Project Officer

at Catholic Relief Services
Published September 4, 2022
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  


About Catholic Relief Services:


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.


CRS has worked in Kenya since 1965. Over the years, CRS’s focus shifted from direct relief and food distributions to a comprehensive development program that works with partners and enhances the local capacity. CRS Kenya programs now support care reforms, children affected by HIV, and community-based efforts to increase household incomes, improve family health and sanitation, and enhance agricultural livelihoods


Background of the projec t:


Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC), a partnership of CRS and Maestral International, is a global initiative designed to promote safe, nurturing family care for children; demonstrating how to enable children to stay in or return to families who are able to care for them with support of governments that promote family care; and influencing national, regional and global bodies, donors and faith-based actors toward a shifting of commitment, practices and resources to family care. CTWWC is demonstrating care reform and family care in Kenya, Guatemala, Moldova, India and Haiti, and is sharing out and supporting the use of learning from these countries to influence children’s care and family strengthening in the surrounding regions, including East and Southern Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and India.


Job Summary:


The MEAL officer will provide technical support to a range of MEAL activities for CTWWC in line with CRS program quality princip les and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices. The MEAL Officer will be responsible for the organization and updating of CTWWC data as per the established procedures and providing technical support to the local implementing partners (LIPs). The MEAL officer will lead in the monthly collation of data from the LIPs, verification of results reported, analysis and presentation and use of findings; building the capacity of CTWWC LIPs’ staff on MEAL; lead the review and strengthening capacity of LIPs to effectively collect, store, retrieve, use, and transmit data to inform program decisions.


Key Roles and Responsibilities


Review and where necessary provide guidance on improvement of LIPs MEAL operating manual.

Effectively manage all activities related to the collection, management, analysis, reporting, storage, and backup of project data from all sources and in prescribed formats and reporting platforms.

Support LIPs to implement activities according to annual detailed implementation plans (DIPs) and ensure compliance with CRS MEAL Policies and Procedures (MPPs) and donor MEAL requirements.

Conduct data analysis using appropriate statistical package and share findings for use in decision making.

Review and where necessary improve current practices, tools and guidance to ensure optimal project data quality, authenticity, and accuracy including periodic data quality assessments, data cleaning, and verification before reporting within the CTWWC initiative, amongst partners and to donors.

Provide MEAL technical support to LIPs especially as it relates to case management monitoring systems, contributions to CPIMS, and regular tracking of CTWWC indicators.

Work with the LIPs’ staff to oversee LIP rollout, linking and management of Feedback Complaints and Response Mechanisms (FCRM).

Develop and implement a mentorship program for LIPs on available databases and CTWWC reporting tools.

Support the use of technology for monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning.

Foster respectful relationships with community members and stakeholders including LIPs and Government of Kenya stakeholders including Department of Children Services (DCS) and promote honesty and integrity between CRS and partner staff in MEAL work.

Participate as a member of the Global CTWWC MEAL team, including attending monthly meetings

Support the SPO MEAL with planning, facilitation and reporting on quarterly and annual reporting and reflection activities

Support SPO MEAL with evaluation and learning activities, including outcome level data collection, analysis and use, case file reviews and KAP surveys

Required/Desired Foreign Language


Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, able to write reports

Travel Required


Up to/approximately 50% of the time


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