Project Support Officer, Contracts

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 21 March 2020
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Job Description

CRS’ IDEA department advances the agency’s strategic position by engaging new and existing institutional donors to acquire and steward resources that deliver excellent programs to advance Vision 2030. Teams within the department focus on three main areas: engaging donors, prospects and strategic partners, acquiring new business, and delivering on the outcomes as outlined in the institutional award agreements, in compliance with donor requirements.

The Project Support and Deliver (PSiDe) team advances the ‘deliver’ area objectives by managing and stewarding institutional donor relationship and resources, supporting the growth of CRS’ business and influence, and building the capacity of staff across the spectrum of resource acquisition and management.

The Project Support Officer, Contracts (PSO Contracts) will be responsible for providing comprehensive project support to a portfolio of projects, with a focus on USAID contracts and subcontracts. The PSO Contracts will support the successful implementation of contracts from start-up to close-out through close working relationship with Chiefs of Party, country program and regional office personnel, and with other CRS departments. The PSO Contracts will represent CRS and the contracts’ interests externally through effective engagement with the donors and other stakeholders, and internally through close working relationships with other CRS units. The PSO Contracts will also contribute to business development efforts as needed, primarily, but not solely, within her/his portfolio. This position is contingent on funding.

Roles and Key Responsibilities
* Work closely with project, finance and award management staff to ensure award compliance and timely submission of quality deliverables
* Identify trouble spots in project implementation, assess implications for both the country program and donor, and strategize viable solutions with award management staff, project staff and country program management.
* Full lifecycle award management to include negotiating and processing awards and modifications, oversee award compliance, resolution of issues arising during implementation, and completion of deliverables.
* Represent CRS and the projects in portfolio to external donors and stakeholders.
* Provide input on select business development opportunities on project design, donor preferences, and proposal reviews.

Education and Experience –
* Bachelor’s degree in international development, international relations, communications, English, marketing, journalism, or other related field. Master’s degree preferred.
* Minimum four years of relevant experience, including at least two years of experience traveling and working in low-resource settings.
Required Languages – Fluency in English required; working ability in French or Spanish strongly preferred.

Travel – Ability and willingness to travel to low-resource environments in foreign countries as needed, up to 25-35% of job time.

***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.

NOTE: All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.

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 - CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (For all US and International positions)

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

CRS staff, alongside our partners and the people we serve, work daily to bring our mission and guiding principles to life. We share our stories of hope, compassion and solidarity to inspire others to join us in creating a more just and prosperous world for all.

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