Technical Advisor Sr - Justice and Peacebuilding


Job Summary:

You will lead strategy development in the field of Justice & Peacebuilding globally and provide technical leadership and advice in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to Technical Advisors and Regional and Country Program (CP) teams to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your expertise, leadership, and influence will be key in determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS' Justice & Peacebuilding programming is across the globe.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead design and implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards, tools, and best practices in Justice & Peacebuilding that effectively engage partners, donors, and governments. Ensure a cross-sectoral approach that integrates gender, protection mainstreaming, and disaster risk reduction.
  • Lead development and advancement of agency-wide standards, policies, innovative approaches, tools, and M&E in Justice & Peacebuilding, including application of partnership principles.
  • Contribute to HQ, regional, and country program staff efforts to pre-position CRS for strategic growth opportunities in Justice & Peacebuilding. Provide technical guidance in proposal development and project design with a focus on complex projects to ensure innovative programming solutions and technical excellence. Support CPs to appropriately staff project teams.
  • Lead capacity strengthening initiatives in Justice & Peacebuilding programming for staff and partners through ensuring development of learning agendas/curriculums, organizing and/or facilitating trainings, workshops and conferences, and mentoring and coaching staff in innovative CRS approaches and tools. Provide mentoring and coaching to TAs, as well as CP and regional staff, with particular focus on leadership of the Agency-wide Peacebuilding Technical Commission and Justice & Peacebuilding Community of Practice.
  • Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance assessment for direct reports.
  • Lead the agency knowledge management and learning agenda in Justice & Peacebuilding through setting conditions for collective learning that ensure the capturing, documenting, and sharing of key successes, promising practices, lessons learned, and evidence-based implementation research, internally and externally, including publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • Represent CRS at global forums, UN, Congress, and major donor forums to present CRS' work and research in Justice & Peacebuilding to influence technical partner approaches, future funding opportunities, and policies. Network with relevant organizations to increase CRS' profile in Justice & Peacebuilding, influence in the global Justice & Peacebuilding community, and donor diversification.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master's Degree in peacebuilding, or related fields such as political science, international relations, sociology, anthropology, theology, or public policy required. PhD or equivalent degree (e.g., MD, DrPH, EdD) preferred.
  • Minimum of ten years of work experience in Justice and Peacebuilding with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with five years overseas in multiple regions as a technical advisor and/or program manager of a Justice and Peacebuilding and/or multi-sectoral project with a substantial Justice and Peacebuilding component.
  • Deep understanding and application of technical principles and concepts in Justice and Peacebuilding. Good knowledge of related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
  • Track record of contributing significantly to successful business development activities capturing public and/or private donor funding in Justice and Peacebuilding.
  • Expertise in the development and production of curricula, tools, and other products to support Justice and Peacebuilding interventions and programming. Demonstrated experience to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training, mentoring, and other formal and informal methods.
  • Experience with program monitoring and evaluation including development of indicators, data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation.
  • 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. Understanding of partnership principles.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications and strong understanding of information and budget management systems and knowledge-sharing networks.
  • Technical and/or academic publications highly desirable.

Personal Skills

  • Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings. Strong supervisory and team leadership skills are also desirable
  • Excellent 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 skills, including research publications
  • Excellent presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented

Required/Desired Foreign Language

  • Fluency in spoken and written English required; professional proficiency in written and spoken French strongly preferred; Spanish and/or Arabic desirable.

Travel Required (include percentage of required travel, if applicable)

Must be willing and able to travel up to 40% (pending developments with the COVID-19 pandemic).

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Members of the Africa Justice & Peacebuilding Working Group (AJPWG) and Equity, Inclusion and Peacebuilding (EQUIP) Unit encompassing gender, youth and protection; members of the Integrated Program Quality Unit encompassing partnership and capacity strengthening as well as Church relations; members of the Peacebuilding Technical Commission including regional focal points for justice and peacebuilding; colleagues at Agency, Regional and Country Program level working on social cohesion and justice as well as Strategic Change Platforms for transformation at scale; Heads of Programming and Deputy Regional Directors for Program Quality.

External: Key sectoral networks including Alliance for Peacebuilding, Catholic Peacebuilding Network and interfaith peace initiatives; peer INGOs; institutional donors supporting standalone and integrated peacebuilding.

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.

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

***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.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Primary Location: HeadquartersJob: Technical ProgrammingOrganization: Catholic Relief ServicesSchedule: RegularShift: StandardJob Type: Full-time Day JobTravel: Yes, 50 % of the TimeJob Posting: Sep 10, 2021, 8:13:34 PM


Information Technology Project Managers


Master's Degree


10 to 20+ years

Job type

Full time

Salary Range
$83,000.00 - 127,000.00
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