Project Director, COVID-19 Response - JWBG

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 16 October 2020
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Job Description


NOTE: the expected timeline for this position is 10 months; contingent on funding.
About CRS:

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.

CRS has been present in Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza (JWBG) for more than 50 years. In Gaza, CRS currently supports vulnerable families to access market-based humanitarian assistance for food and critical relief items, dignified shelter, urban livelihoods, and improved psychosocial wellbeing. In the West Bank, CRS supports herders to improve their agricultural livelihoods. CRS is implementing a COVID-19 response across the Country Program (CP), supporting health facilities and vulnerable households to mitigate the spread and impact of COVID-19.

Job Summary:

As Project Director, you will provide overall leadership to the COVID-19 response team and be responsible for the overall management of the project including the quality of programmatic implementation (including monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning) and administrative elements of the project to serve the poor and vulnerable. You are responsible for ensuring that project results are achieved on time and on budget, including strategies for phase out and sustainability, and that the budget is consumed as planned. As a senior leader, you will proactively contribute to mitigating safety and security risks.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring. Strategically tailor development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Oversee the development of staffing plans and recruitment process of senior staff.
  • Lead the development, implementation and consolidation of the COVID-19 response project. Provide oversight for all aspects of program quality, program management, representation, and human resources. Serve as the primary point of contact for the project to public donors as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders.
  • Ensure strategic objectives and results are accomplished and meet technical quality standards through annual and quarterly activity planning and budget forecasts. Lead quarterly technical review of implementation plans.
  • Promote MEAL and knowledge management by leading program/project reviews and reflections with staff and partner representatives and documentation of good practices and lessons learned for assessments, to adjust strategies and implementation plans, to inform future programming initiatives and approaches, and to contribute to organizational learning.
  • Ensure the project upholds accountability to affected populations and agency accountability commitments; champion the protection of children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation throughout the project.
  • Collaborate, coordinate and communicate on a regular basis with donors, INGO key sectoral working groups, the UN, and relevant local authorities and community actors to keep abreast of changing needs and opportunities on the ground, to develop synergies, and to identify opportunities for growth.
  • Manage and mitigate risk. Ensure compliance, including oversight of partner budgets, finance and administration, and donor reporting. Coordinate closely with CP supply chain management and other operations colleagues to ensure project procurement meet donor requirements within the unique operational context.
  • Coordinate relationships with partner organizations. Contribute to coordination of roles and activities of staff from partner organizations in implementation in line with CRS partnership principles.
  • 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 capacity building opportunities for CRS and partner staff and ensure the design and delivery of high-quality training and technical assistance.

***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.

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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