CRS is seeking a Project Director (PD) to ensure timely and quality program design, startup, implementation and management of the 4Children program, in close collaboration with the Head of Health, Health and Child Wellbeing Program/Project Managers, 4Children implementing consortium partners, 4Children HQ staff, Head of Health and other CRS staff.
The PD will ensure the design and implementation of the program in coordination with the CRS Haiti country program, Latin America and Caribbean regional office (LACRO), headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, and 4Children global technical advisors and partners. S/he will lead the representation of CRS/4Children, coordination with key stakeholders, building capacities of project team members and partners, and cultivating/maintaining strong relationships with USAID Haiti, Government of Haiti, IBESR, and other child welfare sector-related government and non-government implementing partners. S/he is also responsible for financial management and project compliance, including adherence to program requirements and ensuring project resources are managed in accordance with CRS and USG rules and regulations.
The PD will have experience in OVC, HIV, PEPFAR, and adolescent and youth programs or equivalent programs of size and scope.
The PD's primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Program Design, Implementation, Management & Quality:
- Oversee high-quality design, implementation and monitoring of project activities and development of partnerships for 4Children, providing timely feedback to Head of Health, Head of Programs and 4C HQ team on key challenges
- Lead development of work plans, detailed implementation plans, results frameworks, MEAL plans, etc. for 4Children and 4Children implementing partners
- Ensure that program startup and execution is in line with program vision and CRS agency and country program guiding principles and strategies
- Lead CRS and partner staff, including direct supervision of technical and administrative officers, to ensure program objectives and results are met on time and with technical quality standards met or exceeded
- Manage the recruitment and onboarding of project staff and establish key team management and work processes
- Ensure decisions in program direction are done in consultation with the 4Children technical advisors, 4Children consortium members, the Government of Haiti and USAID
- Oversee the project's financial and budget management, including review and analysis of monthly budget comparison reports, preparation of quarterly forecasts, local partner grant management and support and timely submission of annual expenditure analysis reports
- Ensure staff and project are in compliance to all CRS administrative, operational, and financial procedures and policies, as well as applicable to the donor regulations
- Ensure Performance and Development Planning, coaching and appraisals of staff performance are conducted with CRS' performance management system, addressing any issues of underperformance as appropriate
- Establish, review and track relevant Scope of Works (SOWs), Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs), Project Agreements and/or Contracts, Sub-Agreements and associated budgets between CRS and partners and/or donors and ensure USAID and CRS compliance regulations, guidelines and deadlines are met
- Ensure timely submission of high quality project narrative reports, quarterly performance data, as well as other reports required by the donor, government, region or headquarters
- Ensure that systems for the management of procurement activities are followed for any CRS and partner activities
- Develop close relationship with continuing and new partners and organize capacity strengthening activities as needed
- Work closely with government (MSPP, MAST, MCE, ME, MJ and IBESR) and ensure project activities are in alignment with government priorities
- Conduct regular site visits to 4Children sites and submit trip reports
Technical Assistance (TA)
- Provide and facilitate technical direction, including assessing needs for and coordinating appropriate TA, trainings and capacity development for project staff, OVC partners and other local partners
- Provide TA to local partners to define key roles and responsibilities, required competencies, selection criteria for project staff, etc.
- Train and mentor partners in child safeguarding principles and policy development and support them to develop child safeguarding policies
- Participate in review of existing case management and referral systems and structures as well as life skills curriculum in Haiti and across other country programs
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL)/Research:
- Ensure the development, integration and strengthening of the program's MEAL activities using CRS/MEAL tools to plan, track and review indicators of progress
- Support development of program MEAL Plans including planning for the implementation of baseline and financial evaluations, operations research and other assessments
- Develop key indicators and manage effective reporting on program indicators
- Support development of key indicators and data collection processes with local implementing partners and PEPFAR OVC partners in response to reporting requirements
- Identify learning from other countries and organizations that can be adopted, adapted or replicated in the CP, including other 4C countries and especially those implementing DREAMS-like approaches
- Actively encourage innovation and use of ICT4D and explore possibilities of these being scaled up and/or replicated in 4Children
Representation, Coordination, Partnerships:
- Act as primary program contact to the donor and other local/international stakeholders
- Oversee and support local partners in effective program implementation, including establishing workplans and budgets, developing and initiating capacity building plans and overseeing partner activities
- Ensure that the program communication strategies, in compliance with CRS procedures and 4Children and USAID's branding and marking requirements
- Collaborate with consortium partners in Haiti to prepare for country program visits
- Forge and manage complex partnerships with government (i.e., IBESR), civil society, learning institutions, UN agencies, Church, Caritas, etc. and support regular communications (i.e., regular consortium meetings)
- Foster positive collaboration between CRS Haiti, LACRO, 4Children in HQ and USAID Haiti
- Assist in coordination of meetings, trainings, workshops or VIP visits of CRS, donors or partners, and represent CRS at health and/or child wellbeing-related cluster/coordination meetings in Port-au-Prince as needed
- Coordinate with other health and child wellbeing program staff in Port-au-Prince, Les Cayes, etc. and serve as a resource for child wellbeing for the CP
I. KEY WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:
- Internal: CRS Haiti Head of Programs; Country Representative; Head of Health; Health MEAL Officer; 4Children Haiti Program Specialist; VAC and Case Management STAs; Health and Child Wellbeing Technical Advisors; Operations Team; other 4Children support staff, TA and consultants; project team direct reports.
- External: 4C consortium and implementing partners; USG/PEPFAR implementing partners; USAID Haiti; Government of Haiti; other partners, donors, government, iNGOS, Church, Caritas, etc.
- Supervisory Responsibility: The PD will supervise key project staff, including technical and administrative officers.
I. KEY QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Masters degree in public health, international development, child wellbeing/protection, social sciences, social work or a relevant technical field;
- Minimum 8 years of experience in programs focused on child wellbeing and/or child protection, OVC, AGYW and/or HIV/AIDS in developing country context;
- Demonstrated knowledge and technical capacity in adolescents or youth programming and HIV programming;
- Experience with family strengthening programs, case management and referral systems approaches, gender-sensitive approaches and social service systems strengthening essential;
- Knowledge of local health and child wellbeing context in Haiti including key stakeholders such as government -- strong relationship with IBESR/MAST is a plus;
- Familiarity with USG rules and regulations and experience managing USAID projects similar complexity required;
- Excellent interpersonal, coordination and partnership skills, proven capacity to establish and maintain collaborative partnerships for effective program implementation, and ability to represent CRS to donors, partners, government, church and other actors;
- Ability to work with faith-based partners;
- Excellent analytical, decision making and organizational skills with strong initiative;
- Ability to travel national and internationally, up to 40%;
- Excellent computer literacy (Web, MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.); and
- Oral and written fluency in English; professional proficiency in French and/or Haitian Creole.
- Background in project and financial management, including project planning, project design, monitoring and evaluation, workplan and budget preparation and analysis, expenditure tracking, donor reporting, etc. required;
II. WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
The Project Director will work out of the CRS Head Office in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Moderate to high travel to project sites within Port-au-Prince and other areas of Haiti will be required.
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