Head of Programs, Lesotho

Head of Programs, Lesotho

CRS - Catholic Relief Services

Maseru, Lesotho

Job Summary:

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. Your leadership, management and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its programming. As part of the Senior Management Team you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.

Job Responsibilities:

  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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 5 years work experience in a program management position with progressive responsibilities for an international NGO;
  • Strong 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, including USAID;
  • Experience with successful business development activities capturing public and/or private donor funding;
  • Excellent English writing skills;
  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Experience working with Church partners a plus;
  • 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.

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;
  • 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

  • None required, however, Portuguese would be a plus.

Travel Required

  • (include percentage of required travel, if applicable) 25% travel to field within Lesotho and/or Mozambique.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Supervisory: Two international staff, one national staff and one IDF;
  • Internal: CR, Senior Operations Manager, Finance Manager, Program Officers, Regional Team, HoP;s in SARO, PIQA, 4Children HQ team;
  • External: Church, Donors, Government, local implementing partners, other external stakeholders.

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