Sunday, October 26, 2014

JOB - Project Manager - Agriculture 

Position Title:   Project Manager - Agriculture
Project:                Community Driven Nutrition Improvement Project
Location:             Baucau
Supervisor:         Program Manager Health & Nutrition
Job Band:            G

Note: This position will be based in Baucau but must be able to travel regularly between Dili and project districts.

I.                    Background:

Catholic Relief Services plans to implement a Community Driven Nutrition Improvement Project with a grant from the Japanese Social Development Fund (JSDF) to help address the high prevalence of under nutrition in Timor-Leste (particularly amongst children). The project will target communities that fall in the lowest living standards group in the eastern districts of Baucau and Viqueque, aiming to directly benefit 4,470 children and 5,503 pregnant and lactating women.

II.                  Objectives and Scope of the Assignment

The primary function of the Project Manager - Agriculture is to provide leadership to the local implementing partners for all aspects of component 3, nutrition sensitive interventions to ensure outcomes are met on established timeline. 

The Project Manager will be responsible for maintaining relationships with local non-governmental implementing partner organizations.  This includes working with organizations to ensure consistent programmatic quality across all organizations and accurate monthly narrative and financial reports.

This position is responsible for both the ensuing quality of project activities and technical materials; as well as capacity building of implementing agency field staff.  The person will critically examine project implementation and make appropriate and timely recommendations as necessary related to the technical approaches being promoted through the project.  This will entail a conducting independent research on nutrition sensitive initiatives, identifying best practices across sectors and countries develop strong working relationship with all stakeholders in Timor Leste working in similar technical area and develop relationship with CRS’s implementing agency , as well as the CRS Livelihoods Program Team in Baucau. 

Note: This position will be based in Baucau but must be able to travel regularly between Dili and project districts.

III.                Qualifications and Skills:
·                     University or institute degree in agronomy, plant science, biology, rural development, project
management or other relevant degree or advanced certificate.
·                     Minimum 3 years of progressive experience in agriculture
·                     Experience in implementation of community-based development projects including the
facilitation of trainings of trainers 
·                                 Experience in facilitation of capacity building efforts with diverse colleagues, including those in
implementing agency agencies is preferred.
·                                 Attention to detail and an ability to work effectively under tight deadlines.
·                                 Proven track record of ability to set and meet goals and objectives in a timely and professional
·                                 Flexibility to work both in a team and independently
·                                 Strong English skills, both written and spoken.
·                                 Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point, is required. 
·                                 Willing and able to work in Baucau office full time and Ability to travel 60% of time to field
·                                 Experience working in collaboration with government counterparts, donors, the Church, NGOs,
and community-based organizations.

IV.                Area of Interest:

Agriculture, Food Security, Nutrition, Rural Development, Community Development

Disclaimer: This ToR is not an exhaustive list of the skills, efforts, duties and responsibilities associated with the position

V.                  Date of assignmentDecember 1, 2014 to August 31, 2017

Note:  This position is for Timorese Nationals only.


Suitable qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Sent a cover letter, current CV and professional references by email to or
Delivery by hand at CRS Dili Office at Rua Dom Alexio Corte Real, Mandarin, Dili or
CRS Baucau Office at Rua Samadigar Buibau, Baucau
For further information and full job description please email the address above.

Deadline:  November 5, 2014
Only Short Listed Applicants will be contacted

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