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Chief of Party, Continuity of Learning - Haiti

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February 15, 2023
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Job Title: Chief of Party, Continuity of Learning - Haiti

Reports to:  CRS Haiti Country Representative

Department:  CRS Haiti

Salary Grade: 11

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:

The Chief of Party (CoP) must have demonstrated technical and adaptive leadership, and strategic management in implementing USAID education projects in developing countries of similar context to Haiti, an unpredictable, diverse, and complex environment. The CoP will be responsible for the strategic design and coordination of the activity’s components to ensure feasibility, timely and safe delivery of quality project results. S/He will be responsible for providing strategic guidance in harmonizing relevant activity approaches between existing and new programs in different geographical areas to avoid duplication and ensure fidelity of implementation for quality assurance. S/He will have strong communication and coordination skills and financial management complemented with proven skills in teamwork management and supervision that support project staff by creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes trust, mutual respect, the guiding activity principles, and empowers staff to responsibly achieve results. S/He will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a positive and productive relationship with key Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP) counterparts at the technical level and ensure that the field team with the sub-awardees/sub-contractors establish the same relationship with their MENFP counterparts and local education authorities at the department and community levels. 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 Education and Resilience 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 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 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.

Required LanguagesEnglish and French required. Basic Haitian Creole a plus.

Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 25%.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Technical Coordinator
  • MEAL Specialist
  • Technical Leads

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Head of Programs, Youth and Education Sector Leads, Finance Director, Head of Operations, Supply Chain Manager, Human Resources

External: Ministry of Education, USAID Mission, partner consortium leads, private sector partners

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

  • Recognized leader in education 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.
  • Strong preference for candidates with previous USAID-funded project management experience.
  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
  • Ability to represent and present at high levels to donors, civil society, academic institutions, and partner/peer organizations.
  • Experience in Haiti or similar complex environments strongly preferred
  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in international development/Relations, International education, or a relevant   technical area. PhD preferred.
  • 7 or more years’ relevant management and technical experience; 10-15 years highly preferred.
  • 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.

Agency REDI 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.

  • Personal Accountability
  • Acts with Integrity
  • Collaborates with Others
  • Builds and Maintains Trust
  • Open to Learn
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Develops and Recognizes Others
  • Leads Change

***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.

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 Equal Opportunity Employer.

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