Project Manager at Catholic Relief Services July, 2023


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.


Background: CRS is preparing to implement a global project that will address critical nutrition needs of adolescent girls and young women, with an emphasis on a multi-regional perspective and incorporating a significant goods delivery component. This five-year program will be implemented across seven countries including: Guatemala, India, Liberia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Timor Leste, and Zambia. Activities in the seven countries will contribute to the achievement of global results, targets, and indictors under one global award managed by a central Senior Management Team. 


Therefor  CRS is advertising for various positions to be filled by suitable candidates.



Job Title: Project Manager Reports to:  Head of Programs 
Department:  Dar es salaam Salary Grade: 9


Job Summary: 

As the Tanzania Project Manager for Sustainable, Targeted, Responsive approach to Optimize Nutrition and Growth (STRONG) for Adolescent Girls and Young Women you will manage, coordinate, and monitor project activities and relationships with partners and other project stakeholders contributing to the achievement of STRONG project objectives and advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your project management skills and knowledge of health and nutrition for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming and advance work towards increasing the impact of this global project. This position reports to the Head of programs and the global Project Director through a matrixed relationship.


Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • You will lead STRONG Tanzania technical, budget management, monitoring, and reporting activities throughout the project cycle – start-up, implementation, and close-out – in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Effectively manage and supervise talent. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of project staff, and complete performance management for direct reports.
  • Ensure learning properly accompanies project activities throughout the project cycle. Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities following MEAL Policy. Proactively identify issues, report them to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules.
  • Engage and strengthen partnerships relevant to STRONG, applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools, and approaches.
  • Represent the project with donors, INGO working groups, UN, relevant local partners and relevant local government and community actors advancing nutrition for AGYW.
  • Coordinate activities required for ensuring the financial, material, and human resources for the quality implementation of the project in Tanzania. Conduct periodic budget reviews and follow-up with partners on timely submission of financial reports to facilitate proper tracking of resource use.
  • Identify staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and contribute to capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.
  • Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and disseminate results. Review project documentation to ensure project file is complete with all required documentation and is filed per agency and donor requirements.


Basic Qualifications

  1. Education:
    • A bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics, or a related field. Specialization in adolescent nutrition or women’s health is advantageous.
    • A master’s degree in nutrition, public health, or a related discipline is highly beneficial and may be preferred.
  2. Knowledge and Expertise:
    • In-depth knowledge of nutrition science, including macro and micronutrients, dietary guidelines, and nutritional requirements for adolescent girls and young women.
    • Understanding of growth and development stages during adolescence and how nutritional needs change.
    • Familiarity with specific health concerns and challenges faced by adolescent girls and young women, such as eating disorders, reproductive health, and bone health.
    • Knowledge of cultural, social, and environmental factors that influence nutrition and dietary patterns among this population.
  3. Experience:
    • Several years of professional experience in the field of nutrition, with a focus on adolescent girls and young women.
    • Experience in designing and implementing nutrition programs or interventions targeting this population.
    • Practical experience in conducting nutritional assessments, developing personalized dietary plans, and evaluating their effectiveness.
    • Experience working in diverse settings, such as community health centers, schools, or research institutions.
  4. Research and Analytical Skills:
    • Proficiency in conducting research, collecting, and analyzing data, and interpreting findings related to nutrition and growth in adolescent girls and young women.
    • Ability to critically evaluate scientific literature and stay up to date with emerging research and trends in the field.
    • Strong statistical skills to analyze and interpret data related to nutrition and growth patterns.
  5. Communication and Advocacy:
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to effectively convey complex nutritional concepts to diverse audiences, including policymakers, healthcare professionals, and the public.
    • Ability to develop educational materials, guidelines, and policies that promote healthy nutrition for adolescent girls and young women.
    • Experience in public speaking and delivering presentations at conferences or seminars.
  6. Leadership and Collaboration:
    • Demonstrated leadership abilities to oversee nutrition programs, coordinate interdisciplinary teams, and mentor junior staff.
    • Collaborative skills to work with healthcare professionals, educators, community organizations, and government agencies to develop and implement nutrition initiatives.
  7. Professional Certifications:
    • Obtaining certifications such as Registered Dietitian (RD), Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), or Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP) can enhance your credibility and demonstrate expertise in the field.

Required Languages – English and Kiswahili will be preferred.


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


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities  

  • Analysis and problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
  • Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners.
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented
  • Attention to details, accuracy, and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with partners, participatory action planning and community engagement.
  • Staff supervision experience a plus.
  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).



Agency REDI Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

Agency competencies clarify expected behaviors and attitudes for all staff. When demonstrated, they create an engaging workplace, help staff achieve their best, and help CRS achieve agency goals. 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.  

  • Personal Accountability – Consistently takes responsibility for one’s own actions.
  • Acts with Integrity – Consistently models values aligned with CRS Guiding Principles and mission. Is considered honest.
  • Builds and Maintains Trust – Shows consistency between words and actions.
  • Collaborates with Others – Works effectively in intercultural and diverse teams.
  • Open to Learn – Seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.

Agency Leadership Competencies:

  • Lead Change – Continually looks for ways to improve the agency through a culture of agility, openness, and innovation.
  • Develops and Recognizes Others – Builds the capacity of staff to reach their full potential and enhance team and agency performance.
  • Strategic Mindset – Understands role in translating, communicating, and implementing agency strategy and team priorities.

***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.



  • 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 not later than 18th July 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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