Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Senior Resilience and Sustainability

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Job Description

Job Title: Senior Resilience and Sustainability Advisor Reports to: Chief of Party Department: LACRO Salary Grade: 11 NOTE: This position is contingent upon donor funding and approval.

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:

The Resilience and Sustainability Senior Advisor (RSSA) will provide strategic vision and leadership, and ensure accountability for promoting and achieving RFSA resilience and sustainability goals. The RSSA will also be responsible for establishing and managing systems to ensure resilience and sustainability and ensure that the technical RFSA sectors and support functions work together to create multiplier effects. The RSSA will ensure resilience and sustainability results are delivered, including the development and achievement of resilience and sustainability metrics, phase out plans, exit strategies, etc. The RSSA acts as a specialist in resilience and sustainability and maintains a depth of understanding of local, departmental, and national policies and guidance related to resilience and sustainability.

The RSSA should also promote appropriate integration, layering, and sequencing of technical interventions within the RFSA and USAID Mission investments to amplify sustained impact. The RSSA will also be responsible for providing vision and leadership in fostering effective Community Engagement and development strategies and approaches and identifying local solutions that will ensure buy-in and ownership of the communities’ own development, and contribute to the durability of RFSA investments after the completion of th e program. The RSSA will help maintain overall strategic coherence, Coordination, including stakeholder engagement and communications with Haiti Mission teams, the international donor community, Government of Haiti (at the local, departmental, and national levels), and other stakeholders.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage key aspects of the development, implementation and consolidation of the Haiti RFSA project. Serve as a point of contact to USAID as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders, when needed.
  • Manager key functions of the project, resilience and sustainability efforts in particular, 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. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring. 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 and ensure the updating of such plans.
  • Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Help ensure compliance with USAID rules and regulations, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, Administration and reporting to USAID.
  • Maintain relationships with key staff of consortium partner organizations. 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.
Required Languages – English and French fluency required.

Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 30-50 % domestically with periodic international travel.

Supervisory Responsibilities: one or more project advisors, to be determined.

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in development studies, international relations, agriculture, nutrition, public health, business administration, or a related field. 7 or more years’ relevant management and technical experience.
  • 5 years’ experience managing donor funds, including multi country grants. Strong knowledge and experience in budget management.
  • Recognized technical experience and qualifications in sector as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications, conference presentations etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in participatory community governance, local advocacy, local Capacity Building, and/or management and use of grassroots level-generated data.
  • Demonstrated experience of successful management, including management of functions of complex, high-value, multi-activity projects, with complicated logistics.
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching.
*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.** 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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