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Organization: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Livelihoods Program Manager

About US:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-profit organization which implements 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.

Job Summary: The Field Officer - Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) will support livelihoods programming for the Uganda Country Program (PM) within an emergency/early-recovery context in support of CRS’ South Sudanese refugee response in Northern Uganda. S/he will primarily focus on SILC activities under the BPRM-funded Emergency WASH and Livelihoods (EWLS) Project that is supporting South Sudanese refugees in Bidibidi settlement. As a member of the livelihoods project team, s/he will assist project implementation by working directly with community members, coordinating various project activities and events in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work to serve the poor and vulnerable. His/her service and community relations skills ensure that the local partners and communities feed into and benefit from the project that consistently applies best practices and continuously works towards improving its impact. The SILC Field Officer will have a high level of self-initiative and use critical thinking skills to identify, report, and fill gaps. The position requires close communication and coordination with all project staff involved in the emergency response.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
·         Provide support in the coordination and monitoring of SILC activities at the field level, ensuring implementation schedules are met as per the detailed activity plan, and that adherence to systems for quality project implementation are strengthened.
·         Manage community mobilization for SILC including field agent selection process and self-selection process for the establishment of SILC groups
·         Work closely with various community stakeholders and mobilize them to ensure full involvement of community leaders, community representatives, and local government representatives in the overall implementation and improvement of project activities.
·         In charge of training and oversight of field agents on SILC methodology, responsibilities, and group mentorship
·         Keenly monitor progress of SILC groups through regular structured visits, provide ongoing support to field agents who take over the facilitation of SILC groups.
·         Coordinate communication and facilitate information sharing among the project team, implementing partners, and project beneficiaries at the community level to assist local partners in strengthening the community interest, involvement and support networks.
·         Coordinate, monitor, and report on field Agent activities and maintain good records.
·         Compile data provided at the community level as per project requirements and contribute to the preparation of reports.
·         Organize and facilitate project events with local leaders, agents and groups, as needed
·         Ensure timeliness and accuracy of agent reporting
·         Keenly review data collection forms and MIS reports and take action to improve project performance
·         Verify stipends due to agents
·         Support 8 Field Agents


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·         The ideal candidate for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Field Officer - Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) job opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance, economics, international development, or a related field preferred.
·         One to two years of work or volunteer experience in community development and mobilization.
·         Previous experience with savings group programming is added advantage.
·         Computer literacy skills
·         Willingness to be based in rural Northern Uganda and travel to field locations.
·         Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment
·         Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with diverse groups
·         Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented
·         English fluency, including oral and written skills, required.
·         Fluency in one or more languages of the operating area is an added advantage
·         Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff): Serves with Integrity, Models Stewardship, Cultivates Constructive Relationships, Promotes Learning, Trusting Relationships, Professional Growth, Partnership, Accountability

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested Ugandan candidates are encouraged to send their cover letters, CVs and three work references (names and contact information only) to ug_recruitment@crs.org

NB: Large files and/or scans of documents will lead to rejection of your application in the subject line of the email, copy and paste FIELDOFFICERSILCYUMBE only.

Deadline: 22nd November 2017 by 5:00PM

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