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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist person on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria m 2000 and currently focuses on agriculture, HIV and health extractives and governance, and peace building programming.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

 

Job Title: Demand Creation Workstream Advisor

Location: Abuja

Terms of Reference

  • This Terms of Reference (TOR) provides the description and work to be done during the implementation of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) mass campaign in Taraba state. Beyond this state, additional work may be assigned in other states where LLIN campaign will be implemented in 2019, subject to donor approval and availability of funds.

Project Background
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS has worked in Nigeria for more than 25 years. Through local partners, CRS has implemented programs in 24 of the country’s 36 states, demonstrating the agency’s extensive grassroots network and significant capacity to reach the rural poor. Focusing on agriculture, emergency response and recovery, and health, CRS is helping to strengthen health care systems, Catholic Church partners, other community-based organizations, and government institutions. CRS’s current projects are improving the lives of more than 1.4 million Nigerians.

CRS has a long and rich history of collaboration with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). Since 2003, CRS has been awarded over $290 million in Global Fund resources to implement programs in 27 countries. In Nigeria, CRS is a sub-recipient (SR) on the Global Fund HIV and the principal recipient (PR) for the Global Fund Malaria grant. As PR, CRS will partner with the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP), various state governments and malaria partners and stakeholders to coordinate the 2019 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN) mass campaigns in 6 states.  CRS oversees 3 SRs and supports a range of malaria treatment and prevention services at the state level.

Purpose of the Consultancy:

  • The purpose of the consultancy is to support CRS Nigeria Global Fund Malaria Project unit and provide state-level technical assistance and oversight on demand creation (DC) -related activities for the successful coordination of the 2019 long lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) replacement mass campaigns.
  • S/he will provide training to SST, accompaniment and technical support to the State Ministries of Health in the mass campaign state.

Objective of the Consultancy:

  • The overall objective of this consultancy is to support CRS in the implementation of the 2019 LLIN mass campaign distribution by providing technical assistance, leadership and oversight on demand creation related activities to DC workstream SST and state team

Main Tasks/Deliverables:

  • The Demand Creation Work Stream Advisor (DCWSA) will lead the demand creation workstream arm of the state support team (SST) and provide national-level technical assistance and oversight on demand creation-related activities for the successful coordination of Long-Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLIN) replacement mass campaigns.
  • Provide periodic updates to campaign stakeholders.
  • Provide leadership to demand creation work stream, and leverage resources across the state support teams to facilitate the effective uptake and use of LLINs provided during the LLIN mass campaign.
  • Support the provision of technical support and input into state demand creation preparatory processes such as adaption of demand creation campaign materials.
  • Participate in training National-level demand creation workstream members in implementing LLIN campaign distribution.
  • Provide on the job capacity building for National and State officers in demand creation.
  • Support the incorporation of lessons learnt from previous LLIN mass campaigns into the implementation package.
  • Provide technical advice for the design of rolling out state specific demand creation approaches/plans.
  • Provide technical advice for the implementation of the state level demand creation plans.
  • In collaboration with the behavior change communication (BCC) Unit, disseminate progress reports to all relevant stakeholders.
  • Provide recommendations for improvements as derived from the reviews of progress.
  • Support stakeholder coordination and engagement at the state level.
  • Support the compilation of campaign reports, and continuous review of progress against the plans to monitor target achievement.
  • Provide technical support for the planning of the post-campaign activities, focused on LLIN hanging and use, based on existing data and mapping of resources for BCC in the state.
  • Provide technical support for the development of advocacy and media kits and engagement of media, to facilitate the dissemination of these key messages.
  • Support identification of influencers and stakeholders for involvement in demand creation activities (e.g. state net ambassador).
  • Support advocacy and engagement at all levels (community, ward, LGA, state) to promote commitment and ownership of key stakeholders, for the successful LLIN mass campaigns.
  • Support the ACSM unit in the development and implementation of post campaign SBCC activities

Specific Deliverables:

  • Developed DC plan of action for campaign state
  • Develop advocacy plan for campaign state
  • Adapt DC material to suit state specifics
  • Review microplanning and campaign reports
  • Review documentary and finalize both print and electronic versions
  • Consultant report

Schedule of Deliverables:

  • The contract period is between April and December 2019; with specific deliverables tied to the period of LLIN Campaign.

Required Qualifications
The consultant should possess the following combination of skills and expertise:

  • An advanced degree in Mass Communication or Arts related degree.
  • At least 7 years of professional experience in health programs, preferably in SBCC activities.
  • Experience in LLIN mass campaign DC is required.
  • Competence in the use of Microsoft office suite is required.
  • Proven leadership and inter-personal skills and ability to work well both within a team and independently.

Desirable:

  • Demonstrated ability to monitor, supervise, and facilitate trainings.
  • Knowledge of the Nigerian public health sector.
  • Strong representational skills and ability to interface with multiple stakeholders, representatives, and partners (including representatives of government agencies) in a professional manner on an ongoing basis.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure and to prioritize competing demands.
  • Strategic, analytical and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Management Arrangements and Follow-up

  • The Global Fund Malaria Project Vector control unit will provide overall supervision and management of the consultancy. Focal contact persons on this consultancy shall be the Senior Manager Vector Control and/or the Deputy Chief of Party.

Key Working Relationships/Organizations
Internal:

  • Project officer mass campaign, technical and logitics workstream advisors, DC work stream consultants, Global Fund Malaria Program Team, Deputy Country Representative Health, Country Representative, Operations Manager, Finance, Procurement and Administration Staff, Regional and Senior Technical Advisors, Deputy Regional Directors for Program Quality and Management Quality.

External:

  • State Ministries of Health (SMOH), National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) within the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), technical and financial Partners, partner health facilities, Local Fund Agent (LFA), Global Fund Country Team.

Time and Level of Effort:

  • This activity is expected to take place within a period of not more than 76 days per State Campaign implementation schedule, between March and December 2019. The deliverables are expected to be timely and reports should be submitted no later than 10 days after the completed state campaign and microplans.

Location of the Consultancy:

  • The consultancy will take place in the campaign states and occasionally at CRS office Abuja.

Payment Schedule

  • A daily rate of N20,000 will be paid as consultancy fees. This will be disbursed monthly following an assessment of timely completion of specific deliverables listed above and submission of timesheet and invoice duly signed by the Senior Vector Control Manager and/or the Deputy Chief of Party. The Chief of Party authorizes payments according to CRS policies. The consultant is expected to submit timely reports to the project team.
  • In addition, and if applicable, you will be entitled to DSA which comprises accommodation and meals (excluding any meal provided for). CRS will be responsible for providing flight and/or road transportation as required for your work.
  • Please note that CRS will deduct and remit to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) a 5% withholding Tax from the total consultancy fees in accordance with the Nigerian Tax Law.

 

Job Title: Chief of Party, Rural Resilience

Job Ref Code: COP290419
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Band: 12
Department: Programs/ Rural Resilience Project
Reports To:  Deputy Country Representative, Emergency and Early Recovery

Project Background

  • CRS is preparing for an anticipated multi-million-dollar, multi-year USAID/Nigeria Rural Resilience Program, which will support poverty reduction for vulnerable households in Nigeria.
  • This effort will contribute to CRS’ agriculture and livelihoods signature program area and ongoing efforts to promote resilience, recovery and development within Nigeria and neighboring countries around the Lake Chad Basin.

Job Summary

  • The Chief of Party (COP) will have overall responsibility for the Rural Resilience Program. Responsibilities include meeting project objectives and deliverables while providing overall leadership in technical, administrative, operational, and management aspects.
  • The COP will act as the primary relationship manager for the project with USAID/Nigeria, Government of Nigeria, partners and external stakeholders. 

Specific Job Responsibilities

  • Provide overall strategic guidance, leadership, management and general technical oversight of the entire program, with a strong focus on achieving defined results.
  • Act as the key liaison with USAID, Government of Nigeria, all implementing partners and stakeholders involved with the program.
  • Represent the program and present its work nationally and globally to CRS leadership, the donor, partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Lead, manage, supervise and mentor program staff and consortium partners.
  • Ensure high-quality monitoring and evaluation of program impact and timely submission of donor reports and deliverables.
  • Ensure compliance with CRS and USAID policies and requirements

Agency Wide Competences (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.
  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Accountability and Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning
  • Committed to Continuous Improvement and Innovation
  • Has a Strategic Mindset

Note: This job description above is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree in International Development, Management, Agriculture, Economics or other relevant field. PhD preferred.
  • At least 10 years of international management experience
  • At least 10 years’ experience in agriculture-based and rural development resilience program
  • At least 10 years of COP experience for USAID-funded activities
  • Prior experience managing USAID-funded assistance projects of a similar size (over US$ 10M) and scope in developing countries; experience managing multi-sectoral projects including livelihoods, agricultural development, resilience, market-based approaches to economic development, climate change, food security, gender, conflict.
  • At least five years of field-based work in a conflict-prone and/or active insurgency environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
  • Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting requirements.
  • Experience with USAID rules, regulations and requirements is preferred.
  • Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa required. Prior experience in Nigeria preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.

Required Travel:

  • To field locations in Nigeria

Work Environment:

  • Abuja Office

 

Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, NE Resilience Project

Job Ref Code: MEM290419
Location: Abuja
Band: 9
Department: Agriculture Livelihoods Department
Reports To:  Chief of Party

Primary Responsibilities

  • The Monitoring and Evaluation Manager (MEM) will provide leadership in ensuring high quality monitoring and evaluation of the NE Resilience Project while liaising with the technical programming staff of the project and sub-recipients.
  • The MEM reports to the Chief of Party for NE Resilience Project and is accountable for all the monitoring and evaluation, accountability, learning and documentation of technical project related activities, results and program quality.
  • The MEM will provide specific monitoring and evaluation leadership to the project to ensure that the program is able to document progress, achieve its stated objectives and report to the donor and relevant entities of the Government of Nigeria (GON) in an accurate and timely manner.
  • The MEM takes the lead on project internal evaluation processes such as annual surveys, mid-term and final evaluations.
  • The MEM leads in developing and managing an effective monitoring system with training, mentoring and on-the-job support to project M&E staff and CSO implementing partners. The MEM liaises with donor-funded M&E service providers in managing quality input into donor information systems and ensuring data quality.
  • The MEM is responsible for the roll-out and functionality of information and communications for development (ICT4D) solutions which ensure participant tracking in all project activities and monitoring of household trends. This includes development and updating of forms for devices, training of staff and project field agents in device use and overall device management.
  • The MEM leads in routine data analysis and liaises with technical program staff to identify and address issues in a timely manner.
  • The MEM works closely with the technical program staff in knowledge management by documenting processes, successes and lessons learned throughout project implementation.
  • The MEM provides direct guidance and oversees the day-to-day project management activities that support the implementation of project activities according to the detailed implementation plan and tracks progress and monitors project work plans of all consortium partners.
  • The MEM is accountable and responsible for overseeing the development, implementation, and adherence of monitoring and evaluation systems put in place, work plans, technical program quality standards (including processes, procedures and reporting), and adherence to USG and CRS regulations and best practices for all project sub-recipients, CRS and individual consortium member organizations of the NE Resilience Project.
  • The MEM will supervise the NE Resilience Project M&E staff.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Program Quality, Systems and Capacity development:

  • Facilitate the consortium to achieve high levels of program quality through technical service provision in close collaboration with the project Technical Program Director to re-align and harmonize the project targeting strategies for effective integration and implementation of project activities (periodically review jointly for relevance and effectiveness).
  • Support and work closely with the Technical Director, technical leads, and program management staff as well as other relevant technical and grant management staff from the project to:
    • Assist consortium partners and especially the project sub-recipients in developing organization-specific NE Resilience Project targeting and implementation strategies.
    • Contribute in the development of technical guidelines and standards for performance excellence.
  • Train and provide technical assistance in relation to monitoring and evaluation to all sub-recipient project management teams implementing the NE Resilience Project.
  • Provide guidance and technical assistance to the project sub-recipients, local governments and staff to facilitate institutional capacity assessment to identify major challenges and develop effective capacity building plans and documentation of results.
  • Lead the project consortium partners and all sub-recipients to support the tracking and achievement of the project targets and in close collaboration with the NE Resilience Project M&E Associates develop a comprehensive M&E system, tools and plans for measuring performance at partner and consortium level.
  • Support the CoP and Technical Program Director in planning, guidance and coordination with the key program staff in the consortium as well as relevant stakeholders to ensure that planning and monitoring are grounded on the program’s strategic objectives and results area.

Promote innovation across consortium:

  • Work with the Technical Program Director and technical leads, other country programs as well the Deputy Country Representative for Agriculture and Livelihoods to identify, design and/or integrate additional “wrap around services.”
  • Promote and facilitate innovation through capacity building and motivation of implementing staff.
  • Along with the CoP, periodically review progress, integration with other USG-funded partners and achievements of the project to identify bottlenecks and recommend appropriate actions to maintain the program on target.

Technical Leadership:

  • Provide technical leadership and specific directions to design and implement a streamlined M&E system that enables staff and volunteers to collect data to capture project performance and results in accordance with FGN and donor standards.
  • Oversee the establishment and functioning of the M&E system and solve implementation issues.
  • Ensure that the M&E system provides accurate and timely data for project reports to donors and the GON.
  • Lead the development and management of the project performance management plan working in close collaboration with the CoP and Technical Program Director; liaise with donor as appropriate.
  • Ensure that the following tools are established and being used to monitor program results and lessons learned:
    • Standard tools for routine field monitoring – management and technical – and reporting
    • Annual results reviews conducted at the end of each fiscal year to inform the development of annual work plans
    • Learning activities that will be an integral part of the M&E system and allow regular identification of challenges, lessons learned and best practices
  • Document the project M&E system design in a project-specific M&E manual for use by project staff and sub recipients; update manual as needed and ensure updates are adopted by sub recipients.
  • Provide leadership in work with partners and ensure mutually beneficial collaboration. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Target local governments and CSO partners for tracking progress against capacity strengthening objectives and plans
  • Develop and oversee training program for sub-recipients (including retraining, ongoing support, and stationary supplies) for
    • Staff responsible for M&E in relevant GON entities
    • Staff responsible for M&E in CSOs
    • Community level participatory planning and monitoring
  • Ensure project reporting system is correctly used by CRS and CSOs: correct data entered into the system so that accurate reports are generated for the USG, FGN and States.
  • Lead in the roll-out of ICT4D solutions and ensure effective training and use amongst sub-recipients and field volunteers.
  • Ensure excellent, productive use of the data by:
    • Leading the development of the results for reporting to the donor by providing written documentation on M&E, detailed implementation plan (DIP) activities and indicator performance tracking tables (IPTT) for quarterly and annual progress reports
    • Working with the program technical staff, identifying and documenting programmatic successes, best practices, challenges, and lessons learned
    • Working with the project technical team to identify opportunities for learning, formative, special studies and operational research
    • Working with partners to inform operational research and ensure effective uptake of recommendations
    • Identifying the need for and lead the implementation of special studies; oversee work of consultants
  • Respond to data requests from the donor, FGN or States and other M&E partners; maintain excellent relationship to ensure that program reporting complies with all standards and requirements.
  • Lead the M&E components of the annual work planning process in close collaboration with the CoP and the project management and technical staff.

Facilitate learning and Knowledge Management:

  • In close collaboration with the project Technical Program Director and M&E staff, promote the identification, documentation and exchange of lessons learned and best practices among the project consortium partners and sub-recipients
  • Identify other international and local programs with similar interventions to NE Resilience Project and assist the CoP to facilitate linkages and exchange of experience with such programs to enhance adoption of innovative approaches among project consortium partners and sub-recipients
  • Provide inputs into developing communications and networking systems, events with Government and other stakeholders
  • Identify and design appropriate studies and prepare abstracts to participate and represent if required by the project at national, regional and global forums.

Contracting and Management of External Services:

  • Identify gaps and develop strategy and resources to address the gap by contracting appropriate services from technical institutions and individuals
  • Establish linkages and develop frameworks for collaboration with local, national and international institutions of research and higher learning
  • Develop scopes of work and manage consultants as required

Reporting:

  • Support and develop guidelines to accompany the data collection and analysis tools for reports in consultation with the project M&E staff and respective technical and program staff
  • Analyze and interpret data from surveys and sub-recipient reports
  • Provide leadership support to all donor’s reporting requirements (including quarterly, semi-annual and annual technical reports) in a timely manner in coordination with Technical Program Director
  • Work with the project M&E staff and technical and program staff to develop and implement a score card system to appraise performance in relation to quality of performance by consortium partners and sub-recipients.

Representation and Advocacy:

  • In consultation with the CoP, represent the consortium on relevant technical forums (GON, Donor, UN and others)
  • Liaise with the Technical Director and respective technical program staff to strengthen linkages with technical persons from the relevant state and federal ministries to provide support to the project staff and sub-recipients achieving their goals
  • Monitor and support sub-recipients’ strategy to maintain and strengthen collaboration with their respective LGAs and States
  • Maintain technical linkages with region and HQ and while involving CoP, Country Representative, and Deputy Country Representative of Agriculture and Livelihoods Unit
  • Supervision:
  • Supervise M&E Associates based in state offices

Key Working Relationships
Internal:

  • All NE Resilience Project staff as well as relevant technical advisors from CRS regional and headquarters offices, Deputy Country Representative for Agriculture and Livelihoods, MEAL Coordinator.

External:

  • Senior managers of the sub-recipients, technical team of Donor, technical resource persons in relevant GON ministries and other implementing partners.

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.
  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • MSc or PhD in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Social Science or related technical field with a minimum of 7 years of experience on technical and managerial positions.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience in managing performance monitoring plans, evaluation, collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA) approach (preferably with knowledge of USAID’s CLA approach), and an understanding of agriculture production, market systems and livelihood programming; and
  • At least (5) years of practical experience in using monitoring, evaluation and learning activities to inform activity implementation and results.
  • Previous field work experience working through partner organizations
  • Proven experience managing USAID/USG reporting, budgeting, procurement, and project management procedures and at least three years of management experience with USG funded program in Nigeria and/or Africa
  • 3 to 5 years of supervisory experience, excellent partnership and interpersonal skills to work in a team environment with dependable ability to dialogue, network, and work effectively with senior managers of local and international institutions
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English; fluency in Hausa is desirable
  • Proven ability to work independently, plan strategically and analyze situations critically
  • Experience with implementing ICT4D solutions a plus
  • Computer proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook
  • Travel more than 50 % of the time

 

Job Title: Market Systems and Livelihood Specialist

Job Ref Code: MSL290419
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Department: Programs/ Rural Resilience Project
Band:  9
Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party
Work Environment: Abuja office

Context

  • CRS is preparing for an anticipated multi-million-dollar, multi-year USAID/Nigeria Rural Resilience Program, which will support poverty reduction for vulnerable households in Nigeria.
  • This effort will contribute to CRS’ agriculture and livelihoods signature program area and ongoing efforts to promote resilience, recovery and development within Nigeria and neighboring countries around the Lake Chad Basin.

Job Summary

  • The Market Systems and Livelihood Specialistwill provide strategic guidance in market systems / value chains across the program.
  • S/he will lead the program’s efforts to invest sustainably in agribusiness particularly targeting smallholder farmers.

Specific Job Responsibilities

  • Provide overall strategic guidance and leadership on viable value chains across the program; ensuring thorough assessments and analysis of commercial viability (return on investment, Cost – benefit, profit margins, cash-flow requirements, supply and demand modelling) of potential value chains before investment.
  • Working jointly with other stakeholders and relevant government ministries and department agencies (MDAs), develop sustainable intervention strategies for prioritized value chains.
  • Work closely with other project managers to demonstrate and promote commercial viability of selected value chains and agribusinesses.
  • Liaise with private sector partners to promote sustainable commercial markets for prioritized value chains.
  • Support adoption of appropriate technologies in agricultural production and post-harvest processing to reduce costs and increase commercial viability of selected value chains.
  • Ensure compliance with CRS and USAID policies and requirements.

Agency Wide Competences (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:

  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Accountability and Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning
  • Committed to Continuous Improvement and Innovation
  • Has a Strategic Mindset

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Economics, or Business Administration;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience with USG or other similar development projects focused on market systems and livelihood development, preferably with an understanding of the Nigerian context including gender and youth issues;
  • Strong technical experience in market system approach to development.
  • Prior experience on donor-funded projects of a similar size (over US$ 10M) and scope in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated ability to reach under-served communities and design products for excluded population segments including young women and men.
  • Experience programmatic and financial reporting requirements especially on small and medium size enterprises.
  • Experience with USAID rules, regulations and requirements is preferred.
  • Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa required.  Prior experience in Nigeria preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.

Required Travel:

  • To field locations in Nigeria

Job Title: Deputy Chief of Party, Rural Resilience 

Job Ref Code: DCP290419
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Band: 11
Department: Programs/ Rural Resilience Project
Reports To:  Chief of Party

Project Background

  • CRS is preparing for an anticipated multi-million-dollar, multi-year USAID/Nigeria Rural Resilience Program, which will support poverty reduction for vulnerable households in Nigeria.
  • This effort will contribute to CRS’ agriculture and livelihoods signature program area and ongoing efforts to promote resilience, recovery and development within Nigeria and neighboring countries around the Lake Chad Basin.

Job Summary

  • The Deputy Chief of Party (COP) will support the Chief of Party in meeting project objectives and deliverables and in providing overall leadership in technical, administrative, operational, and management aspects. The DCOP will support relationship management with USAID/Nigeria, Government of Nigeria, partners and external stakeholders.

Specific Job Responsibilities

  • Manage key aspects of the development, implementation and consolidation of the Rural Resilience project. Serve as a point of contact to USAID as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders, when needed.
  • 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 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 grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to USAID.
  • 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.

Supervisory Responsibilities (if none, state none):

  • Program staff including technical, managerial, and administration staff.
  • Ensure compliance with CRS and USAID policies and requirements.

Agency Wide Competences (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.
  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Accountability and Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning
  • Committed to Continuous Improvement and Innovation
  • Has a Strategic Mindset.

Note: This job description above is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in International Development, Management, Agriculture, Nutrition, Finance, Economics or other relevant field.
  • At least 7 years of international management experience.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in resilience, agriculture-based and rural development
  • At least 5 years of DCOP experience.
  • At least three (3) years of field-based work in a conflict-prone and/or active insurgency environment;
  • Prior experience managing USAID-funded assistance projects of a similar size (US$ 10M and above) and scope in developing countries; experience managing multi-sectoral projects including livelihoods, agricultural development, resilience, market-based approaches to economic development, climate change, food security, gender, conflict.
  • Strong technical experience in market system approach to development.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
  • Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting requirements.
  • Experience with USAID rules, regulations and requirements is preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.

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 Foreign Language:

  • English fluency, including excellent oral and written skills, required.
  • Proficiency in Hausa or Kanuri preferred.

Required Travel:

  • To field locations in Nigeria

Work Environment:

  • Office environment.

Deadline: 13th May, 2019.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should download the “CRS Application Form” using the link below, fill and send with a detailed Resume as one document (in a PDF Format) indicating position being applied for and the Job Ref Code as the subject of the application (e.g. Deputy Chief of Party, Rural Resilience, DCP290419) to: ng.recruitment_agriculture@crs.org

Click here to Download Application Form – Dropbox

Equal Employer Opportunity:

  • “CRS is an equal -opportunity employer, does not discriminate based on race, color, religion and we are committed to gender sensitive programming and management’. etc.
  • Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply”

Statement of Commitment to Protection:

  • ‘’CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation’

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