CRS (Catholic Relief Services)

Fellowship Number: 
Field Location: 
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Policy Location: 
Baltimore, Maryland
General Scope of Work: 
Agricultural value-chain development
Description of Organization: 

Catholic Relief Services, founded in 1943, is an international development agency that carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching as we act to:

  • Promote human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies; and,
  • Serve Catholics in the United States as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world.

As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, we work with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality.

Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, Catholic Relief Services provides humanitarian relief and development assistance to the poor and marginalized in over 100 countries and territories around the world. Overseas, we work through CRS offices located in the regions of Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America and the Caribbean.

CRS also works through regional offices within the United States to support Catholic individuals, parishes and dioceses as the strive to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and make decisions as consumers, voters and advocates to promote more just and peaceful societies.

As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, we have a special role to play in helping those in need overseas. We work with the local church and partners to create a world in which people stand in solidarity. By working together with our partners, we can bring about real changes to systems and practices that contribute to injustice, hunger and war around the world.

Project Description: 

Soya Ni Pesa (Soybeans are Money) is funded by USDA FFP. SNP is an initiative to strengthen the soybean value chain in Tanzania’s Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor (SAGCOT), by working with smallholder farmers and integrating them with markets, targeting especially the poultry industry. The project will work with farmers, delivering inputs and training in production techniques, providing market information and business development to enable them to boost their yields, and to add value and increase incomes through soybean cultivation. Soya Ni Pesa targets 11,250 farmers to receive orientation on soybean cultivation techniques, farm management, savings and lending, and will be linked to financial services providers and markets.

The project will also help build seed systems to increase the availability of quality seeds. It will then link soybean production with the expected growth of the poultry industry in Tanzania, by facilitating linkages between farmers and key poultry processors. It will include complementary activities to support egg production by women’s groups, extending the linkages of the soybean value chain. The project will seek to integrate its activities with other agricultural development initiatives in the SAGCOT, including the Tanzanian government, USAID, private sector, and other donor funded programs to ensure maximum impact and synergies.

Field Placement: 

The fellow will be working in the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Unit of the SOYA NI PESA project. CRS expects the fellow’s field placement will complement the work of this Unit and focus on a specific area, according to the fellow’s interest and experience. The fellow will also:

  • Develop or refine tools and methodology used to collect household profile data and measure food security linkages within the project
  • Train staff in using the tools and methodology to collect the household data
  • Field test tools and methodology used to collect the household data
  • Analyze the data and prepare reports
  • Support the CRS and partner M&E staff in improving the M&E learning tools and system of the project
Policy Placement: 

During the policy year, the Leland Fellow will build upon experiences and lessons learned during the field year to directly contribute to the formation of CRS policies and directly interact with the Administration, Congress, multilateral institutions and the wider hunger community. The Leland Fellow will focus on the following broad issues:

  • The Farm Bill and other legislative initiatives, helping to develop CRS policy and advancing our objectives;
  • Pro-poor Agricultural Development, advancing policies that enhance US agriculture development objectives so they directly contribute to poverty alleviation and food security;
  • Exploration of emerging themes in food security, such as the agriculture-nutrition relationship, civil society participation, and public-private partnerships;
  • School Feeding and other Safety Net activities, helping to develop CRS policy and advocacy positions and advancing our objectives; and
  • Better US government partnerships with Private Voluntary Organizations (PVO), scaling up PVO field initiatives for greater geographic reach to influence national poverty and food security indicators.

Specific tasks related to leadership development and policy will include the following:

  • Presentations for CRS staff and outside groups on hunger and hunger related policy work;
  • Presentations to US Catholic constituents (student groups, partner university classes, issues advocates at the parish level);
  • Write articles for Catholic publications, draft OpEd pieces, draft speeches and talking points for CRS executives;
  • Be available for interviews from the press;
  • Draft policy documents for internal and external consumption; and
  • Other relevant duties, as needed.
Education/Experience Required: 
  • Masters in a relevant field (Statistics, Economics, MIS) or related fields
  • Minimum 1-2 years of experience in M&E and learning.
  • Ability to work well both in a team and independently.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analysis skills and ability to work with statistical software such as SPSS.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook; and SPSS or other similar software.
  • Experience in GIS mapping
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills