Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the global relief and development agency of the Catholic Bishops of the United States. The agency employs 7,000 employees in 100 countries around the world, serving over 125 million people in emergency response, agriculture, education, food security, HIV and AIDS, microfinance, peace building and water/sanitation programs. Founded during World War II, today its programming value approaches $900 million per year. CRS is recognized as one of the leading not-for-profit agencies in the world. Catholic Relief Services considers all applicants based on merit without regard to race, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, age, marital status or physical or mental disability.
The Advisor is part of OverOps Operational Excellence (OPEX) department that coordinates improvement of field operation systems and processes. It provides expertise in financial stewardship, supply chain management, compliance & risk management, information systems, and field operations, to help CRS staff make optimal and beneficiary-focused decisions.
OPEX supports field programs who serve 125M people every year to optimize the management of resources, to enhance compliance, to streamline and scale up CRS’ relief and development solutions, and to ensure the integrity of CRS operations.
The Advisor is part of Global Risk & Compliance Team. The two primary functions of this team are: a) Provide strategic direction and oversight to OverOps global compliance systems, internal and external, and b) Manage global risk and compliance programs and portfolios, and implementation of compliance & risk strategy for overseas operations. The Advisor is responsible for coordination and support of cross-divisional effort targeted to development or improvement of CRS systems (policies, procedures, and behavior) critical for CRS’ ability to execute public-donor contracts (acquisition instruments).
1. Establish an internal system for:
a. receiving, organizing, and analyzing information regarding critical system deficiencies limiting CRS’s ability to either comply with existing contract requirements (including regulatory) or consider new contract opportunities,
b. conveying key stakeholders to plan and coordinate either system development or improvement activities, deploying it in transparent accountable manner and handing over to the home department for implementation
2. Lead the implementation of this system in an effective transparent and accountable manner, real-time tracking a reporting mechanism visible by stakeholders.
3. Serve as advisor to matters requiring systemic solutions through cross-divisional coordination.
4. Perform other duties within the portfolio of Global Risk & Compliance Unit as requested /required.
Internal: Donor Engagement Experts, OGC personnel, Overseas Finance, and OverOps staff at all levels
External: Professional member organizations, donor staff, consultants, and auditors
Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in relevant field of study (depending prior experience and other competencies) preferred.
Experience: 3 years of prior related work experience required, preferably with one-year international experience. Prior CRS experience as an employee, consultant or intern preferred.
* Ability to think analytically and act methodically
* Strong writing skills, ability to write clearly and succinctly
* Strong communication skills (Email and Skype) in remote environment and ability to get things done in a matrix structure
* Strong sense of customer care and service
* Mastered ability in receiving and providing feedback
* Ability to improve continuously
* Strong planning/organizational and analytical skills
* Sense of humor
Computer literacy in MS Office and SharePoint (Salesforce experience is a plus)
* Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish preferred
* Familiarity with FAR, AIDAR, UKAid Contract Terms & Conditions, public-donor contract/acquisition standards and requirements.
Note: All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.
CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation
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.