Senior Technical Advisor – Agriculture at Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria in 2000 and has been a continuous leader in development and humanitarian response within Nigeria – focusing on the three Strategic Program Areas of Agriculture, Health and Emergency Response.

Position: Senior Technical Advisor – Agriculture

Department:     Programs

Reports to:           Deputy Country Representative

Location:             Abuja, Nigeria

Band:                   E-2

Detailed Job Description Link:

Primary Responsibilities:

CRS Nigeria is seeking an experienced agriculturalist to act in the strategic, senior management role or Senior Technical Advisor -Agriculture (STA- Agric). Reporting to the Deputy Country Representative/Programs (DCRP), the Senior Technical Advisor – Agric will lead all aspects of current and future agricultural and livelihoods programming. Leading the design and ensuring program quality of integrated programs that address systemic constraints to sustained and market-based livelihood improvements in agricultural value chains, the Senior Technical Advisor – Agric will be a key member of the senior management team tasked with maintaining and further positioning CRS in Nigeria at the forefront of agricultural development efforts.

Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications;

  • At least ten (10) years of professional work experience in agriculture, agribusiness development or related discipline
  • Past experience leading and building the capacity of teams to meet program needs and deliverables
  • Demonstrated proposal writing skills, particularly of USC or other public donor funded programs required.
  • Knowledge of key USG regulations including, but not limited to USAID 22 CF Part 226 Administration of Assistance Awards to U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations, 22 CFR Part 145 Grants and Agreements with Non-Profits, OMB Circulars A-122, Cost principles for non-profit organizations and A-133 Audit of states, local governments, and non-profits preferred.
  • Proven experience in building and maintaining institutional linkages.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally as required.
  • Excellent English language oral and written communication skills required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook required.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should download the CRS Application Form using this link and send with a detailed 3 page resume both in a single file document to

Completed applications should reach us before 5pm, Thursday March 10. 2016. Applications sent in the required

Format will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Equal Opportunity:

“CRS is an equal -opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, etc.

Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply”.

Statement of Commitment to Protection:

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