Catholic Relief Services is seeking a qualified candidate for a Program Manager for the FOCUS project providing support to each of the six country teams. The Program Manager serves as the principal point of contact at HQ for the in-country Project Directors and their teams in the field and provides first line support for activity planning, implementation, management and reporting. S/he coordinates support across HQ units to ensure timely and high quality technical, operational, and programmatic inputs, both virtually and on-site as needed. The in-country Project Directors coordinate closely with the Program Manager through regular communication to ensure that country-level progress is closely monitored, and that project priorities and requirements are identified; communicated to the appropriate management, technical, and operational personnel; and supported in a timely and cost-effective manner.FOCUS (Faith-based Organization Capacity Strengthening for Universal HIV Services) is a five-year CDC funded Cooperative Agreement supporting the provision of technical support and capacity building to faith-based organizations in the HIV response.
Duties and Responsibilities:
* Coordinate development of, and directly contribute to, workplan and program order narratives, tables, and budgets with FOCUS programming teams from the field, technical staff from HQ, consortium members and partners, ensuring timely submission of high quality coherent work plans and program orders that are responsive to country needs and donor requirements, and comply with applicable regulations, and CRS’ technical and cost standards.
* Support and directly contribute to the preparation of annual continuing applications to CDC including required progress reports and ensure that FOCUS meets all programmatic and financial internal and donor reporting requirements, through preparation of regular reports and updates in collaboration with FOCUS HQ and country teams. Establish regular report tracking and communication systems to ensure reporting deadlines, milestones, expiration dates, and any donor-approved changes to work plans, targets, activity timelines and technical standards are clearly communicated and followed.
* Serve as the principal point of contact at HQ for the in-country Project Directors and their teams in the field and provide first line support for activity planning, implementation, management and reporting. This includes working closely with FOCUS’ Programming and Operations and Technical Directors on the sourcing of technical assistance for the project by connecting country requests with the FOCUS, consortium member and CRS technical teams and external consultants.
* Maintain communication protocols and support the content, documenting, and scheduling of project conference calls and donor briefings. Coordinate closely with in-country Project Directors through regular communication to ensure that country-level progress is closely monitored, and that project priorities and requirements are identified, communicated to the appropriate management, technical, and operational personnel; and supported in a timely and cost-effective manner
* Master’s degree in Public Health, International Affairs or Development, or equivalent degree.
* At least 5 years of relevant experience, designing, implementing, and supporting USG funded HIV and AIDS and/or MCH programs in developing countries. Experience with Pediatric AIDS and/or programming for Orphans and Vulnerable Children preferred.
* Knowledge of CDC rules and regulations including 45 CFR 75/2CFR 200, HHS Grants Policy Statement, Standard Provisions and FFATA
* Significant direct experience developing proposals, administering projects and funding from USG agencies.
Ability to travel domestically and overseas: estimated 25%.
NOTE: All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.
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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.
About the Organization
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's Agriculture and Livelihoods team supports farming communities using our Pathway to Prosperity approach, which enables rural families to increase their productivity within sustainable landscapes, achieve a living income and build more resilient communities.