Sr Advisor

  • Added Date: Monday, 05 August 2019
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019

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The Senior Advisor is responsible for coordinating major training programs and events for Overseas Operations (OverOps) Division in close collaboration with Human Resources. This position will assist with coordination and planning of all internal learning programs, events and summits for OverOps staff, working closely with event planners and instructional designers to ensure best practice and standardization across all training events and programs.

Roles and Key Responsibilities
* Working in close coordination with Human Resources, ensure all OverOps training and learning events are based on adult learning best practices, are measured for impact and effectiveness, and support continuous learning and development of OverOps staff.
* Working in close collaboration with OverOps Leadership Team (OOLT), ensure that all training and learning events support and advance the OverOps functional competencies
* Working in close coordination with OverOps event planners, ensure that all OverOps trainings and learning events are effectively communicated and coordinated, that criteria for participating is diverse and inclusive, and that funding and approach are consistent across the division.
* Working with HR and OOLT, develop a Country Representative Preparedness Program (CRPP), ensuring future Country Representatives have the fundamental skills and knowledge to succeed in role.
* Working with HR and OOLT, rejuvenate the existing training for Country Representatives (CR Training), with a focus on learning opportunities to enhance the core competencies associated with the role.
* Working with HR and OOLT, pilot a female mentoring program, initially focused on Heads of Programming (HOPs) to enhance their abilities and skills for career progression.
* Establish and maintain a calendar / tracking system / knowledge management platform for all training / career development events, accessible to OverOps leadership and other key stakeholders.
* Assist OverOps event organizers with learning event preparation and evaluation resources and tools, (e.g. Learning Needs Resource Assessments (LNRAs), 7-steps of planning, etc.) to ensure that all learning events have clear learning goals and are assessed accordingly.
* Work closely with OverOps management to evaluate effectiveness of current training programs and identify training gaps (or overlaps) and recommend specific solutions.
* Manage and oversee consultants working on internal events to ensure that events are progressing as planned.

Education and Experience
* Master's in International Development, Education, Instructional Design or related degree
* Min 7 years' experience in International Development, with a focus on capacity strengthening of staff and/or partner organizations
* Previous experience organizing conferences, summits and/or learning events
* Previous experience designing learning events for adult learners
* Previous experience in related career roles including country representative and head of programming or head of operations preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills
* Demonstrated ability to influence senior leaders (or decision makers) responsible for events
* Ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
* Ability to work with complexity, high degree of change and uncertainty
* Ability to work well with a wide range of employees in a cooperative, professional and friendly manner
* Able to work flexible hours as needed

Required Languages -- Spanish and/or French an asset but not required

Travel - Ability to travel (approximately 10%) occasionally overseas and within the US, must be able to attend all major OveroPs training events in person, regardless of timing or location

All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.

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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