The CRS Egypt country program began in 1956 at the invitation of the Egyptian president Nasser by providing relief assistance to the victims of the Suez War. Over the following few decades, CRS Egypt moved from large-scale food relief to long-term poverty alleviation and development programs. CRS Egypt works in a wide variety of areas within the development field.
Currently, CRS Egypt has four main programs: education assistance program and livelihoods program for refugee support, interfaith peacebuilding program and partnership. Projects under these programs range from the provision of technical assistance and capacity building to partners, promoting peace and tolerance, educational grants for refugees and assistance to refugee community schools, and technical support and start-up funds for refugee and vulnerable Egyptian entrepreneurs.
CRS Egypt currently holds a main office in Cairo, and a sub-office in Maadi, with activities in Greater Cairo, Upper Egypt and the Delta region.
As a member of the Country Program (CP) Senior Management Team, you will provide strategic direction, leadership, and management of the CP's programming to ensure the establishment and successful implementation of high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable. The Head of Programming's (HoP) leadership, management and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its programming. The HoP also leads and oversees activities to strengthen the capacities of partners in the design and implementation of high impact programs. With other members of the Senior Management Team, you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks. The position is based in Cairo.
- In collaboration with the Country Representative (CR) provide strategic direction for the design of the CP strategic frameworks and plans, including the development of resource mobilization strategies to optimize the impact of programming interventions in line with regional and agency strategic priorities.
- Lead high-quality project design incorporating project management standards and MEAL methods, appropriate to scope, context and technical requirements of projects. Coordinate planning of activities across various projects from different sectors to ensure integration of program interventions and efficiency in implementation.
- Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance assessment for direct reports. Contribute to developing staffing plans for projects and to the recruitment process of senior project staff. Lead the country program supervisory community of practice.
- 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. Promote accountability, learning and knowledge management overseeing implementation of the MEAL policy, as well as cross-sectoral and cross-department learning.
- Provide leadership in the development and delivery of staff development initiatives based on the needs of country program staff.
- Coordinate with CP operations leads to ensure appropriate project budgeting and efficient use and stewardship of project material sources.
- In coordination with resource mobilization staff oversee the business development cycle to ensure quality proposals per agency and donor standards.
- Oversee the identification, assessment and strengthening of appropriate partnerships and the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
- Ensure technical assistance and capacity strengthening for project teams and partners in project management standards and related MEAL, business development and operational activities. Identify training opportunities, develop training curriculums and deliver trainings.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
- Master's Degree in International Development, International Relations or relevant field.
- Minimum of five years of relevant field-based program management, at least three years of middle/senior management experience.
- Experience in the development of successful proposals, reports, strategic alliances, project design, project management, and monitoring and evaluation.
- Experience in partner capacity strengthening, staff development, training, and mentoring, as well as in team building and strategic planning initiatives. Experience working with Church partners a plus
- Experience in community development, community mobilization, or similar grassroots, self-help initiatives.
- Experience in project grants management, including project design, budget preparation, expenditure tracking, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, etc., preferably for projects funded by multiple public donors such as UNHCR, UNICEF and USG (DRL, BPRM, USAID).
- Experience with successful business development activities capturing public and/or private donor funding.
- Excellent English writing skills.
- Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
- Experience and abilities in capacity strengthening - developing curricula and facilitating trainings.
- Experience using MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, and knowledge sharing networks.
- Excellent 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
- Presentation and facilitation skills
- Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented
Required/Desired Foreign Language
- Fluent English required
- Fluency or professional proficiency in Arabic desired
- Frequent travel within Cairo-based offices
- Estimated 25% travel required outside of Cairo
Key Working Relationships:
- Supervisory: Program Managers for Partnership, Education, Livelihoods, Interfaith Peacebuilding, and Youth and Protection, Education Technical Advisor, International Development Fellow (when applicable).
- Internal: Country Representative, Head of Operations, Finance Manager, Administrative Manager, Human Resources Officer, Deputy Regional Director Program Quality, Regional and HQ-based Technical and MEAL staff.
- External: Local government and line ministries, local and international NGOs, UN agencies, partners, donors, affected communities, consultants.