Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
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.
After decades of civil war, ending in 2009, Sri Lanka must rebuild a fragmented society, divided along religious, ethnic, and caste lines. Attitudes toward other groups are characterized by suspicion and lack of trust, creating an oppositional atmosphere among communities and civil society groups, which could be collaborating to advance Sri Lankan development. Minority populations throughout the country are excluded from opportunities and services, and are especially economically vulnerable, with limited livelihoods options. Many who lived through the war are traumatized, but are not receiving adequate psychosocial support to meet their needs. Women and youth have the potential to lead reconciliation efforts, but are sidelined by a male-dominated culture.
CRS has a history of emergency response, peacebuilding, livelihoods, water and sanitation, and other support to the people of Sri Lanka, working through local partners and building the capacity of organizations on the ground to improve the well-being of Sri Lankans.
USAID has released a solicitation for advancing social cohesion and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, with the three objectives:
CRS seeks applicants for the position of Chief of Party (COP) to lead the project team, should we win the award from USAID.
The COP will be the direct link with the AOR and other relevant stakeholders and accountable for achieving SCORE results. S/he will be based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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.
Supervisory Responsibilities (if none, state none):
The Chief of Party will directly supervise the deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), the Senior Technical Advisor, and other high level staff on the project team. Project leads from core partner organizations will report to the Chief of Party, and be accountable to him/her for delivering on project results.
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Strong working relationships with CRS' South Asia Representative in Delhi, India; CRS' Head of Office in Chennai, India; CRS Techical Advisors from the East and South Asia region and globally.
External: Daily interaction and oversight of partner organizations and their high-level staff. Cooperation with relevant government bodies in the Government of Sri Lanka. Frequent communication with USAID on project progress and challenges.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
Required Foreign Language: Tamil or Sinhalese skills preferred but not required
Required Travel: Frequent travel within Sri Lanka to manage and oversee activities in the Northern, Eastern and Uva provinces. Meetings and events withing Colombo, Sri Lanka, on a regular basis.
Work Environment: Fast-paced office environment with frequent collaboration and interaction among colleagues and partners.