Head of Programming - Mali

Bamako, Mali
Apply by 5 April 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 7 March 2018

Job Description

Reports To: Country Representative

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.

CRS began working in Mali in 1999, as an outreach program from Burkina Faso. Since then, CRS Mali has expanded its work and portfolio to reach more than 2 million Malians directly in 2017 with programs in Health, Agriculture, Education, and Humanitarian Response. CRS Mali implements programs funded by the Global Fund, USAID, USDA, CDC, the European Union, the UN, Foundations, among others. With offices in Bamako, Mopti, Timbuktu and Gao, the Mali team employs more than 200 staff and works with a expansive network of national, international, and Malian government partners.

1. Program Quality:
* Ensures project implementation plans are developed with staff and partners in a detailed and realistic manner.
* Oversees high quality and timely reporting by Project Managers.
* Regularly travels to the field to visit projects and support further progress and regularly reviews progress against indicators.
* Supports program and partner staff in ensuring effective monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) systems are in place for each project.
2. Supervision and Staff Development:
* Supervise Heads of Departments and a Deputy Head of Programs as listed under supervisory responsibilities, ensuring the use of performance and development plans, annual performance appraisals, regular coaching sessions, and the practicing of values based behaviors.
* Ensure all Program Managers are well versed in ProPack I, II and III/SMILER, Project Management Standards, and financial and budget management.
3. Financial and Administrative Responsibilities:
* Lead the development of the budgetary and programming aspects of Annual Program Plans under direct supervision and within the DHOP’s portfolio
* Provide oversight and support to the DHOP and Heads of Departments to ensure strong budget management and ensure good stewardship of programming resources; oversee/ensure use of Project/Grant Tracking tool to monitor budgets, reporting and deadlines.
* Collaborate with operations department to ensure that partner capacities are assessed before project implementation and updated regularly, and appropriate training is provided to fill identified gaps.
4. Lead Programmatic Growth:
* Identify program development opportunities and support strategic growth activities and opportunity capture planning led by in-Country Business Development Coordinator and in collaboration with partners, CP staff, regional/HQ technical advisors and the Business Development Team.
* Assess funding environment as well as CRS’ strengths/opportunities and guides staff and partners in identifying and analyzing new opportunities.
* Proactively identify and cultivate new partner and donor relationships, including potential private sector partners and consortia for new projects
5. Representation:
* Represent CRS in various fora including conferences, donor visit, meetings with church officials, other NGOs, government ministries, US government representatives and diplomatic missions in coordination with the Country Representative (CR).
* Serve as Acting Country Representative as appropriate.

Deputy Head of Programs, Head of Health Department, Head of Emergencies Department, Head of MEAL Department, Ag Livelihoods Advisor, Program Quality Manager

* Master’s degree in International Development, Agriculture, Health, Social Sciences, or related discipline, or an equivalent university degree with extensive fieldwork experience
* At least 5 years’ experience in development and emergency program management, preferably with CRS
* Proven in-depth knowledge of donor cash and in-kind policies and regulations from donors such as the Global Fund, European Union, USAID, and USDA commodity management and compliance regulations
* Demonstrated capacity in establishing and maintaining strong working and representational relationships with partners, donors, government officials, international NGOs, local organizations, communities and other stakeholders
* Native fluency in oral and written English
* Professional proficiency in French.

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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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