Project Director – CRS


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.

CRS/Sudan provides emergency assistance throughout the country, with core funding from WFP, USAID/BHA, UK/FCDO, Caritas Germany-BMZ and UN and private donors. Key sectoral areas for CRS Sudan include food security, livelihoods, nutrition, health, peacebuilding and natural resource management. CRS Sudan manages the financial and procurement needs of the Sudan INGO Forum, based on close coordination with INGO Steering Committee and with funding from USAID/BHA.

Job Description

Project Director – Resiliency (Sudan) – (210000SY)

OrganizationCatholic Relief Services
Primary Location:EARO-SD-Khartoum
Job:Program Management
Travel:Yes, 75 % of the Time
Job Type:Full-time
Job Posting:Dec 8, 2021, 4:08:09 PM

About CRS Sudan and Program Background

CRS Sudan is as dynamic and diverse as the needs of the people we serve. Since 1978, CRS Sudan has been assisting the people of Sudan across the emergency, recovery, and development spectrum. Key sectoral areas for CRS Sudan include food security, livelihoods, nutrition, health, peacebuilding, and natural resource management. CRS Sudan has an expanding portfolio of programs crossing the emergency response and resiliency spectrum. Currently, CRS Sudan oversees programming across five Darfur states and the Red Sea.

CRS Sudan will implement a three-year resiliency project in West and North Darfur, Ma’an Aqwa (Stronger Together), funded by the European Commission and focused on conflict mitigation and climate change mitigation and adaptation. This project is implemented in partnership with the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and two national partners. This project will utilize innovative approaches related to governance and capacity building, peacebuilding, livelihood development, natural resource management, and early warning systems to build individual and community resiliency.

Note: Position is dependent on donor funding.

Job Summary:

You will  manage and provide technical oversight of the development and implementation of a complex EU funded resiliency project focused on conflict mitigation and climate change mitigation and adaptation. You will be responsible for overall management of this project, implemented in partnership with the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), ensuring effective systems and processes are in place that support high-quality programming advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable. Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the project impact. You will also play a key role in developing the CP overall strategic approach to resiliency programming.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide management, guidance, and technical oversight of Ma’an Aqwa (Stronger Together) project throughout the project cycle to ensure project design, start-up, implementation and close-out are in line with CRS quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices.
  • Effectively manage project talent and supervise. Manage overall team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance management for direct reports. 
  • Oversee technical assistance and capacity strengthening activities in related technical areas for staff and partner organizations to enhance program quality and impact.
  • Lead overall partnership management and support for the project. Oversee the identification, assessment and strengthening of partnerships relevant to resiliency and the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
  • Ensure timely and appropriate project expenditures in line with financial plans and efficient use and stewardship of project material sources based on CRS and donor regulations.
  • Contribute to  the development of program learning – identify opportunities for learning, research and publications in the area of resiliency and implementation of MEAL policy. Facilitate the dissemination of promising practices and lessons learned for cross-project learning and to contribute to the agency knowledge management agenda. Ensure integration of innovations and best practices. Support CP resiliency strategy development.
  • Contribute to the proactive pursuit of opportunities for new funding to ensure growth of the CP resiliency sector portfolio in line with agency, regional, and CP resiliency strategic priorities. Serve as the technical lead and technical writer to ensure quality proposals in resiliency per agency and donor standards. Contribute to budgeting and staffing plans and activities for proposals.

Required Languages– English language required. Arabic language is a plus.

Travel– This position is based in Khartoum, Sudan. There is expected 70% travel within Sudan to field offices and project sites in West Darfur and North Darfur states.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with ability to make sound judgment and decisions and offer innovative solutions
  • Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • Good presentation and facilitation skills
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented

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Preferred Qualifications

  • Good experience in project grants management, including project design, preferably for grants from multiple public donors, including USAID and the European Union.
  • Relevant experience in related technical areas (natural resource management, peacebuilding, or governance and capacity building).
  • Demonstrated ability to write high quality technical proposals.
  • Experience engaging with partner organizations
  • MEAL skills and experience required.
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Direct supervision of Program Manager I, overall management of project team, and management of partner relationship.

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Country Representative, Head of Programming, Deputy Head of Programming, Finance Manager, Regional Technical Advisors, HQ Advisors, Project Staff and Consultants

External: CRS international and national partners, donor representatives, government officials, UN cluster leads and agencies, peer humanitarian agencies, third party monitors

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Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in International Development, International Relations or in a related technical field required. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in relevant field-based project/program management experience required especially with EU or European Commission funds , with preferably at least 2-3 years working in the area of resiliency or related technical fields (climate change mitigation and adaptation, natural resource management, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, or governance and capacity building).
  • Experience in managing moderately complex projects preferably with an international NGO.

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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

***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

Deadline: 07/01/2022

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