Sr. Technical Advisor for Child Protection and Alternative Care

Catholic Relief Services - United States4.2

Full-timeEstimated: $70,000 - $89,000 a year
The Senior Technical Advisor (STA) for Child Protection and Alternative Care will have the opportunity to provide strategic leadership and technical support in advancing CRS' efforts to assist vulnerable children living in residential care to return to safe, nurturing families or to prevent children at risk of entering residential care from entering in the first place. The STA will lead technical excellence through contributions made to proposals, publications, trainings, development of guidelines and tools, and support of strategic initiatives focused on child protection and alternative care. As a member of the Health and Social Services technical team the STA will provide technical assistance to the Agency, CRS regional offices and CRS country programs to build the capacity of staff and partners as well as to promote growth in this area. The STA will liaise closely with technical advisors from other sectors to ensure seamless quality programming as well as liaise with relevant Changing the Way We Care and 4Children project staff. In addition, the STA will support internal awareness raising and policy roll-out related to residential care. Finally, the STA will represent CRS externally in technical forums such professional conferences and technical working groups.

Job Responsibilities:
Promote agency growth in programming focused on vulnerable children living in residential care or at risk of entering residential care
Lead review of country-level project idea notes, concept papers and proposals; provide technical assistance on proposal development as needed
Liaise with the CRS Business Development Team to ensure seamless and comprehensive support to country programs and regions as concerns growth opportunities
Provide technical support to and liaise with CRS' Changing the Way We Care initiative funded by the MacArthur Foundation and other donors
Liaise with 4Children project staff as needed
Promote Sound Practices and Evidence-Based Research

Stay abreast of state-of-the-art developments in quality and innovations related to children in residential care and share relevant information as appropriate.
Contribute to the identification, collection and dissemination of alternative care programming approaches and technical information, tools, resources and training materials for the field; maintain resource library of these resources
Share best practices and lessons learned from CRS projects with CRS regions and the Health and Social Services community of practice
Lead the development of tools to support CRS' and partners' efforts in child protection and alternative care particularly in working with faith-based residential care providers and funders
Backstop country-level child protection and alternative care project implementation

Support implementation of CRS country-level residential care/deinstitutionalization initiatives in Zambia, Haiti, India, Burkina Faso and/or elsewhere as needed
Manage and oversee multi-country budget and activities focused on deinstitutionalization (e.g., track budget spending, request and manage quarterly progress reports, prepare year-end report)
Liaise with country program, US Operations, Overseas Operations, Marketing and Communications, Institutional Donor Engagement and Advancement staff as needed
Support the monitoring and evaluation efforts of country-led residential care/deinstitutionalization programs
Support agency strategic prioritiesr
Contribute to Agency strategic planning and roadmap around family preservation and alternative care for children/deinstitutionalization
Lead roll-out of Agency policy on residential care for children
Lead implementation of the agency's Integral Human Development Framework, particularly as it relates to child protection and alternative care
Lead hiring processes of child protection staff or consultants as needed

Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Program Impact and Quality Assurance Department, Foundations and Corporate Engagement team, Advocacy, Institutional Donor Engagement and Advancement, Country Program and Regional Office staff, US Operations and other relevant departments in headquarters as necessary.

External: Vulnerable children and child protection networks, CRS partner organizations, donors, United Nations agencies and other international development organizations

8 years' experience with PhD or equivalent degree (MD, Dr.PH, EdD) or 10 or more years' experience with Master's degree in public health, social sciences or related field
Minimum of 7 years overseas field experience
Technical expertise in principals, theories, concepts and techniques in programming for vulnerable children in residential care or at risk of entering residential care, alternative care, factors influencing residential care (e.g., US and European donor funding), etc.
Knowledgeable of residential/alternative care/deinstitutionalization programming and advocacy actors, contacts and resources
Familiarity with communications and knowledge sharing technologies and practices
Thorough understanding of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis processes; monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL)
Ability to work independently and in teams
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent computer skills, specifically in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Fluency in English
Proficiency in French or Spanish a plus
Willingness to travel 30% time

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
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. CRS' processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

NOTE: All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.

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.

EOE/M/F/D/V - CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.