Catholic Relief Services Job for a Program Manager II – Health Coordinator

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 programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS
re-established presence in Nigeria in 2000 and currently focuses on
agriculture, health and emergency programming. CRS is expanding its
activities in the North-East in the area of Food Security, Nutrition,
Non Food Items, Water and Sanitation.

CRS Nigeria seeks for highly qualified candidates to fill the position below:

Job Title: Program Manager II – Health Coordinator
Abuja, Nigeria
Job Summary

  • The Health Coordinator will help identify and pre-position for
    new growth opportunities in health and nutrition, as well as oversee
    the development, and start-up management of high quality health and
    nutrition projects in Nigeria.
  • In the process, the Health Coordinator will provide technical
    assistance to/help build the capacity of health programming staff and
    implementing partners.

Specific Responsibilities
Proposal Development:

  • Serve as technical lead writer and technical decision maker for
    health and nutrition proposals, liaising with appropriate the CRS
    regional and HQ-based technical advisors;
  • Assist the BDSM in proposal coordination for health and nutrition growth opportunities;
  • Identify and/or propose potential growth opportunities through intelligence gathering from potential partners and donors;
  • Screen potential growth opportunities by analyzing sector
    trends, CP strategies, project requirements, potential for impact, unit
  • Participate in the review of other CP’s proposals with health and nutrition programming components.

Technical Support and Capacity Building:

  • Plan and help lead field assessments for new programs, and
    evaluations for ongoing programs, in collaboration with Program
    Managers (PM) and the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and
    Learning (MEAL) Coordinator;
  • Lead/participate in Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP)
    workshops and strategy meetings for the elaboration and start-up of new
  • In coordination with SBDM and senior management staff, help the
    CP identify capacity development needs and pre-position for prime
    position for contracts;
  • Ensure that technical applications meet CRS standards and donor
    expectations for quality, responsiveness, completeness and
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Communication and Coordination:

  • Ensure collaboration and information sharing among health programming staff and other programming departments;
  • Work with PMs to document, catalogue and share success stories, best practices, and lessons learned;
  • 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
  • In collaboration with the SBDM, prepare program factsheets and update health sector publicity materials.
  • Participate in CRS’ Health and Nutrition Communities of Practices both globally and regionally;

Growth Pre-Positioning/Capture Planning:

  • Work with the Senior Business Development Manager (SBDM) and
    Deputy Head of Programs (DHoP) to identify upcoming growth
    opportunities in health and nutrition in line with the Country Program
    (CP) and HSS unit strategy;
  • Prepare capture plans and collect intelligence around upcoming health and nutrition opportunities;
  • Prepare and update capacity statements and past performance reference documents for CRS in Nigeria’s health programs;
  • Assist the SBDM and senior management team in forming strong
    and competitive consortiums, and in the preparation of teaming
    agreements. This will entail developing and maintaining competitor and
    partner analysis.


  • Develop new, and manage existing relationships with key
    stakeholders, including donors and potential collaborators for health
    and nutrition program;
  • Represent CRS at all relevant health and nutrition sector
    meetings and coordination forums, including those with the Ministry of
    Health, USAID health partner meetings, the UN national health cluster
    meeting, etc.;
  • Help identify potential private sector partners for health and
    nutrition, in Nigeria and internationally, and help cultivate

Competencies Relevant for the Specific Position:

  • These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS
    and used by each program manager to fulfill his or her responsibilities
    and to achieve the desired results.
  • Manages financial resources with integrity
  • Applies program quality standards to project design and organizational learning
  • Sets clear goals and manages toward them
  • Collaborates effectively with staff and stakeholders
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Supervisory Responsibilities (if none, state none): None.

  • Key Working Relationships: Internal: CR, DCR, Deputy Head of
    Programs, HSS Program Managers, Grants Manager, BDSM, SMILE PMs, FTF
    Livelihoods Project PMs, Organizational and Institutional Capacity
    Strenghthening Manager, CRS program staff, CRS Regional Technical
    Advisor for Health
  • External: Funding agencies, local/international NGOs, Ministry of Health (national and state level), United Nations.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • MD, MPH or other relevant Health-related Degree
  • Proven track record of designing successful health and nutrition projects
  • Experience with proposal development and writing
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication skills and proven diplomatic and negotiation skills;
  • Proven experience working with multi-sector teams and the
    ability to coordinate multiple staff with varying levels of
  • Excellent English language communication, writing and presentation skills;
  • Strong partnership and donor relationship management experience;
  • Be self-motivated, enthusiastic with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience in designing health related assessments and evaluations;
  • Ability to travel within and outside Nigeria.
  • Minimum six years of experience working in international
    development preferably in program management positions related to MCH,
    Nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and Malaria
  • Minimum five years of experience working in an emergency
    environment or a resource-poor setting; experience living and working
    in Nigeria is a plus;
  • Experience managing programs funded by USG, DFID, and/or The Global Fund; contract experience a plus;
  • Proven ability to function effectively as part of a multi-cultural team;

Required Travel
Work Environment:

  • The position is based in Abuja. The position requires
    approximately 50% travel within Nigeria, in areas with limited
    amenities, as well as attendance at internal and external conferences
    and workshops when requested.

How to Apply
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