Program Manager

Catholic Relief Services, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th April, 2019

Job Description

About CRS:

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS' relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

CRS/ Sierra Leone and Project Background:

Catholic Relief Service (CRS) launched its work in Sierra Leone in 1963 supporting relief and development operations in the country. CRS Sierra Leone has proudly maintained a strong reputation and relationship with partners and the communities we serve in the country implementing a multi-sector program portfolio. Today, the Country Program has a robust portfolio built around several major programs in Health, Agriculture, Nutrition, Education and Urban Resilience. CRS Sierra Leone has its main office in Freetown and northern region field office in Kabala. CRS will begin implementing a Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) Project in Freetown and the Western Area Peninsula of Sierra Leone in April 2019. The RAIN project will focus on improving water security through the rehabilitation of water infrastructure and building community resilience to respond to water protection and water access challenges. Additionally, the project will implement reforestation activities to mitigate the impact of climate change on water security.

Job Summary:

You will manage, coordinate, and monitor project activities and relationships with partners and other project stakeholders to assist the achievement of the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) project objectives advancing CRS' work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your project management skills and knowledge of the program area will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of this project.

Job Responsibilities:

  • You will lead technical, budget management, monitoring and reporting activities through most of the project cycle - start-up, implementation and close-out - in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Effectively manage talent and supervise. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of project staff, and complete performance management for direct reports.
  • Ensure learning properly accompanies project activities throughout the project cycle. Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities following MEAL Policy. Proactively identify issues, report them to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules.
  • Engage and strengthen partnerships relevant to the RAIN project, applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
  • Represent the organization with donors, INGO working groups, UN, relevant local partners and relevant local government and community actors for Urban WASH
  • Coordinate activities required for ensuring the financial, material and human resources for the quality implementation of the project. Conduct periodic budget reviews and follow-up with partners on timely submission of financial reports to facilitate proper tracking of resource use.
  • Identify staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and contribute to capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.
  • Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and disseminate results. Review project documentation to ensure project file is complete with all required documentation and is filed per agency and donor requirements.
  • Lead the feasibility analysis for a Water Fund in Freetown by liaising with lead technical partner The Nature Conservancy to ensure that robust scientific surveys and business case are completed, manage contracting with external experts recruited to implement scientific studies, liaise with relevant institutional and private and civil society stakeholders, and lead the preparation of the feasibility analysis report.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience:

  • Master's Degree required in Water and environment management, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, conservation practice or related field. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience in project management, ideally in Source Water Protection programs, and for an international NGO.
  • Relevant grant management especially for US government and DFID or other public donors, and private foundations. Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation a plus.
  • Staff supervision experience.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Ability to contribute to the development of technical proposals, a plus.
  • Experience analyzing data and contributing to evaluation reports.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Personal Skills:

  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
  • Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with local stakeholders. Representation abilities.
  • Ability to contribute to written reports
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented
  • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities

Required/Desired Foreign Language: English (required), Krio (desired)


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