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Summer Hire (Assistant 1) - Knowledge Management, Agriculture and Livelihoods, PIQA

Organization:
Catholic Relief Services
Location:
Baltimore, MD

Job Description

Job Description

Background

CRS is dedicated to addressing hunger and food insecurity among vulnerable communities around the world, and our Agriculture and Livelihoods programming is evolving to address the growing complexity of poverty and food security. Climate change has significantly impacted agricultural production, leaving smallholder farmers particularly vulnerable. Additionally, an estimated 40% of agricultural lands are degraded. Unaddressed, land degradation and climate change threaten the world’s food and water supplies, and the loss of agriculture as a viable livelihood for the next generation.  CRS is supporting farmers and governments to address these interrelated challenges through restoring degraded soils, farmlands, rangelands and watersheds; helping farmers mitigate and adapt to climate change; and ensuring farmers have the varied skills needed to succeed which we call the Skills for Marketing and Rural Transformation (SMART Skills).

A key role of the headquarters-based Agriculture and Livelihoods team is to document and disseminate learning and resources for regional and country program staff. We are looking for a summer hire to support knowledge management activities related to climate change, land restoration and SMART Skills.

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the dissemination/sensitization of key climate change documents (climate change adaptation and mitigation project inventory, climate donor summary and spreadsheet) by creating a brief and short presentation that outlines the content and use of the documents as well as processes for periodically updating them as new projects and information becomes available.  
  • Work with Gateway staff to identify a system for tagging climate-change related projects
  • Contribute to the improvement of the design of climate change and land restoration platform internal MyCRS page and subpages.
  • Identify and curate climate change related resources and information including documents, video, communication materials, relevant staff etc. for populating an internal climate change webpage.
  • Support the creation of a reference library of internal and external documents related to land restoration in general and CRS’ four approaches to land restoration, specifically Watershed Restoration, Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration, Water Smart Agriculture and Multi-story Agroforestry. Coordinate with key internal stakeholders to identify relevant content.
  • Support the maintenance and improvement of the Skills for Marketing And Rural Transformation (SMART Skills) adaptations library. Ensure proper filing and tagging with metadata. Coordinate internally to help build out the library with additional relevant resources.
  • Support other KML related work within the Ag & Livelihoods team as time allows including the organization of the SCP3 TEAMS channel.

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: SCP3 team staff including the TAII for Livelihoods and Landscapes, Platform Coordinator, Senior Policy Advisor, STA for Climate Change, Agency knowledge management staff, Agriculture and Livelihoods staff including the TA II for Knowledge Management

Qualifications: 

Education and Experience

  • Minimum 2-3 years of undergraduate education in agriculture, environmental studies/science, international development, or a related field.
  • Sound understanding of climate change as it relates to agriculture and international development and adaptation and mitigation strategies
  • Fluency in English
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with web-based collaboration and communication systems technologies, including, but not limited to SharePoint, TEAMS, etc.
  • Strong research and analytical skills

Personal Skills

  • Self-directed and motivated with ability to work independently and remotely based on weekly activity plans and agreed upon deadlines
  • Proactive, resourceful, and results-oriented
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and needs  
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

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

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

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.  

Application Process

Application Process

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