Deputy Chief of Party- ITN Distribution Project , DRC

Closing date: 20 Oct 2019

Job Description

Job Title: Deputy Chief of Party II

Job Location: Lubumbashi, Kinshasa or other DRC city

Job Type: Full Time

Reports To: Deputy Country Representative, Programming

Note: This position is contingent upon approved funding by the donor.

Country Context

CRS has been supporting program activities in the DRC since 1961 and has long-standing relationships throughout the country with church and non-church partners and communities. The DRC country program has a diverse funding base with projects in nutrition, community health, OVC, food security and agricultural livelihoods, microfinance (SILC), WASH, and emergency response. CRS/DRC currently has more than 170 national and 20 international employees and an annual budget of over USD 24 million.

An estimated 97% of the population of the DRC lives in zones with stable malaria transmission lasting 8 to 12 months per year. Malaria is among the principal causes of morbidity and mortality, accounting for 39% of all outpatient visits and for 39% of deaths in 2014. Given that the majority of the population lives in high transmission zones, it has been estimated that the DRC accounts for 9% of all malaria cases and 10% of all malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.

Job Summary:

This position is for an anticipated 5-year USAID-funded Insecticide-Treated Nets (ITNs) distribution project, which will provide distribution of ITNs alongside activities to ensure their use.

As Deputy Chief of Party you will be responsible for the overall management of CRS’ component of the project, including the quality of programmatic implementation (including monitoring, evaluation and learning) and administrative elements of the project to serve the poor and vulnerable. You will act on behalf of the Chief of Party as needed, including global representation to the donor. Your management and technical knowledge will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming and advance the position of CRS as a leading agency in the field of malaria programming. As a senior leader you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage key aspects of the development, implementation and consolidation of the Bednet Distribution project. Serve as a point of contact to USAID/PMI as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders, when needed.
  • Represent CRS within the consortium and keep CRS’ leadership informed of project progress, challenges, etc.
  • Manage key functions 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 Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) policy and procedures.
  • Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring. 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, and ensure the updating of such plans.
  • Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Help ensure compliance with USAID contracts, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to USAID/PMI.
  • Maintain relationships with key staff of consortium partner organizations. 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.
  • Supervise the set-up and use of ICT4D applications and the use of the data to ensure traceability of ITNs and collaboration with various stakeholders.Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
  • Education and Experience
  • Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations or a Master’s in Public Health.
  • 7 or more years’ relevant management and technical experience, including at least 3 years’ experience in malaria prevention and control, including LLIN promotion and distribution.
  • 5 years’ experience managing donor funds. Strong knowledge and experience in budget management.
  • Recognized technical experience and qualifications in malaria prevention and control, as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications, conference presentations etc.
  • Demonstrated experience of successful management, including management of functions of complex, high-value, multi-activity projects, with complicated logistics.
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching.
  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience using monitoring and evaluation systems to support learning and improve program performance.
  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.
  • Experience with ICT4D applications, especially RedRose.

Personal Skills

  • Strong strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
  • Strong 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. Coaching skills.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.Required/Desired Foreign Language English fluency and Advanced French proficiency. (verbal and written ability) Supervisory – External — Consortium Members/Project Team 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.
  • Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
  • Internal — Country Representative, Deputy Country Representative for Programming, Head of Programming,
  • Key Working Relationships:
  • Travel Required TBD
  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

What we offer

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vision, generous retirement savings plan and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.

***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. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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