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.
Catholic Relief Services has been working in Liberia since 1957 with current programmatic focus targeting health, nutrition, peacebuilding, and agriculture. CRS Liberia is beginning implementation as Principal Recipient (PR) of a 12-month Malaria and Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health (RSSH) Grant funded by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). CRS will draw on the agency’s global malaria, health systems strengthening and Global Fund expertise to oversee and strengthen vector control, malaria case management, prevention of malaria in pregnancy, health product management systems, health management information systems and M&E, human resources for health (including community health workers), and overall program management.
As Chief of Party I, you will provide vision, leadership and overall management of the Global Fund Malaria/RSSH grant to serve the poor and vulnerable. You will oversee CRS Liberia’s relationship with Global Fund, the Ministry of Health (MoH), National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), various service providers, partners, and other public, private, and non-government stakeholders. 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 combating malaria. As a senior leader you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.
Roles and Key Responsibilities:
- Lead all aspects of the development, implementation and consolidation of the Global Fund Malaria/RSSH Grant, including sharing how the project contributes to the thought leadership on combatting malaria. Serve as the primary point of contact to Global Fund as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders.
- Ensure the project is designed and implemented to meet donor and MoH 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 Global Fund and CRS program quality standards are adhered to as per Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (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 Global Fund regulations, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to Global Fund. Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and reprogramming requests to the donor.
- 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 Global Fund and CRS’ branding and marketing requirements and procedures.
- Manage relationships with partner organizations, including organization of review/planning workshops. Coordinate the roles and activities of staff from Sub Recipient 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.
- Ensure that gender equity is consistently and intentionally streamlined into all program activities, including staff recruitment and training.
- Champion CRS commitment to safeguarding everyone from harassment, exploitation and abuse through robust systems of prevention and response, as well as our commitment to gender equity.
- Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations, Public Health or a relevant technical area. PhD preferred.
- 10 or more years’ relevant management and technical experience, preferably with a track record of successful Global Fund program management, including management of multi-activity projects, complicated logistics and large budgets, as well as management of health products and medical commodities
- 7 years experience managing donor funds, preferably focused on malaria and health. Excellent knowledge and experience in budget management.
- 5 years of staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching and mentoring senior program staff.
Required Languages: English
Travel: Must be willing and able to travel up to 40 %.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Technical experience in developing health and malaria programs in resource poor settings.
- Significant experience in partnership management.
- Excellent strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
- Excellent 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/mentoring skills.
- Strong communications and presentation skills; able to develop tailored and persuasive messaging for varied audiences.
- Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
- 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-activity projects, with complicated logistics.
- Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. 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.
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: Technical Advisor II – Malaria, Technical Advisor II – MEAL, Procurement and Supply Chain Manager, and Finance Manager.
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Country Manager, Operations Manager, Country Deputy Finance Manager, Global Fund Malaria/RSSH project staff (Technical Advisor II – Malaria, Program Manager II – MEAL, Procurement and Supply Chain Manager, and Finance Manager), programs and operations management teams, Global Fund Support Unit (GFSU), and regional technical advisors.
External: National and local MoH, NMCP, the Liberia Coordinating Mechanism (LCM), Global Fund Country Team, Local Fund Agent (LFA), partners, other Global Fund Principal Recipients in Liberia, Malaria/RSSH Sub Recipients, health consortia and local government authorities.
***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.
Please submit your application to: LR_HR@crs.org or apply through the system below.
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