Chief of Party II, Food Security and Resilience Project, Haiti

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 5 October 2020

Job Description



This position is contingent upon donor funding


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. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Job Summary:

CRS is seeking highly qualified candidates for an upcoming US Government-funded program to improve food security and nutrition of vulnerable populations in Haiti. As Chief of Party II you will provide vision, leadership and overall management of the project to serve the poor and vulnerable. The COP will ensure results are delivered on time and on budget, including strategies for phase out and sustainability. The COP will be the primary contact for the donor as well as public, private and non-governmental actors. Your strategic leadership, management and technical knowledge will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming and advance the position of CRS as a leading agency in Haiti. As a senior leader you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

· Lead all aspects of the development, implementation and consolidation of the project, including sharing how the project contributes to the thought leadership of the industry. Serve as the primary point of contact to the funding agency 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 donor requirements, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting. 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 and the government of Haiti’s relevant agencies, 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.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience of successful program management, including management of complex, high-value, multi-activity projects, with complicated logistics.
  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
  • Ability to represent and present at high levels.
  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.

Supervisory Responsibilities: DCOP, Senior Sector Leads, MEAL Manager, Operations Manager

Required Languages - English and French fluency required

Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 30-50 % domestically with periodic international travel.

Key Working Relationships:

Internal CRS Country Representative, Head of Operations, Finance Manager, Cayes Head of Office

External Country Directors of Partners, Steering Committee, Donor, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Social Affairs, other related government authorities and suppliers

Basic Qualifications

· 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 experience managing donor funds, including multi country grants. Excellent knowledge and experience in budget management.

· 5 years of staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching and mentoring senior program staff.




***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. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.




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.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.

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