Country Representative

Country Representative

CRS - Catholic Relief Services

Liberia

RESPONSIBILITIES

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Champion and lead the vision, mission and strategy. Lead the design of medium and long-term goals. Ensure program and operations leads coordinate their objectives in alignment with the strategy.
  • Ensure that all projects meet and exceed donor expectations and are designed and implemented for maximum impact and reach. Ensure the CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures.
  • Effectively manage senior programming and operations talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring for HOP and Head of Operations. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Oversee the development of staffing plans for large and complex projects and the recruitment process of senior staff.
  • Lead the development of strategic partnerships with national and international organizations that leverages resources, reputation, and expertise in line with CRS partnership principles. Ensure strong representation to key stakeholders, including Church partners, local and national government, US government and international donors.
  • 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 in operations functions. Provide oversight and analysis regarding monthly expenditures.
  • Lead and direct the pursuit of strategic growth opportunities, prepositioning and capture planning.
  • 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 application of the MEAL policy, as well as cross-sectoral and cross-department learning.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in international development, International Relations or a related field.
  • 10 or more years' experience managing complex relief and development programs.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing a variety of complex, high-value projects from multiple international donors, including USAID and other USG donors, the EU, DFID, and foundations; understanding of relevant donor regulations.
  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Experience working with Church partners, host governments and the private sector, a plus.
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching and mentoring senior program staff.
  • Ability to represent the agency at high levels.
  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.

Required Languages

  • English.

Travel

  • Must be willing and able to travel 30%-40%.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (SKAs)

  • 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

Key Working Relationships

  • External Host country government officials at all levels, Catholic Church leadership, donors, private sector, heads of international agencies, partners, etc.
  • Internal: WARO Regional Director, WARO DRD/PQ, WARO DRD/MQ, WARO RFO and WARO Regional Technical Advisors, OO_HQ departments, including IDEA and PIQA, Mission and Mobilization, Charitable Giving, Finance and Human Resources.
  • Supervisory: Head of Programs (HoP), Head of Operations (HoOPs) and the Liberia Business Development Specialist.

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