Project Officer – Catholic Care for Children III Project

Lusaka, Zambia, Full Time TBD

About Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identify is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as part of our staff and as partner’s people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and commitment to serving those in need. Since 2000 CRS Zambia has been implementing several programmes to support vulnerable communities in Zambian. Recent programming areas include: nutrition, agriculture, food security, HIV/AIDS, WASH, financial inclusion, and early child development.
Project Summary
The project officer will work with other project staff on the CCC project for a period of 2 years to develop work plans, execute planned activities, and generally prioritize activities that engage key actors in promoting family based care for children separated from their families or at risk of separation. Further the project officer will provide support towards implementation of the Zambia Association of Sisterhoods Capacity Building Plan.
She/he will work with the project team to implement project activities and contribute to the Monitoring and Evaluation Accountability and learning processes.
The Project Officer will collaborate with the project team to explore and enhance linkages/ networks that maximize impact of the project in terms of improving the welfare of children by promoting positive and long-term family-based care.
Job Responsibilities

Conduct project field visits in collaboration with CIF stakeholders as required
Provide timely and quality detailed field reports that will feedback into projects’ narrative reports
Assist in maintenance of a schedule of all upcoming and required CIF pilot activities to ensure project objectives are met within given time frames
Perform other functions as directed by his/her supervisor.


Diploma/degree in Social work, development studies, or any other relevant qualifications suitable for this position
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Strong English skills required.
Ability to work with database applications will be an added advantage
Experience working within partnerships i.e Ministry of Community Development and social services and other line ministries and stake holders
Comprehensive understanding reintegration processes and promotion of Family based care in Zambia

Core Skills

An analytical thinker with problem-solving skills, ability multi-task in a fast-pace work environment. A team player with a high level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals. In addition to these general skills and personality traits, the project officer will have the following skills:
Thorough familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, and project scheduling computer applications
Ability to work effectively as a team member and independently,
Ability to manage multiple priorities under pressure, trouble-shoot, and to meet short- and long-term deadlines
Demonstrated experience in budget and basic finance management
Written and verbal communication skills
Critical and creative thinking and analytical skills

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 fulfil his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
Trusting Relationships
Professional Growth
CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Note: By applying for this job, you understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, you understand that if you are a successful candidate, you will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and your personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate your behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics.
Applicant Instructions: Please email a cover letter, and curriculum vitae which should include three references to: crsz[email protected] Please include the position you are applying for in the subject line.
The closing date for applications is 10th April 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.