Head of Programs, Sudan

Head of Programs, Sudan

CRS - Catholic Relief Services

Khartoum, Sudan

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. As part of the Senior Management Team you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks, working together with operations team counterparts to streamline processes and take CRS/Sudan's programming to the next level.

Roles and Key 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.
  • Effectively manage talent and supervise a team of program managers and technical advisors across thematic areas and geographic locations. 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 effectively manage both high and poor performers. Promote accountability, learning and knowledge management overseeing implementation of the MEAL policy, as well as cross-sectoral and cross-department learning. Engage strategic learning partners.
  • Coordinate with CP operations leads to ensure appropriate project budgeting and efficient use and stewardship of project material sources. As the CP's programming grows in scope and scale, support development of operational practices and processes to support expansion. Support the Business Development Advisor to with resource mobilization and ensure proper oversight of the business development cycle such that quality proposals are consistently prepared in accordance with agency and donor standards.
  • Oversee the identification, assessment and strengthening of appropriate new and existing 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. Solicit support from EARO and HRD as required, identifying areas of need in advance and securing timely technical support.

Basic Qualifications

  • 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 capacity strengthening, staff development, training, and mentoring, as well as in team building and strategic planning initiatives.
  • Experience in community development, community mobilization, or similar grassroots, self-help initiatives with local partners.
  • 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 in networking, representation, INGO, NGO and private sector partner strategies, identification and engagement.
  • Experience with successful business development activities capturing public and/or private donor funding.
  • Required Languages - English. Arabic is a plus.
  • Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 40 % to Darfur and Red Sea states.

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 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

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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.

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