Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Country Representative

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Job Description

Job Title: Country Representative, Guinea Job Location: Conakry, Guinea Job Type: Regular, Full Time Reports to: Regional Director, WARO 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. CRS/Guinea works primary in the area of health, focusing on malaria prevention and treatment as well as HIV and Health Systems Strengthening. In addition, the country program works with local partners nationwide in conflict mitigation, emergency response, as well as migration. CRS Guinea manages external a wards from the Global Fund and USAID Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation as well as the Senegal River Basin Development Authority (OMVS). CRS Guinea currently has approximately 100 employees. Job Summary: As Country Representative you will lead, manage and advance the programming and operations objectives and the mission of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to serve the poor and vulnerable. Your strategic leadership will enable you to advance CRS’ reputation and impact while you proactively manage security and mitigate security risks and liabilities. Roles and Key Responsibilities: * Champion and lead the vision, mission and strategy. Lead the Design of medium and long-term goals. Ensure program and operations leads coordinate their objectives in alignment with the strategy. * Ensure that all projects meet and exceed donor expectations and are designed and implemented for maximum impact and reach. Ensure the CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures. * Effectively manage senior programming and operations talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring for HOP and Head of Operations. Strategically tailor individual Development Plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Oversee the development of staffing plans for large and complex projects and the recruitment process of senior staff. * Lead the development of strategic partnerships with national and international organizations that leverages resources, reputation, and expertise in line with CRS partnership principles. Ensure strong representation to key stakeholders, including Church partners, local and national government, US government and international donors. * Manage and mitigate risk through monitoring national and regional issues that may impact staff and programming. Ensure all staff understand and adhere to CRS staff safety and Security Policies and plans and ensure the updating of such plans. * Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Ensure compliance in operations functions. Provide oversight and Analysis regarding monthly expenditures. * Lead and direct the pursuit of strategic growth opportunities, prepositioning and capture planning. * Create and maintain proper conditions for learning. Establish a safe environment for sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to deficiencies. Promote accountability, learning and knowledge management overseeing application of the MEAL policy, as well as cross-sectoral and cross-department learning. Basic Qualifications * Master’s degree in international development, International Relations or a related field. * 10 or more years’ experience managing complex relief and development programs. Required Languages – Fluency in English and French is required. Travel – The position is based in Conakry and requires up to 15-20%, travel, with most traveling being within Guinea. Preferred Qualifications * Demonstrated experience successfully managing a variety of complex, high-value projects from multiple international donors, including USAID, the Global Fund, World Bank, DFID and UN agencies; understanding of relevant donor regulations. * Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Experience working with Church partners a plus. * Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching and mentoring senior program staff. Supervisory Responsibilities: The Country Representative supervises the Head of Programming, Head of Operations and the Risk and Compliance Manager; s/he also oversees the Senior Management Team which is comprised of several senior employees from various departments across the country program. Key Working Relationships: Internal: West Africa Regional Director, West Africa Deputy Regional Director for Program Quality and Deputy Regional Director for Management Quality, Regional Finance Officer, WARO Regional Technical Advisors, OverOps HQ : HRD, IDEA and PIQA, Mission and Mobilization, Charitable Giving, Finance and Human Resources and other headquarter staff responsible for providing support to the Guinea Program. External: USAID, The Global Fund, OMVS, OCPH/Caritas Guinea, Guinea Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Government of Guinea representatives, UN agencies and international and local NGOs. CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
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