Technical Lead – Adolescent Girls and Young Women Nutrition At Catholic Relief Services


*This position is contingent upon funding

Due to the wide geographic scope of the anticipated project, the global Technical Lead will primarily work remotely. Preference will be given to qualified candidates located in/currently legally able to work in a country where CRS has an office. CRS does not provide visa sponsorships for remote workers.

About CRS

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.

Job Summary:

Latter Day Saints Charities (LDSC) has invited CRS to submit a proposal to address global critical nutrition needs of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), with an emphasis on a multi-regional perspective and incorporating a significant goods delivery component. In response, CRS is designing a five-year program across seven countries including: Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Liberia, India, Timor Leste, and Guatemala. Funding will be based on annual applications.

As Technical Lead, you will contribute to strategy development and provide technical advice and leadership in Nutrition for adolescent girls and young women, including young mothers, in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your expertise, advice and influence will significantly contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative Nutrition programming is across this global AGYW Nutrition project.


Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development, application, and monitoring of strategies, standards, tools, and best practices in Nutrition that effectively engage partners, donors, and governments. Ensure a cross-sectoral approach that integrates gender and protection mainstreaming.
  • Provide technical solutions for global implementation teams for strategic planning and how to best apply and adapt program design and implementation standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools, and M&E in Nutrition, particularly as it relates to adolescent girls and young women.
  • Provide technical guidance for the annual proposal development and project design, leveraging existing learning, with a focus on complex projects to ensure innovative programming solutions and technical excellence. Support Country Programs (CP) to plan appropriately to staff project teams.
  • Oversee and lead the delivery of capacity strengthening initiatives within the AGYW Nutrition project by helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums; organizing and/or facilitating trainings, workshops and conferences; and mentoring and coaching staff in innovative CRS approaches and tools. Provide mentoring and coaching to TAs, as well as CP and regional staff.
  • Lead or contribute to the development of guidelines for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) nutrition programming. Contribute to the development and/or revisions of agency-wide strategies, standards, and tools.
  • Oversee and lead the global project’s knowledge management and learning agenda in AGYW Nutrition by helping implement conditions for collective learning that ensure the capturing, documenting, and sharing of key successes, promising practices, lessons learned, and evidence-based implementation research, internally and externally, including publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • Liaise with CRS’ Senior Nutrition Technical Advisors, Regional Health and Nutrition Technical Advisors and other Technical Advisors in the Headquarters’ Program Impact & Quality Assurance (PIQA) through virtual and in-person meetings to ensure high impact programming.
  • Represent CRS in targeted regional or global forums to develop opportunities and better ensure collaboration and shared learning in Nutrition to influence technical partner approaches, future funding opportunities, and policies, and promote CRS’ work.


Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Nutrition, Public Health or other health-related field. PhD a plus.
  • Minimum of seven years of work experience in Nutrition with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with three years overseas as a technical advisor and/or program manager of a Nutrition project and/or multi-sectoral project with a Nutrition component.
  • Strong understanding and application of technical principles and concepts in Nutrition, particularly for adolescent girls and young women. Good knowledge of related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
  • Track record of contributing to successful business development activities capturing public and/or private donor funding in Nutrition.
  • Experience in the development and production of curriculums, tools, and other products to support Nutrition interventions and programming. Demonstrated experience to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training, mentoring, and other formal and informal methods.
  • Experience with program monitoring and evaluation including development of indicators, data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation.
  • Experience and skills to represent the organization at meetings with donors, government, international NGOs, local partners – faith-based and civil society. Understanding of partnership principles.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications and strong understanding of information and budget management systems and knowledge-sharing networks.
  • Technical and/or academic publications a plus.

Required Languages – Fluent spoken and written English required; proficiency in Spanish or French a plus

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 30%.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent 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.
  • Proven ability to successfully manage relationships and workloads in a remote work environment.
  • Very strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgement.
  • Very strong written and oral communication skills
  • Very strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented

Agency REDI 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.

  • Personal Accountability
  • Acts with Integrity
  • Collaborates with Others
  • Builds and Maintains Trust
  • Open to Learn
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Develops and Recognizes Others
  • Leads Change

Supervisory Responsibilities No direct supervision

Key Working Relationships:

Internal AGYW Project team, Global Grants team, STA Nutrition and other technical staff in the Program Impact & Quality Assurance (PIQA) department, Country Program leadership, Regional staff.

External Donor representatives, implementing partners, AGYW Technical Working groups, local government bodies, and other development partners working in the same sector.

***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.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

To ensure the safety of our staff, our partners, and the people we serve, CRS requires that staff be vaccinated against Covid-19. CRS complies with all federal and state laws to allow for accommodations, as needed with supporting documentation. However, accommodations may limit the roles that candidates are eligible for based on role requirements (e.g., travel, meetings with staff, partner, donors).


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’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm.

CRS welcomes candidates from the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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