Program Manager Governance USAID Project Jobs – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

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Organization: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Duty Station:  Uganda

Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party

About US:

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-profit organization which implements the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

About USAID Project:

CRS is leading a consortium of 7 implementing and technical partners to run a five-year USAID/FFP funded $35 million program called Nuyok to build resilience to shocks, enhance livelihoods and improve food security and nutrition for vulnerable rural families in three districts of Karamoja – Abim, Nakapiripirit and Napak – which are home to 406,880 people living in an estimated 58,126 households. At the end of the program, sustainable results will include empowered, resilient, healthy families; responsive, inclusive governance; and a vibrant private sector that engages smallholders at every level

Job Summary:  The Program Manager Governance will provide technical advice, support, and oversight to a range of program design and implementation issues in the area of governance in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to the Nuyok project teams to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your advice, knowledge, and support will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS’ governance programming is in Uganda. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Support the development and contribute to the implementation of Nuyok strategies, standards, project plans, tools and best practices in governance that effectively engage partners, donors, and governments, and ensure linkages among related activities throughout the project cycle. Help ensure DFSA resilience approaches related to governance are aligned with the GoU guiding principles and milestones.
  • Provide technical solutions to project teams for strategic planning and how to best apply standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools and M&E, helping to ensure high-quality implementation.
  • Support capacity strengthening initiatives in governance programming for staff and partner organizations through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and coaching.
  • Collect and analyze program data, prepare reports, capture and share lessons learned and best practices to facilitate improvements in decision-making and contribute to the governance learning agenda.
  • Contribute to maintaining effective communication and good relationships with, government officials, traditional leaders, elected representatives, partner organizations, national, regional, and community level food security task force leaders.
  • Participate in relevant forums and knowledge networks to collect and share promising practices in the area of governance, promote CRS’ work in Uganda, and contribute to the CRS learning agenda.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Program Manager Governance job should hold a Master’s degree in international development, public policy, political science, sociology, public administration, law, economics, anthropology, organizational development, or other related area.
  • At least five years of relevant work experience utilizing participatory assessment, mapping and planning tools with communities, government representatives and elected officials, ideally working with an international NGO.
  • Knowledge of technical principles and concepts in governance standards and principles. General knowledge of gender equality principles and other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
  • Hands-on experience at the regional and local level in the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of participatory governance projects and activities. Knowledge of capacity strengthening best practices.
  • Experience with program monitoring and evaluation and analysis.
  • Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith- based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules and regulations is a plus.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.

Personal Skills

  • Good strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
  • Strong relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings
  • Good technical writing skills
  • Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented with strong organizational and time management skills and an ability to work independently and under tight deadlines.
  • Energetic with a positive and constructive attitude
  • Demonstrated openness to change and the ability to manage complex situations Required/Desired Language:
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English with ability to write technical reports. Karimojong is a plus Required Travel:
  • Around 40 to 50% within DFSA implementation areas in Karamoja
  • Agency-Wide Competencies (for all CRS staff): 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

How to Apply:

All candidates should Email a cover letter and CV only to ug_recruitment@crs.org. Large files and/or scans of documents will lead to rejection of your application, in the subject line of the email, copy and paste – PROGRAMMANAGERGOVERNANCE

All applications that do not contain this exact subject line will be rejected and not read.

Deadline: 14th October 2019


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