Technical Advisor

at Catholic Relief Services
Published September 7, 2022
Location Plot 577, Block 15, Nsambya Road, Kampala, Uganda
Category General  
Job Type Full Time  


About Catholic Relief Services:

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 is accomplished through programs

of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.


CRS has worked in Uganda since 1965, initially providing emergency assistance to Sudanese refugees living

in the north. Over the years, CRS has expanded its programming to also address development needs in western,

central and eastern Uganda. CRS’ projects in Uganda currently include emergency response and recovery,

agriculture, health, microfinance, peacebuilding and youth. CRS Uganda implements its programs through

partnerships with local organizations, including the Catholic Church, other faith-based organizations and

community entities for maximum impact and sustainability.

Uganda is currently hosting a population of around 1.3 million refugees, hailing from South Sudan, the DRC,

and Burundi. Uganda has one of the world’s most accepting and progressive policies with regards to refugees,

providing a welcome and safe environment, allowing access to social services, land, and right to work. Uganda

currently hosts around 1 million South Sudanese refugees, as a result of fighting between government and

opposition forces since independence in 2011. Uganda also hosts over 200,000 refugees from the DRC, with

the number currently increasing as a result of persistent insecurity over the border. Refugees are hosted in

areas called “settlements”, where they live in relative peace and harmony with nearby host communities,

sharing schools, clinics, and other services.

In the last years, CRS has expanded its successful Emergency Response and Recovery Program beyond the

refugee response in Bidibidi and Kyangwali settlements to respond to natural disasters in non-refugee hosting

districts, supporting over 13,000 Ugandans to recover with market-based programming. CRS also works

closely with disaster management committees in Mt. Elgon sub-region to develop and implement action plans

that mitigate the effects of natural disasters in the region. In addition, CRS is working with district health

department staff in Karamoja and Tororo to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in hard-to-reach areas.

CRS is the co-chair to the national Shelter and Settlements technical working group together with UNHCR

and the Office of the Prime Minister, providing a unique opportunity to harness Ugandan experiences in

providing refugees with safe, durable and appropriate shelter and settlement solutions. In addition, together

with FAO and WFP, CRS co-chairs the national Food Security, Livelihoods and Nutrition Thematic Working



Job Summary:

The Technical Advisor I – Emergencies will provide technical advice and support to a range of program design

and implementation issues in the area of Uganda’s emergency response activities in line with Catholic Relief

Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practice.

His/Her advice, knowledge, and support will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative

CRS’ Uganda’s emergency programming is across the country. She/he will help with the mobilization of

resources for the ERRR program, supporting and at times leading business development proposals for

emergency projects, as a proposal coordinator or writer. The Technical Advisor I – Emergencies’ skills and

knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality emergency response programming, deliberate

learning, and continuously works towards improving the impact of the work they do to improve the lives of

the most vulnerable.

Job Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Support the development and contribute to the implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards,

tools and best practices in emergency response that effectively engage partners, donors, and

governments. Help ensure a cross-sectoral approach integrating gender, protection mainstreaming, and

disaster risk reduction.

  • Provide technical solutions to CP emergency teams, remotely and on-site, for strategic planning and

how to best apply standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools and M&E, helping to ensure

high-quality implementation.

  • Contribute to, and in some cases lead, the development of the technical design for proposals. Support

the process of preparation, design, submission and approval of project concepts and full-fledged

proposals. As needed, act as a technical writer on proposal development teams. Advise project teams

on integrating donor strategies, priorities and technical requirements into CRS’ approach.

  • Support with the creation of high-quality reports, success stories and other documentation of CRS

Uganda’s emergency response work.

  • Support capacity strengthening initiatives in emergency response programming for staff and partners

through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting

trainings and workshops, and coaching.

  • Collect and analyze program data, capture and share lessons learned and best practices for specific

projects to facilitate improvements in decision-making and contribute to the emergency response

learning agenda.

  • Contribute to maintaining relationships with donors, peer organizations, research and other institutions,

participate in forums in the area of emergency response to collect and share best practices and promote

CRS’ work.

  • Where appropriate, represent CRS in working group meetings and national events.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience:

  • A Master's Degree in International Development, International Relations or another related field is

required. Additional experience may substitute for some education.

  • Minimum of three years relevant work experience with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an

international NGO, with minimum of two years relevant field-based experience in emergency


  • Knowledge of technical principles and concepts in emergency response, especially market-based

programming. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.

  • Project management experience in emergency response, shelter, livelihoods, youth, social cohesion,

protection and/or gender related programming is highly desirable.

  • Experience engaging with partner organizations.


  • Experience contributing to project design and the development of technical proposals and high-quality


  • Experience with program monitoring and evaluation and analysis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Comfortable working and engaging with a variety of staff in a remote work context. Experience using

MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications,

information management systems.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgments.
  • Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse

groups. Ability to influence and relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how

you approach each relationship.

  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports and proposals.
  • Ability to work independently and drive agendas and manage activities with little support

Required/Desired Foreign Language: Written and spoken fluency in English is required

Travel Required: 25% travel to the field offices and emergency response projects in Uganda

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: Program Manager II - Emergencies

Internal: Senior Program Manager (II) Emergencies, Program Quality Manager, CRS Uganda Head of

Programs, Kampala-based Operations staff, Yumbe field office staff, Kyangwali field office staff, Tororo

field office staff, other CRS Uganda programming offices (as needed), Humanitarian Response Department

technical advisors

External: Diocesan Caritas staff, national and field-level staff from the Office of the Prime Minister,

national and field-level UNHCR, Local Government, refugee community leadership, implementing local and

international NGO staff.

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.

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


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