Country Representative, Guinea

  • Senior-level
  • Posted on 17 September 2015

Job Description

Position Title: Country Representative
Location: Conakry, Guinea
Department: WARO
Band: E
FLSA: Exempt
Reports To: Regional Director
About CRS: 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.

Summary/Background: CRS has been operating in Guinea since 2000 supporting relief and development operations in the country. Over the years, CRS has focused on health, governance, education and institution building for the local Caritas and other local organizations. CRS has also developed strong relationships with government line ministries, partners and communities we serve in the country implementing a multi-sectoral program portfolio. Our current portfolio includes a $62 million Global Fund Malaria grant, a $3 million seasonal malaria prevention grant, an emergency response and recovery portfolio valued at approximately $9 million through USAID/OFDA and USAID/FFP in the sectors of Health Systems Strengthening and WASH, and Food Security and Livelihoods, and other small programs in education and capacity strengthening. Approximately $4 million of USG funds are programmed through the newly-established sub-office in Nzerekore, in the Forest Region, and the program is currently positioning for longer-term recovery activities in HSS and FSL, with commitment to strengthened collaboration and capacity strengthening to l’Organisation Catholique pour la Promotion Humaine (OCPH – Caritas Guinea). The Guinea program has strong potential for continued growth, innovation, and local leadership in Health, HSS, and FSL.

1. Provide leadership at the country program level to ensure staff understand and work towards the long term vision and strategies of CRS in Guinea.
2. Develop strategies to ensure strong representation to the Church, United States Government, local governments and authorities, international organizations, other donors, international and national PVOs, and other appropriate networks.
3. Develop and maintain strong partnerships with local implementing partners such as the Church/Caritas and other local and international agencies.
4. Represent CRS at the highest levels in Guinea.
5. Seek and pursue opportunities to raise the profile of the work of CRS and its partners, as well as the needs and challenges of our beneficiaries.

Strategic Direction, Program Quality and Business Development:
1. Implement the Guinea Strategic Program Plan in accordance with regional and agency strategy.
2. Oversea short- and medium-term strategic planning for implementation of high quality programs.
3. Identify opportunities for appropriate expansion and growth of programs and the acquisition and investment of human resources.
4. Ensure that management and programming quality standards are upheld and that the country program strategic plan is applied appropriately.
5. Periodically lead proposal development teams.

1. Responsible for the effective operation and functions of program quality/technical assistance, finance, material resource management, growth, administration, information technology, and audit.
2. Ensure that systems are in place to enable CRS Guinea adheres to agency policies and procedures and that those policies and procedures are understood by all Staff.
3. Ensure compliance with donor administrative and financial requirements and US Government OFAC and BIS regulations.

Staff Management and Development:
1. Supervise and mentor staff, including development of performance plans and assessment of performance.
2. Provide constructive feedback and counsel on appropriate career paths and professional development for CRS staff.
3. Oversee the management, coaching and development of national and international staff to build cadre of skilled and committed personnel.
4. Ensure diversity in recruitment practices to build a cadre of competent, motivated and committed personnel.
5. Encourage principles of a just workplace and promote staff care and well-being.

Security and Emergency Response Management:
1. Oversee the management of all security issues, including appropriate response to emergency situations as they arise
2. Keep security, evacuation and contingency plans current and revise annually or as necessary and ensure adherence by all CRS staff.
3. Supervise emergency responses.
4. Brief new staff and visitors on the general context.

1. Ensure open communications and encourage principles of a just workplace.
2. Maintain a healthy and empowering office environment that encourages honest communication between CRS staff and partners.
3. Ensure positive and productive communication with the Episcopal Conference and with the dioceses supported by CRS.
4. Ensure open communications with regional management staff, regional technical advisors, and HQ departmental staff.

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.
• Serves with Integrity
• Models Stewardship
• Cultivates Constructive Relationships
• Promotes Learning

Country Representative Competencies
These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each country representative to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
• Leads toward Strategic Results
• Manages Risk and Complexity
• Represents and Partners Strategically
• Champions Learning and Performance

Supervisory Responsibility:
• Directly supervise programming and operations staff, TDYers and consultants. The number of staff will vary as grants increase.

Key Working Relationships
Internal: WARO Regional Director and Regional technical and MQ staff, HQ departments, CRS staff.
External: Catholic Church Officials, Catholic Church agencies, local partner organizations, host country government agencies, donor agencies, international and national non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, foreign governments.

• Masters in International Development/Relations or related field.
• 10 or more years of progressively responsible experience in PVO leadership and management.
• Previous experience managing a large-scale PVO country program.
• Proven ability to negotiate and work with local government.
• Strong interpersonal, communication and organization skills as well as good judgment, vision and maturity.
• Ability to operate successfully amidst complexity and uncertainty
• Demonstrated effectiveness with short- and long-term planning, as well as financial, human resource, and program management.
• Experience with institutional strengthening and partnership building helpful.
• Ability to work effectively in diverse environments and under pressure.
• Demonstrated understanding of the importance of staff development.
• Fluency in English.
• Familiarity with West Africa is a plus.
Personal/Professional Skills:
• Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills as well as good judgment and vision.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Familiarity and/or appreciation of the social teachings of the Catholic Church and its structure; ability to work well within this framework.
• Commitment to the Agency’s mission and strategy.
Language: English fluency, proficiency in French
Travel: Frequent travel to Guinea field locations.
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

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NOTE: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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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