Chief of Party II – USAID Secure, Empowered, Connected Communities (SECC), CAR


Job Title: Chief of Party II – USAID Secure, Empowered, Connected Communities (SECC), CAR

****Department/Country:**** CARO/CAR

****Position Type:**** Full Time

****Job Location:**** Bangui, Central African Republic or Kinshasa, DRC

****Band:**** E

****FLSA:**** Exempt

****Reports to:**** Country Representative

****About CRS:****

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.

****Background/Job Summary:****

CRS is implementing a large grant supporting grassroots efforts improving community based protection in LRA-affected areas of CAR and DRC. The main objectives of the project are as follows:

  1. Empower target communities to employ adaptive strategies to address their security and community challenges, with an emphasis on the threat posed by the LRA;
  2. Target communities are better informed and connected: to each other; national and local government structures; resources; local civil society, and other local, national, and international actors;
  3. Effective communication and coordination with local, national, regional, and international actors working in LRA-affected areas of CAR are improved.

The Chief of Party leads a team to achieve objectives as outlined above. S/he is responsible for overall management and representation of the program. The Chief of Party coordinates technical and operational implementation, including security for the project. A key component of this program is sustainability, thus the Chief of Party is responsible for ensuring effective capacity building and skills transfer is provided to local partners. The Chief of Party will bring expertise and experience in at least two of the following areas: community-based protection, early warning systems, conflict mitigation, asset-based community development, and community participation.

****Job Responsibilities:****

  1. Program Quality:
  2. With key program staff and stakeholders, ensure program’s strategic objectives and results are fully accomplished and meet expected technical quality standards.
  3. Ensure that vision and plans for the program are innovative and are in line with CRS agency and country program strategies.
  4. Oversee periodic technical reviews and manage changes in program direction and focus.
  5. In collaboration with program staff, provide guidance and technical oversight to partners and other collaborating agencies to ensure that lessons of sound practice are documented and disseminated.
  6. Oversee program’s monitoring and evaluation system, using data analysis as the basis for measuring performance. Ensure that M&E learning is incorporated into evolving program plans.
  7. Ensure integration of program interventions with other CRS programs or through linkages with other service providers.
  8. 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.
  9. Management and Administration:
  10. Manage program budgets, including tracking of financial and material resources.
  11. 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.
  12. Ensure staff compliance with all CRS administrative and operational procedures and policies, as well as applicable donor regulations.
  13. Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to donors.
  14. Representation and Advocacy:
  15. In collaboration with Country Representatives, act as primary program contact to donor and other local and international stakeholders, responsible for addressing all program matters.
  16. In collaboration with Country Representatives, strengthen linkages with existing and potential partner agencies.
  17. In collaboration with Country Representatives, oversee program communication strategies, including compliance with donor’s branding and marketing requirements as well as CRS marketing and communication procedures.
  18. Human Resource Management:
  19. Lead, manage and supervise a team of CRS and consortium staff to meet program objectives.
  20. 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.
  21. 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

****Supervisory Responsibilities****: Both CRS and Consortium Staff Members.

****Key Working Relationships:****

****Internal:**** CAR CR, CAR MQC, CAR HoP, SECC technical staff, CARO PQ and MQ staff

****External:**** Consortium agencies, USAID, consortium staff, other stakeholders.

****Qualifications and Skills:****

  • Minimum Masters Degree in Development Studies, International Relations or related field required.
  • At least 7 years of relevant management, supervisory, and technical experience working with programs related to community-based protection and/or increased access to information.
  • Experience working in complex projects in CAR similar environments required.
  • Proven experience coordinating with humanitarian actors in emergency contexts
  • Technical expertise in two or more of the following areas: community-based protection, early warning systems, conflict mitigation, asset-based community development, and community participation. Experience in gender-based analysis and/or social protection interventions for women and children.
  • Minimum 3 years managing significant USG-funded programs required; Knowledge of key USG regulations including, but not limited to: USAID 22 CFR and 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.
  • 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. Public relations skills required.
  • Flexibility to work both in a team and independently.
  • Cultural sensitivity, patience and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated personal accountability and driven to serve others.
  • Understanding of and experience with faith-based organizations, local structures, and accompaniment and capacity-building principles in local partnerships highly desired. Experience with community-based participatory methods.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook required.

****Required Foreign Language:**** Excellent English and French language oral and written communication skills required; Knowledge of Sango or other local languages desired.

****Required Travel:**** 40%, nationally and internationally.

****Work Environment:**** Office environment with frequent travel to rural project sites and field offices.


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.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: CRS - Catholic Relief Services
  • Location: Bangui
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: 2015-10-30

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