Head of Programming

Head of Programming

CRS - Catholic Relief Services

Erbil, Iraq

Job Summary:

As a member of the Iraq Country Program (CP) Senior Management Team, the Head of Programming (HoP) will provide strategic direction, leadership, and management of the CP's programming to ensure the establishment and successful implementation of high-quality programs serving conflict-affected Iraqis. The HoP's leadership, management and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its programs. As part of the Senior Management Team, the HoP will proactively mitigate risks, including security risks and safeguarding.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Effectively manage talent and supervise 4-5 Program Managers. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Contribute to developing staffing plans for projects and to the recruitment process of senior project staff.
  • 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.
  • 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, and business development activities. Identify training opportunities, develop training curriculums and deliver trainings.
  • Cooperate with compliance and risk management staff both in the CP and the region to ensure mitigating risks, particularly in areas such as staff and project participants safety, fraud control and safeguarding.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience:

  • Master's Degree in International Development, International Relations or relevant field.
  • Minimum of five years of relevant field-based program management, at least three years of middle/senior management experience.
  • Experience in the development of successful proposals, reports, strategic alliances, project design, project management, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience in partner capacity strengthening, staff development, training, and mentoring, as well as in team building and strategic planning initiatives. Experience working with Church partners a plus.
  • Experience in community development, community mobilization, or similar grassroots, self-help initiatives.
  • 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.
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment and staff care.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a complex and resource poor environment

Required/Desired Foreign Language:

  • Arabic preferred, but not required

Travel Required:

  • 40% travel domestically; occasional travel regionally

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory:

  • Deputy Head of Programs, Program Quality Coordinator, Project Director, Partnership Program Manager

Internal:

  • Country Representative, Head of Operations, Risk Management Program Manager, Finance Manager, Procurement Manager, Human Resources Officer, Heads of Office, other program staff, Deputy Regional Director -- Programs, relevant Regional and HQ teams.

External:

  • Government of Iraq and local authorities; Caritas Iraq, local church and Caritas Internationalis member organizations; USAID, OFDA, PRM and other donors; local/international NGOs and NGO coordination bodies; and UN agencies.

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