Note: This position is contingent on donor funding.
CRS is seeking applications from qualified candidates for a Chief of Party II (COP) position to lead the anticipated U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) McGovern-Dole International School Feeding and Child Nutrition Program (MGD) in Guinea Bissau. The MGD Program supports education, child development and food security in low-income, food-deficit countries around the globe. The program provides for the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities, as well as financial and technical assistance, to support school feeding, literacy and maternal and child nutrition projects.
The COP II will provide the vision and overall leadership and management to the Guinea Bissau FFE project team.
* Lead all aspects of the development, implementation and consolidation of the FFE project, including ensuring that the project contributes to the thought leadership of the industry. Serve as the primary point of contact to USDA 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 USDA grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to USDA. Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to donors.
* Represent CRS programming in international circles, highlighting innovative work. Publish program results and deliver presentations. Oversee the development of communication strategies and materials, complying with donor and CRS’ branding and marketing requirements and procedures.
* Manage relationships with consortium partner organizations, including organization of review/planning workshops. Coordinate the roles and activities of staff from other consortium member organizations in implementation in line with CRS partnership principles.
Experience & Requirements:
* Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations or a relevant technical area. PhD preferred.
* 10 or more years’ relevant management and technical experience.
* 7 years experience managing donor funds, including multi country grants. Excellent knowledge and experience in budget management.
* Established leader in 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.
* Experience in the management of USDA school feeding programs desired.
* 5 years of staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching and mentoring senior program staff.
* Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
Required/Desired Foreign Language: French and Portuguese (or Spanish)
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
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Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.