Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC) will amplify a global movement, operationalized at global, regional and country levels, to prevent children from entering institutions and to place children currently in institutions in safe and nurturing families. The initiative addresses the substantial harm of institutional care to children’s development, protection, and well-being, and promotes positive outcomes for children through family-based care. Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Lumos, and Maestral International (the “consortium”) launched CTWWC in mid-2016 in response to a call for proposals by the MacArthur Foundation under its 100&Change competitions. CTWWC was recognized as a finalist in this competition, and, the MacArthur Foundation made an initial commitment of $15M award towards launching the initiative, in addition to funding provided by USAID and the GHR Foundation. A scaling and resource mobilization strategy is underway to raise funds to ensure the full program can be implemented.
CTWWC’s Theory of Change is based on learning and evidence generated from demonstration Country Programs, and maximizing this learning towards influencing commitments and practice amongst key actors in favor of family-based care. As a member of the CTWWC Senior Management Team, the Director works alongside the CTWWC Technical Director and Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Advisor to ensure that the CTWWC Learning Agenda meets the needs of the influence and engagement strategy across various levels of the initiative. In particular, the Director provides leadership on: what the learning needs are amongst social actors who are the intended influence audiences and designing appropriate learning products and dissemination methods to effectively reach those audiences. The Director will need to ensure that a broad range of influencing approaches – including evidence-based advocacy, social behaviour change, faith-based outreach, and social and public media communications – work in harmony to achieve CTWWC’s mission.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
* Lead the CTWWC Influence and Engagement Strategy, including identifying and defining key audiences, their current knowledge, attitudes and practices, and appropriate methods for engaging them and changing their behaviors.
* Lead the global influence team, co-lead (with the Senior MEAL Advisor) the learning team, and identify learning questions and activities that will be useful for influence and advocacy, including determining and managing a process for CTWWC demonstration countries to provide learning for global influence and advocacy. Supervise 3-4 global influence and engagement team members.
* Ensure that the CTWWC influence and engagement strategy uses a Design-build approach, using reflection and adaptive management to ensure the strategy is maximizing needs and CTWWC strengths, and demonstrates complementary with other key partners and actors within the care reform sector.
* Represent CTWWC as an authoritative voice in various fora with partners, donors, and other stakeholders
* Model a collaborative approach with partners, key stakeholders, and other teams with CRS, Maestral, Lumos, Better Care Network, and others.
* Coordinate and optimize External Communications functions across CTWWC globally
* Coordinate closely with the CTWWC Technical Director and Senior MEAL Advisor to mitigate stove-piping, and maximize/leverage all parts of CTWWC’s work
* Lead and coordinate workplan development and implementation for all Strategic Objective 3 (SO3) activities across senior CTWWC team members and partners, and ensuring work planning links to demonstration country workplans.
* Promote knowledge sharing between and across the various elements of the influence strategy and broader team.
* Ensure CTWWC generated knowledge, learning, etc. is shared to platforms and otherwise made accessible, available, useable for external audiences and influence.
* Lead and coordinate all Influence and Engagement monitoring, evaluation, and accountability practices
* Ensure close collaboration on strategy development and implementation with other key CRS departments, including Missions and Mobilization for faith/Catholic engagement and advocacy, particularly if there are any anticipated USG-focused activities.
* Master's Degree in international development, public policy, social work, or equivalent
* Ten or more years relevant international or domestic working experience in an advisory or management role with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO
* 7 years’ experience managing donor funds, including multi country grants. Excellent knowledge and experience in budget management
* 5 years of staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching and mentoring senior program staff
* Minimum of three years working for programming interventions in advocacy or influence-focused programming
* Senior experience in successful implementation of advocacy/influence/behavior change strategies with diverse stakeholder groups.
* Strong knowledge of Child Rights and Child Protection.
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to work across cultures.
* Experience with program monitoring and evaluation, as well as learning and adaptive management.
* Experience and skills in networking with and relationship management of diverse stakeholder groups, including donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
* Experience with Catholic Church hierarchy and structures and other faith engagement is a plus
* Experience in a policy, campaigning or advocacy role is a plus
* Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget Management Systems, knowledge-sharing networks.
* Fluency in written and oral communications in English is required; Spanish (preferred) or French Language ability is a plus.
* Travel: 25-30%
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
NOTE: All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.
* Bachelor’s degree in a related field required.
* Minimum of eight-ten years of relevant work experience
* Minimum of five years of management experience.
EOE/M/F/D/V - CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (For all US and International positions)
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.