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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.
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. CRS is a global leader in agricultural livelihoods programming and promotes resilience building in impoverished, disaster-affected, and climate change-impacted areas around the world. CRS re-established its presence in Nigeria in 2000 and currently works in 32 of Nigeria’s 36 states, focusing on agriculture and livelihoods, health, and emergency programming.
For more than 10 years, the Lake Chad Basin (LCB) crisis – impacting the areas bordering Lake Chad in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon - has exacerbated existing vulnerabilities, torn apart communities and families, constrained livelihood opportunities, destroyed infrastructure, and dismantled local government’s ability to respond to the needs of its citizens. To respond to the urgent resilience/recovery needs of the people affected by the LCB Crisis, CRS has initiated the Stabilization and Reconciliation in the Lake Chad Region (STaR) Project, a 5-1/2 year, 25-million Euro program generously financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through KfW (German Development Cooperation). STaR will target approximately 170,000 households across the four target countries of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, enabling communities and individuals to feel more secure and cohesive; to improve their livelihoods; to be more resilient in facing shocks; to use non-violent means to address conflicts; and to be more optimistic about the future. The program will contribute to the rehabilitation/re-establishment of basic services and livelihoods and strengthen the capacity of communities and local governments to sustainably manage their resources; to reinforce their social cohesion; and to build more resilient households and societies.
In Nigeria, the STaR Project Phase II will be implemented across four Local Government Areas in Adamawa State and will be managed out of the STaR project office in Yola, Adamawa through Sept 14, 2024. Negotiations with the donor for another Phase III duration extension are underway.
As Program Manager, you will provide overall leadership to the STaR Nigeria project team and be responsible for the overall management of the project including the quality of programmatic implementation (including monitoring, evaluation and learning) and administrative elements of the project to serve the poor and vulnerable. You are responsible for conducting engineering design reviews, ensuring that quality standards are met. You will ensure project results are achieved on time and on budget for all project components, and that the budget is consumed as planned including strategies for phase out and sustainability. As a senior leader, you will proactively manage security, carry out risk assessments, and develop risk mitigation plans. You will develop and produce environmental, social, health and safety documentation, conducting regulatory correspondence regarding ESHS systems management, and other regulatory bodies. You will ensure effective recruitment and management of all programmatic staff, including construction contractors. You will oversee the accounting, costing and billing and monitoring project costs and manage submissions of tenders, providing technical and practical experience where necessary. You will play a lead role in representation of CRS and the STaR project with the Church; civil society and local government actors/institutions in Adamawa. Finally, you will promote coordination and collaboration between other CRS offices in Northeast Nigeria and ensure integration and collaboration across CRS Nigeria’s development and humanitarian assistance programs.
Roles and Key Responsibilities:
Required Languages – English Language
Travel – Must be willing and able to travel 50% to field locations in Adamawa
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (SKAs)
Education and Experience
Preferred Qualifications – (If applicable)
Supervisory Responsibilities: Infrastructure Program Manager, Governance Officer, Social Cohesion Officer, Agriculture & Livelihoods Officer, MEAL Officer and SILC Officer
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Deputy Country Representative – NE Nigeria, Director of Early Recovery and Resilience, Agriculture and Livelihoods Adviser, MEAL Manager, STaR Award Management Officer, STaR Grants Specialist, Yola Security Officer, Yola Finance/Grants Officer, Security Officer, Yola Procurement Assistant, Yola Admin/Logistics Assistant
External: Church authorities, government ministries departments and agencies, local and international NGOs, coordination platforms and working groups, community leaders
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.
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
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CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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