Emergency Response programming. Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its emergency programming.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Support Emergency projects, including high program quality, Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Accountability, and budget management
  • Support the development of detailed implementation plan, annual activity and budget plan for the existing projects.
  • Facilitate the annual and quarterly project activity plan for the project/s’ partners
  • Lead the DRR team in quarterly planning meetings to review and reflect progress and results, identify gaps and solutions and share technical ideas for the projects with partner, CRS and others.
  • Ensures a monthly DRR team’s work plan, individual work plan and reflection processes.
  • Ensure a strong learning process at all stages of the implementation, based on the Donor’s requirement and CRS Standards.
  • Provide technical support and regular visits to the project sites to ensure the project quality.
  • Support and contribute to development of any new similar projects and proposals in collaboration with ERC, the internal DRR team and local partners.
  • Participate in development of any DRR strategy within CRS Zambia and regionally.
  • Coordinate and support in the event of any emergencies in the project area or in the country, in conducting participatory assessment, analysis, preparation of sitreps, Emergency Response project design and implementation.

Academic Background, Experience & Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, Development Management, or any related field.
  • Experience in the field of Emergency and working for an NGO would be a plus.

Required Languages – English. Knowledge of other local languages is an added advantage

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 80%.

Personal Skills

  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
  • Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with local stakeholders.
  • Ability to contribute to written reports.
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented
  • Attention to details, accuracy, and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Staff supervision experience.
  • Experience working with stakeholders at community level and strengthening community partnerships.
  • Experience analyzing data and contributing to evaluation reports.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

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

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

Supervisory Responsibilities


Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Emergency Response Coordinator, Head of programs, Head of Operations, Supply Chain Manager, Procurement Manager, Fleet Manager and MEAL Coordinator.

External: Relevant government staff at district and community level, community leaders who may be linked to the project activities and beneficiaries.

Disclaimer Clause:

This job description is not an exhaustive list of skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with the position. CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Important Note: 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer  

Applicant Instructions: Please email a cover letter, and curriculum vitae which should include three references to: [email protected]. Please include the position you are applying for in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is 19th July 2024. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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