Senior Project Officer – Partnership and Knowledge Management at Catholic Relief Services | May 2024

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

Job Title: Senior Project Officer – Partnership and Knowledge Managementt Reports to: Project Manager
Location: Programs Salary Grade: 8

*This position is contingent on receipt of donor funding*

About CRS
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion, or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work are accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance, and peacebuilding.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and its country-based partners Caritas Kigoma in Tanzania and Caritas Kasama in Zambia will implement the Vitalizing Opportunities in Circular Economy and Sustainable Solutions in Lake Tanganyika (VOICES) project to improve water quality in the basin of Lake Tanganyika through sustainable and inclusive economic practices funded by the European Union (EU). VOICES will support communities in Kigoma Region in Tanzania and in Mpulungu Region in Zambia to increase knowledge of the potential benefits of the circular economy among policymakers, businesses, consumers, and civil society. VOICES will support the objectives of the EU and building upon successes from other projects in the area. CRS will collaborate with ongoing projects in Tanzania and Zambia and advance cross border knowledge sharing among countries that border the Lake Tanganyika.

Job Summary:
CRS Tanzania is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Partnerships and Knowledge Management Officer for the “Vitalizing Opportunities in Circular Economy and Sustainable Solutions in Lake Tanganyika” (VOICES) project implemented in Tanzania and Zambia and located in KIGOMA Regions- CRS office. The role will entail fostering strategic partnerships and implementing effective knowledge management practices within the VOICES project. Cultivate and maintain relationships with existing partners, serving as the primary point of contact for partnership-related activities. Custodian of project-based agreements and contracts, ensuring mutual benefit and adherence to CRS policies. Develop and implement strategies to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration among internal teams and external partners. Facilitate the creation of communities of practice or other collaborative platforms to encourage the exchange of best practices, lessons learned, and innovative ideas within watershed project area.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:
Provide training and support to staff and partners on knowledge management tools and techniques, including document management systems, collaboration platforms, and data visualization tools.
Promote a culture of continuous learning and improvement within the project area and partners by organizing workshops, webinars, and other learning events.

Develop and implement metrics to assess the effectiveness of partnerships and knowledge management initiatives. Regularly review and analyze data to identify trends, opportunities, and areas for improvement.
Prepare reports and presentations to communicate key findings and recommendations to internal stakeholders and external partners.
Contribute to the development of VOICES project plans and priorities, particularly in areas related to partnerships and knowledge management. Stay informed about industry trends, emerging technologies, and best practices in partnership development and knowledge management, and incorporate relevant insights into organizational strategies.
Ensure VOICES project documentation for assigned activities is complete with all required documents and is filed per agency and donor requirements. Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and documentation of case studies and promising practices.

Basic Qualifications
Master’s degree in a relevant field such as environmental partnership engagement, public private partnerships, education, business administration, international development, or knowledge management; advanced degree preferred.
Proven experience in partnership development, preferably in the nonprofit or international development sector.
Strong understanding of knowledge management principles and practices, including knowledge sharing platforms, communities of practice, and organizational learning.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with diverse stakeholders.
Demonstrated ability to think strategically, analyze complex problems, and develop innovative solutions.
Proficiency in project management and monitoring and evaluation techniques.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Required Languages – English and Kiswahili will be preferred.

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 50 %.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with ability to make sound judgment and decisions and offer innovative solutions.
Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
Good presentation and facilitation skills
Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented, and results-oriented

Preferred Qualifications

Good experience in partnerships and knowledge management, including project design, preferably from multiple public donors.

Demonstrated ability to write high quality technical proposals.
Experience engaging with partner organizations.
MEAL skills and experience required.
Abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.

Agency REDI Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

Agency competencies clarify expected behaviors and attitudes for all staff. When demonstrated, they create an engaging workplace, help staff achieve their best, and help CRS achieve agency goals. These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

Personal Accountability – Consistently takes responsibility for one’s own actions.
Acts with Integrity – Consistently models values aligned with CRS Guiding Principles and mission. Is considered honest.
Builds and Maintains Trust – Shows consistency between words and actions.
Collaborates with Others – Works effectively in intercultural and diverse teams.
Open to Learn – Seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.
Agency Leadership Competencies:

Lead Change – Continually looks for ways to improve the agency through a culture of agility, openness, and innovation.
Develops and Recognizes Others – Builds the capacity of staff to reach their full potential and enhance team and agency performance.
Strategic Mindset – Understands role in translating, communicating, and implementing agency strategy and team priorities.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: County Manager, Head of Program, Head of Operations, Finance Manager, Project Manager, Head of Office-Kigoma, Technical Advisors, Operations staff.

External: Project Implementing Partners; Ministries, NEMC, Research Institutions, other NGO, and other relevant working groups.

***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.

Interested qualified candidates should submit their letter of application together with their CV in PDF or Word format in a single attachment which outlines their experience and sustainability of the position applied to email address not later than 17th May 2024.
The applicants should clearly state the Job title applied for in the subject line of the email.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Female candidates, people with disability and people from other recognized marginalized backgrounds, are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. CRS Tanzania recognizes many people do not have access to university education, limited capacity to travel, women take career breaks to care for family, and physical access for people with disability is limited in some workplaces including in the field. In all recruitments, CRS Tanzania uses a competency-based selection process. This ensures that if a candidate does not have a university degree or many years of experience, their competencies and existing expertise is assessed and valued.