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  • Chief of Party, Rural Resilience Program at Catholic Relief Services

  • Posted on: 8 November, 2018 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria in 2000 and currently focuses on vulnerable children, agriculture, health and HIV, extractives and governance, and peace building programming.

    Chief of Party, Rural Resilience Program


    Req Number: I4504
    Location: Based in Abuja, with travel among field locations in Nigeria.
    Position Status: Regular
    Position Type: Full time
    Reports To: Deputy Country Representative, Emergency and Early Recovery


    • CRS is preparing for an anticipated multi-million dollar, multi-year USAID/Nigeria Rural Resilience Program, which will support poverty reduction for vulnerable households in Nigeria.
    • This effort will contribute to CRS' agriculture and livelihoods signature program area and ongoing efforts to promote resilience, recovery and development within Nigeria and neighboring countries around the Lake Chad Basin.

    Job Summary

    • The Chief of Party (COP) will have overall responsibility for the Rural Resilience Program.
    • Responsibilities include meeting project objectives and deliverables while providing overall leadership in technical, administrative, operational, and management aspects.
    • The COP will act as the primary relationship manager for the project with USAID/Nigeria, Government of Nigeria, partners and external stakeholders.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • Provide overall strategic guidance, leadership, management and general technical oversight of the entire program, with a strong focus on achieving defined results.
    • Act as the key liaison with USAID, Government of Nigeria, all implementing partners and stakeholders involved with the program.
    • Represent the program and present its work nationally and globally to CRS leadership, the donor, partners, and other stakeholders.
    • Lead, manage, supervise and mentor program staff and consortium partners.
    • Ensure high-quality monitoring and evaluation of program impact and timely submission of donor reports and deliverables.
    • Ensure compliance with CRS and USAID policies and requirements

    Required Qualifications and Experience

    • Master's degree in International Development, Management, Agriculture, Economics or other relevant field. PhD preferred.
    • At least 10 years of international management experience
    • At least 10 years' experience in agriculture-based and rural development resilience program
    • At least 10 years of COP experience for USAID-funded activities
    • Prior experience managing USAID-funded assistance projects of a similar size (over US$ 10M) and scope in developing countries; experience managing multi-sectoral projects including livelihoods, agricultural development, resilience, market-based approaches to economic development, climate change, food security, gender, conflict.
    • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
    • Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting requirements.
    • Experience with USAID rules, regulations and requirements is preferred.
    • Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa required. Prior experience in Nigeria preferred
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
    • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.

    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:

    • Serves with Integrity
    • Models Stewardship
    • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
    • Promotes Learning

    Method of Application


    • The above job description is 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.
    • Qualified candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis
    • Position is contingent on donor approval.

    Interested and qualified? Go to Catholic Relief Services career website on to apply

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