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Kampala, Uganda

Full-time

Deadline: 

February 6, 2024 at 2:00:00 PM

About the Organisation

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, we have expanded in size to reach more than 130 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents.

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Job Title

Country Representative job at Catholic Relief Services

Job Description

As Country Representative you will lead, manage and advance the programming and operations objectives and the mission of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to serve the poor and vulnerable. Your strategic leadership will enable you to advance CRS’ reputation and impact while you proactively manage security and mitigate security risks and liabilities.
CRS Uganda has a vibrant portfolio of projects, anchored in a new strategy that will take us through 2030, and serving over a million vulnerable Ugandans each year. Sectors currently focus on Food Systems, Health and Social Services Systems Strengthening, Climate Change Adaption and Mitigation, and Emergency Preparedness and Management. Our donors include USAID, USDA, EU, and private foundations and investors. CRS Uganda implements its programs through partnerships with local and international NGOs, Ugandan government departments and ministries, the Catholic Church, and community-based organizations for maximum impact and sustainability. CRS Uganda employs around 130 staff and has its main office in Kampala, with sub-offices in Moroto, Yumbe, Tororo, and Kikuube.

Duties and Responsibilities

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Champion and lead the vision, mission and strategy. Lead the design of medium and long-term goals. Ensure program and operations leads coordinate their objectives in alignment with the strategy.

  • Ensure that all projects meet and exceed donor expectations and are designed and implemented for maximum impact and reach. Ensure the CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures.

  • Effectively manage senior programming and operations talent. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring for Head of Operations and Programs. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Oversee the development of staffing plans for large and complex projects and the recruitment process of senior staff.

  • Lead the development of strategic partnerships with national and international organizations that leverages resources, reputation, and expertise in line with CRS partnership principles. Ensure strong representation to key stakeholders, including Church partners, local and national government, US government and international donors.

  • Manage and mitigate risk through monitoring national and regional issues that may impact staff and programming. Ensure all staff understand and adhere to CRS staff safety and security policies and plans and ensure the updating of such plans.

  • Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Ensure compliance in operations functions. Provide oversight and analysis regarding monthly expenditures.

  • Lead and direct the pursuit of strategic growth opportunities, prepositioning and capture planning.

  • Create and maintain proper conditions for learning. Establish a safe environment for sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to deficiencies. Promote accountability, learning and knowledge management overseeing application of the MEAL policy, as well as cross-sectoral and cross-department learning.

  • Promote safeguarding at the country program level. Ensure quality implementation of CRS safeguarding policy and principles across both operations and programs. With support from technical advisors, ensure capacity building efforts and technical guidance to CRS staff and partners, in line with CRS principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices.


Supervisory Responsibilities: Head(s) of Programming/Operations, Telecommuting BD Specialist II, Communications Manager


Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: Regional Director, Deputy Regional Directors for Program/Operations, Regional Technical Advisors, Humanitarian Response Department, Overseas Support Department, US Operations, Program Quality & Support Department, Global People Resources, Finance/Supply Chain Management Department.

  • External: Government of Uganda national and local level officials from the Catholic Church, local and international PVOs, US government, various United Nations organizations, other donor governments, as well as key visitors from the USCCB and CRS partner organizations.

Qualifications and Competencies

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in international development, International Relations, or a related field.

  • 10 or more years of experience managing complex relief and development programs.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing a variety of complex, high-value projects from multiple international donors, including USAID, EU, Foundations, and UN agencies; understanding of relevant donor priorities and regulations.

  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Experience working with Church partners required.

  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching and mentoring senior program staff.

  • Ability to represent the agency at high levels.

  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.


Agency REDI Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

  • Agency competencies clarify expected behaviors and attitudes for all staff. When demonstrated, they create an engaging workplace, help staff achieve their best, and help CRS achieve agency goals. 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.

  • Personal Accountability – Consistently takes responsibility for one’s own actions.

  • Acts with Integrity - Consistently models values aligned with CRS Guiding Principles and mission. Is considered honest.

  • Builds and Maintains Trust - Shows consistency between words and actions.

  • Collaborates with Others – Works effectively in intercultural and diverse teams.

  • Open to Learn – Seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.


Agency Leadership Competencies:

  • Lead Change – Continually looks for ways to improve the agency through a culture of agility, openness, and innovation.

  • Develops and Recognizes Others – Builds the capacity of staff to reach their full potential and enhance team and agency performance.

  • Strategic Mindset – Understands role in translating, communicating, and implementing agency strategy and team priorities.

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