Advisor II, Supply Chain Learning


Job Title:

Advisor II, Supply Chain Learning


Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM)


Strategic Technical Assistance and Response (STAR) Team


Knowledge Management and Learning (KML) Manager

Position Type:

Full Time


Domestic Telecommuter

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.

Job Summary

The Supply Chain Learning Advisor is responsible for learning support across all supply chain sectors, supply chain systems and process change management, helping staff use supply chain data to inform decision-making, and illuminating promotional pathways for promising operational staff. The role is well-suited for an individual who is process-oriented yet creative, and someone who can take big ideas and make them digestible to others. Skills in collaboration, project management, and influencing without authority will be required for success.


  1. With the KML Manager, develop, implement, and maintain an organization-wide Supply Chain Learning Strategy, from onboarding up to promotional pathway learning

    1. Work with KML Manager and Communications Specialist to ensure that new staff (SCM and non-SCM) have a clear onboarding plan to understand supply chain concepts and processes relevant to their role and that the relevant material is easily accessible on SharePoint with measurable KPIs

    2. Contribute to the development and maintenance of promotional pathways for supply chain staff, as well as learning pathways appropriate for both supply chain and non-supply chain staff

    3. Support KML Manager's efforts in competency and capability mapping and standardizing supply chain job descriptions globally

    4. Coordinate with Supply Chain SMEs to provide general learning support for CRS staff and partners

    5. Facilitate trainings, workshops, webinars, training of trainers, etc. as needed.

  1. Lead the ERP system (internally called "Insight") change management and learning, in collaboration with Insight Change Management team, both for new rollouts and ongoing operations.

    1. Develop learning material and events that meet the needs of new and existing Insight supply chain module users, ensuring that training and materials align with Insight Learning Strategy and lessons learned. Facilitate Insight learning events, including TOTs and webinars.

    2. Create long-term ERP learning plan that includes new hires, existing staff moving to new roles, and the evolution of standard users into super users and beyond.

    3. Partner with Supply Chain Business Process Owners (BPOs) and Communications Specialist to develop key messages for important Insight communications

    4. Work with leads in Project Insight and ERP Supply Chain Regional Implementation Advisors (RIAs) and Regional Technical Advisors (RTAs) to develop strategies for reinforcing user adoption

    5. Provide ongoing support to RIAs and RTAs who are coaching CPs that have gone live in the system, including helping them understand how policies and procedures apply to the system

    6. Coordinate with GSCM Systems & Performance (S&P) team to determine if people are using system properly according to best practice, policy and procedures. Provide follow-up advice and training as needed.

  1. With the S&P, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Global Knowledge and Information Management (GKIM) departments, develop learning materials for key performance indicator (KPI) usage for data-based decision making amongst supply chain and supply chain contributors:

    1. Manage the development and maintenance of the KPI guidance

    2. Develop and maintain learning programs for supply chain KPI adoption

    3. Work with Master Data Manager to implement continuous improvement activities for CPs based on data

  1. Provide support to the KML Manager and colleagues on the implementation of GSCM's KML strategy, including efforts on the following:

    1. Support the development of job descriptions, interview guides, and development/certification guides as related to the Agency's Supply Chain Competencies Matrix and system roles and responsibilities.

    2. Support the running of the global and regional communities of practice.

    3. Collaborate with members of the KML team to support subject matter expert-led development, curation, and dissemination of resources, guidance, and other materials for CRS staff and partners.

  1. Contribute to updating and implementing the KML strategy as part of the larger GSCM Roadmap and Agency Vision, with a focus on helping to identify and execute targeted learning programs as the global supply chain community and objectives evolve.

Key Working Relationships:

INTERNAL: Supply Chain Managers; Regional Technical Advisors, Deputy Regional Directors; GSCM; Finance; MEAL; HR; Audit; GKIM; Global Risk and Compliance

EXTERNAL: Peers in similar INGOs; KML Consultants and Organizations; Relevant Working Groups


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Information Systems, Business Administration, International Development, or related discipline required. Master's degree preferred

  • Five years of related experience, with at least two years' experience in training or adult learning. Some experience in a developing country context required, preferably at least 3 years.

  • Fluency in English required, working ability in French strongly desired.

  • Ability to travel overseas for assessments, training, and technical assistance to field programs.

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication and analytical skills.

  • Working fluency with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and SharePoint) required. Ability to use Power BI or equivalent business intelligence program preferred.

Personal Skills

  • Strong and clear communication, presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills

  • Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision

  • Strong strategic, analytical, organizational, and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment

  • Proven ability to work with cross-functional teams across various time zones (i.e. Africa, Europe/Middle East, Asia, Americas)

  • Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics

  • Proactive, resourceful and results oriented.

Physical Requirements/Environment:

Willingness and ability to travel up to 25%, including overseas and to potentially difficult environments

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

What we offer

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vision, generous retirement savings plan and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.

***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.

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

Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, efforts, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people - especially children and vulnerable adults - to live free from abuse and harm.

Primary Location: HQ-US-MarylandJob: Cross-FunctionalOrganization: Catholic Relief ServicesSchedule: RegularShift: StandardJob Type: Full-time Day JobJob Posting: Mar 10, 2022, 5:02:11 PM
Salary Range
$84,000.00 - $132,000.00
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