Chief of Party I- Peacebuilding & Governance, CAR

  • Contract
  • Bangui


*Position is contingent on donor funding*
About CRS
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.
CRS has been working in CAR since 2007. CRS supports programs in social cohesion, community-based early warning systems, peacebuilding, reconciliation, food security, agricultural recovery, and livelihood support. Building on current and recent experience, and in response to continued inter- and intro-community violence (for example between agriculturalists and pastoralists, and IDPs and residents), the country program continues to prioritize mainstreaming social cohesion and conflict mitigation programming throughout all sectors.
Job Summary:
Pending a successful bid for the award, as Chief of Party I you will provide leadership and overall management of a multi-year program contributing to increased stability and peace in CAR through a package of multisectoral interventions. The goal of the potential program is to reduce violence and build more effective, accountable, and democratic governance systems in CAR. Program interventions could include: community and trauma healing, increase political power of citizens, supporting independent media, strengthen governance and rule of law, create jobs and opportunities for individuals at risk of violence, and other peacebuilding and conflict mitigation strategies. Your leadership, management and technical knowledge will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming and advance the position of CRS as a leading agency in peacebuilding and governance field. As a senior lead er you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.
Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead all aspects of the development, implementation and consolidation of the project, including sharing how the project contributes to the thought leadership of the industry. Serve as the primary point of contact to USAID as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders.
  • Ensure the project is designed and implemented to meet USAID expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget, including strategies for phase out and sustainability. Ensure coordination between program and operations leads. Ensure the CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures.
  • Effectively manage senior programming and operations talent. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Oversee the development of staffing plans and the recruitment process of senior staff.
  • Manage and mitigate risk through monitoring national and regional issues that may impact staff and programming. Ensure all staff understand and adhere to CRS staff safety and security policies and plans, and ensure the updating of such plans.
  • Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Ensure compliance with USAID grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to USAID. Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to donors.
  • Oversee the development of communication strategies and materials, complying with donor and CRS’ branding and marketing requirements and procedures.
  • Coordinate relationships with consortium partner organizations, including organization of review/planning workshops. Contribute to coordination of the roles and activities of staff from other consortium member organizations in implementation in line with CRS partnership principles.
  • 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. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for CRS and partner staff and ensure the design and delivery of high quality training and technical assistance.

Basic Qualifications

  • Masters degree in International Development, International Relations or relevant technical area.
  • Minimum of 7 or more years’ relevant management and technical experience.
  • 5 years experience managing donor funds, including multi country grants. Strong knowledge and experience in budget management.
  • 5 years of staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching senior program staff.

Required Languages – English and French
Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 25%.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong 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 with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams. Coaching skills.
  • Strong communications and presentation skills; able to develop tailored and persuasive messaging for varied audiences.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience as a Chief of Party or comparable senior leadership position.
  • Demonstrated experience of successful program management, including management of complex, high-value, multi-activity projects, with complicated logistics, with significant focus on governance, peacebuilding, conflict mitigation, and local capacity building.
  • Experience engaging partners (local organizations, private sector, government, etc.) and empowering local stakeholders through locally driven interventions adopting durable approaches. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
  • Ability to represent and present at high levels.
  • Experience working in conflict-affected or insecure areas similar to CAR.
  • Experience in gender-sensitive programming

  • Excellent English writing skills.

  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.

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.

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