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Opportunity: ASPIRE Fellow – Training Program
Contract Duration: 12 Months
Country/Location: Uganda/Kampala

About Catholic Relief Services:

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 is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance, and peacebuilding.

CRS has been working in Uganda since 1965 and has a vibrant portfolio of projects, serving over a million vulnerable Ugandans and refugees each year through the Country Program 2030 Strategy. CRS programs in Uganda currently support five strategic priority areas, including Health and Social Services Systems Strengthening, Resilient Food Systems, Emergency Preparedness and Management, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and Local Leadership. CRS Uganda implements its programs through partnerships with local organizations, including international and local NGOs, Ugandan government departments and ministries, the Catholic Church, and community-based organizations for maximum impact and sustainability. CRS Uganda employs around 150 staff and has its main office in Kampala, with sub-offices in Yumbe, Kyangwali, Kasese and Hoima. 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. Persons with disabilities (PwDs) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Summary:

The ASPIRE Program is a unique career-building opportunity for individuals who are passionate about relief and development work and have the skills, attitude, and approach to excel in positions with CRS. This structured and intentional field-based learning program is designed to prepare participants for positions of greater responsibility with CRS.

Under the supervision of experienced staff, participants actively support CRS’ relief and/or development projects over a 12-month period while building foundational skills in programming and operations. Through the foundational training, participants gain experience in project management, monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL), project design and proposal development, partnership and capacity strengthening, supply chain, human resources and more.

To complement the core training, each participant also hones their skills in a specific area that aligns with their career objectives and strategically positions them for onward employment with CRS.

Job Roles and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of an experienced staff member and in collaboration with CRS partners, the ASPIRE participant will support programming and operations as follows:

Project Management

  • Support implementation of current projects (e.g. participate in planning/review workshops, support activity implementation in the field)
  • Support appropriate management of cash and in-kind resources (e.g. monitor/analyze spending on project budgets, prepare cash forecasts, participate in financial reporting to donors, support commodity management).
  • Support timely and accurate reporting (e.g. review/synthesize data to report on project indicators, draft/edit narrative reports).
  • Support communication-related activities for country program and projects (e.g. draft program summaries, annual reports, partnership newsletters, social media content and webpage updates).

Project Design and Proposal Development

  • Support project design (e.g. participate in needs assessments and problem identification, stakeholder analysis, development of concept notes)
  • Support proposal development (e.g. participate in design workshops, draft sections of technical narratives and budgets, package/edit proposals for submission).

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

Support MEAL activities in:

  • Project design (e.g. support data collection, needs assessments, gender analysis, gap analysis, development of results frameworks, Proframes, theories of change, evaluation plans, performance management plans).
  • Project start-up (e.g. support baseline assessments, development of MEAL manuals and accountability mechanisms).
  • Project implementation (e.g. prepare survey instruments using ICT4D, support collection of monitoring data, prepare donor reports, organize learning events, document learning).
  • Project close-out (e.g. draft final reports, support final evaluations and knowledge management activities).

Partnership & Capacity Strengthening

  • Support CRS partners with project management, project design and MEAL.
  • Support partnership strengthening and capacity building (e.g. participate in partnership reflection workshops, partner assessments and monitoring visits).

Finance, Supply Chain, HR, Compliance

  • Support strong financial management by analyzing budgets, monitoring & forecasting spending, reviewing supporting documentation for financial transactions by CRS and sub-recipients.
  • Support supply chain and procurement by assisting with inventory counts, data collection, bid analysis and vendor selection, contracting, receipt and warehousing of goods.
  • Support human resources by preparing job descriptions, reviewing applications/shortlisting candidates.
  • Support audit and compliance by reviewing internal controls, systems for fraud prevention, studying CRS policies and donor regulations.
  • Support staff safety by reviewing security protocols and manuals, updating as needed.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field of International Development, Agriculture, Health, Business, Communications, Public Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Supply Chain, Social Works, Social Science, Project Management, and Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • Must have graduated within 2 years of program start date (degree conferred between October 2022 and October 2024), with second upper and above.
  • 3 – 24 months of related work experience (internships, volunteering, or paid work).
  • Candidates must exhibit a positive attitude and a willingness to learn, grow in the field of humanitarian work.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficient in both spoken and written English.
  • Must be open to traveling up to 25% of the time to field locations.
  • Willing to be stationed in field offices during and after the program.
  • Demonstrates excellence in collaborative, multicultural environments.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and research skills.
  • Possesses agility, proactivity, and a results-oriented mindset.
  • Persons with disability are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Shows a commitment to respecting, promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion, including gender equality.

Agency-wide Respect, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (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 fulfil 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.

Key Working Relationships

  • Internal: CRS Country Representative, Head of Programming, Head of Operations, Program Managers, Finance, Supply Chain and HR staff
  • External: CRS partner organizations

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

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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.
By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding related topics.

All candidates who meet the requirements are encouraged to apply by following the provided instructions.

  • ASPIRE Program has officially launched and is actively accepting applications at www.crs.org/aspire.
  • This position is for Uganda Nationals only with degree conferred between October 2022 and October 2024), with second upper and above. Persons with disabilities (PwDs) are strongly encouraged to apply
  • The online application will be open until June 30, 2024. Please feel free to engage with our team by participating in one of the online information sessions.

ONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED.

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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 100 million people in 101 countries on five continents.

Our mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. Although our mission is rooted in the Catholic faith, our operations serve people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity. Within the United States, CRS engages Catholics to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and suffering people of the world.

CRS is motivated by the example of Jesus Christ to ease suffering, provide development assistance, and foster charity and justice. We are committed to a set of Guiding Principles and hold ourselves accountable to each other for them.

Watch what happens when little miracles touch the lives of the most vulnerable people around the world. Witness the lifesaving help and hope provided by Catholic Relief Services. Take a look at just how far your heart can reach.

As the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, CRS is governed by a board of directors comprising clergy, most of them bishops elected by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as religious and Catholic lay men and women.

CRS maintains strict standards of efficiency, accountability and transparency: 93% of our expenditures go directly to programs.

CRS' commitment to Catholic teaching

Catholic Relief Services is a manifestation of love for our brothers and sisters around the globe by the Catholic community of the United States. We protect, defend and advance human life around the world by directly meeting basic needs and advocating solutions to injustice. CRS is a pro-life organization dedicated to preserving the sacredness and dignity of human life from conception to natural death. Every aspect of our work is to help life flourish. We are resolute in our commitment to the Church and its teaching.

As a part of the Universal Church, we work with local Catholic institutions around the world. As a Catholic agency that provides assistance to people in need in 101 countries without regard to race, religion or nationality, we also participate in humanitarian initiatives undertaken by a range of groups, including governments, other faith communities and secular institutions. Although some positions and practices of these institutions are not always consistent with the full range of Catholic teaching, CRS' work with these institutions always focuses only on activities that are fully consistent with Catholic teachings.

CRS employs Catholics as well as non-Catholics. Membership in professional associations enables our staff to obtain information and technological advances that best prepare us to serve those in our care—and we do so in full accordance with Catholic teachings. Our staff members also belong to coalitions that extend the reach of services to poor people who often live in remote areas where CRS does not operate. These coalitions give CRS a platform to present effective methods and procedures that demonstrate the efficacy of Catholic approaches to health and family planning. These are our opportunities to make space in the public sphere for the Catholic viewpoint and to witness to our faith.

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Opportunity: ASPIRE Fellow – Training Program Contract Duration: 12 Months Country/Location: Uganda/Kampala

About Catholic Relief Services:

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 is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance, and peacebuilding.

CRS has been working in Uganda since 1965 and has a vibrant portfolio of projects, serving over a million vulnerable Ugandans and refugees each year through the Country Program 2030 Strategy. CRS programs in Uganda currently support five strategic priority areas, including Health and Social Services Systems Strengthening, Resilient Food Systems, Emergency Preparedness and Management, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and Local Leadership. CRS Uganda implements its programs through partnerships with local organizations, including international and local NGOs, Ugandan government departments and ministries, the Catholic Church, and community-based organizations for maximum impact and sustainability. CRS Uganda employs around 150 staff and has its main office in Kampala, with sub-offices in Yumbe, Kyangwali, Kasese and Hoima. 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. Persons with disabilities (PwDs) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Summary:

The ASPIRE Program is a unique career-building opportunity for individuals who are passionate about relief and development work and have the skills, attitude, and approach to excel in positions with CRS. This structured and intentional field-based learning program is designed to prepare participants for positions of greater responsibility with CRS.

Under the supervision of experienced staff, participants actively support CRS’ relief and/or development projects over a 12-month period while building foundational skills in programming and operations. Through the foundational training, participants gain experience in project management, monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL), project design and proposal development, partnership and capacity strengthening, supply chain, human resources and more.

To complement the core training, each participant also hones their skills in a specific area that aligns with their career objectives and strategically positions them for onward employment with CRS.

Job Roles and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of an experienced staff member and in collaboration with CRS partners, the ASPIRE participant will support programming and operations as follows:

Project Management

  • Support implementation of current projects (e.g. participate in planning/review workshops, support activity implementation in the field)
  • Support appropriate management of cash and in-kind resources (e.g. monitor/analyze spending on project budgets, prepare cash forecasts, participate in financial reporting to donors, support commodity management).
  • Support timely and accurate reporting (e.g. review/synthesize data to report on project indicators, draft/edit narrative reports).
  • Support communication-related activities for country program and projects (e.g. draft program summaries, annual reports, partnership newsletters, social media content and webpage updates).

Project Design and Proposal Development

  • Support project design (e.g. participate in needs assessments and problem identification, stakeholder analysis, development of concept notes)
  • Support proposal development (e.g. participate in design workshops, draft sections of technical narratives and budgets, package/edit proposals for submission).

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

Support MEAL activities in:

  • Project design (e.g. support data collection, needs assessments, gender analysis, gap analysis, development of results frameworks, Proframes, theories of change, evaluation plans, performance management plans).
  • Project start-up (e.g. support baseline assessments, development of MEAL manuals and accountability mechanisms).
  • Project implementation (e.g. prepare survey instruments using ICT4D, support collection of monitoring data, prepare donor reports, organize learning events, document learning).
  • Project close-out (e.g. draft final reports, support final evaluations and knowledge management activities).

Partnership & Capacity Strengthening

  • Support CRS partners with project management, project design and MEAL.
  • Support partnership strengthening and capacity building (e.g. participate in partnership reflection workshops, partner assessments and monitoring visits).

Finance, Supply Chain, HR, Compliance

  • Support strong financial management by analyzing budgets, monitoring & forecasting spending, reviewing supporting documentation for financial transactions by CRS and sub-recipients.
  • Support supply chain and procurement by assisting with inventory counts, data collection, bid analysis and vendor selection, contracting, receipt and warehousing of goods.
  • Support human resources by preparing job descriptions, reviewing applications/shortlisting candidates.
  • Support audit and compliance by reviewing internal controls, systems for fraud prevention, studying CRS policies and donor regulations.
  • Support staff safety by reviewing security protocols and manuals, updating as needed.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field of International Development, Agriculture, Health, Business, Communications, Public Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Supply Chain, Social Works, Social Science, Project Management, and Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • Must have graduated within 2 years of program start date (degree conferred between October 2022 and October 2024), with second upper and above.
  • 3 - 24 months of related work experience (internships, volunteering, or paid work).
  • Candidates must exhibit a positive attitude and a willingness to learn, grow in the field of humanitarian work.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficient in both spoken and written English.
  • Must be open to traveling up to 25% of the time to field locations.
  • Willing to be stationed in field offices during and after the program.
  • Demonstrates excellence in collaborative, multicultural environments.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and research skills.
  • Possesses agility, proactivity, and a results-oriented mindset.
  • Persons with disability are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Shows a commitment to respecting, promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion, including gender equality.

Agency-wide Respect, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (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 fulfil 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.

Key Working Relationships

  • Internal: CRS Country Representative, Head of Programming, Head of Operations, Program Managers, Finance, Supply Chain and HR staff
  • External: CRS partner organizations

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

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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. By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding related topics.

All candidates who meet the requirements are encouraged to apply by following the provided instructions.

  • ASPIRE Program has officially launched and is actively accepting applications at www.crs.org/aspire.
  • This position is for Uganda Nationals only with degree conferred between October 2022 and October 2024), with second upper and above. Persons with disabilities (PwDs) are strongly encouraged to apply
  • The online application will be open until June 30, 2024. Please feel free to engage with our team by participating in one of the online information sessions.

ONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED.

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