Job Title: Chief of Party
Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
Reports to: Country Representative
Note: This position is contingent upon grant and candidate approvals by the donor
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) 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. CRS is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs.
CRS opened operations in Malawi in 1997, managing USAID’s first food aid programs in the country. For over 20 years, CRS has worked throughout the country to implement programs in agriculture and livelihoods, health and nutrition, microfinance, water, sanitation, emergency relief, and early childhood development (ECD). CRS has strong relationships with the Government of Malawi, the Catholic Church, and other civil society organizations through ongoing collaboration and support. CRS’ projects currently include services for orphans and vulnerable children, HIV care and treatment, agriculture, natural resource management, nutrition, microfinance, and ECD. CRS Malawi implements its programs through partnerships with local organizations, and community entities for maximum impact and sustainability.
Drawing on over a decade of experience in managing USAID Food for Peace (FFP) awards in Malawi, CRS will be submitting a proposal in response to the anticipated 2019 FFP Development Food Security Activities (DFSA) Request for Applications (RFA). The proposed program will involve a multi-sectoral response to build resilience and address food insecurity and malnutrition in Southern Malawi. The estimated timeframe for this project is 2019-2024.
CRS/Malawi is recruiting a Chief of Party (CoP) II to provide vision, leadership and overall management of the USAID DFSA project to serve the poor and vulnerable. The CoP will provide strategic leadership, management, and technical knowledge to ensure the delivery of high-quality programming, and to advance the position of CRS as a leading agency in Malawi. As a senior leader you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.
* Lead all aspects of the development, implementation and consolidation of the DFSA project, including ensuring that the project contributes to the thought leadership of the industry. Serve as the primary point of contact to USAID Food for Peace as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders.
* Ensure the project is designed and implemented to meet donor expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget, including strategies for phase out and sustainability. Ensure coordination between program and operations leads. Ensure the CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures.
* Effectively manage senior programming and operations talent. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Oversee 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. Ensure compliance with USAID grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to USAID. Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to donors.
* Represent CRS programming in international circles, highlighting innovative work. Publish program results and deliver presentations. Oversee the development of communication strategies and materials, complying with donor and CRS’ branding and marketing requirements and procedures.
* Manage relationships with consortium partner organizations, including organization of review/planning workshops. Coordinate 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 ensure the design and delivery of high quality training and technical assistance.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
* Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations or a relevant technical area. PhD preferred.
* 10 or more years relevant management and technical experience.
* 7 years of experience in managing donor funds, including multi country grants. Excellent knowledge and experience in budget management.
* Established leader in sector as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications, conference presentations etc.
* Demonstrated experience of successful program management, including management of complex, high-value, multi-activity projects, with complicated logistics.
* 5 years of staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching and mentoring senior program staff.
* Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
* Ability to represent and present to high level officials
* Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.
* Excellent strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
* Excellent 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 diverse/multi-disciplinary teams. Coaching/mentoring skills.
* Strong communications and presentation skills; able to develop tailored and persuasive messaging for varied audiences.
* Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
Required/Desired Foreign Language: English required
Program Manager Competencies
These are rooted in the mission, values and principles of CRS and used by each program manager to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
* Sets clear goals and manages toward them
* Collaborates effectively with staff and stakeholders
* Manages financial resources with integrity
* Applies program quality standards to project design and organizational learning
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
* Accountability and Stewardship
* Build Relationships
* Develops Talent
* Continuous Improvement and Innovation
* Strategic Mindset
Key Working Relationships
Country Representative, Head of Programs, Head of Operations, Food Security Technical Coordinator, Project Technical Leads (e.g. Health, Agriculture, Youth/Gender, Social Behavior Change etc.), Project Managers, Strategic Learning Lead, Project Officers, SBC Specialist
SARO Regional Staff (Regional Technical Advisors/Deputy Regional Directors) and CRS/HQ departments
USAID, UN partners, GoM officials, international and local partners, implementing partner leadership, other Malawi implementers, research institutions, church partners.
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.
This position is conditional upon award of funding for the DFSA.
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.