Chief of Party - DFSA Malawi

Chief of Party - DFSA Malawi

CRS - Catholic Relief Services

Lilongwe, Malawi

Job Summary:

CRS/Malawi is recruiting a Chief of Party (CoP) II to provide vision, leadership and overall management of the USAID DFSA project to serve the poor and vulnerable. The CoP will provide strategic leadership, management, and technical knowledge to ensure the delivery of high-quality programming, and to advance the position of CRS as a leading agency in Malawi. As a senior leader you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead all aspects of the development, implementation and consolidation of the 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 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 grants, 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.
  • 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 consortium partner organizations, including organization of review/planning workshops. Coordinate 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.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master's degree in International Development, International Relations or a relevant technical area. PhD preferred.
  • 10 or more years relevant management and technical experience.
  • 7 years of experience in 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 to high level officials
  • 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.

Required/Desired Foreign Language

  • English required

Program Manager Competencies

  • These are rooted in the mission, values and principles of CRS and used by each program manager to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
  • Sets clear goals and manages toward them
  • Collaborates effectively with staff and stakeholders
  • Manages financial resources with integrity
  • Applies program quality standards to project design and organizational learning

Key Working Relationships:

Internal- CRS/Malawi

  • Country Representative, Head of Programs, Head of Operations, Food Security Technical Coordinator, Project Technical Leads (e.g. Health, Agriculture, Youth/Gender, Social Behavior Change etc.), Project Managers, Strategic Learning Lead, Project Officers, SBC Specialist

Internal-CRS/HQ/Region

  • SARO Regional Staff (Regional Technical Advisors/Deputy Regional Directors) and CRS/HQ departments

External

  • USAID, UN partners, GoM officials, international and local partners, implementing partner leadership, other Malawi implementers, research institutions, church partners.

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