Institutional Development Advisor-IYCD Jobs in Uganda

Institutional Development Advisor-IYCD Jobs in Uganda


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 is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

About ICYD

The ICYD activity, in the US$ 100-$300m range, will address USAID/Uganda's development objectives relating to child wellbeing, education, and youth development. This activity will be a flagship program administered by the Office of Education, Youth, and Child Development, the unit responsible for the Mission's education and PEPFAR/Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) funding streams.

The Contractor will use basic education, higher education, and PEPFAR/OVC funds to implement an approach that contributes to this activity's goal of Ugandan children and youth, especially the most vulnerable, receiving the support and services necessary to lead resilient, healthy, and productive lives. USAID/Uganda expects the ICYD activity to achieve the following:

  • Children and youth have improved learning outcomes;
  • Children and youth are safe and healthy in their community and learning environments; and,
    Youth practice positive behaviors and are able to make informed decisions about their lives and relationships.


    ICYD incorporates two leading trends in USG funding -- co-creation and the transition to local partners. A strong co-creation and co-design element with both USAID and the Government of Uganda is envisioned during start-up, with the Mission seeking to build in a strong sense of local ownership for the project and its local sustainability approach.

    During the five-year implementation period, the Contractor will consolidate all USG-funded OVC programming under ICYD (currently funded by USAID, CDC and DoD) and transfer the complete OVC implementation package over to local prime organizations.

    Job Summary:

    A key objective of ICYD is to strengthen the capacity of 4-6 local partner organizations to become direct prime recipients of USAID/Uganda by the end of Year 2, after which they will continue to provide critical OVC services in a sustainable manner.

    As Institutional Development Advisor (IDA), you will provide technical advice, guidance, and support in the area of institutional capacity strengthening of partner local organizations in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices.

    Your technical knowledge, advice and guidance will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS' ICYD and localization programming is within Uganda and globally.

    You will oversee project partner institutional capacity needs assessments, and ensure the development, implementation and monitoring of institutional development plans specific to each local partner organization through the end of Year 2.

    In Years 3-5 of the project, you will oversee project technical assistance provided to local OVC service providers to ensure the organizational health needed for quality, sustainable OVC service delivery.

    Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical solutions to the ICYD and CP PCS teams, for strategic planning and how to best apply program implementation standards, best practices, partnership principles and tools, ensuring high-quality implementation.
  • Contribute to partnership capacity strengthening initiatives for staff and partners through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and mentoring and coaching to ICYD staff.
  • Oversee partner institutional capacity needs assessments and ensure the development of institutional development plans that address the gaps and weaknesses identified and prioritized through the assessments.
  • Oversee and provide strategic leadership on the implementation of institutional development plans, ensuring incorporation of lessons learned, best practices, proven approaches and cross-partner learning into local partner institutional development plans.
  • Work with local partner organizations, and relevant MEAL staff to identify and monitor institutional growth and prime readiness/transition milestones across institutional performance functional areas, including finance and administration, technical, monitoring and evaluation, collaboration and partnerships and governance structures.
  • Lead the
    development and harmonization of operational tools and other standard operating procedures (SOP) across all participating local partner organizations, including the management of sub-grant arrangements between participating local partners and other local organizations.
  • Oversee post-transition institutional development technical assistance to ensure continuous service delivery of all USAID OVC partners.

    Basic Qualifications

  • A Master's degree in development, organizational development, public administration or another relevant subject required.
  • Minimum of ten years of work experience, with progressive responsibilities, in project management in the development context with international organizations or health programs.
  • Minimum of five years relevant international working experience in organizational development and capacity strengthening within a development context.
  • Demonstrated understanding of capacity strengthening/institutional development principles and approaches, including capacity building, institutional strengthening and accompaniment.
  • Experience in mentoring, coaching, facilitation and training applying adult learning principles and practices for capacity strengthening and partnership building through formal and informal methods.
  • Expertise in the development and effective application of capacity strengthening tools and approaches resulting in increased organizational capacity and performance.
  • Demonstrated results from capacity strengthening and technical assistance to local organizations and/or government, including quantifiable capacity and/or performance milestones achieved; demonstrated success facilitated transition of activities and resources to local organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills to represent the organization at the highest levels at meetings with donors, government, international NGOs, local partners -- faith-based and civil society; experience working with large donors, USAID and PEPFAR preferred.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent relationship management skills with ability to build buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings.
  • Strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity, patience, flexibility and ability to work well in a multi-sectoral and multi-cultural team and to work closely, understand and support local partner organizations.
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented; detail-oriented and excellent time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines and deliver required results in a timely, quality manner.
  • Flexibility to work both in a team and independently; ability to work in a challenging and stressful environment with unexpected challenges.
  • Demonstrated personal accountability and drive to serve others.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook required.
  • Required Languages -- Excellent English language oral and written communication skills required.
  • Travel -- Willing and able to travel within the country approximately 40% of the time.

    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
  • Supervisory Responsibilities: TBD
  • Key Working Relationships:

    External: Project Chief of Party, project key and other essential personnel, institutional development project staff at consortium and local partner level, senior leadership of local partner organizations.

    Internal: CRS/Uganda Country Representative, Head of Programming, Head of Operations and Partnership & Capacity Strengthening Advisor, project Senior Technical Advisor, HQ Partnership & Capacity Strengthening Team.

    Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

    ***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.

    CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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