Program Manager – Agriculture and Livelihoods (4 positions) at Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Nigeria



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 currently focuses on agriculture, health and emergency programming.

CRS/Nigeria, is implementing the USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project. Based in rural communities in Northern Nigeria’s Sokoto, Kebbi and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with the possibility of expansion to Northeast, the project is using a multi-sector approach to support 42,000 very poor households (HHs) through agriculture production, incomes generation, nutrition and community and government systems strengthen to support these gains Position: Program Manager – Agriculture and Livelihoods (4 positions)

Duration:                  One Year

Location:                   Adamawa (1), Yobe (1) and Borno (2)

Position Band:         D-1

Reports To:              Agriculture Team Lead

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Job Summary:

The Program Managers Agriculture and Livelihoods who will work closely with the Agricultural Team Lead to deliver needed capacity building and technical assistance for smallholder farmers. They will lead the planning, implementation and monitoring of all agriculture/livelihoods activities, which layer humanitarian response with longer-term development. The Program Managers will support the facilitation of community mobilization and formation of sustainable producer and saving and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) groups, and will provide support for all training activities, including the establishment of demonstration plots. They will be responsible for establishing a sustainable staple crop seed delivery system that services smallholder farmers, especially underserved women farmers in targeted communities.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture or related field
  • At least three years of working experience in agriculture, development or food security programs – including focus on at least one of the following sectors – agriculture, livelihoods
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, training and facilitation skills Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook Experience with participatory methods and partnerships
  • Excellent English language oral and written communication skills. Fluency in Hausa language is an added advantage as well as experience with northern Nigerian agriculture.
  • Understanding of faith-based organizations and capacity-building in local partnerships
  • Experience in staff development and partner capacity
  • Understanding of U.S Government grant provisions, policies and guidelines, including reporting requirements and Caritas agencies
  • Fluency in Hausa language is desirable

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should download the application form using this link and send with a detailed 3-page resume in a single file word document to

Applications must reach us on or before COB Wednesday 21st December, 2016.

Equal Opportunity:

“CRS is an equal -opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, etc. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply”.

Statement of Commitment to Protection:

“CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.