CRS – Technical Advisor for Agriculture, Livelihoods and Learning, East Africa Region.

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Technical Advisor for Agriculture, Livelihoods and Learning, East Africa Region
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Job Description

Job Title: Technical Advisor II, Agricultural Livelihoods, Markets and Learning

Department: East Africa Regional Office

Reports to: Senior Technical Advisor for Resilience, EARO

Location: Nairobi, Kenya or Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; or another EARO Country Program Office


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.



The East Africa Regional Office provides support to 4 country programs in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan, and Program Offices in Tanzania and Somalia. In support of the agency strategy, EARO has learning approach within all of our work. EARO is focusing its efforts in key components of the AL SPA in — in particular DiNER Fairs and the SMART Skills. With its USAID/FFP and FtF flagship projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, and South Sudan and DFID funded projects in Sudan which showcases these key elements, EARO provides an excellent learning platform for the agency. With the addition of this position, EARO will have enhanced capacity to test and adapt key components of the AL SPA; capture early evidence of the individual and combined impacts of the different components of the AL SPA which can be used in the agency’s influence agenda; and contribute directly to scaling the application of the AL SPA across EARO and to other Regions.


Job Summary:

The TAII will be responsible for ensuring a successful roll-out and scale-up of key elements of the Agricultural Livelihoods SPA, providing support to EARO country programs in this roll-out, and documenting their effectiveness and impacts. This includes facilitating the three relevant Strategic Initiatives (SIs) related to the SPA: (1) build expertise of CRS and partners to excel in the signature program areas for greater impact; (2) co-develop with partners and use innovative products, tools, and services at scale; and (3) increase CRS and partner influence on practices and policy in the SPAs. SIs 1 and 2 will be the primary focus of this position, in addition to developing and providing support to learning and evidence-building initiatives. The TAII will also work closely with the Senior Technical Advisor for Resilience to address the third SI related to building and increasing our influence on policies and practices. Additionally, s/he will lead initiatives and learning to support CPs towards integration of our other priority programming areas into the Pathway to Prosperity model that the AL SPA is promoting. Lastly, the RTA, in coordination with the EARO STA for Resilience will play a key role in ensuring that learning in EARO is captured, applied in EARO and shared with the global AL team, as well as other regions.




  • Lead the roll-out and scale-up of the SIs 1 and 2 in EARO, including the full roll-out of DiNER Fairs and SMART Skills for country programs in the region and ensure high quality and consistent implementation.

  • Strengthen staff capacity in value chain and deliver a value chain tool kit that includes methodologies to help CRS staff and partners standardize our approach towards market linkage and strengthen capacity in value chain programming.
  • Support and monitor the Master Trainer certification processes for the region. Provide linkages for EARO, other regions, and HQ to use EARO learning as a platform for the agency strategy roll-out and scale-up of the AL SPA as needed.

  • Mentor and coach CRS staff, and provide technical assistance to CPs in these core areas of the AL SPA roll-out.

  • Support CRS and partner technical staff in the field in the design, implementation and evaluation of agricultural programs that incorporate the suite of products and services developed in-house and selected best fit practices from other agencies.


Value chain analysis and development support

  • Provide strategic and technical support to analysis and development of EARO’s priority agricultural value chain commodities.
  • Provide support to agriculture programming teams in value chain assessment tools in terms of training and application, including on-farm productivity, gross margin analysis, value chain competitiveness and living income for target value chains.



  • Provide leadership in the design of a Centers of Excellence approach within Agricultural Livelihoods in the region, and ensure high quality implementation of SPA components.

  • Lead operations research and learning agendas around DiNER Fairs, SMART Skills (delivery methods, content, packaging/marketing) to strengthen our evidence-base and promote learning within and across CPs in the region as well as across the agency.

  • Provide technical solutions to CP teams, remotely and on-site, for strategic planning and how to best apply program design and implementation standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools, and M&E, ensuring high-quality implementation.

  • Strengthen and lead the EARO AL Community of Practice.

  • Analyze, collate and disseminate, in collaboration with PIQA, results and lessons from AL operations research.



  • Lead strategy and learning to support country programs around integration of programmatic areas within the Pathway to Prosperity, including nutrition, gender, youth, and peacebuilding.



  • Support CRS participation in the Agro-Enterprise Learning Alliance at CP and regional levels

  • Work closely with the STA for Resilience to support CP and regional initiatives to build CRS’ influence on policies and practices around agriculture and markets.


Resource Mobilization

  • Provide technical and strategic support to EARO CPs in the development of AL project proposals, and in proposal reviews.

  • Collect examples of accessible, high-quality proposals for key components of the AL SPA (SMART Skills, DiNER Fairs, Ag Extension systems, etc) to support CP-level business development and growth.

  • Support agency learning, in close collaboration with relevant HQ staff, around Title II and FtF (as well as other key donors) to build regional and agency knowledge and capacity.

  • Work closely with the STA for Resilience in the region to build relationships with new investors and partners towards resource mobilization.


Agency-Wide Competencies

* Integrity

* Continuous Improvement & Innovation

* Builds Relationships

* Develops Talent

* Strategic Mindset

* Accountability & Stewardship

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: EARO Regional Director, EARO Deputy Regional Directors for Program and Management Quality, Regional Finance Officer, broader EARO team, CP management and technical staff, Agricultural Livelihoods staff in PIQA, MEAL staff in PIQA, other technical and strategy advisors.

External: Donors, partners, continental, regional policy and CP-level influence bodies, private sector, other key stakeholders



  • Experience in the implementation of key elements of the AL SPA, including DiNER Fairs, the SMART Skills and ICT related applications.

  • Minimum of 5 to 8 years overseas development experience. Thorough understanding of development issues and experience in agricultural livelihoods programming, as well as integrated programming (including nutrition, gender, and SILC/MF).

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing learning approaches both at country program and project levels

  • Ability to coach, mentor, and build the capacity of CRS staff and partners using a variety of methods

  • Master’s degree and/or Ph.D. in related field


Physical Requirements/Environment: Normal conditions for an office environment. This position will require travel of up to 50%.


What we offer

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vision, generous retirement savings plan 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.

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

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

EOE/M/F/D/V – CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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