Job Title: Head of Programming I
Department: East and South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific Sub-region
Reports To: Head of Programs II
Country/Location: Manila, Philippines (or elsewhere in the sub-Region)
As a member of the East Asia and the Pacific Sub-Regional Leadership Team, you will provide strategic direction, leadership, and support to the full programmatic portfolio of the East Asia and the Pacific Sub-region. Working with Country Managers and under the guidance of the Philippines Head of Programs, you will ensure the establishment, expansion, and successful implementation of high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable in Indonesia, Timor Leste, Micronesia, and any new outreach countries in the Sub-Region. Your leadership, management and knowledge will ensure that programs in the Sub-Region deliver high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact, sustainability, and accountability of their programming.
- In collaboration with the Sub-Regional Country Representative (CR), HOP II, and Country Managers (CMs) provide strategic direction for the design of Sub-Regional strategic frameworks and plans, including the development of resource mobilization strategies to optimize the impact of programming interventions in line with regional and agency strategic priorities.
- Lead high-quality project design incorporating project management standards and MEAL methods, appropriate to scope, context and technical requirements of projects. Coordinate planning of activities across various projects from different sectors to ensure integration of program interventions and efficiency in implementation.
- Effectively manage talent. Manage team dynamics and promote staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance assessment for direct reports. Contribute to developing staffing plans for projects and to the recruitment process of senior project staff.
- Create and maintain proper conditions for learning. Establish a safe environment for sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to deficiencies. Promote accountability, learning and knowledge management overseeing implementation of the MEAL policy, as well as cross-sectoral and cross-country learning.
- Coordinate with operations leads to ensure appropriate project budgeting and efficient use and stewardship of project material sources, with a particular emphasis on providing operational support to the Yap, FSM office.
- In coordination with resource mobilization staff, oversee the business development cycle to ensure quality proposals per agency and donor standards.
- Oversee the identification, assessment and strengthening of appropriate partnerships and the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
- Ensure technical assistance and capacity strengthening for project teams and partners in project management standards and related MEAL, business development and operational activities. Identify training opportunities, develop training curricula, and deliver trainings.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
- Master’s Degree in International Development, International Relations or relevant field.
- Minimum of five years of relevant field-based program management, at least three years of middle/senior management experience.
- Experience in the development of successful proposals, reports, strategic alliances, project design, project management, and monitoring and evaluation.
- Experience in partner capacity strengthening, staff development, training, and mentoring, as well as in team building and strategic planning initiatives. Experience working with Church partners a plus
- Experience in community development, community mobilization, or similar grassroots, self-help initiatives.
- Experience in project grants management, including project design, budget preparation, expenditure tracking, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, etc., preferably for projects funded by multiple public donors, including USAID.
- Excellent English writing and speaking skills.
- Staff management experience and ability to create a conducive learning environment.
- Experience and abilities in capacity strengthening - developing curricula and facilitating trainings.
- Experience using MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, and knowledge sharing networks.
- Excellent strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
- Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
- Team leadership abilities
- Presentation and facilitation skills
- Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented
Required/Desired Foreign Language
Travel Required Up to 50% travel, including regular visits to sub-Regional countries, Regional meetings, and workshops.
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Country Managers, Head of Operations, Business Development Specialist, Deputy Regional Director for Programs, Regional Technical Advisors, HQ PIQA team, other ESA HOPs
External: Church hierarchy, sub-recipient partners, UN Agencies, consultants, US government and other donor representatives.
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.
- Trusting Relationships
- Professional Growth
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
NOTE: Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.