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Operations Manager

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable
  • Job type:
    Full Time
  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Business Administration, International Development
  • Deadline:
    January 26, 2022
Job Title: Operations Manager Reports to:  Country Manager
Department:  Liberia  Salary Grade: 9

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. 

Job Summary:  

As a member of the Country Program’s (CP) Senior Management Team, you will provide leadership and management of the operational functions. You will manage and/or coordinate the majority of the following operational functions -Human Resources (HR), Logistics, Procurement, Administration, Fleet, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Audit – in support of the Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) mission to serve the poor and vulnerable. You will promote stewardship of resources, help ensure principled compliance, proactively identify risk issues, and under supervision lead operational improvements.   

 Roles and Key Responsibilities:  

  • Plan, integrate, coordinate, and monitor day-to-day operations to ensure all support services are delivered with high-quality in an efficient manner. Address issues where operations support needs to be adapted for complex programming. Oversee the piloting of new operations initiatives that require the setting of new standards and systems 
  • Identify and help address challenges that affect the proper stewardship and optimal utilization of program assets and resources (financial, human, and material). Proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.
  • Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance management for direct reports. Monitor and assess performance to ensure adequate capacity for successful support of high-quality programming. Contribute to staffing plans and all the CP’s recruitment processes. 
  • Ensure the program is adequately staffed to meet CP needs and HR systems, policies and practices support a high-performance culture, staff development and retention. Assure quality personnel administration and a work environment that truly reflects the agency’s guiding principles. 
  • Create and maintain the proper conditions for learning. Establish a safe environment for the sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to small deficiencies. Provide capacity strengthening guidance for project teams and partners, which includes cross-departmental learning. 
  • Manage or coordinate operations functions – systems, processes and staffing – that meet CRS’ standards, donor requirements, and local regulations and support high-quality programming. Collaborate with programming leads to ensure appropriate project expenditures in line with financial plans and proper stewardship of material sources. 
  • Coordinate compliance with agency and donor requirements and local laws and regulations through periodic systems checks, review and assessment of operations policies and procedures. Coordinate response to issues that emerge from internal and external audits and provide guidance to implement improvements. 

 Basic Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree in International Development, Business Administration, Finance or relevant field required. 
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in a management position with progressive responsibilities. Experience with an international NGO and experience outside country of origin preferred. 
  • Additional experience may substitute for some education; additional education may substitute for some experience. 
  • Understanding of financial systems, including budgeting and budget/expense analysis experience. Knowledge of accounting software or similar financial reporting software, familiarity with Oracle ERP highly preferred. 

 Required LanguagesEnglish  

 Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 20%. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities  

  • 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 work collaboratively 
  • Team leadership abilities 
  • Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics 
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented 

 Preferred Qualifications 

  • Knowledge of multiple public donors’ regulations, including USAID, highly preferred. 
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. 
  • Knowledge of procurement and office administration/management issues.  
  • Ability to represent the agency at high levels 
  • Proficient 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.  

  • Integrity  
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation 
  • Builds Relationships  
  • Develops Talent 
  • Strategic Mindset 
  • Accountability & Stewardship 

 

Supervisory Responsibilities – Procurement officer, IT, Fleet, HR officer

 

Key Working Relationships:  All CP staff and Project Field Staff

 

Internal: Country Manager, Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Finance Manager, HR Officer, Technical Advisors, Deputy Regional Director for program Quality

 

External: Partners, Donors, Peers at other agencies. 

 ***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.  

Submit application to: LR_HR@crs.org or via the system below.

 CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. 

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer