You will lead strategy development in the field of governance globally and provide technical leadership and advice in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to Technical Advisors and Regional and Country Program (CP) teams to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your expertise, leadership, and influence will be key in determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS’ governance programming is across the globe.
- Lead design and implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards, tools, and best practices in governance that effectively engage partners, donors, and governments. Ensure a cross-sectoral approach that integrates gender, protection mainstreaming, and disaster risk reduction.
- Lead development and advancement of agency-wide standards, policies, innovative approaches, tools, and M&E in governance including application of partnership principles.
- Contribute to HQ, regional, and country program staff efforts to pre-position CRS for strategic growth opportunities in governance. Provide technical guidance in proposal development and project design with a focus on complex projects to ensure innovative programming solutions and technical excellence. Support CPs to appropriately staff project teams.
- Lead capacity strengthening initiatives in governance programming for staff and partners through ensuring development of learning agendas/curriculums, organizing and/or facilitating trainings, workshops and conferences, and mentoring and coaching staff in innovative CRS approaches and tools. Provide mentoring and coaching to TAs, as well as CP and regional staff.
- Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance assessment for direct reports.
- Lead the agency knowledge management and learning agenda in governance through setting conditions for collective learning that ensure the capturing, documenting, and sharing of key successes, promising practices, lessons learned, and evidence-based implementation research, internally and externally, including publications in peer reviewed journals.
- Represent CRS at global forums, UN, Congress, and major donor forums to present CRS’ work and research in governance to influence technical partner approaches, future funding opportunities, and policies. Network with relevant organizations to increase CRS’ profile in governance influence in the global governance community, and donor diversification.
Education and Experience:
- Master’s Degree in governance, or political science, international relations, public and international affairs, required. PhD or equivalent degree (e.g., MD, DrPH, EdD) strongly preferred.
- Minimum of ten years of work experience in governance with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with five years overseas in multiple regions as a technical advisor and/or program manager of a governance project and/or multi-sectoral project with a governance component.
- Deep understanding and application of technical principles and concepts in governance. Good knowledge of related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
- Track record of contributing significantly to successful business development activities capturing public and/or private donor funding in governance.
- Expertise in the development and production of curricula, tools, and other products to support governance interventions and programming. Demonstrated experience to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training, mentoring, and other formal and informal methods.
- Experience with program monitoring and evaluation including development of indicators, data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation.
- Demonstrated experience and skills to represent the organization at the highest levels at meetings with donors, government, international NGOs, local partners - faith-based and civil society. Understanding of partnership principles.
- Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications and strong understanding of information and budget management systems and knowledge-sharing networks.
- Technical and/or academic publications highly desirable.
Language: French (desirable)
Travel: (up to 40%)
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Member of the Africa Justice and Peacebuilding Working Group (AJPWG); the Equity, Inclusion and Peacebuilding (EQUIP) team; the Program Integrated Quality (PIQ) unit; and the Program Integrated Quality Assurance (PIQA) department. Liaises with regional and country program offices, especially in Africa; IDEA; Marcom; and Mission and Mobilization.
External: USAID; USIP; UNDP; NDI; IRI; IFES; The Carter Center; World Bank; InterAction member organizations; the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) member organizations; governance contractors; and faith-based organizations including the Catholic Church overseas.
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
- Continuous Improvement & Innovation
- Accountability & Stewardship
*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.