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Project Manager II – Markets Systems Development Unit job at Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, we have expanded in size to reach more than 130 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents.

Job Description

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.


Duties and Responsibilities

Project Management

  • Project Planning: Develop detailed project plans, including objectives, timelines, budgets, and resource allocation.

  • Implementation: Oversee the implementation of project activities, ensuring they align with the project plan and objectives.

  • Monitoring: Regularly monitor project progress, track milestones, and adjust plans as needed to stay on schedule and within budget.

  • Reporting: Prepare and submit comprehensive progress reports, impact assessments, and financial reports to stakeholders and donors.

Market Systems Development

  • Market Analysis: Conduct in-depth market analyses to identify opportunities and constraints within the market system.

  • Strategy Development: Develop and implement strategies to enhance market linkages, improve market access, and promote competitiveness.

  • Stakeholder Engagement: Engage with key market actors, including producers, traders, processors, and service providers, to foster collaboration and partnerships.

  • Value Chain Strengthening: Identify and address gaps in the value chain to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Capacity Building

  • Training: Design and deliver training programs to build the capacities of market actors, including MSMEs, cooperatives, and other stakeholders.

  • Technical Assistance: Provide technical assistance and mentorship to project partners and beneficiaries to enhance their market participation.

  • Knowledge Sharing: Facilitate knowledge sharing and learning among project stakeholders through workshops, seminars, and other platforms.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL)

  • MEAL Integration: Integrate MEAL practices into project planning and implementation to track progress, measure impact, and ensure accountability.

  • Data Collection: Develop and implement data collection tools and methodologies to gather relevant market data.

  • Evaluation: Conduct regular evaluations to assess the effectiveness and impact of project interventions.

  • Learning: Capture and disseminate lessons learned to inform future project design and implementation.

Financial Management

  • Budget Management: Develop and manage project budgets, ensuring efficient use of resources and compliance with donor requirements.

  • Financial Reporting: Prepare accurate financial reports and ensure timely submission to donors and stakeholders.

  • Fundraising: Identify funding opportunities and assist in the development of proposals to secure additional project funding.

Risk Management

  • Risk Assessment: Conduct risk assessments to identify potential project risks and develop mitigation strategies.

  • Problem Solving: Address project challenges and obstacles promptly and effectively, ensuring project objectives are met.

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Qualification, Experiences and Competencies

Educational Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree: A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as Business Administration, Economics, Development Studies, Agriculture, or a related discipline.

  • Advanced Degree (Preferred): A master’s degree or higher in a related field can be advantageous.

Professional Experience

  • Relevant Experience: At least 5-7 years of professional experience in market systems development, value chain development, or economic development projects.

  • Project Management: Proven experience in managing complex projects, including planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

  • Sector Experience: Experience working in specific sectors relevant to market systems development, such as agriculture, manufacturing, or services.

Technical Skills and Competencies

  • Market Analysis: Strong understanding of market analysis techniques, value chain analysis, and market systems development approaches.

  • Project Management: Proficiency in project management methodologies and tools, including logical frameworks, theory of change, and results-based management.

  • Capacity Building: Experience in designing and delivering capacity-building programs for market actors.

  • Financial Management: Competence in budgeting, financial reporting, and managing project finances.

Soft Skills and Personal Attributes

  • Communication Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present complex information clearly and effectively to various audiences.

  • Analytical Skills: Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, with the ability to interpret and synthesize data.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Ability to build and maintain relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, including project staff, beneficiaries, and partners.

  • Leadership: Proven leadership and team management skills, with the ability to motivate and guide project teams.

  • Adaptability: Ability to adapt to changing project needs and work in a dynamic environment.

Technical Proficiency

  • Software Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and project management software.

  • Data Analysis Tools: Familiarity with data analysis tools and software, such as SPSS, STATA, or R.

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