South Asia Sub-Regional Country Representative

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 24 July 2018

Job Description

Position Title: South Asia Sub-Regional Country Representative

Location: New Delhi, India

Reports to: Regional Director

FLSA: Exempt
Start Date: August 2018

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.


CRS programs in the India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal constitute a sub-regional hub with overall leadership from the Sub-regional Country Representative (CR) based in New Delhi, India, overseeing a team of a Country Manager in Dhaka (Bangladesh), Country Representative in Kathmandu (Nepal), Sri Lanka, and sub-regional PQ/BD staff.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has been operational in India since 1946, during which time it has implemented programming in multiple sectors across the Indian sub-continent. CRS’ main office in India is located in New Delhi with sub-offices and operation sites in six states (Assam, Bihar, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal). CRS’s current programming sectors in India include health, livelihoods, women & child protection, and disaster preparedness and response. The country program has a network of more than 40 local and grassroots organizations that reach hundreds of thousands of people across India. Through this network, CRS continues to reach India’s remote interior villages and people who are among the most impoverished and vulnerable in the country. CRS’ presence in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal is more recent, closely linked with national Caritas partners, and in some cases geared around recent natural disasters and man-made crises.

The CRS Sub-Regional Country Representative (CR) is responsible for overall leadership and management of the four country offices, including stewardship of agency resources, operational excellence, program quality and implementation, and performance management of human resources. The CR is CRS’ principal representative to the Catholic Church, local government, donors, international organizations, and local civil society organizations.

This position requires an individual with strong leadership abilities; representational, communication, and risk management skills; and a facility for developing networks to build partnerships and diversify program resources. S/he will be responsible for the overall coordination and strategic direction of the South Asia Sub-Region in the short- to long-term; provide necessary coaching and supervision for senior managers directly under his or her supervision; ensure high quality program design and implementation; ensure efficient management of public grants and private funds for compliance and high quality reporting; and provide oversight of the financial management systems.

Primary Functions


1. Provide leadership at the sub-regional level to ensure staff understand and work towards the long-term vision and strategies of CRS in the respective country programs.

2. Develop strategies to ensure strong representation to the Church, United States Government, local governments and authorities, international organizations, private sector, research institutions, international and national PVOs, and other appropriate networks.

3. Develop and maintain strong partnerships with local implementing partners such as Church as well as other local and international agencies.

4. Represent CRS at the highest levels in the country programs. Provide representation support to CR/CMs in Bangladesh and Nepal* as needed and appropriate. (*Please note that a final decision is pending on whether to keep Nepal within the South Asia region, or shift reporting responsibilities directly to the regional level.)

5. Seek and pursue opportunities to raise the profile of the work of CRS and its partners, as well as the needs and challenges of program participants.

Strategic Direction, Program Quality and Growth:

1. Set the strategic vision and direction of the country programs to serve more people with the highest quality programming possible, and secure the necessary resources to ensure its realization.

2. Align programming to Agency and Regional strategies, and guide the process of developing appropriate programs and annual work plans.

3. Manage ongoing programs and develop and design new programs in the areas of health, agriculture-livelihoods, education, emergency preparedness and response, and institutional strengthening in line with the regional and partner strategies.

4. Ensure country programs’ coherence with Agency strategies through communication with the Regional Director and regional technical staff.

5. Ensure program quality through implementation of country-specific project review systems, comprehensive Monitoring & Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) systems and staff/partner development.

6. Enhance MEAL with increased utilization and linkages to ICT4D and ICT4E technologies across the country programs.

7. Remain current on national and regional issues impacting CRS country programs and partners, and develop responsive strategies to ensure the CRS mission is carried out appropriately.

8. Ensure country program alignment and involvement in meeting the objectives of the agency strategic objectives.

9. Oversee short- and medium-term strategic planning for implementation of high quality programs.

10. Identify opportunities for appropriate expansion and growth of programs, and the acquisition and investment of human resources.

11. Ensure that program quality and operational excellence standards are coherently integrated and upheld for maximum performance.


1. Ensure operational excellence to achieve optimal efficiency and cost effectiveness in all functions and operations of the country program, whether quality/technical assistance, finance, material resource management, growth, administration, information technology, audit, etc.

2. Ensure that systems are in place to enable CRS country programs to adhere to CRS and donor policies and procedures, and that those policies and procedures are understood by all Staff.

3. Ensure compliance with all CRS and donor administrative and financial requirements and regulations.

Staff Performance Management and Development:

1. Supervise and mentor staff, including the development of performance plans and assessment of performance.

2. Provide constructive feedback and counsel on appropriate career paths and professional development for CRS staff.

3. Oversee the management, coaching and development of national and international staff to build a cadre of skilled and committed personnel.

4. Ensure the application of principles of a just workplace and diversity, and promote staff care and well-being.

Security and Emergency Response Management:

1. Oversee the management of all security issues, including appropriate responses to emergency situations as they arise.

2. Create and maintain a culture of safety and security throughout the country programs.

3. Keep security, evacuation and contingency plans current and revised annually, or as necessary, and ensure adherence by all CRS staff.

4. Lead and manage emergency responses.


1. Ensure open communications and encourage principles of a just workplace.

2. Maintain a healthy and empowering office environment that encourages honest communication between CRS staff and partners.

3. Ensure positive and productive communication with the Catholic Bishops Conference and with partners, especially Church, supported by CRS.

4. Ensure open communications with regional management staff, regional technical advisors, and HQ departmental staff.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

· Serves with Integrity

· Models Stewardship

· Cultivates Constructive Relationships

· Promotes Learning

Country Representative Competencies

These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each country representative to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

· Leads toward Strategic Results

· Manages Risk and Complexity

· Represents and Partners Strategically

· Champions Learning and Performance


· Masters in International Development/Relations or related field

· 10 or more years of progressively responsible experience in PVO leadership and management

· Previous experience managing a large-scale PVO country program

· Experience managing a variety of complex, high-value donor-funded (USG, Global Fund, UN, etc.), including consortium leadership initiatives

· Demonstrated success in program development and fundraising

· Deep understanding and proven experience working with local and Church partners with the aim of building their capacity to expand their own influential voice and programming goals

· Proven ability to negotiate and work with local government and organizations

· Strong interpersonal, communication and organization skills as well as solid, well-balanced judgment, vision and maturity

· Strong staff supervision and mentoring skills; experience in managing and supporting staff remotely

· Ability to operate successfully amidst complexity and uncertainty

· Demonstrated effectiveness with short- and long-term planning, as well as financial, human resource, and program management

· Experience with institutional strengthening and partnership building helpful

· Ability to work effectively in diverse environments and under pressure

· Ability to cope with multiple priorities in a timely manner with high quality outcomes

· Demonstrated understanding of the importance of staff development

· Fluency in English and a regional language preferred

· Familiarity with South East Asia a plus

Personal/Professional Skills:

· Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills as well as good judgment and solid emotional intelligence

· Strong written and verbal communication skills

· Commitment to the Agency’s mission and strategy

Key Working Relationships:

Internal – ESA Regional Director and Regional team and HQ departments, as applicable.

External - Catholic Church officials and agencies, local partner organizations, host country government agencies, donor agencies, international and national non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, foreign governments, etc.

Physical Requirements/Environment:

The position is based in New Delhi, India, requiring travel 40% of the time on average.

Disclaimer Clause:

This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, efforts, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

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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