Job Title: Chief of Party I, Resilient Environment South
Job Type: Regular, Full-Time
Job Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Reports to: Head of Programs, Haiti
Salary Grade: 11
*This position is contingent on the receipt of donor funding.
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.
As Chief of Party, you will provide leadership and overall management of the Resilient Environment South project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and working in southern Haiti. Your leadership, management and technical knowledge will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming and advance the position of CRS as a leading agency in natural resources management and land restoration. As a senior leader you will proactively manage security and mitigate security and operational risks.
Roles and Key Responsibilities:
Lead all aspects of the development, implementation and consolidation of Resilient Environment South, including sharing how the project contributes to the thought leadership of the industry. Serve as the primary point of contact to USAID 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 CRS’ Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (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, in coordination with CRS/Haiti’s Security Manager.
Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Ensure compliance with USAID requirements, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to USAID. 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 in natural resources management, land restoration, or climate change mitigation.
5 years’ experience managing large portfolios of donor funds, preferably US government funding. 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.
Required Languages – Professional working proficiency of French and English. Conversational Haitian Creole strongly preferred.
Travel – Position is based in Haiti with the expectation of 40% travel in-country. Occasional international travel is anticipated.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
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.
Strong communications and presentation skills; able to develop tailored and persuasive messaging for varied audiences.
Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
Recognized leader in sector as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications, conference presentations etc.
Demonstrated experience of successful program management, including management of complex, high-value, multi-activity projects, with complicated logistics.
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.
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.
Continuous Improvement & Innovation
Accountability & Stewardship
Supervisory Responsibilities: Deputy Chief of Party, Grants Manager, MEAL Manager
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Head of Programs, Head of Operations, Country Representative
External: USAID/Washington, USAID/Haiti, partner organizations, Haiti Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development
***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.