Catholic Relief Services Job Vacancy: Technical Advisor I, Disaster Risk Reduction Programs – Dhaka, Bangladesh

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November 24, 2015

Expired Job


June 19, 2019




Job Title: Technical Advisor I, Disaster Risk Reduction Programs
Department/Country: Bangladesh
Job Location: Dhaka
Band: D**
FLSA: Exempt
Reports To: **Bangladesh Country Manager

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.

Background: CRS has supported Caritas Bangladesh for
years in programs involving emergency relief and education. In 2006,
the two agencies launched an ambitious multi-year Emergency Response and
Preparedness (EPRT) program that greatly increased CRS staff activity
in the country. In late 2007, CRS support to Caritas increased
significantly, and at the invitation of Caritas Bangladesh, CRS placed a
Country Manager (CM) in the Caritas Bangladesh office. The placement of
the CRS CM also coincided with a significant increase in CRS support
for Caritas programs in the wake of severe flooding and Cyclone SIDR. To
follow up on the successful response to these disasters, CRS and
Caritas will now be partnering with Helen Keller International (HKI) to
implement a food security program through a recently awarded USAID
Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP). Through this program, CRS
will be responsible for providing strong technical support around all
Disaster Risk Reduction activities, in close collaboration with Caritas
Bangladesh and other local organizations. DRR actions will link closely
to food security and nutrition interventions that will be implemented by
Caritas Bangladesh and other local organizations in conjunction with
HKI. This project will work directly with rural communities in the
Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region of Bangladesh.

Job Summary: The Technical Advisor (TA) for Disaster
Risk Reduction (DRR) has primary responsibilities of providing all
necessary technical support and coordination of DRR projects. The TA
will ensure high quality program development, provide strategic
direction, help monitor progress of the project objectives for CRS and
Bangladesh partners, ensure technical compliance with donors’ and CRS
program quality standards, and support reporting and CRS/donor
administrative and financial requirements. Special emphasis is placed on
promoting collaborative relationships, networking and advocating for
CRS approaches in emergency response, DRR and climate change with
donors, like-minded organizations and relevant Bangladesh Government
departments and agencies. The TA is also responsible for promoting and
ensuring organizational learning processes, internally and externally,
throughout the projects’ implementation stage. This position is based in
Dhaka with about 40% travel to project sites in the CHT Region of

Specific Responsibilities:

Program Management:

  • Provide technical support for all DRR activities associated with
    the USAID-funded DFAP in the CHT to ensure high program quality, and
    correlation with budget
  • Facilitate the development of detail implementation plans and budget reconciliation documents alongside the partner team
  • Support the DRR team with quarterly planning meetings to review
    and reflect progress and results, identify gaps and solutions and share
    technical ideas for the projects with partner, CRS and others.
  • Coordinate and review monthly DRR team’s work plans, individual work plans and reflection processes
  • Ensure a strong learning process at all stages of the implementation based on the donor’s requirements and CRS standards
  • Coordinate with the project staff and the CRS Asia Regional
    Technical Advisors to set-up project MEAL systems following CRS, prime
    and donor standards
  • Provide technical support and regular visits to the project sites to ensure high project quality
  • Support and contribute to the development of any new or similar
    projects and proposals in collaboration with the sub-regional HoP,
    Country Manager, internal DRR team and local partners
  • Participate in the development of any DRR strategy

Financial Management:

  • Compliance: Support partner and CRS Organizational
    Capacity Advisor to provide sound financial management of the project
    and compliance with project donors
  • Budgeting: Support partner with the annual project’
    budget and extend guidance and support to the project staff in
    management of project finances through budget planning and preparation
    of annual program plans, quarterly cash forecasts and project balances
  • Financial Reporting: Coordinate with the Organizational
    Capacity Advisor, partner finance team, project staff and partners to
    ensure effective tracking and timely reporting on budget expenses,
    including financial reports to external donor/s


  • Develop a strong understanding and knowledge on CRS’ partnership principles and behaviors within the DRR team
  • Identifies any partnership issues early on that need HoP and
    Country Manager attention to provide problem solving strategic guidance
  • Maintain positive and strengthening partnerships with diverse
    partners at various levels · Maintain regular and respectful
    communication with partners and extend all support as needed in close
    coordination with supervisors and the DRR team
  • Ensure that project staff relate to local partners in a manner consistent with CRS partnership principles
  • Build the capacity of partners in DRR, emergency response, effective project implementation and MEAL

Monitoring/Learning/Reporting and Documenting:

  • Donor Reports: Ensure high quality donor reports, submitted in a timely manner to the Prime (HKI) and in the required format
  • Monitoring and Learning: In coordination with the HKI’s
    MEAL staff, Country Manager and CRS regional technical experts, support
    the design and timely implementation of baseline, mid-term and final
    evaluations of the project
  • Ensure regular and strong institutional learning and reflection processes for DRR projects
  • Provide regular and timely trip reports to their supervisor
  • Documenting: Provide technical inputs to develop
    documentation of the CRS DRR models, lessons learned and project best
    practicesAdvocacy and Networking:

    Governmental agencies:
  • Contribute to the advocacy and relationship-building at the district, provincial and ministry levels
  • Provide technical ideas as necessary in policy review of
    Bangladesh legislative documents and other project documents to work
    with relevant ministries on topics relating to DRR and Climate Change
  • Maintain positive working relations with relevant government bodies, international organizations and local partnersDRR and Climate Change Adaptation sectors:
  • Collaborate with Bangladesh and international organizations involved in emergency response and DRR/CCA issues.
  • In coordination with the DRR team members, represent CRS in the
    DRR/CCA sector working groups, attend external meetings and networking
    activities related to DRR/CCA and promote CRS CBDRR/CCA models and
    approaches. Emergency Response:
  • Coordinate and support the CRS country office in the event of any emergencies in the project area or in the country
  • Organize and conduct participatory assessments, analyses,
    preparations of sitreps, emergency response project designs and
    implementation of response activities together with local partner

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Key Working Relationships: ***Internal: Country Manager,
Sub-Regional Head of Programming, CRS Organizational Capacity Advisor,
CRS India DRR staff, CRS Administrative and Finance staff, DRR Technical
Consultants, CRS MEAL and Emergency Preparedness Response Technical
External: Caritas Bangladesh programming staff, other
local partners’ programming staff, local government partners, donors as
required and as assigned by the Country Manager

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Masters degree, preferably in rural development, natural resources management or agriculture
  • Further specializations in DRR/climate change adaptation and emergency response are desired
  • At least 5 years proven experience of managing development
    program and projects related to disaster risk reduction, emergency
    response, climate change adaptation, integration of climate in rural
    development and/or related domains
  • Technical knowledge on designing and managing disaster risk
    reduction initiatives, community based disaster risk reduction
    management (CBDRM), participatory capacity vulnerability analysis and
    climate change adaptation (CCA) projects
  • Technical knowledge and practical experience in emergency response programs, including Sphere and other humanitarian standards
  • Working experiences of integrating DRR/CCA into livelihood and other development programs
  • Practical experience in developing and facilitating DRR/CCA related trainings
  • Must be strong in participatory approaches, learning processes, capacity for innovation and to promote new initiatives
  • Work experience with NGOs or international development organization is preferable
  • Sound experience in resource management
  • Ability to network and coordinate with government and non-government organizations at both the local and national level
  • A good team builder, problem solver, honest and transparent
    person with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to lead the
    implement processes in the field
  • Fluent in written and spoken English

Required Travel: **Able to travel (at least 40% of total time) to field locations in the CHT Bandarban district in Bangladesh

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

How to apply:

Apply online at HERE

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