Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Chief of Party (Agriculture Market Systems)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Job Description

Job Title: Chief of Party, Nutritious Agriculture Market Systems – Timor Leste Reports to: Country Manager, Timor Leste Department: Asia Salary Grade: 11 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.

Background

Established in 1979, CRS Timor-Leste maintains a diverse portfolio of projects, spanning agriculture livelihoods (nutrition-sensitive agriculture, climate-smart agriculture, technical assistance for enhanced productivity), peace- building, microfinance, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and humanitarian response. The country program operates out of two main offices located in Dili and Baucau and is committed to collaborating with our strong network of church partners, na tional and subnational government agencies, and secular NGOs throughout the country. Current donors include United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/ Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), Global Fund, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, UN Women and the Latter-Day Saints Church.

Job Summary:

The Chief of Party will provide leadership and overall management of the five-year, $15M USAID-funded project,*Nutritious Agriculture Market Systems* project, which will seek to improve resilience by strengthening Timor-Leste’s market systems for nutritious agricultural products as well as the ability of enterprises and organizations to expand their businesses and operate independently of direct USAID or other development partner assistance.

The Chief of Party is the primary point of contact and representative for all aspects of the project including oversight of technical activities, Coordination with consortium partners, human resources, security, logistics and operations, and finances. You will provide overall management, oversight and technical direction and will guide the project with a clear, consistent, and committed vision. The COP leads the Design of technical and operational strategies and work plans, ensures adaptive management, and ensures that the project is meeting its objectives on time and on budget. Finally, the Chief of Party ensures that reporting requirements are achieved on time and within budget while ensuring compliance with USAID and CRS policies and procedures.

This position will be based in Dili.

**** THIS POSITION IS CONTINGENT UPON DONOR FUNDING ** Required Languages English. Knowledge of Tetun and/or Portugese is preferred.

Travel – Approximately 30%.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in similar activities in Timor Leste or elsewhere in Asia. Timorese candidates who meet the qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Recognized leader in Agricultural Economics as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications, conference presentations etc.
  • Demonstrated experience of successful Program Management, including management of complex, high-value, multi-activity projects, with complicated logistics.
  • Proven ability to collaborate successfully with host-country government officials, international donors, and private sector stakeholders
  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy is a plus.
  • Ability to effectively represent CRS, USAID/Timor-Leste and the project at high-level meetings and forums. Excellent verbal and written presentation skills.
  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget Management Systems.
Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Business Administration, International Development, or a relevant technical area. PhD preferred.
  • 7 or more years’ relevant management and technical experience.
  • 5 years of experience managing donor funds, including USAID-funded grants of similar scale. Strong knowledge and experience in budget management.
  • 5 years of staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience in coaching senior program staff.
*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.

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Disclaimer**: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.*** Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination. CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people - especially children and vulnerable adults - to live free from abuse and harm. CRS welcomes candidates fro m the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency. 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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