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.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party for a USDA McGovern Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Project in Mali. The project is planned for October 2020 - September 2025 and aims to improve literacy, reduce hunger and improve nutrition among pre-school and primary school-age students, especially girls. As Deputy Chief of Party I, you will oversee the technical side of the project to serve the poor and vulnerable while supervising a project team of four. Your management and technical knowledge will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming and reporting to the donor. As a senior leader you will contribute to proactively managing security and mitigating security risks.
Roles and Key Responsibilities:
- Manage technical aspects of the development, implementation and consolidation of the MGD-FFE project. Serve as a point of contact on area of responsibility to USDA as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders, when needed.
- Manage key function of the project to meet donor expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget. Contribute to ensuring coordination between program and operations leads. Contribute to ensuring the CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures.
- Effectively review and consolidate technical reports from CRS staff and partners to ensure timely submission of qualitative performance reports to USDA
- Effectively manage talent and supervise project technical staff. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Contribute to 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.
- Support CoP to coordinate with the supply chain team to ensure appropriate reception, transportation, warehousing, and distribution of U.S. government commodities and LRP commodities to schools and beneficiaries
- Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Help ensure compliance with USDA grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to USDA.
- Maintain relationships with key staffs of consortium partner organizations in regard to area of responsibility. Contribute to coordination of 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 for direct reports. 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 recommend trainings and technical assistance.
- Recognized technical experience and qualifications in Education and more specifically School Feeding
- 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.
Required Languages - Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French required. Knowledge and proficiency in local Malian languages is a plus.
Travel - Ability to travel on field missions up to 25% of the time.
LRP Project Manager, SILC & Social Cohesion Project Manager, School Canteen Project Manager, Health & WASH Manager
· Masters degree in International Development, International Relations or a relevant technical area. PhD preferred.
· 7 or more years’ relevant management and technical experience.
· 5 years experience managing donor funds, including multi country grants. Strong knowledge and experience in budget management.
· 5 years of staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching senior program staff.
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. 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.