Head of Programming I, Central African Republic

  • Added Date: Friday, 08 October 2021
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Job Description:

Job Title: Head of Programming I, Central African Republic
Job Type: Regular, full-time
Reports To: Country Manager
Job Location: Bangui, CAR
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. CRSโ€™ 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 strategic direction, leadership, and management of the CPโ€™s programming to ensure the establishment and successful implementation of high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable. Your l
eadership, management and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its programming. As part of the Senior Management Team, you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks. The position is based in
B
angui, but with an expectation of travel to support field programming, particularly the Bekou and CMM funded programs, at least 30% of the time.
Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with the Country Manager (CM) provide strategic direction for the design of the CP strategic frameworks and plans, including the development of resource mobilization strategies to optimize the impact of programming interventions in line with regional and agency strategic priorities.

  • Lead high-quality project design incorporating project management standards and MEAL methods, appropriate to scope, context and technical requirements of projects. Coordinate planning of activities across various projects from different sectors to ensure integration of program interventions and efficiency in implementation.

  • Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individua
    l de
    velopment plans, and complete performance assessment for direct reports. Contribute to developing staffing plans for projects and to the recruitment process of senior project staff.

  • 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 implementation of the MEAL policy, as well as cross-sectoral and cross-department learning.

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

  • In coordination with resource mobilization staff oversee the business development cycle to ensure quality proposals per agency and donor standards.

  • Oversee the identification, assessment and strengthening of appropriate partnerships and the appropriate application of
    partne
    rship 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.

Required Languages

Travel: the HoP must be willing and able to travel up to 30 % in the field.
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 a
    bilities

  • Presentation and facilitation skills

  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent English writing skills.

  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.

  • 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: MEAL Coordinator, Social Cohesion and accountability Technical advisor, three (3) Program Managers.
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Country Manager, Finance Manager, DRD Program Quality, CARO,& PIQA technical staff.
External: Local government and line ministries, local and internati
onal NGOs,
UN agencies, partners; donors; affected communities; universities.
Basic Qualifications
? Master's Degree in International Development, International Relations or relevant field.
? Minimum of five years of relevant field-based program management, at least three years of middle/senior management experience.
? Experience in the development of successful proposals, reports, strategic alliances, project design, project management, and monitoring and evaluation.
? Experience in partner capacity strengthening, staff development, trai
ning, and mentoring, as well as in team building and strategic planning initiatives. Experience working with Church partners a plus
? Experience in community development, community mobilization, or similar grassroots, self-help initiatives.
? Experience in project grants management, including project design, budget preparation, expenditure tr
acking, moni
toring and evaluation, reporting, etc., preferably for projects funded by multiple public donors, including USAID.
? Experience with successful business development activities capturing public and/or private donor funding.

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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