Emergency Response and Recovery (ERR) Program Manager II, Iraq

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 30 July 2018

Job Description

In partnership and collaboration with Caritas Iraq, CRS Iraq is supporting conflict-affected people to live in dignity through the provision of critical relief items and cash, upgrades to shelter conditions and improved access to water and sanitation facilities, educational and psychosocial (PSS) support for children, and livelihoods support. CRS Iraq has recently established its peacebuilding program, which seeks to build mutual understanding, tolerance and trust among religious and ethnic minority and majority groups in post-conflict Iraq. Also, CRS/Iraq has recently launched a recovery program implementing different assets restoration and livelihoods strategies. Most of CRS/Iraq current Emergency Response and Recovery (ERR) programs are funded by USG and other private donors.

Job Summary:

The PM II will manage and provide technical oversight of the development and implementation of the Country Program (CP)’s emergency response and recovery program, particularly for large and complex projects, ensuring effective systems and processes are in place that support high-quality programming advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable. The PM’s management skills and knowledge will ensure that CRS/Iraq and its partners deliver high-quality programming and continuously work towards improving the impact of our emergency response and recovery programming.

Job Responsibilities:

  • · Provide management, guidance, and technical oversight of all new and existing projects within the CP emergency response and recovery programming throughout the project cycle to ensure project design, start-up, implementation and close-out are in line with CRS quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices. Ensure project team and partner staff use the appropriate systems and tools.
    • · Supervise the performance of 1-2 international staff and 2-3 senior national staff. Effectively manage his/her team’s talent for emergency response and recovery. Supervise and manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance management for direct reports.
    • · Lead the development of program learning - identify opportunities for learning, research and publications in emergency response and recovery and implementation of MEAL policy. Facilitate the dissemination of promising practices and lessons learned to contribute to the agency knowledge management agenda. Ensure integration of innovations and best practices.
  • · Contribute to the proactive pursuit of opportunities for new funding to ensure growth of the CP emergency response and recovery portfolio in line with agency, regional, and CP strategic priorities. Serve as the technical lead and technical writer to ensure quality proposals in emergency response and recovery per agency and donor standards. Contribute to budgeting and staffing plans and activities for proposals.
    • · Oversee technical assistance and capacity strengthening activities in emergency response and recovery for staff and partner organizations to enhance program quality and impact.
    • · Oversee the identification, assessment and strengthening of partnerships relevant to emergency response and recovery, including the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches and capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.
    • · Ensure timely and appropriate project expenditures in line with financial plans and efficient use and stewardship of project material sources.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • · Master’s Degree in International Development, International Relations or a similar field required. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • · Minimum of 5 years of relevant field-based experience in relevant field-based project management experience required, with preferably at least 2-3 years working in the area of program management.
  • · Proven experience with staff supervision and management and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
  • · Good experience in project grants management, including project design, preferably for grants from multiple public donors, including USAID.
  • · Demonstrated ability to write high quality technical proposals.
  • · Experience engaging with partner organizations
  • · MEAL skills and experience required.
  • · Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.

Personal Skills

  • · Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with ability to make sound judgment and decisions and offer innovative solutions
  • · Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • · Good presentation and facilitation skills
  • · Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented

Required/Desired Foreign Language: Fluent English is required; Arabic is a plus.

Travel Required: The position is based in Erbil, with up to 50% travel to project sites in Iraq, including Baghdad. Regional and international travel for training, as needed.

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: 1 – 2 international staff; 2 - 3 senior national staff

Internal: Country Representative, Head of Programming, Head of Operations, Department Managers, Project Managers, Regional team

External: Caritas-Iraq, Heads of Caritas Internationalis representatives; Church partners; CRS implementing partners; operational partners and colleague organizations; Local Government; UN agencies and sector leads in the area.

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.

  • · Trusting Relationships
  • · Professional Growth
  • · Partnership
  • · Accountability

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

About the Organization

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.

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