Project Director, Education

Project Director, Education

CRS - Catholic Relief Services

Haiti

Job Summary:

The Project Director must have demonstrated technical and adaptive leadership, and strategic management in implementing USAID education projects in developing countries of similar context to Haiti, an unpredictable, diverse, and complex environment. The Haiti Project Director will be responsible for the strategic design and coordination of the activity’s components to ensure feasibility, timely and safe delivery of quality project results. S/He will be responsible for providing strategic guidance in harmonizing relevant activity approaches between existing and new programs in different geographical areas to avoid duplication and ensure fidelity of implementation for quality assurance. S/He will have strong communication and coordination skills and financial management complemented with proven skills in teamwork management and supervision that support project staff by creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes trust, mutual respect, the guiding activity principles, and empowers staff to responsibly achieve results. S/He will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a positive and productive relationship with key Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP) counterparts at the technical level and ensure that the field team with the sub-awardees/sub-contractors establish the same relationship with their MENFP counterparts and local education authorities at the department and community levels. As a senior leader you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead all aspects of the development, implementation and consolidation of the Education and Resilience project, 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 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;
  • 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.

Required Languages

  • English and French required. Basic Haitian Creole a plus.

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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Recognized leader in education 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;
  • Strong preference for candidates with previous USAID-funded project management experience;
  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus;
  • Ability to represent and present at high levels to donors, civil society, academic institutions, and partner/peer organizations;
  • Experience in Haiti or similar complex environments strongly preferred;
  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in international development/Relations, International education, or a relevant technical area. PhD preferred;
  • 7 or more years’ relevant management and technical experience; 10-15 years highly preferred;
  • 5 years’ experience managing donor funds, including multi country grants. 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.

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