Deputy Chief of Party I- Peacebuilding and Governance, Central African Republic

*Position is contingent on donor funding*

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 has been working in CAR since 2007. CRS supports programs in social cohesion, community-based early warning systems, peacebuilding, reconciliation, food security, agricultural recovery, and livelihood support. Building on current and recent experience, and in response to continued inter- and intro-community violence (for example betweel agriculturalists and pastoralists, and IDPs and residents), the country program continues to prioritize mainstreaming social cohesion and conflict mitigation programming throughout all sectors.

Job Summary:

Pending a successful bid for the award, as Deputy Chief of Party I you will work as part of a team on a large project and provide oversight of a multi-year program contributing to increased stability and peace in CAR through a package of multisectoral interventions. The goal of the potential program is to reduce violence and build more effective, accountable, and democratic governance systems in CAR. Program interventions could include: community and trauma healing, increase political power of citizens, supporting independent media, strengthen governance and rule of law, create jobs and opportunities for individuals at risk of violence, and other peacebuilding and conflict mitigation strategies. Your management and technical knowledge will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming. As a senior leader you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks. The Deputy Chief of Party will lead day to day implementation of the program.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage a key aspect of the development, implementation and consolidation of the project. Serve as a point of contact on area of responsibility to USAID as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders, when needed.
  • Manager key function of the project to meet donor expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget. Contribute to ensuring coordination between program and operations leads. Contribute to ensuring the CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures.
  • Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Contribute to 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.
  • Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Help ensure compliance with USAID grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to USAID.
  • Maintain relationships with key staff of consortium partner organizations in regard to area of responsibility. Contribute to coordination of the roles and activities of staff from other consortium member organizations in implementation in line with CRS partnership principles.
  • Create and maintain proper conditions for learning. Establish a safe environment for sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to deficiencies. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for CRS and partner staff and recommend trainings and technical assistance.

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations or relevant technical area.
  • 5 years’ relevant management and technical experience.
  • 3 years experience managing donor funds. Knowledge and experience in budget management.

Required Languages – English and French

Travel – include percentage of required travel, if applicable. Could be stated as Must be willing and able to travel up to 25%.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Very good strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
  • Very good relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • Team leadership abilities with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Recognized technical experience and qualifications in related sector, such as peacebuilding, conflict mitigation, governance, trauma healing, etc.
  • Prior experience as a Deputy Chief of Party or comparable senior leadership position.
  • Demonstrated experience of successful management, including management of functions of complex, multi-activity projects.
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
  • Experience engaging partners (international and local organizations, private sector, government, etc.) and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
  • Experience working in conflict-affected or insecure areas similar to CAR.
  • Experience in gender-sensitive programming
  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Programming staff

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Program team, Country Manager, Head of Programs, MEAL Coordinator, Emergency Coordinator, Business Development Specialist, Finance Manager, Deputy Regional Director for Program Quality, Regional Technical Advisors, HQ based Project Support teams

External: Donors, partner INGOs and local NGOs, Caritas, peer agencies, government representatives.


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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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