Catholic Relief Services is hiring a Project Assistant

Job Title: Project Assistant

Reports to:  Project Officer

   

 

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:

As the Russian invasion expands in Ukraine, an enormous humanitarian crisis is developing across the country and region. The United Nations (UN) estimates that more than four million Ukrainians will be forced to flee the country if there is no cessation of the invasion, while millions of others will be displaced internally within Ukraine. Neighboring countries are quickly easing entry restrictions and preparing to host large numbers of refugees, as cars are lined up for miles on the Ukrainian sides of borders.

As a member of the CRS Moldova project team, and in close coordination with Caritas Moldova, you will provide day-to-day deliver of responsive, effective and efficient project administrative activities in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work to serve conflict-affected Ukrainians in Moldova. You will provide consistent and high-quality service and contribute to the proper stewardship of project resources to help ensure operational effectiveness in support of high-quality programming.

 

CRS is hiring for this position for 6 months, with the opportunity to extend. CRS will also consider consultancy agreements for candidates who prefer this option.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate communication with all members of the project team, relevant staff in other departments/teams and external stakeholders as relevant.
  • Provide specialized project administrative transactions and processes (e.g. translate, type, proofread, and/or format documents; record and transcribe meeting minutes; draft simple correspondence messages).
  • Prepare transactional documents in support of project operations processes and support and facilitate coordination of transaction processing (e.g. payment requests, travel authorizations, travel advances, visas, etc.).
  • Compile data, perform data entry and data verification in relation to project administration processes (e.g. various contact lists, employee leave balances, staff attendance reports, Vehicle Log Sheets review, visitors' welcome packages, etc.).
  • Support travel and logistics arrangements for staff and visitors. Schedule and coordinate appointments. Provide logistical and communication support to event planning activities.
  • Support implementation of property management processes, such as property receipt and distribution, property labeling, physical counts, etc.
  • Support with activity implementation tasks as needed.

Basic Qualifications

  • High School Diploma required. Professional Diploma/Certificate or courses in Administration a plus.
  • Experience working in an office environment in a clerical or administrative role. Experience with a local or international NGO a plus.
  • Experience with typing/word processing, data entry into online databases and forms, and working with various office equipment.
  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio) and information management systems. Proficient in Word.

Required Languages – Written and spoken proficiency in Russian required. Proficiency in English or Romanian is a plus.

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel within Moldova, including to border areas, up to 50%.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Communicates strategically under pressure
  • Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment
  • Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners and community members
  • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented

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

 

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

 

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Project Manager, Project Officer, other project team members, Chief of Party, Operations Manager, Technical Advisors

External: Caritas Moldova staff, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection officials, local government officials, community and Church leaders, UNHCR, cluster coordination coordinators

To apply, please send your CV and Cover Letter in English to CRSApplicationsMD@crs.org. Please apply as soon as possible.

 

***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.

 

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

 

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer