13 Aug 2014

Chief of Party Job Vacancy

Background / Summary: 
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world.

CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality and works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs.

Position Title: Chief of Party
Location: Nairobi, Kenya

*This position is contingent upon funding and signing an agreement with donor*

Job Summary: 

CRS Kenya is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated Kenya OVC program. The COP will provide overall leadership and technical direction for the project, ensuring achievement of project deliverables.

The COP will be the primary liaison with USAID and will manage project staff and implementing partners to ensure proper reporting, financial management, and compliance.

The COP is expected to coordinate with government and other stakeholders to ensure that activities complement ongoing initiatives and adhere to country and global standards.

Specific Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  • Responsible for the overall planning, implementation and management of the project as well as the achievement of the goals and objectives of the project in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Serve as the team lead for the project and ensure strong communication and coordination with and between all team members as a means to effectively achieve program objectives.
  • Lead the planning of project activities and set high quality performance targets ensuring adherence to technical standards, best practices and donor guidelines.
  • Design strategies, partnerships and interventions to guarantee the project is gender and ability-sensitive and that CRS and implementing partners are accountable to beneficiaries.
  • Ensure grant management compliance for the project with donor and CRS regulations.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact and collaboration for the team and in-country stakeholders, including USAID, implementation partners, government partners and other key stakeholders.
  • Ensure timely, high-quality and complete submission of work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, and any other reports required by the donor.
  • Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening of implementing partners and community-based organizations.

Desired Qualifications, Skills & Abilities

  • Master’s Degree in public health, international development, or related field.
  • Strong knowledge of the health and social service sector in Kenya.
  • At least 10 years of experience managing large-scale, multi-year US government-funded proposals, experience in Kenya strongly preferred. Previous COP or DCOP experience strongly preferred.
  • Significant technical experience in the areas of orphans and vulnerable children, and/or economic resiliency, nutrition, education, and psychosocial care.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID project management including USAID rules and regulation and reporting requirements.
  • Experience collaborating with host governments and local partners.
  • Experience managing teams and building partnerships.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and networking skills required.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required.

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 Friday August 29, 2014;

Human Resources Manager
Catholic Relief Services – Kenya Program

Please indicate the Reference Number ( 2014/26) on the ‘email subject.

Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Note: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) does not charge any fees from applicants for any recruitment.

Further, CRS has not retained any agent in connection with this recruitment.

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