Project Manager Job Opportunity at CRS

Project Manager Job Opportunity at CRS

Project Manager Job Opportunity at CRS

Project Manager Job Opportunity at CRS



Catholic Relief Services

Job Title: Project Manager Reports to: Head of Programs

Location: Kigoma Salary Grade: 10

*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 Project Manager for the “Vitalizing Opportunities in Circular Economy and Sustainable Solutions in Lake Tanganyika” (VOICES) project implemented in Tanzania and Zambia and located in KIGOMA Region- CRS office. As a Project Manager you will be responsible for designing, implementing, and managing strategies and program activities to promote circular economy principles within the VOICES project. Your role will involve building and managing a two-country project team to analyze current business practices, identifying opportunities for resource optimization, and developing innovative solutions to minimize waste and maximize resource efficiency in the Lake ecosystem. You will lead cross-functional Tanzanian and Zambian teams and collaborate closely with national government agencies, LGAs, financial institutions, accelerators, civil society organizations and private sector partners to drive community engagement, generate buy-in and support for VOICES activities and sustainability goals. You will ensure effective technical and operational management systems and processes are in place that support highquality programming advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable. Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that VOICES delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its Circular Economy programming.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

Provide overall strategic and technical leadership of the project, ensuring that technical approaches deliver program targets. Lead annual work planning processes and regular team and individual progress reviews.
Lead donor engagement and reporting, ensuring compliance with donor requirements and regulations.
Effectively manage and supervise program team and ensure staff well-being. Provide tailored coaching to direct reports, contribute to the recruitment and onboarding of project staff, and complete performance management process.
Prioritize data, monitoring and learning throughout the life of the project, leading regular data-driven analysis to inform reflection meetings and facilitating timely adaptation of approaches/models in response to data. Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and ensuring compliance with CRS and EU MEAL policies. Proactively identify issues/challenges to discuss with the donor to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Monitor and evaluate the progress of initiatives, tracking key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess effectiveness and identify opportunities for optimization.
Engage with internal teams, and industry partners to foster a culture of sustainability and drive collective action towards project goals. Provide training and guidance to community groups on circular economy concepts, practices, and tools. Represent the project with donors, INGO working groups, UN, relevant local partners and relevant local government and community actors advancing circular economy.
Coordinate activities required for ensuring the financial, material, and human resources for the quality implementation of the project in Tanzania and Zambia. Conduct periodic budget reviews and follow-up with partners on timely submission of financial reports to facilitate proper tracking of resource use.
Identify capacity gaps and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and contribute to capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.
Represent the project externally. Prepare reports and presentations to communicate program progress, achievements, and challenges related to circular economy initiatives. Engage with government, donors, private sector, and other stakeholders to advocate for investment in circular economy projects and initiatives.
Stay abreast of emerging technologies and business models relevant to circular economy principles. Conduct research and pilot projects to test new approaches and technologies for enhancing resource efficiency.

Basic Qualifications

Master’s degree in environmental science, natural resources management, sustainability, business administration, or related field.
Proven experience (5 years) working in a similar role preferably leading watershed protection or environmental sustainability programs.
Experience with leading EU programs.
Deep understanding of circular economy principles, with demonstrated experience in developing and implementing circular economy strategies.
Strong project management skills, with the ability to lead cross-functional teams and drive initiatives from conception to implementation.
Excellent analytical skills, with the ability to conduct thorough assessments and evaluate complex data sets.
Effective communication and stakeholder engagement skills, with the ability to build consensus and influence decision-making at all levels of the organization.
Creative thinking and problem-solving abilities, with a passion for driving innovation and positive change towards a circular economy.

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 project grants management, including project design, preferably for grants from multiple public donors, including the EU.
Demonstrated ability to write high quality technical proposals.
Experience engaging with partner organizations.
MEAL skills and experience required.
Staff management experience and 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: Project team comprising of Senior Project Officers and Project Officers.

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: County Manager, Head of Program, Head of Operations, Finance Manager, CRS EARO and 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.

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