Head of Programming, Burkina Faso

Head of Programming, Burkina Faso

CRS - Catholic Relief Services

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Job Summary:

As a member of the Country Program (CP) Senior Management Team, you will provide strategic direction, leadership, and management of the CP's programming to ensure the establishment and successful implementation of high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable. Your leadership, management and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its programming.

Job Responsibilities:

  • 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;
  • In collaboration with the Senior Management team support country program staff to make the psychological shift from a predominantly development focused programming to a multi-tiered program that incorporates emergency and resilience programming;
  • 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;
  • Effectively manage talent. 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;
  • 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;
  • Scope: Direct supervision of 6 staff (both international and national) and a program value of $10 million.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master's Degree in International Development, International Relations or relevant field;
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in a senior program management position with progressive responsibilities for an international NGO;
  • Strong 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;
  • Minimum of 2 years work experience working in insecure environments;
  • Minimum of 2 years work experience managing emergency programs;
  • Experience in analyzing changing security environments and supporting protocol development, a plus;
  • Experience with successful business development activities capturing public and/or private donor funding;
  • Excellent English writing skills;
  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Experience working with Church partners a plus;
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment;
  • Minimum of 1 year supervisory experience, a plus;
  • 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.

Personal Skills

  • 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 relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship;
  • Team leadership abilities;
  • Capacity to remain objective in staff management;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Presentation and facilitation skills;
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented;
  • Ability to remain positive and to motive staff;
  • Actively pursues work life balance.

Required/Desired Foreign Language

  • Fluent in French and English.

Travel Required

  • 30% of the time.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Supervisory: Direct reports include DHoP, CoP for specific projects, Partnerships Manager and MEAL Manager;
  • Internal: Working relationships include Country Representative, HoOPs, the Operations Department, Security Manager and the Executive Administrative Assistant;
  • External: WARO regional team, HQ support teams and other HoPs in the region.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

hese 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.

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