CRS recently adopted the Agency strategy Vision2030, which includes a major focus on Transforming Lives and Landscapes. Uganda is a focus country for this approach that is developing and implementing policies and investments to scale people-centered restoration of degraded land to enable thriving livelihoods, flourishing landscapes and resilient communities. CRS experience working with communities, private sector, host government and local partners affirms this connection, and we have gained experience in implementing the farmer managed natural regeneration evidence-based models for land restoration that reduce hunger and improve livelihoods of farming families. As such, CRS Uganda will serve as the lead implementing for the Global Evergreen Alliance program in Uganda, leading a consortium of international organization, local partners, and Government of Uganda.
The Uganda Evergreening Initiatives Chief of Party will provide leadership within the CP team to facilitate co-design, start-up and implementation of the new Global Evergreening Alliance program and lead new project proposals and business development activities related to landscape restoration and evergreening practices linked to climate change agriculture within a landscape approach This position will also support CRS' expanding role as a leading agency in providing program support to the African Forest Landscape Restoration (AFR100) Initiative seeks to restore 100 million hectares of degraded and deforested land in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030 with a Uganda commitment of 2 million hectares. Restoration of productive landscapes through AFR100 will lead to economic growth, help reduce poverty, stabilize food production, protect biodiversity and contribute to adaptation and mitigation of climate change.
The Uganda Evergreening Initiatives Chief of Party will foster stakeholder engagement that is a key principle of AFR100. Engaging all relevant stakeholders in the assessment of restoration opportunities and identification, testing and active upscaling of promising FLR solutions is considered key for successful restoration. AFR100 seeks fair and equitable access to land and forest resources for all relevant stakeholders and promotes the rights of local communities, youth and women. This position is contingent on donor funding.
Roles and Key Responsibilities
- Lead all aspects of the development, implementation and consolidation of the project including sharing how the project contributes to the thought leadership of the industry. Serve as the primary point of contact to GEA, Ark2030, and the Consortium Partners as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders;
- Ensure the project is designed and implemented to meet donor expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget, including strategies for phase out and sustainability. Ensure coordination between program and operations leads. Ensure the CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures;
- Effectively manage senior programming and operations talent. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Oversee 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. Ensure compliance with grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to donor. Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to donors;
- Oversee the development of communication strategies and materials, complying with donor and CRS’ branding and marketing requirements and procedures;
- Coordinate relationships with consortium partner organizations, including organization of review/planning workshops. 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 ensure the design and delivery of high-quality training and technical assistance.
- Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations or a relevant technical area. PhD preferred.
- 7 or more years’ relevant management and technical experience.
- 5 years’ experience managing donor funds, including multi country grants. Strong knowledge and experience in budget management.
- 5 years of staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching senior program staff.
- 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.
- Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
- Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
- Ability to represent and present at high levels.
- Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.
- English fluency, including excellent oral and written skills, required.
- Must be willing to travel 50% throughout Uganda.