Chief of Party II – Inclusive Development Activity


CRS seeks qualified global Chief of Party (COP) candidates for an anticipated USAID-funded inclusive development activity to support the rights, inclusion, and priorities of marginalized, under-represented populations and/or people in vulnerable situations around the world. The activity will accompany local organizations in their ongoing efforts to transform their societies to be more inclusive and equitable and responsive to the needs of marginalized communities across diverse geographic regions and areas of programming. This may include organizational capacity strengthening for local organizations supporting these populations, and direct support for specific groups or topics through small grants and rapid response. As Chief of Party you will provide vision, leadership and overall management of the inclusive development activity. Your strategic leadership, management and technical knowledge will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming and advance the position of CRS as a leading agency in inclusive development.
NOTE: This position is contingent upon donor funding
Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead all aspects of the development, implementation, and consolidation of the inclusive development activity, including sharing how it 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 activity is designed and implemented to meet donor 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 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. Oversee the development of staffing plans and the recruitment process of senior staff.
  • Promote, uphold and model CRS’ commitment to Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) in all aspects of managing the program.
  • Manage and mitigate risk through monitoring national and regional issues that may impact staff and programming.
  • Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Ensure compliance with donor requirements, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to USAID. Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests.
  • Represent CRS programming in international circles, highlighting innovative work. Publish program results and deliver presentations. Oversee the development of communication strategies and materials, complying with donor and CRS’ branding and marketing requirements and procedures.
  • Manage relationships with consortium partner organizations, including organization of review/planning workshops. Coordinate 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Established leader in sector as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications, conference presentations etc.
  • Demonstrated experience of successful program management, including management of complex, high-value, multi-country, multi-activity projects, with complicated logistics.
  • Experience in theory and practice of inclusive development with under-represented populations and/or people in vulnerable situations, and proven ability to apply inclusive development principles into one or more programming sectors
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing programs that engage diverse partner organizations led by historically disadvantaged individuals to influence policy and achieve development outcomes.
  • Experience with participatory grantmaking and inclusive program management in partnership with local organizations representing and/or led by persons from marginalized, under-represented populations.
  • Experience forming, maintaining, and strengthening partnerships and consortiums. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
  • Ability to represent and present at high levels.
  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.

Required Languages – Professional fluency in English required; proficiency in a second language preferred
Travel – up to 30%.
Basic Qualifications
· Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations or a relevant technical area. PhD preferred.
· 10 or more years’ relevant management and technical experience.
· 7 years exp managing donor funds, including multi country grants. Excellent knowledge and experience in budget management.
· 5 years of staff management exp and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching and mentoring senior program staff.
*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 peop le of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.* Note:** All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.
CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm.
CRS welcomes candidates from the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency.
CRS is an Equ al 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.

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