Catholic Relief Services (CRS) 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.
As the newest country in the world, South Sudan continues to struggle amidst the challenges that accompany the complex process of nation-building. The 2018 Peace Agreement has brought hope that South Sudan will transition from a protracted crisis to long-term development programming, but the implementation of the agreement has been slow. CRS country program in South Sudan includes Food Security, Livelihoods, Nutrition, WASH, Emergency Response, Health, Peacebuilding and Microfinance, supported by WFP, USAID, EU and emergency funding from CRS, LDS, and other Caritas private donors.
You will contribute to providing strategic direction and management of the Country Program’s portfolio complementing the Head of Programs (HoP) efforts at ensuring the establishment and successful implementation of high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable. Your management and programming skills will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its programming. You will actively coordinate with CRS operations departments and other CRS programs.
Required Languages – English
Travel – Must be willing to travel to remote field locations based on need at an estimated 30% of time.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Strong 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 demonstrated capacity to lead teams responding rapidly to evolving challenges, devising appropriate solutions and achieving results.
- Presentation and facilitation skills.
- Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented, with the ability to manage multiple tasks in parallel and meet conflicting deadlines.
- Demonstrated capacity to live and work in remote and insecure field locations with very basic amenities and few or no other international staff and adhere a strict curfew and movement restrictions.
- Excellent English writing skills with demonstrated experience winning awards from multiple donors
- Demonstrated experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships.
- Demonstrated experience developing staff capacity with staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
- Some experience and abilities in capacity strengthening - developing curricula and facilitating trainings.
- Strong MEAL knowledge and understanding of how to demonstrate achievements to different audiences
- Experience using MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, and knowledge sharing networks.
Supervisory Responsibilities: MEAL Manager, Program Manager and Communications Manager.
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Head of Programs, Chiefs of Party, Program Managers, Head of Operations, Senior Operations Manager, Security Manager, Business Development Specialist, Head of Human Resources, Finance Manager, Supply Chain Manager and Administration Team.
External: Donors, UN agencies, partners, clusters, government agencies, peer NGOs and Caritas partners.
- Master's Degree in International Development, International Relations, or relevant field.
- Minimum of 5 years work experience in a program management position with progressive responsibilities for an international NGO, preferably with at least 2-3 years working on direct implementation of projects in humanitarian contexts.
- Good experience in project grants management, including project design, budget preparation, expenditure tracking, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, etc., preferably for projects funded by USAID, EU and WFP.
- Experience with successful business development activities capturing public and/or institutional donor funding.
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
· Continuous Improvement & Innovation
· Builds Relationships
· Develops Talent
· Strategic Mindset
· Accountability & Stewardship
*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.
*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 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.