Technical Associate II – Livelihoods, Community Engagement for Integrated Catchment Management at CRS Lesotho


Catholic Relief Services is currently recruiting for a Technical Associate II – Livelihoods, Community Engagement for Integrated Catchment Management in Maseru, Lesotho:

About CRS 

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. 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. “Support to Integrated Catchment Management in Lesotho” is a multi-donor action funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in support of the Government of Lesotho and SADC, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. CRS will contribute to this program through a grant to engage with civil society and grassroots communities to advance the ICM movement in Lesotho.

Job Summary:  

As Technical Associate II – Livelihoods of the CRS-implemented “Community Engagement for Integrated Catchment Management in Lesotho” project, You will provide technical analysis and support in the area of livelihoods restoration in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practice to technical staff, and Country Program (CP) staff to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Working closely with technical experts your skills and knowledge will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS’ Livelihoods programming is across the globe.

Roles and Key Responsibilities: 

  • Research and analyze technical information from a variety of sources for technical problems to support CP teams in achieving technical excellence in ongoing livelihoods programs/projects.
  • Support the development of program/project documents and tools, as well as technical manuals or guidance, training materials, and quality improvement and assessment guidelines.
  • Prepare presentations and coordinate project communication needs through writing and editing communication resources, such as case studies, brochures, briefs, peer-reviewed articles or reports, for both internal and external audiences.
  • Coordinate and/or perform various activities in support of program/project design and implementation, including but not limited to needs assessment, strategic planning, program design and proposal writing, monitoring and evaluation, and technological solutions.
  • Collect and disseminate households economic strengthening related information and resources to CRS staff and partners and assist with organization, design and coordination of training workshops to support capacity building efforts. Identify new approaches and methods for online learning.
  • Contribute to the learning agenda by researching and analyzing information, conducting literature reviews, mappings or information gathering from various internal and external sources on assigned topics. Coordinate maintenance of virtual resource and documentation databases.

Basic Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, economics, agriculture or related fields required
  • Minimum of two to three years of relevant work experience with an international NGO, with at least one year of field-based programming experience in savings-led microfinance activities.
  • Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • General knowledge of technical principles and concepts in livelihoods restoration.
  • Knowledge of program design requirements and regulations of major donors.
  • Knowledge of project design and proposal development.
  • Knowledge of latest technological tools that have the potential to be applied in households economic strengthening
  • Strong English writing skills.

Required Languages – Proficiency in Sesotho and English.  

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 60%. 


Please note that the position is only open to applicants who are Citizens of Lesotho.  Interested Basotho candidates should submit their CV and cover letter indicating salary expectations, no later than 13th March 2020 at 17:00 by email to [email protected] with the subject line:  TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE II – LIVELIHOODS CRS LS.  If the subject line does not indicate the position, the applicant will not be considered. HARD COPY APPLICATIONS NOT ACCEPTED.  ONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED.

Please be advised that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, all successful candidates will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and their personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate their behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics.

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.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.