Chief of Party, Niger

Chief of Party, Niger

CRS - Catholic Relief Services

Niamey, Niger

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead all aspects of the implementation and consolidation of the Niger Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) project, including ensuring that the project contributes to the thought leadership of the industry. Serve as the primary point of contact to USAID/Food for Peace (FFP) 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 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;
  • Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Ensure compliance with USAID/FFP grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to USAID/FFP. Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to donors;
  • Represent CRS programming in international circles, highlighting innovative work. Publish program results and deliver presentations. Oversee the development of communication strategies and materials, complying with donor and CRS' branding and marketing requirements and procedures;
  • Manage relationships with partner organizations and the government of Niger's relevant ministries, including organization of review/planning workshops and quarterly steering committee meetings. Coordinate the roles and activities of staff from other partner 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.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master's degree in International Development, International Relations, Agriculture, Public Health, or a relevant technical area. PhD preferred;
  • 10 or more years' relevant management and technical experience;
  • 7 years experience managing donor funds, including multi country grants. Excellent knowledge and experience in budget management;
  • Established 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;
  • 5 years of staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching and mentoring senior program staff;
  • 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.

Personal Skills

  • Excellent strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions;
  • Excellent 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/mentoring skills;
  • Strong communications and presentation skills; able to develop tailored and persuasive messaging for varied audiences;
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

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