In collaboration with the Country Representative (CR) provide strategic direction for the design of the CP strategic frameworks and plans, including the development of resource mobilization strategies to optimize the impact of programming interventions in line with regional and agency strategic priorities;
Lead high-quality project design incorporating project management standards and MEAL methods, appropriate to scope, context and technical requirements of projects. Coordinate planning of activities across various projects from different sectors to ensure integration of program interventions and efficiency in implementation;
Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance assessment for direct reports. Contribute to developing staffing plans for projects and to the recruitment process of senior project staff;
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. Promote accountability, learning and knowledge management overseeing implementation of the MEAL policy, as well as cross-sectoral and cross-department learning;
Coordinate with CP operations leads to ensure appropriate project budgeting and efficient use and stewardship of project material sources;
In coordination with resource mobilization staff oversee the business development cycle to ensure quality proposals per agency and donor standards;
Oversee the identification, assessment and strengthening of appropriate partnerships and the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches;
Ensure technical assistance and capacity strengthening for project teams and partners in project management standards and related MEAL, business development and operational activities. Identify training opportunities, develop training curriculums and deliver trainings;
Represent CRS in meetings with Church and Caritas officials, NGOs, Government Ministries, donor representatives and diplomatic missions, and other external fora;
With the Country Representative, explore new partnership opportunities and develop new programming and funding streams.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements
Education and Experience:
Master's Degree in International Development, International Relations or relevant field;
Minimum of five years of relevant field-based program management, at least three years of middle/senior management experience;
Experience in the development of successful proposals, reports, strategic alliances, project design, project management, and monitoring and evaluation;
Experience in partner capacity strengthening, staff development, training, and mentoring, as well as in team building and strategic planning initiatives. Experience working with Church partners a plus;
Experience in community development, community mobilization, or similar grassroots, self-help initiatives;
Experience in project grants management, including project design, budget preparation, expenditure tracking, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, etc., preferably for projects funded by multiple public donors, including USAID;
Experience with successful business development activities capturing public and/or private donor funding;
Excellent English writing skills;
Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment;
Experience and abilities in capacity strengthening - developing curricula and facilitating trainings;
Experience using MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, and knowledge sharing networks.
Excellent strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions;
Able and willing to network with external stakeholders and represent CRS with partners and donors;
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;
Presentation and facilitation skills;
Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented.
Travel Required (25%):
Mainly based in Freetown, this position will require travel to the field, sometimes to remote locations, as well as some regional and HQ travel for meetings and trainings.
Key Working Relationships
Supervisory: Food for Education Chief of Party; Global Fund Programme Director; CRS Fellow; Urban Resilience/WASH Programme Manager; New Business Development Specialist and their teams;
Internal: Close working relations with CR, Head of Operations and the Operations teams, Business Development Specialist and Field Office teams, Regional Office and HQ advisors and specialists;
External: Church and Caritas partners, other implementing international and local partners, government, donors and community members.