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Technical Advisor I environmental Impact

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Addis Ababa
  • As per Org Scale USD / YEAR
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Catholic Relief Services Ethiopia is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Technical Advisor I environmental Impact   based  in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Job Description

Internal/External Job Announcement

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


For nearly 60 years, CRS has taken the lead in responding to natural and man-made disasters affecting Ethiopia’s most vulnerable communities. Moving beyond emergency response, CRS’ disaster mitigation and recovery projects in drought and flood-prone areas have rebuilt individual and community assets through non-food aid in the form of agriculture, livestock, health, nutrition, and water and sanitation assistance. CRS’s humanitarian work in Ethiopia also provides livelihoods support to farmers and entrepreneurs, promotes gender equality, mobilizes for immunization and mitigates the impact of COVID-19.


As part of CRS family, you will join the more than 5000 strong and vibrant individuals working globally to accomplish the mission of CRS.

CRS/Ethiopia invites you, the qualified candidate, to apply for the following different positions for an indefinite term contract that is contingent upon funding of the JEOP program:

Position Title:

Technical Advisor I environmental Impact

Duty Station:

Addis Ababa

Employment Term:

Indefinite Term contingent upon funding of JEOP program

Reports to:

JEOP Deputy Chief of Party Program Quality

Application Deadline:

January 09, 2022

Job Summary:

You will provide practical support and technical advice to a range of program design and implementation issues in environmental impact in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to CRS’ Joint Emergency Operation (JEOP) to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable.


Job Responsibilities:

·         Support development and contribute to implementation of JEOP-wide environmental impact strategies, standards, tools and best practices across operations and programming that effectively engage partners, USAID, and Government of Ethiopia. Help ensure a cross-sectoral approach for environmental impact integrating gender, protection mainstreaming, and disaster risk reduction, supporting close collaboration between JEOP and CRS’ USAID-funded Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA).

·         Conduct regular monitoring of JEOP consortium activities to ensure full compliance with USAID environmental compliance regulations. Share the results of this monitoring in a timely manner and follow-up on recommendations given.

·         Ensure Climate Risk Management mitigation measures are implemented as per the IEE recommendations.

·         Work closely with team members, partners, and local government to build capacity on environmental management, specifically focusing on strengthening institutional capacity, improving environmental quality and the sustainable management of natural resources, and promoting equitable solutions in managing commons such as climate change, sustainability, biodiversity conservation and others.

·         Work in close collaboration with the MEAL and CRM teams to ensure that all the required environmental indicators are properly aligned and tracked with existing monitoring plans.

·         Collaborate closely with counterparts in the JEOP Early Warning and Disaster Risk Reduction (EWS and DRR), Compliance and Risk Monitoring (CRM) and Monitoring, Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) to ensure streamlining and mainstreaming of environmental impact activities into existing workstreams.

·         Undertake quarterly environmental monitoring and evaluation of program activities against environmental regulations and standards. Take lead on developing and delivering a series of spot checks to ensure that proposed mitigation measures are properly implemented in line with the guidelines and unforeseen environmental and human health impacts are minimized. Prepare report (quarterly, field monitoring) on the safeguard risks with appropriate actions to be taken and ensure that timely actions are taken.

·         Facilitate the preparation and updating of environmental safeguard lessons/results by USAID’s requirements.

·         Conduct assessments and advise teams on the environmental implications of planned activities.

·         Coordinate with external stakeholders and contractors. Oversee development of a scope of work, tendering, recruitment, and engagement of a consultancy firm to conduct a carbon footprint and thorough environmental impact assessment of JEOP, and support JEOP take strategic actions to make programmatic and operational adjustments considering findings.

·         Contribute to maintaining relationships with donors, peer organizations and other institutions, participate in forums in the area of environment to collect and share best practices. Provide technical support to JEOP’s partner teams, remotely and on-site, for strategic planning and how to best apply standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools and M&E, helping to ensure high-quality implementation of activities to ensure environmental compliance.

·         Support JEOP’s MEAL team to include environmental perspectives in research, mid-term and end line evaluations and mainstream sex and age disaggregated and youth-sensitive indicators into the overall MEAL framework. Contribute to developing indicators, milestones and plans, and lead reporting on all indicators for environmental impact, and program progress.

·         Provide dynamic leadership, technical support, and team coordination to JEOP’s environmental impact assessment and connected activities, including ongoing technical support in integration and empowerment and build knowledge and technical capacity to implement and monitor environmental impact assessment and mitigation measures in operations and programming.

·         Support capacity strengthening initiatives for staff and partners through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and coaching.

·         Collect and analyze program data, capture, and share lessons learned and best practices for specific projects to facilitate improvements in decision-making and contribute to the environmental impact learning agenda.

·         Contribute to maintaining relationships with USAID, peer organizations, research and other institutions, participate in forums in the area of Youth programming collect and share best practices and promote CRS’ work.


Job Requirements

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

·         Masters level degree in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Planning and Management, Natural Resources management, Environmental Health and Environmental Engineering or related field.

·         Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with relevant field-based experience in environment safeguarding issues.

·         Demonstrated experience and knowledge of Government of Ethiopia environmental regulations and USAID environmental compliance experience

·         Demonstrated experience working in some or all of the following: environmental safeguarding, climate risk management, conservation, capacity building.

·         Knowledge of and experience working with complex MEAL systems and indicator tracking

·         Experience working on technical sectors covered under the JEOP: food security (commodity and cash) EWS, nutrition, etc.

·         Experience working with USAID as a donor

·         Experience in working in large scale complex programs, in challenging environments, with strong emphasis on poor and vulnerable populations, pastoralist cultures, and agriculture.

·         Experience with participatory methods. Demonstrated capacity and experience with institutional strengthening of local civil society and government agencies.

·         Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.

·         Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.


Personal Skills

·         Strong relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings

·         Excellent written and oral communications skills in the English and Amharic.

·         Strong self-management and interpersonal skills

·         Knowledge of capacity strengthening best practices.

·         Good strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment

·         Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills

·         Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented


Required/Desired Foreign Language

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English and Amharic; ability to draft reports, communications materials, detailed implementation plans.
  • Strong written and verbal skills in Afan Oromo, Tigrinya and Somali a plus.


Travel Required: 75%


Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: N/a

Internal: JEOP Chief of Party and Senior Management Team; MEAL, EWS, CRM, Gender, JEOP technical team leads; CRS Ethiopia Country Program staff; CRS Regional and Headquarters Technical Advisors.

External:  JEOP Consortium members, local government stakeholders and communities, peer organizations and, representatives from for-profit and other non-profit organizations, operating in JEOP woredas.


Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

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.

·         Serves with Integrity

·         Models Stewardship

·         Cultivates Constructive Relationships

·         Promotes Learning


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

How to Apply


You should fill the application form through this link;   and attach your up-to-date CV on / before the application deadline January 09, 2021.

You will be contacted only if selected for written exam/interview. Phone solicitations will not be accepted. These job opportunities are open to Ethiopian nationals only.


CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. 


** Qualified women are highly encouraged to apply**

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