Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental
organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries
around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need,
regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local
non-church partners to implement its programs. Therefore,
strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations
is fundamental to our approach in every country in which CRS operates.
CRS has been in Nigeria since 2000 and currently focuses on health,
agriculture, and emergency programming.
We are recruitin to fill the vacant position below:
Job Title: Chief of Party – Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project
Requisition Number: I3371
Hours Per Week: 40
Position Type: Full Time/regular
Reports to: Deputy Country Representative – Agriculture and Livelihoods
- CRS/Nigeria is seeking a Chief of Party (CoP) to manage an
innovative, multi-sectoral livelihoods project valued at $20 million
with USAID funding.
- The CoP will report to the Deputy Country Representative for
Agriculture and Livelihoods and will maintain close liaison with
relevant Regional Technical Advisors and the CRS All Africa Agriculture
- The CoP will ensure adherence to CRS technical and program
quality standards in implementation and the timely submission of all
required deliverables to USAID.
- The CoP will be responsible for overall management of the program in its last 1 and half years.
- The COP will provide strategic, technical and operational
leadership to implement a successful program and will represent the
program to USAID and the Government of Nigeria on behalf of CRS/Nigeria.
- COP will ensure program’s strategic objectives and results are fully accomplished and meet expected technical quality standards.
- Ensure that vision and plans for the program are innovative and are in line with CRS agency and country program strategies.
- Ensure that M&E learning is incorporated into evolving
program plans. Collaborate with Regional and Headquarters technical
staff to implement appropriate ICT4D solutions to improve timeliness and
quality of M&E and project implementation.
- Ensure integration of program interventions with other CRS programs or through linkages with other service providers.
- Ensure effective gender-mainstreaming in both programming and management aspects of implementation.
- With program staff, ensure the delivery of quality training,
technical assistance and administrative and financial support to all
partner agencies, including the selection and coordination of
- Oversee periodic technical reviews and manage changes in program direction and focus.
- COP will provide guidance and technical oversight to partners
and other collaborating agencies to ensure that lessons of sound
practice are documented and disseminated.
- Oversee program’s monitoring and evaluation system, using data analysis as the basis for measuring performance.
- Collaborate with the All Africa Agricultural Team, the Food
Security Unit and relevant Regional Technical Advisors to promote
sharing of learning and identify relevant innovations.
Management and Administration:
- Manage program budgets, including tracking of financial and material resources.
- Ensure accurate and timely reporting of program finances and
progress status; review actual financial performance against the budget,
and explain variances on a regular basis.
- Ensure staff compliance with all CRS administrative and
operational procedures and policies, as well as applicable donor
- Ensure accurate and timely management of program budget and tracking of financial and material resources.
- Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to donors.
Representation and Advocacy:
- In collaboration with CRS/Nigeria Country Representative (CR),
act as primary program contact to donor and other local and
international stakeholders, responsible for addressing all program
- In collaboration with CR and Deputy Country Representative, strengthen linkages with existing and potential partner agencies.
- In collaboration with Deputy Country Representative, oversee
program communication strategies, including compliance with donor’s
branding and marketing requirements, as well as CRS marketing and
Human Resource Management:
- Lead, manage and supervise a team of technical experts, CRS/NG and consortium staff to meet program objectives.
- Conduct periodic reviews of staff performance in keeping with
CRS’ performance management system and mentor staff to ensure high
levels of motivation, commitment, capacity, and teamwork.
- Manage recruitment portfolio for the program, in collaboration
with Human Resources and CRS country program management, to ensure
optimum service delivery through recruitment of competent and qualified
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:
- Serves with Integrity
- Models Stewardship
- Cultivates Constructive Relationships
- Promotes Learning
Qualifications and Skills:
- Advance degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, economics, business, or a related field.
- 7-10 years’ international development experience managing and
implementing multi-faceted agricultural development programs in
developing countries. USAID experience preferred; at least 4 years in a
field based position.
- Previous COP experience highly preferred.
- An in depth understanding of the pro-poor value chains in
Nigerian context, and experience managing value chain projects
addressing the vulnerable households.
- Previous experience managing Feed the Future programs a plus.
- Demonstrated success in designing and introducing activities that transfer appropriate technologies.
- Experience with participatory methods and partnerships required.
Demonstrated capacity and experience with institutional strengthening
of local civil society and government agencies.
- Proven leadership and inter-personal skills and ability to build and motivate diverse and talented teams.
- Proven experience in building and maintaining institutional linkages required.
- Demonstrated commitment to improving gender equality and gender responsiveness in programming and operations.
- Cultural sensitivity, patience and flexibility.
- Demonstrated personal accountability and driven to serve others.
- Understanding of and experience with faith-based organizations,
local church structures, and accompaniment and capacity-building
principles in local partnerships highly desired.
- Ability to travel nationally and internationally as required.
- Knowledge of key USG regulations including, but not limited to
USAID 22 CF Part 226 Administration of Assistance Awards to U.S.
Non-Governmental Organizations, 22 CFR Part 145 Grants and Agreements
with Non-Profits, OMB Circulars A-122, Cost principles for non-profit
organizations and A-133 Audit of states, local governments, and
- Excellent English language oral and written communication skills required.
- Nigerian nationals encouraged to apply.
- This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
- CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to
protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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