Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Head of Programming

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Job Description

Job Title: Head of Programming II, Niger Job Type: Regular, Full Time Job Location: Niamey Reports to: Country Representative 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:

As a member of the Country Program (CP) Senior Management Team, you will provide overall strategic direction, leadership, and management of the CP’s programming to ensure the establishmen t and successful implementation of large and complex programming serving the poor and vulnerable. Your leadership, management and knowledge will enable the CP to deliver high-quality programming and continuously work toward improving the impact of its programming. As part of the Senior Management Team, you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

* In collaboration with the Country Representative (CR), provide leadership and strategic direction for the design of CP strategic frameworks and plans, including the development of resource mobilization strategies to optimize the impact of large and complex programming interventions in line with regional and agency strategic priorities. Represent and promote CRS.

* Lead high-quality project design with innovative approaches that incorporate project management standards and MEAL methods, appropriate to scope, context, and technical requirements of large and complex projects. Contribute to establishment of new project management standards. Lead planning of activities across projects from different sectors to ensure integration and efficiency in implementation.

* Effectively manage senior programming talent and supervise CoPs, Emergency Coordinator, PMs, Deputy Head of Programs, Meal Coordinator and MEAL Coordinator. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring for all reports. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessment for direct reports. Contribute to developing staffing plans for large and complex projects and to the recruitment process of senior project staff. Contribute to Global HOP orientation and training program.

* 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.

* Coordinate with regional and CP operations leads to ensure appropriate project budgeting and efficient use and stewardship of project material sources.

* In collaboration with the Business Development Specialist, support the business development cycle of increasingly complex, strategic, and competitive growth opportunities from intelligence gathering and positioning to proposal development to learning and marketing to ensure quality proposals per agency and donor standards.

* Lead the identification, assessment and strengthening of appropriate partnerships and the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.

* Ensure technical assistance and capacity strengthening for project teams and partners in project management standards and related MEAL, business development and operational activities. Identify training opportunities, develop training curriculums and deliver trainings.

* Acting CR and HoOPs when required.

Basic Qualifications

* Master's Degree in International Development, International Relations or relevant field.

* Minimum of 10 years work experience programming with progressive responsibilities for an international NGO, including at least three years with successful performance in a Head of Programming position.

* Strong experience in project Grants Management for large and complex projects, including project design, budget preparation, expenditure tracking, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, etc., for projects funded by multiple public donors, including USAID.

Required Languages - Fluent English and French Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 25%.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

* Excellent strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.

* Strong 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. Coaching/mentoring skills * Presentation and facilitation skills * Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented Preferred Qualifications

* Substantial experience with successful business development activities capturing significant public and private donor funding.

* Excellent English writing skills.

* 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.

* Experience and abilities in capacity strengthening - developing curricula and facilitating trainings.

* Experience using MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget Management Systems, and knowledge sharing networks.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Chief of Party Global Funds, Chief of Party DFSA, Emergency Response and Recovery Coordinator, Migration Program Manager, Business Development Specialist, Deputy Head of Programming, MEAL Coordinator.

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: CR, HoOPS, Finance Manager, HR Manager, DRDPQ, Regional & CP Technical Advisors External : Church partners, donor representatives, local partner representatives, INGOs, Government of Niger counterparts 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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