Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Job for a Chief of Party – Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project

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
church and
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
Location: Abuja
Hours Per Week:  40
Position Type: Full Time/regular
Reports to: Deputy Country Representative – Agriculture and Livelihoods
Job Summary

  • 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
    Team.
  • 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.

Job Responsibilities
Program Quality:

  • 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
    consultants.
  • 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.
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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
    regulations.
  • 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
    matters.
  • 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
    communication procedures.

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
    staff.

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
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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
    non-profits preferred.   
  • Excellent English language oral and written communication skills required.
  • Nigerian nationals encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: 

  • 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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