CRS MILE Project Deputy Chief of Party II (Programming) Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Job Title: Deputy Chief of Party II – Programming

Reports to: Chief of Party – MILE

Department: Program – MILE Project

Salary Grade: 11

Country / Location: Kenya / Nairobi

Ref: 2019/070

About CRS: Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality.

CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.

CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties.

The activity will be implemented in two phases:

  • Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition
  • Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening

Job Summary: As Deputy Chief of Party II – Programming you will lead the planning of project activities and set appropriate performance targets, ensuring adherence to technical standards, best practices, reporting timelines and donor guidelines are respected. You will manage key relationships both inside and outside of the MILE consortium, providing direction to a transformational research and implementation agenda.

As a senior leader you will oversee design and delivery of a multisectoral approach to sustainably addressing acute malnutrition in Kenya’s ASALs, an effort which includes cross-cutting interventions in health/nutrition, livelihoods, agriculture, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), gender, youth, learning, knowledge sharing and capacity-strengthening. You will serve as the point person for field-based activities and be responsible for coordinating and preparing all program reports.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage key aspects of the development, implementation and transition of the MILE project. Liaise with USAID/FFP, Government of Kenya and private stakeholders, when needed;
  • Ensure project objectives and results are fully accomplished and meet technical quality standards in line with donor expectations;
  • Contribute to ensuring coordination between program and operations leads;
  • Ensure CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures;
  • Ensure timely and complete submission of high-quality deliverables including work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, transition plan and any other reports required by the donor or the government;
  • Contribute to the development of staffing plans and the recruitment process of senior staff;
  • Effectively manage talent, including providing coaching, while managing team dynamics and staff well-being. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete regular performance assessments for direct reports including three MILE key personnel:
  • Along with DCOP Operations, 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;
  • Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Help ensure compliance with USAID grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to USAID;
  • Maintain close working relationships with key staff of consortium partners to foster clear understanding of roles and responsibilities.
  • Manage consortium and local implementing partner (LIP) relationships 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 recommend trainings and technical assistance;
  • Identify needs for technical assistance in a timely manner and contribute to the development of scopes of work (SoW) as well as supervision of technical assistance. In collaboration with project staff, provide guidance and technical oversight to LIPs, government partners and other collaborating agencies to ensure that objectives are achieved;
  • When feasible, identify opportunities for linkages with other projects and organizations to support MILE project objectives Including USAID/PREG partners and other FFP/DFSA implementers in Kenya;
  • Support the identification, documentation and dissemination of project results in various forms including media stories, lessons learned, and case studies;
  • Support the COP in designing and managing the transition between MILE Phase 1 research and Phase 2 implementation, including restructuring the management structure and workplan; and
  • Periodically serve as interim COP as needed, in the absence of the COP.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations or a relevant technical area.
  • 10 years’ senior level management experience.
  • Technical experience in either Nutrition, Food security, Natural Resource Management or WASH sectors
  • Knowledge and experience in budget management.
  • Previous experience managing USAID funded projects; FFP experience preferred.
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.

Personal Skills

  • Very good strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
  • Very good 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.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

Required / Desired Foreign Language: Able to clearly communicate in written and spoken English

Travel Required: 30% to 40% field travel to Marsabit and Isiolo counties

Key Working Relationships:

  • Supervisory: System Strengthening and Institutionalization Lead; Gender, Youth, & Social Dynamics Lead, and the Strategic Learning Lead.
  • Internal: MILE Chief of Party, MILE DCOP – Operations, CRS Kenya Head of Programming, M&E Lead and the Research Design Lead (these are consortium partners staff), Regional and Headquarters technical staff.
  • External: Consortium partners, Implementing partners, officials at USAID, government bodies at different levels.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

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

  • Integrity
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas.

We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Written applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by Close of Business Monday September 30, 2019.

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CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Updated: September 23, 2019 — 6:27 pm