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19 Apr 2023

Technical Advisor I – Collaboration Learning Adaptation at Catholic Relief Services

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Job Description


Job Title: Technical Advisor I – Collaboration Learning Adaptation Reports to: Senior Technical Advisor- HSS/CB
Department: Programs Location: Dar es salaam

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.

Country Background

CRS in Tanzania works in very close collaboration with the catholic Churches and implements programs through both Churches and secular local partners. CRS has been helping poor, vulnerable families improve their lives through orphans and vulnerable children, agriculture, health, microfinance and WASH programming in Tanzania since 1962.

Project Summary:

Comprehensive Child-Centered Care and Services (C4S) is an above-site technical assistance project funded by PEPFAR through USAID to Improve the health status of pregnant and breastfeeding women, HIV-exposed infants, children, and adolescents living with HIV in Tanzania through increased access to quality comprehensive child-centered healthcare and support. Led by CSSC in partnership with CRS and Afya Plus, C4S will support the provision of PMTCT and pediatric services using a family-centered approach to address the immediate HIV and TB needs preventing Tanzania from achieving equitable epidemic control, amidst evolving pediatric COVID-19 needs. C4S will achieve this through the providing of technical assistance to health facilities to increase access to quality comprehensive child-centered health services; strengthening national policies and systems to improve C/ALHIV outcomes; and Sustaining quality HIV and TB services to C/ALHIV at pediatric centers of excellence. C4S strongly builds on existing relationships to leverage the available resources in collaboration with the MoH and Implementing partners for the 11 USAID-supported regions.

Job Responsibilities:

Implement effective learning activities, scope and implement appropriate and effective knowledge capture and sharing activities.
Document and publish reports, highlight success stories to communicate program impact/overall results.
Strategically disseminate findings, knowledge and guidance through various avenues, including but not limited to communities of practice, virtual or on-site workshops, conferences, and webinars, at global, regional or country-specific levels.
Lead and support learning events, conduct research, produce resources and guidance, and facilitate ongoing content development and engagement.
Design and develop web-based tools or applications that allow stakeholders to explore data and evidence relevant to USAID/USG and PEPFAR programming.
Systematic, standard-format analyses and documentation of characteristics, costs, and outcomes associated with USAID-supported programs.
Document and share learning – ensure requirements, lessons learned, and best practices for products, events, and other knowledge management activities are clear and documented.
Support routine communication with USAID missions and other stakeholders on activity, evaluation, cost, and other reporting requirements and guidelines.
Think outside the box – identify and share more creative, efficient, and effective ways to engage audiences and facilitate sharing and collaboration.
Serve as project technical lead on all matters related to knowledge management.
Be responsible for work planning and reporting.
Manage and oversee Knowledge Management support staff and short-term technical assistance.


Minimum 5+ years of professional experience in international development, adult learning, capacity building, and/or Learning Advisory-related roles.
Multifaceted facilitation skills, including with multicultural audiences, particularly related to programmatic and organizational learning.
Experience designing learning agendas and learning questions and strategic approaches to answer them for continuous improvement.
Experience working with partners at different levels, virtually, and across different time zones.
Excellent partner management track record. Experience supporting organizational development/change processes will be considered a significant advantage.
Strong analytical skills to support both qualitative and quantitative research.
Understanding of and experience with Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting approaches.
Strong management, coordination, teamwork, and planning skills and demonstrated ability to work well with multiple in-country counterparts.
Excellent oral/written communication skills in English.
High standards of integrity, professionalism, and creative problem solving.
(Preferred) Understanding of USAID processes and experience with leading training for USAID audiences.
Required Languages – English and Swahili.

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 50%.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Good technical writing skills
Strong relationship management skills with the ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings.
Good strategic, analytical, problem-solving, and systems thinking skills with the capacity to see the big picture and the ability to make sound judgment.
Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
Proactive, resourceful, and results-oriented

Preferred Qualifications

Excellent report writing skills.
Exceptional knowledge and experience in identifying and documenting best practices.
Ability in Microsoft Office Publisher, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.

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.

Continuous Improvement & Innovation
Builds Relationships
Develops Talent
Strategic Mindset
Accountability & Stewardship

Supervisory Responsibilities: NONE

Key Working Relationships:

Internal – CM, MEAL Manager, Senior Technical Advisor HSSCB, Head of Finance, HR and SCM, Field Office Manager, WASH Advisor, EARO DRD PQ, EARO Regional TAs

External – Implementing partners, Local authorities (at ministry level and LGA), Local donor representatives including program and technical sector staff.

***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.

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Method of Application

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 [email protected] not later than 28th April 2023.

The applicants should clearly state the Job title applied for in the subject line of the email. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Female candidates, people with disability and people from other recognized marginalized backgrounds, are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.  CRS Tanzania recognizes many people do not have access to university education, limited capacity to travel, women take career breaks to care for family, and physical access for people with disability is limited in some workplaces including in the field.  In all recruitments, CRS Tanzania uses a competency-based selection process.  This ensures that if a candidate does not have a university degree or many years of experience, their competencies and existing expertise is assessed and valued.

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