CRS: Project Officer I: Entrepreneurship & Small Capital Grants

Catholic Relief Services
Europe/Middle East/Central Asia (EMECA)
Jerusalem, West Bank & Gaza (JWBG)

Job Description

Position Title:      Project Officer I: Entrepreneurship & Small Capital Grants
Location:        Gaza
Reports To:      Chief of Party

BACKGROUND: 

Catholic Relief Services is an international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States and has been present in the Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza since 1961. The CRS JWBG country program currently supports development/relief programs and activities in the sectors of civil society, humanitarian assistance, youth development, education, and peace & justice. In Gaza, CRS’ primary focus is humanitarian assistance.  For further information about CRS, please visit: www.crs.org  

JOB SUMMARY:

CRS JWBG is seeking an experienced Project Officer (PO) – Entrepreneurship & Small Capital Grants for a 5-year, USAID-funded project. The PO will work closely with CRS’ implementing partners to lead two activities: 
1)    An entrepreneurship program targeting youth and women with training and business start-up grants
2)    A small capital grants project, which aims to support Gazan micro, small, and medium businesses to re-start businesses that were closed due to the military incursion of 2014 or to expand their businesses.  
Under the supervision and guidance of the Chief of Party (CoP), the PO will be responsible for project planning and implementation, timely and accurate reporting to the CoP, partner support, supervision of staff, project monitoring and evaluation, and representation of the project to the donor and other local stakeholders.  

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES   

Project Management
1.    Coordinate all activities related to the project, including procurement, community mobilization and beneficiary selection.
2.    Provide technical oversight to activities, including supervision of entrepreneurship trainings and regular visits to businesses who are recipients of small capital grants
3.    Monitor all aspects of the project, including implementation and expenditures.
4.    Utilize monitoring and evaluation tools to measure project outputs and impact.
5.    Maintain adequate administration and filing systems.
6.    Write reports in a timely manner.
Program Quality, Learning and Innovation
1.    Ensure adherence to CRS Program Quality standards
2.    Ensure accountability to project beneficiaries and local stakeholders
3.    Actively identify opportunities for innovation and project adaptation to improve impact.
4.    Take part in regular team, program and staff meetings.

Supervisory Responsibilities
1.    Effectively supervise the Assistant Project Officer for Entrepreneurship in accordance with CRS Performance Management system.
2.    Ensure the timely implementation of all Performance Management steps, including Performance Development Plans, Coaching, and Performance Appraisals.

Administration and Compliance: 
1.    Ensure compliance with CRS policies and procedures, including those of administration, procurement and finance.  
2.    Ensure compliance with donor-specific regulations.
Representation and Partnership
1.    Manage partnerships related to project implementation.
2.    Maintain external relationships beneficial to the project, including with businesses and business associations.
3.    Represent the project in relevant meetings.
4.    Host donor representatives and CRS visitors.

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory:  Assistant Project Officer for Entrepreneurship
 
Internal:  Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Head of Programs, MEAL Officer, other Project Officers, Assistant Project Officers, and Project Coordinators; Finance Manager; Grants & Compliance Manager

External:  Local partner organization; project donor; community leaders

Position Requirements and Qualifications

Technical/Professional:
1.    University degree required in international development, business administration, economics, sociology, or related field. 
2.    Three to five years of progressively responsible work experience in livelihoods, women and youth, and cash transfer programming, preferably with an international NGO and with USG-funded projects.
3.    Demonstrated experience in community mobilization and partner capacity building
4.    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – fluency in English and Arabic (written and spoken) essential. 
5.    Proficient in ICT4D and MS Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
6.    Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
7.    Good organizational skills and ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines

Personal Competencies
1.    Demonstrated strengths in relationship management; able to work with diverse groups of people in multicultural, team-oriented environment
2.    Skilled in influencing and obtaining cooperation of individuals not under supervisory control; able to manage long-distance relationships to achieve results
3.    Utilizes skills in conflict management, peace building and behavior change;
4.    Understands and works with local contexts (operational and cultural).
5.    Supports partners to ensure adherence to financial guidelines Committed to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching
6.    Committed to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

Agency-wide Competencies
1.    Serves with Integrity: Manifests CRS mission, values, and guiding principles to help improve the lives of the poor, vulnerable, and voiceless.
2.    Models Stewardship:  Makes responsible and efficient use of time, talent, money, assets, and natural resources to achieve plans and goals.
3.    Develops Constructive Relationships: Builds and maintains mutually beneficial relationships through solidarity.
4.    Promotes Learning: Builds the capacity of self, staff and partners to continue learning and innovating to better fulfill our mission.

Physical Requirements/Environment
1.    Able to be based in Gaza office;
2.    Able to work in a normal office environment with daily travel to the field and visiting vendors.


This JD not constitute an exhaustive list of the position’s responsibilities, which may be expanded or reduced at the discretion of the supervisor or senior management’.