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    About CRS:
    Catholic Relief Services carries out 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.

    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. CRS is expanding its activities in the North-East in the area of Food Security, Nutrition, Non-food items, Water and Sanitation.

    Program Manager II - Engineering Team Manager, Nigeria


    Primary Responsibility:
    Manage Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) including all assessments and field investigations, project design, and specifications.

    Specific Job Responsibilities:


    • Participate in the conceptual planning and technical assessment procedures for shelter; infrastructure and water & sanitation construction programs;
    • Prepare detailed cost estimates, project time frames, and resource allocation;

    Program Engineering and Design:

    • Implement operational plans in coordination with other sector teams, as appropriate;
    • Develop engineering drawings and specification;
    • Prepare site lay out in collaboration with other sectors and stakeholders;
    • Develop Construction Scope of Work as required for each contract.
    • Ensure that all CRS construction programs comply with relevant local, national and international standards and regulations, and reflect agency best practices.
    • Coordinate with Local Government in developing post-disaster engineering and contracting;
    • Obtain all Governments approval for engineering design.
    • Oversee the cost estimate process for the CRS developed design.
    • Oversee the Tender technical review, provide required clarifications and recommendations.
    • Oversee the development and use of program documentation systems, in accordance with agency best practices; ensure accountability to the dispatch and approval matrix;
    • Ensure that environmental and sustainability issues are considered in the program design, in keeping with agency best practices.


    Information and Coordination:

    • Provide support for the preparation of project reports as required by CRS, relevant Government coordination bodies, external donors, and other interested parties.
    • Provide regular updates to the Construction Project Manager on progress, priorities and constraints – verbally and in writing.
    • For all supervised staff, develop a performance management plan on an annual basis; Provide regular guidance and feedback on performance.
    • Manage local staff, effort reporting, and staff allocation and management.
    • As part of the CRS Construction team, facilitate information flow between other engineering managers, and sector programming and program support departments; Coordinate and maintain an on-going dialogue with the Community Liaison Officers and actively participate in developing and maintaining productive relationships with individual families and communities;


    Key Working Relationships:
    Internal: Deputy Country Representative/Programs, Emergency Coordinator (Borno State based), Nutritionist, Security Manager, Head of Operations, Nigeria Leadership and Management Team members,

    External: UN Agencies, IOM, Shelter Coordination Mechanism, Partner Agencies, NEMA, SEMA

    Agency Wide Competences (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



    • A Degree or similar professional qualification in Structural/Civil Engineering, Architecture or related technical field.
    • A minimum of five years design experience, including two years in a supervision role; experience construction or contract management a plus
    • Experience in developing and implementing shelter or community infrastructure projects on behalf of development organizations preferred.
    • Experience in community development, community mobilization, or similar self-help initiatives, and a desire to maximize integration of program delivery, is preferred.
    • Familiarity with current standards and guidelines for humanitarian emergency response, including the Sphere Handbook criteria.
    • Ability to work in partnership with local communities and NGOs as appropriate.
    • An ability to understand and adapt local construction technologies, materials, codes and laws.
    • An interest in and ability to build capacity in implementing teams, local partners and community bodies, with a focus on community participation.
    • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
    • Ability to read, analyze and interpret administrative reports, technical procedures, or government regulations.
    • Must be proficient in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook Access– and ideally MS Project). Proficiency with recently released versions of AutoCAD
    • Ability to write reports, and procedure manuals and effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, counterparts, Government representatives, regional CRS staff and Baltimore HQ staff.
    • Fluency in English (both oral and written skills).
    • Self-reliance and an ability to work in a challenging and demanding environment.
    • Awareness, sensitivity and understanding of cross-cultural issues particularly in representing a US-based, Catholic agency.


    Disclaimer: This 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.

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    Program Manager II- Nigeria- Emergency Coordinator


    Position Title: Program Manager II- Nigeria- Emergency Coordinator- Borno State
    Department/Country: Nigeria, based in Maiduguri
    Reports To: Emergency Program Director
    FLSA: Exempt
    Band: D

    Job Summary:

    The PMII Emergency Coordinator will be responsible for managing emergency response programming activities in food security, WASH, nutrition, shelter, psycho-social support, livelihoods, NFI distributions, and other potential activities such as cash-for-work. He/she will provide technical and management support to the program team and partners, in addition to ad-hoc technical consultants. Strengthening the technical and management capacity of emergency program staff and partner organizations will also be an important part of this role. The PM will help to ensure consistency, quality, efficiency, and accountability of emergency activities implemented. He/she will also ensure strong coordination with other actors and CRS’ active participation in multiple coordination forums and working groups. In addition, the PMII Emergency Coordinator- Borno will help grow our emergency portfolio, and will work in collaboration with colleagues to identify opportunities and submit proposals.

    Job Responsibilities:

    Project Design, Proposal Development and Program Management:

    1. Lead and manage emergency programming in Borno in close collaboration with the Emergency Program Director and country team.
    2. Keep abreast of emergency needs and mobilize support and resources.
    3. Adjust strategies for recovery and rehabilitation programming as needed.
    4. Contribute to preparing concept notes and grant proposals for submission to major donors. This will include working closely with program staff, resource agencies, partners and communities to do project design, including participatory needs assessments and gap analyses, development of results frameworks, selection of the most appropriate response options, etc. and proposal writing, using CRS guidance documents including ProPack I, TAG, and EFOM.
    5. Ensure program quality through ensuring adherence to relevant standards and guidelines (Sphere, CRS Protection Policy, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning in Emergencies, and CRS MEAL policies and procedures), ensuring that a comprehensive M&E system is set up during project start-up, frequent field visits, organizing and facilitating regular (weekly, monthly or quarterly) monitoring and reflection meetings to review project progress, and assessing and strengthening partner capacity and contributing to an overall emergency response strategy..
    6. Closely manage emergency program budgets and ensure spending is consistent with resources available. With the finance department’s assistance, ensure budget holders are trained on budget management and meet budgetary cycle deadlines.
    7. Prepare or assist staff to prepare regular program and financial reports for CRS donors and partners as required.
    8. Assess and strengthen field office and partner capacity in needs assessment, program planning and monitoring.
    9. With Administration and Finance departments, ensure program compliance with all CRS and donor administrative and financial requirements.
    10. Develop and maintain strong collaboration with CRS technical experts in multiple sectors, including Food Security, WASH, Nutrition, etc.
    11. Identify emergency capacity building needs for staff and partners involved in the response. Take the lead on coordinating any formal or informal emergency training events organized by CRS for staff and partners.
    12. Support Program Managers/Officers and M&E staff to develop, effectively implement and improve, as needed, the M&E systems across all projects.
    13. Promote the appropriate use of information and communication technology for development or emergency programming.
    14. Promote regular project reviews and other learning events.
    15. Lead any effort to document best practices and lessons learned from the response.
    16. Prepare regular updates on emergency program activities for SitReps.
    17. Work with program staff to promote CRS partnership principles and strengthen partnerships.

    Staff Management:

    1. Supervise approximately 20 staff members to support the response.
    2. Support staff through close attention to staff care, mentoring, and development and monitoring of CRS Performance Plans through coaching sessions and appraisals as per CRS policy.
    3. Promote appropriate staff behavior in the field and a Do No Harm approach for a better understanding of local communities and the local working environment.
    4. Ensure to integrate security management into program activities with a particular attention to the strategy of acceptance and compliance of staff with security procedures

    Representation: 1. In collaboration with the Emergency Program Director, maintain contact with donor agencies, the UN cluster system, and other NGOs to ensure that interventions are coordinated with those of other agencies, and meet local requirements.

    1. Ensure active participation in coordination forums, including the UN sectoral clusters.
    2. In collaboration with the Emergency Program Director, represent CRS and share information regularly with local authorities, local partners, the UN, other NGOs and other appropriate networks.
    3. Identify/negotiate funding opportunities and pursue strategic partnerships for ongoing emergency activities.

    Key Working Relationships:

    Internal: CR, Emergency Program Director, DCR, HoOps, Security Manager, Senior Business Development Manager and other senior CRS programming and operational staff in Nigeria; DRD, PQ; STA Health, HRD; STA WASH, HRD; STA Food Security & Livelihoods, HRD.
    External: Appropriate cluster leads, UN-OCHA, state and local government offices, local and international NGOs, UN agencies, Caritas partners, and donors.


    1. Masters Degree in related field or equivalent experience
    2. Minimum of five years of relevant field-based project management experience required. Extensive experience in managing moderately complex projects.
    3. Five years of experience working in emergency, development or recovery programming with an international NGO.
    4. Experience in emergencies and program planning and management.
    5. Demonstrated application of Emergency Standards.
    6. Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with local communities and NGOs as appropriate.
    7. Ability to represent CRS at high level coordination meetings with donors, local government, UN, and other international NGOs.
    8. Demonstrated leadership ability in strategic planning initiatives.
    9. Is committed to gender and conflict sensitive programming
    10. Proven ability to develop proposals and write reports meeting donor requirements.
    11. Excellent analytical, management, communication and negotiation skills.
    12. Must be able to prioritize multiple work demands and work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision.
    13. Familiarity with policies, procedures, and priorities of USAID, UN agencies and Caritas agencies preferred.
    14. Experience in staff development and partner capacity strengthening.
    15. Knowledge of CRS program quality standards preferred.
    16. Advanced computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, etc.).
    17. Experience working in security compromised zones
    18. Excellent inter-cultural sensitivity and interpersonal skills necessary in insecure environments

    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

    CRS Emergency Competencies: Each CRS staff member working in emergencies is expected to have the following competencies to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results:

    • Communicates strategically under pressure
    • Manages stress and complexity
    • Actively promotes safety and security
    • Manages and implements high-quality emergency programs

    Required Foreign Language: Working language – English

    Required Travel:

    • Travel within Nigeria

    Work Environment:

    • To live in Maiduguri, Borno State, and work in the NE. Frequent travel to Abuja.
    • CRS has an office and accommodation

    Method of Application

    Use links below to apply on CRS website

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