Senior Project Officer- Agriculture & SILC 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: Senior Project Officer- Agriculture &SILC Reports to:  Project Manager 
Department:  Mbeya Salary Grade: 8


Job Summary: 

As the team member for Sustainable, Targeted, Responsive approach to Optimize Nutrition and Growth (STRONG) for Adolescent Girls and Young Women you will support 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 project manager.


Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  1. Agricultural Development:
    • Conduct assessments and surveys to identify agricultural needs, challenges, and opportunities in target communities.
    • Develop and implement strategies to enhance agricultural productivity, sustainable farming practices, and crop diversification.
    • Provide technical expertise and guidance to farmers on modern farming techniques, irrigation systems, pest management, and soil conservation.
    • Collaborate with local agricultural extension services and research institutions to disseminate relevant knowledge and best practices to farmers.
    • Support the establishment and management of farmer cooperatives or producer groups to promote collective marketing, bulk purchasing, and knowledge sharing.
  2. Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC):
    • Design and implement SILC programs to promote financial inclusion and empower community members, particularly women, through access to savings and credit services.
    • Train and mentor community members on financial literacy, record-keeping, and savings mobilization techniques.
    • Facilitate the formation and strengthening of SILC groups, ensuring their adherence to established protocols and governance structures.
    • Monitor and evaluate SILC activities, including savings mobilization, lending practices, and loan repayment, to ensure compliance with regulations and objectives.
    • Collaborate with financial institutions and microfinance organizations to link SILC members with formal financial services and promote financial sustainability.


  1. Project Management and Reporting:
    • Develop project plans, timelines, and budgets in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
    • Coordinate project activities, including training workshops, community meetings, and field visits, ensuring effective implementation and monitoring.
    • Collect and analyze data on project outcomes and impact, preparing regular progress reports and presentations for internal and external stakeholders.
    • Identify challenges and propose innovative solutions to overcome barriers to project success.
    • Stay updated on emerging trends, technologies, and policies in agriculture and financial inclusion, incorporating relevant knowledge into project design and implementation.


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in agriculture, rural development, economics, or a related field.
  • Proven experience in agricultural development, preferably in rural or developing country contexts.
  • In-depth knowledge of sustainable farming practices, crop diversification, irrigation systems, and pest management.
  • Familiarity with savings-led approaches and internal lending communities, including group dynamics and financial management.
  • Experience in designing and implementing training programs and capacity-building initiatives.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to adapt strategies to local contexts.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively engage with diverse stakeholders.
  • Project management experience, including planning, budgeting, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Proficiency in relevant software applications and data analysis tools.
  • Willingness to travel frequently to project sites and work in remote rural areas.

Required Languages – English and Kiswahili will be preferred.


Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 70 %.


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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