Head of Programming - Mali

Bamako, Mali
Apply by 18 June 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 9 April 2018

Job Description

Job Title: Head of Programming, Mali
Location: Bamako
Reports To: Country Representative

*Interviews of qualified applicants done on a rolling basis

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.

BACKGROUND
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.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

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.
* Ensures that all programming staff use the three ProPack volumes and agency MEAL standards for high quality program design and management, as well as accountability, learning and innovation in key areas of both management and program quality.
* Integrates and promotes information communication technology for development (ICT4D) initiatives into programming as appropriate.
* Regularly travels to the field to visit projects and support further progress and regularly reviews progress against indicators.

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.
* Promote and create a culture to ensure capacity building and further professional development opportunities for all program staff in appropriate fields.
* 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.
* Ensure that partners reports follow applicable formats and are completed on time.
* 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.

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

Qualifications:
* 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
* At least 2 years’ experience working in a insecure, protracted complex humanitarian emergency environment
* 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
* Excellent organizational, planning and analytical skills; detail-oriented, adaptable, and flexible.
* Experience in participatory program design/development and implementation (design, monitoring, evaluation & reporting), including activity and budget management
* Knowledge of CRS policies, procedures and standards preferred
* 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.
* Willingness to travel up to 20% of the time

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.

EOE/M/F/D/V

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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