Technical Advisor- Agricultural Livelihoods

Posted By: Client Of Barefoot Talent Solutions


Senior Mgt (VP, CxO, Program Director)

Programme Execution/Management

Agriculture & Fair Trade

Job Description


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is a US based relief and development agency working in over 100 countries/territories to alleviate poverty and suffering. In India, CRS has managed development and emergency programs across India since 1946. Currently, CRS works with local partners to support programs in India in the areas of health, livelihoods (agriculture/nutrition), women and child protection, disaster risk reduction, and emergency response.

Background: Agricultural Livelihoods is one of the three Signature Program Areas of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Agency Strategy 2014-2018. Working through local partners, CRS aims to provide poor rural farming families with the assets, skills and links to markets and services that they require to live more dignified, prosperous and resilient lives. CRS is committed to working with vulnerable families all along the pathway to prosperity. CRS supports rural families in their bid to leave poverty, attain food security, and achieve incremental gains in prosperity through three stages: Recover, Build and Grow. Each phase includes asset building, risk reduction and changes to systems and structures that support long term resilience and the ability to rebound from shocks, in line with CRS’s Integral Human Development framework. In India, strengthening agricultural livelihoods is a critical component of reducing poverty for poor, marginalized households, and therefore is a priority programming area for CRS/India. CRS supports agricultural livelihoods in various programs in India. In Bihar CRS supports a large project that links agricultural research institutions, district research and extension bodies, and farmer groups to develop and disseminate technologies to improve the productivity of agriculture in flood-prone and drought-prone areas. CRS is also supporting livelihoods strengthening activities in Bihar as part of efforts to reduce child migration, child labour, and other forms of trafficking. In Orissa and Assam CRS supports livelihood strengthening among communities vulnerable to emergencies as part of projects to increase community preparedness and resilience and reduce risks from disasters. CRS is  also beginning collaboration with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in Orissa to improve agricultural productivity among smallholder farmers. CRS’ relief and recovery efforts following emergencies also include components to help recover livelihood opportunities. In addition to agricultural crop productivity enhancement, CRS/India livelihood activities include agro-enterprise development, value chain strengthening, livestock production, links to microfinance, and other approaches. CRS seeks opportunities to build on its ongoing work to expand the scale and impact of its livelihoods work. In addition to new funding for CRS projects focused on livelihoods, such growth opportunities may entail new types of partnerships such as collaborations with institutions that provide funding directly to CRS’ local partners. Learning is a central part of CRS’ work, and CRS values opportunities to try innovative program approaches and apply rigorous monitoring and evaluation systems to understand and improve program interventions. CRS is seeking a candidate who is driven by learning and who seeks technical support to complement his/her own skills. A successful candidate will have strong experience in market-based agriculture programming, and experience in livelihoods recovery (post-emergency). CRS is seeking an individual that is able to facilitate learning, and empower community, partner staff, and colleagues to enhance and improve capacity in livelihoods programming. To know more about it, please visit-


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Desired Candidate Profile

Post Graduation - Post Graduate-Other

Agency-wide Competencies (for all staff) These are rooted in the mission, values and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results

 Serves with Integrity

 Models Stewardship

 Cultivates Constructive Relationship

 Promotes Learning Emergency Competencies Each CRS staff member working in emergencies is expected to use the following competencies to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

 Communicates strategically under pressure

 Manages stress and complexity

 Actively promotes safety and security

 - Manages and implements high-quality emergency programs 


 Building up the connections w

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