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 first began working in Liberia in 1957, with a permanent country program office opening in 1990. During the ensuing 14+ years of conflict and war, CRS was one of the few agencies to maintain a constant presence in the country, providing life-saving humanitarian assistance to tens of thousands of people. With the establishment of peace, CRS and partners focused increasingly on reconstruction and development activities, working in health, agriculture, livelihoods, peace and justice, and micro-savings.
In 2013, the country program began scaling down and beginning in 2016, CRS progressed from Ebola recovery activities and began implementing development programming in the areas of youth livelihoods, peacebuilding, urban WASH and community health.
The Deputy Chief of Party I will work as part of a team on an anticipated USAID-funded youth livelihoods project in Liberia that will seek to increase economic self-reliance for youth in Liberia leading to increased incomes. S/he will provide oversight of key activities related to employment and livelihoods of the Liberia Youth Activity (LYA) project to serve the poor and vulnerable. The Deputy Chief of Party’s management and technical knowledge will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming. As a senior leader, s/he will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.
Roles and Key Responsibilities:
· Manage a key aspect of the development, implementation and consolidation of the LYA project. Serve as a point of contact on area of responsibility to USAID as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders, when needed.
· Manage key functions of the project to meet donor expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget. Contribute to ensuring Coordination between program and operations leads. Contribute to ensuring the CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures.
· Effectively manage talent and supervise staff. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Contribute to the development of staffing plans and the recruitment process of senior staff.
· 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.
· Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Help ensure compliance with USAID contracts, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, Administration and reporting to USAID.
· Maintain relationships with key staff of consortium partner organizations in regard to area of responsibility. Contribute to coordination of the roles and activities of staff from other consortium member organizations in implementation in line with CRS partnership principles.
· 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. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for CRS and partner staff and recommend trainings and technical assistance.
· Provide Technical Support to the project in the area of youth livelihoods and workforce readiness.
· Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations, Business Administration or a relevant technical area.
· 7 years’ relevant management and technical experience.
· 5 years’ experience managing donor funds. Knowledge and experience in budget management.
· Strong preference for Liberian nationals. Only international candidates with prior experience in Liberia will be considered.
Required Languages – English fluency required.
Travel - Ability to travel nationally at the field level and internationally as required, up to 30% of the time.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
· Very good strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
· Very good relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
· Team leadership abilities with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams.
· Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
· Recognized technical experience and qualifications in youth workforce development and livelihoods sector, including youth integration (PYD principles) and gender transformation.
· Demonstrated experience of successful management, including management of functions of complex, multi-activity projects. Knowledge or experience in place-based/systems approaches a plus.
- Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
- Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
- Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget Management Systems.
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.
· Continuous Improvement & Innovation
· Builds Relationships
· Develops Talent
· Strategic Mindset
· Accountability & Stewardship
Technical sector leads and other key staff to be determined.**
Key Working Relationships:
Internal Head of Programing, Finance Manager, Regional Technical Advisors, HQ specialists**
External Project partners, government officials, public and private sector stakeholders, local/international NGOs, and local and international Catholic agencies.**
*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
Interested and qualified applicants should send their application including a cover letter with phone number and email address, Curriculum Vitae, copies of relevant diplomas/certificates in a single document and the contact details of three (3) professional references to: *The Country Representative, Catholic Relief Services, 16th Street, Sinkor, Gardiner Avenue, Liberia, through email: LR_HR@crs.org.*
Note: Due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, CRS will only be accepting electronic submission of applications.
DEADLINE FOR THE RECEIVING OF ALL APPLICATIONS IS June 23, 2020
This position for Liberian nationals only