Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

MEAL Project Assistant

Job Overview

Job Title: Project Assistant Reports to:  MEAL Senior project officer
Department:  MEAL Salary Grade: 4


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:

You will provide service in the day-to-day delivery of responsive, effective and efficient project administrative activities in support of the Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) mission to serve the poor and vulnerable. 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 for monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL)


Roles and Key Responsibilities:


  • Support MEAL-related programming activities at the field level, including participant identification and verification; and post-distribution interviews contributing to ensuring quality implementation.
  • Contribute to ensuring accountability to project participants and local stakeholders, including actively seeking and responding to feedback from all members of target communities as per the established community feedback mechanism.
  • Support the monitoring of project activities at the field level, per the MEAL plan through collection of data, active listening and observations.
  • Support community mobilization efforts through communication and information sharing with project participants at the community level.
  • In coordination with the project team support MEAL-related capacity building events for community volunteers.
  • Contribute to program learning and decisions by posing thoughtful questions, reflecting upon and sharing with project team leaders the information gathered from community members and observations.
  • 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.


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 – native Arabic, Arctic English and Kurdish and Turkman is desired 


Travel – able to travel up to 50% to Erbil, duhok, Baghdad and Mousl

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities  

  • Good time management skills with ability to work on multiple tasks
  • Strong customer service orientation with good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-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 (if none, state none)


Key Working Relationships: 




MEAL Competencies

Each staff member in this position is expected to have elementary understanding of and to demonstrate a willingness and potential to learn about:

  • Monitoring
  • Accountability
  • Learning
  • Analysis & Critical Thinking


***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 


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