About CRS’ EMPOWER Program
The HRD has been piloting the EMPOWER (Empowering Partner Organizations Working on Emergency Responses) project with local partners based in the Latin America and Caribbean (LACRO) region since 2018. CRS’ EMPOWER program provides technical support and accompaniment to local and national organizations to strengthen institutional capacity for humanitarian response programming. Through EMPOWER, CRS staff accompany local organizations in institutional capacity self-assessments. Based on self-assessment results, as well as institutional mission, vision, and strategy, participating local organizations develop institutional strengthening plans. In response to expressed priorities and requests, CRS provides participating organizations with demand driven technical resources, support, training and accompaniment, and organizes zonal and regional workshops to facilitate shared learning and strengthening of peer networks among local and national humanitarian response organizations. In 2021, HRD will continue to grow a team of LACRO based emergency responders whose primary roles will be to strengthen the emergency response capacity of local partners and support these partners in implementing high quality emergency responses.
You will provide technical guidance and accompaniment to local and national organizations participating in the EMPOWER program in the areas of program quality and business development to strengthen their institutional capacity for humanitarian response programming, in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality and partnership principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practice. As a part of the EMPOWER team, you will support local and national organizations in LACRO in achieving their institutional objectives for humanitarian response management, with a primary focus on Central American partners.
· Master’s Degree in International Development, or related field required.
· Minimum of five years relevant international working experience in an advisory or management role with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of three years working for programming interventions in humanitarian response programming.
· Previous experience providing technical assistance and developing successful proposals for external donor funding is required.
· Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in humanitarian response programming. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
· Experience in business development, project design and proposal development in humanitarian response programming, including technical writing.
· Experience in mentoring, coaching, facilitation and training applying adult learning principles and practices.
· Experience with program monitoring and evaluation, including applying data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation.
· Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
· Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.
Required Languages - Excellent skills in oral and written English, professional proficiency in Spanish required, French preferred
Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 50% (six months out of the year), and to travel as soon as possible after a disaster occurs. Most travel will be within the Latin America and Caribbean Region but travel to other regions may be required as well.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
· Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings.
· Strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
· Strong written and oral communication skills
· Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
· Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented
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
· Builds Relationships
· Develops Talent
· Strategic Mindset
· Accountability & Stewardship
Supervisory Responsibilities: None
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: EMPOWER Team Lead and Team members, HRD Technical Advisors, CRS Latin America and Caribbean Region Country Program Staff
External: Program, Operations, and Management Staff form Participating Local Organizations, Donor agencies and representatives
***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.