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HIRING: Senior Technical Advisor for Food Security

HIRING: Senior Technical Advisor for Food Security

Posted by nrviet on 11 Feb 2017

Job Title: Senior Technical Advisor for Food Security and Resilience
Location: Baltimore
Department: Program Impact and Quality Assurance
Band: E
FLSA: Exempt
Reports to: Senior Policy Advisor, Food Security and Climate Change


About CRS:

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) 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.

Job Summary:

CRS is seeking a highly motivated and original thinker to serve as Senior Technical Advisor for Food Security. This individual will advance food security and resilience programming in accordance with the CRS Agriculture and Livelihoods’ Theory of Change and Pathway to Prosperity. The STA will focus primarily on business development and work closely with business development and program quality teams in the design and performance monitoring of key food security projects. The role will focus on incorporating innovation and learning into the design of sustainable, high impact Title II development food security activity proposals. This position will similarly bring expertise to the development of food security projects funded by USDA’s Food for Progress. To a lesser extent, and as appropriate, the position may provide support to Bureau of Food Security projects. However, the incumbent will need a solid understanding of the role and goals of the Bureau of Food Security as related to the Office of Food for Peace and the US Global Food Security Strategy. The successful candidate will have experience with the Office of Food for Peace programming. Approximately 70% of the STA’s time will be dedicated to proposal development, with 30% to thought-leadership and learning in the area of food security and resilience.

To advance thought-leadership and learning, the successful candidate will understand the evolution of Title II programs over time and look across countries and regions to identify common challenges and opportunities. Understanding FFP/USDA trends and goals will be important to deliver competitive proposals and increase agency visibility. Learning from implementation and monitoring and evaluation will inform innovations and questions of sustainability, and serve to build the agency’s evidence base around successful food security and resilience approaches. With climate change as a particular source of shocks and stressors for rural agricultural communities, the successful candidate must have a solid understand of climate-resilience, as well broader resilience considerations.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Support the development of winning proposals in the area of food security.

  • Provide strategic leadership in the areas of food security and resilience, including:
    o Leading agency thinking around the application of FFP and the Agriculture & Livelihoods Theories of Change to Title II programs,
    o Improving consistency of CRS Title II programming globally,
    o Enhancing competitiveness with FFP/USDA and increasing efficiencies, including through the development of food security capacity statements, pre-design and design workshop tools, tools for communications and increased visibility for innovations and successes,
    o Uniting and leading an effective food security Community of Practice

  • In coordination with IDEA, strengthen communications with the Office of Food for Peace, USDA and Bureau for Food Security, promoting increased visibility for CRS successes both internally and externally

  • Represent CRS in key food security and resilience partnerships

  • Enhance collaboration with the Humanitarian Response Department (HRD)

  • Conduct training and workshops in technical areas.

Agency Wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: The position will report to the Senior Policy Advisor, Food Security and Climate Change. The STA will work closely with country and regional offices, the Program Impact and Quality Assurance team, including climate change and monitoring and evaluation staff. The STA will also collaborate closely with business development and government relations (IDEA) and emergency response (HRD) staff.
  • External: This position will connect frequently with FFP/USDA and peer organizations, participate in TOPS (Technical and Operational Performance Support) meetings and other technical networks.


  1. PhD or Master’s degree in the field of agriculture or food security.
  2. Minimum 8-10 years relevant field experience designing, implementing and supporting food security programming, including 5-7 years in a developing country.
  3. Demonstrated success in proposal development; strong writing and analytical skills.
  4. Experience with Food for Peace Title II development programs, strong understanding of USAID trends, food security goals and regulations; experience with USDA desirable.
  5. Knowledge and experience with agriculture, experience with emergency food security programming desirable, including FFP’s EFSP programs.
  6. Strong representation skills and demonstrated interpersonal relations skills.
  7. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  8. Fluency in English required; working ability in French preferred.
  9. Willingness and ability to travel overseas 35% of time.

Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position. CRS' recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Note: All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.