Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Recruitment:Technical Advisor I – Agriculture

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization 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.Catholic Relief Services (CRS) came to Nigeria in 1960 to provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations in collaboration with the Catholic Church.  CRS was forced to leave the country in 1970 during the Biafran war.  However, in the late 1990s CRS Cameroon began outreach projects through the Catholic Church and in 1999 CRS opened a country office. Since then, CRS has been a continuous leader in development and humanitarian response within Nigeria - focusing on the three Strategic Program Areas of Agriculture, Health and Emergency Response.We are recruiting to fill the position of:Job Title: Technical Advisor I - Agriculture, NigeriaRequisition Number: I3127Location: NigeriaPosition Type: To Be AssignedHours Per Week: 40Job Description   CRS Nigeria is seeking an experienced agriculturalist to act in the strategic, senior management role of Technical Advisor-Agriculture (TA-Agric). Reporting to the Deputy Country Representative/Programs (DCRP), the Technical Advisor- Agric will lead all aspects of current and future agricultural and livelihoods programming.Leading the design and ensuring program quality of integrated programs that address systemic constraints to sustained and market-based livelihood improvements in agricultural value chains, the Technical Advisor- Agric will be a key member of the senior management team tasked with maintaining and further positioning CRS in Nigeria at the forefront of agricultural development efforts.Key ResponsibilitiesTechnical Guidance and Assistance:Provide technical assistance to CRS in Nigeria agric programs to ensure program quality.Assist CRS in Nigeria agric programs in developing solutions to identified challenges.Ensure agric project objectives and results are fully accomplished; meeting and/or surpassing expected technical quality standards.Ensure high quality quarterly, annual, and final agric project reports are submitted in timely manner.Design agricultural and livelihoods projects from a gender transformative perspective.Lead project development and strategic support in a wide variety of areas, including value chain development and upgrading strategies, improving access to agricultural inputs, agricultural extension, marketing, climate-smart agriculture, and rural and peri-urban garden plot development.Facilitate market driven linkages between agribusiness producers, wholesalers, processors, and markets within Nigeria, the region, and internationally.Conduct regular field visits to program sites providing hands-on technical assistance and monitoring of program activities and implementation.Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning:Develop rigorous, results based and impact focused programmatic monitoring systems to be used in the design of future programs.Identify and implement information technology (ICT4D) solutions to improve MEAL initiatives within the agric program.In collaboration with CRS Senior Agricultural Team and MEAL Unit staff, document program results for multiple objectives, including program quality improvement, dissemination within CRS, and to peer agencies.Identify training needs and oversee quality of training in the agric sector for targeted staff and partners.Collaborate with the CRS Agricultural Team and larger agricultural research and development community to promote learning and identification of relevant innovations, including assisting with the testing of new agric tools and approaches.Strategic Growth & Business Development:Lead in the development and implementation of an agric growth strategy in line with country program and agency strategic initiatives. This may include conducting innovative research and market analysis for targeted value chains.Lead in the identification, prepositioning and development of new agricultural business development opportunitiesDevelop relationships with key institutional donors, private sector and university partners with the view to understand the priorities and the mutually beneficial opportunities of each organization.Facilitate and attend workshops in core areas related to the agric sector. This includes attending international conferences, preferably as a presenter of CRS in Nigeria’s work.Human Resource Management:Lead and provide technical support to staff with a view of developing their programmatic and management capacity.Mentor staff to ensure high levels of motivation, commitment, capacity, and teamwork.Key Working RelationshipsInternal: Regional RTA for Agricultural Livelihoods, other Agency Agric Technical Advisors, Business Development Specialists at Country Program, Regional and HQ-level, DCRP, CR, DHoP Health, CoPs, Project Staff, Head of Operations and Finance ManagerExternal: Nigeria Ministry of Agriculture, Institutional Donors, CGIAR Centers, Universities, Private Sector, Church and Secular Partners

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