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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. CRS launched its work in Sierra Leone in 1963 supporting relief and development operations in the country. CRS Sierra Lone has proudly maintained a strong reputation and relationship with partners and the communities we serve in the country implementing a multi-sector program portfolio based on the country’s dynamic needs. Today, the Country Program has a robust portfolio built around several major programs in Health, Nutrition, Education, and Urban Resilience. CRS Sierra Leone has its main office in Freetown and a field office in Kabala, with over 140 staff in total.

Job Title:             Monitoring Technical Advisor, Freetown Municipal Solid Waste Management    

Country/Location:           Freetown, Western Urban Area, Sierra Leone

Report to:                           Program Manager

Department:                      Urban Resilience

Country:                              CRS Sierra Leone


Job Summary:

CRS is working with the Freetown City Council and private waste collection companies to design and manage seven transfer stations across Freetown which will accept local waste from household and commercial primary waste collectors and then systematically transfer this waste to the landfill for final disposal. This process is a part of the FCC’s new Municipal Solid Waste Management system and will be managed by the FCC after the end of the program. This technical advisor will be based at the Freetown City Council (FCC) and play a key role in ensuring that the learning from the solid waste programme is captured and integrated into the FCC structures. The position will work together with FCC counterpart to support capacity strengthening and project management of the Freetown solid waste management system for long term sustainability and successful and complete takeover of the project.


You will provide technical advice and support to the FCC on a range of program design and implementation issues in the area of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) and Project Management in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to CRS Sierra Leone to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your advice, knowledge, and support will contribute to CRS’ effective, adaptive, and innovative support to the FCC’s new solid waste management program.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the development and contribute to the implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards, tools and best practices in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) that effectively engage partners, donors, and governments. Support the project in the design and implementation of assessments, gender analysis, stakeholder analysis, organizational capacity assessments and other programme data collection and analysis.
  • Provide technical solutions to CP team and the FCC for strategic planning and how to best apply standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools and M&E, helping to ensure high-quality implementation.
  • Manage the internal MEAL requirements (e.g. weekly reporting, monthly reporting and assessments, quarter and annual data assessments) and systematically analyse data to promote adaptive management and to document and incorporate lessons learned into program design and implementation, together with the Program Manager.
  • Collect and analyse program data, capture and share lessons learned and best practices for specific projects to facilitate improvements in decision-making and contribute to the waste management learning agenda.
  • Support MEAL and project management capacity strengthening initiatives for FCC counterpart and staff through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and coaching.
  • Encourage the integration of appropriate ICT solutions to ease the process of collecting, management, analysing data. Work with the FCC’s IT staff and FCC counterpart to ensure compatibility between the Programme and the existing and planned data management systems at FCC.


Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in engineering, economics, sanitation, waste management, environmental management, international development or other relevant subject with strong quantitative background.
  • Minimum of three years relevant work experience with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of two years relevant field-based experience in monitoring and evaluation.
  • Strong conceptual knowledge about theories of change, logic model, waste management indicators, M&E plan, project management, data quality assurance, data utilization and gender integration into M&E.
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in developing and operationalizing routine monitoring system designed to track both output and outcome indicators from project design to implementation.
  • Strong quantitative background and demonstrated expertise in designing annual monitoring surveys including probabilistic sampling strategy and estimating sample size, developing appropriate weights and analyze quantitative data.
  • Ability to work in a political environment with unexpected challenges.


Personal Skills:

  • Strong 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.
  • Good strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment.
  • Good technical writing skills.
  • Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills.
  • Proactive, resourceful and results oriented.


Required/Desired Foreign Language:

English and Krio

Travel Required:

Ability to conduct fieldwork in the Western Urban Area with approximately 30% travel expected.

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: The Monitoring Technical Advisor will provide capacity building support to FCC designated counterpart and other FCC staff members as agreed with the FCC leadership and Program Manager.

Internal: CRS’ Country Representative, Program Manager, Field Coordinator and Agents.

External: Freetown City Council, Private Service Providers, Consortium staff members.

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

Disclaimer:  These job descriptions are not an exhaustive list of the skills, efforts, duties, and responsibilities associated with these positions.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

“By applying to any of these jobs, I 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, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics”.   



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Closing Date for the receipt of application packages:  30th April 2020.

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