Jul 012016

Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Country: Zambia
Closing date: 31 Dec 2016


About CRS

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identify is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as part of our staff and as partner’s people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and commitment to serving those in need.


CRS is currently seeking applications from qualified Chief of Party candidates for an anticipated USAID-funded Integrated Nutrition, Agriculture, and WASH project called “**Kusintha**” in Zambia, a $66-million, six-year program (estimated dates November 2017-October 2022). This project will be jointly managed by the Economic Development, Health, and Education Offices. Activities will be focused towards reducing stunting through high value, nutrient rich agricultural and value chain systems, increased household access to water and sanitation, and behavior change pathways in targeted districts in Eastern, as well as selected districts in Central or Muchinga Provinces. Local access to adequate quantity, quality and diversity of food for children and lactating women requires an integrated multi-sectoral interventions that increase not only access but availability of safe, diverse, nutritious food (usually through kitchen gardens), adoption of better child feeding and women’s diets, water and hygiene practices to improve food safety and utilization, and access to clean water and a healthier, cleaner environment. This approach also would include increasing incomes; improving agricultural productivity and private sector led value chain development in nutrient-dense, protein-rich foods; improving health-seeking behaviors. The project will be implemented through a consortium of international and national organizations, in close cooperation with the Zambian Government (GRZ). It will also seek private sector engagement to ensure long-term sustainability. The project will incorporate strong learning components, potentially with embedded operations and/or other evaluation approaches to address research gaps and generate lessons learned about approaches to integration.

Position Summary:

The Chief of Party is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of the project, while ensuring achievement of strategic objectives and performance expectations through adherence to high standards of technical and management quality. The Chief of Party will ensure that technical strategies contribute to the agency’s signature program areas (SPAs), specifically agricultural livelihoods and health, through documented learning, while ensuring alignment of project and donor strategies. The Chief of Party will leverage the project to attract additional resources, while establishing strong partnerships and collaboration with USAID, government and public and private sectors.

Key Responsibilities:

I. Strategic Leadership

· Ensure programs’ strategic objectives and results are fully accomplished and meet expected technical quality standards, engaging local implementing and technical assistance partners meaningfully to achieve results.

· Ensure development and implementation of innovative strategies that support agency strategy, specifically signature program areas, and align with donor strategies. Responsible for employing, and documenting use of, innovative products and/or tools used to advance strategies.

· Oversee regularly technical reviews, inclusive local partners, government and other actors, as relevant, to ensure best practices are followed and manage changes in project strategies.

· In collaboration with technical staff, provide guidance and technical oversight to consortium members to ensure that lessons of sound practice are documented and disseminated.

· Oversee program’s monitoring and evaluation, accountability and learning system, supporting use of data as the basis for measuring performance and adapting project interventions.

· Cultivate and define relationships with government, public and private actors to maximize donor investment and project outcomes, while leveraging these partnerships for sustainable outcomes.

· Ensure delivery of quality training, technical assistance and administrative and financial support to all partner agencies and government, including the selection and coordination of sub-grantees and consultants.

II. Management and Administration

· Manage program budget, including tracking of financial and material resources, ensuring collaboration between financial and technical staff.

· Ensure accurate and timely reporting of project finances against progress and/or outcomes, review actual financial performance against the budget, and account for variances in expenditure.

· Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to donors and from implementing and technical assistance partners.

· Ensure staff understanding of, and compliance with, all CRS administrative and operational procedures and policies, as well as applicable donor regulations.

· Collaborate with CRS compliance and finance staff and project management team to plan, organize, oversee and monitor financial and compliance checks for CRS and partners, including internal and external audits, and identify plans to address any weaknesses identified.

III. Representation and Advocacy

· Provide overall leadership and oversight to the consortium, ensuring that sub-recipients adhere to their assigned scopes of work and sub-award terms, and ensuring all members of the consortium work cooperatively and productively to achieve project objectives.

· Act as primary program contact to USAID Zambia, taking responsibility for addressing all matters related to award administration, including technical strategies and resource management.

· Strengthen linkages with existing and potential partner agencies, with specific emphasis on government, donor and private sector.

· Manage relationships with the GRZ at national, provincial and district levels.

· Oversee program communication strategies, including compliance with donor’s branding and marketing requirements and CRS marketing and communication procedures.

· Leverage project to grow country program resources with particular emphasis on integrated food security projects.

IV. Performance Management

· Lead, manage and supervise team of CRS and consortium partner staff to deliver high-quality services and achieve project objectives.

· Conduct periodic reviews of staff performance in keeping with CRS’ performance management system and mentor staff to ensure high levels of motivation, commitment, capacity, and teamwork.

· Identify training needs for staff under his/her supervision and support capacity building through CRS trainings, non-CRS trainings, exchange visits/TDYs, and e-learning.

· Manage recruitment portfolio for the program, in collaboration with CRS country program management, to ensure optimum service delivery through recruitment of competent and qualified staff.

*Supervisory Responsibilities: Deputy Chief of Party, Operational Excellence; Technical Quality Coordinators (3) for Agriculture Production, Nutrition and Value-Chain Market Engagement; Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Manager.*

Agency-wide Competencies: These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

· Serves with Integrity

· Models Stewardship

· Cultivates Constructive Relationships

· Promotes Learning

Key Working Relationships:

*Internal:** Country Representative, Head of Programs, Head of Operations and Finance Manager, Senior/Regional Technical Advisors, HQ Award Management Officer

*External:** USAID CO/COR, implementing partners, technical assistance partners, donor representatives, GRZ representatives (national, provincial and district levels); private sector; other stakeholders, as relevant

Personal Skills:

· Proven leadership skills and ability to build and motivate diverse and talented teams.

· Cultural sensitivity, patience and flexibility.

· Demonstrated personal accountability and drive to serve others.

· Strong organizational and planning skills, detail-oriented

· Able to prioritize work, multi-task and meet deadlines.

· Able to analyze problems and design solutions at strategic and functional levels.

· Maturity and discretion.


· Master’s Degree with a focus on Agriculture, Nutrition, Public Health, or other related field required.

· Minimum 10 years’ of progressive management responsibility with non-profit, development and/or humanitarian organizations in developing countries, including experience designing and implementing integrated food security programs.

· Experience managing large, complex USG contracts; knowledge of relevant rules and regulations (FAR, AIDAR).

· Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa required, with experience working in Zambia or southern Africa preferred.

· Experience working with Agriculture, Nutrition, Water and Sanitation and Climate Smart initiatives preferred

· Experience motivating diverse teams of local and international NGOs to deliver results on time and on budget

· Strong communication and analytical abilities.

· Willingness to travel between Eastern and Central or Muchinga Provinces and Lusaka (25%).

Disclaimer: This job description is dependent on future funding. Duties and responsibilities are not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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