Head of Programming, Cambodia and Myanmar

Catholic Relief Services
  • Location
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 13

Position description

As a member of the Country Program (CP) Senior Management Teams in Cambodia and Myanmar, you will provide strategic direction, leadership, and management of the CP's programming to ensure the establishment and successful implementation of high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable. Your leadership, management and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its programming. The Head of Programming will be based in Cambodia and report directly to the Mekong Sub-Regional Representative with frequent travel and support to the Myanmar Country Program. The majority of time will be spent supporting Cambodia's programming with both remote and in-country support to Myanmar.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with the Mekong Sub-Regional Representative (CR) and Myanmar Country Manager (CM) provide strategic direction for the design of the CP strategic frameworks and plans, including the development of resource mobilization strategies to optimize the impact of programming interventions in line with regional and agency strategic priorities and host government strategies and priorities;
  • Lead high-quality project design incorporating project management standards and MEAL methods, appropriate to scope, context and technical requirements of projects. Coordinate planning of activities across various projects from different sectors to ensure integration of program interventions and efficiency in implementation;
  • Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance assessment for direct reports. Contribute to developing staffing plans for projects and to the recruitment process of senior project staff;
  • 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 implementation of the MEAL policy, as well as cross-sectoral and cross-department learning;
  • Coordinate with CP operations leads to ensure appropriate project budgeting and efficient use and stewardship of project material sources;
  • In coordination with resource mobilization staff oversee the business development cycle to ensure quality proposals per agency and donor standards;
  • Oversee the identification, assessment and strengthening of appropriate partnerships with government, Church partners, local CSOs, private sector and the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches to diverse types of partnerships;
  • Ensure technical assistance and capacity strengthening for project teams and partners, including the government, in project management standards and related MEAL, business development and operational activities. Identify training opportunities, develop training curriculums and deliver trainings to further advance CRS' goal of local leadership;
  • Utilize evidence-based communication highlighting CRS' successes to influence the target audience, including key stakeholders in host government and the international development community;
  • Coordinate quality and on time reporting to donors.


  • Master's Degree in International Development, International Relations or relevant field;
  • Minimum of five years of relevant field-based program management, at least three years of middle/senior management experience;
  • Experience in the development of successful proposals, reports, strategic alliances, project design, project management, and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Experience in partner capacity strengthening, staff development, training, and mentoring, as well as in team building and strategic planning initiatives. Experience working with government and Church partners a plus;
  • Experience in community development, community mobilization, or similar grassroots initiatives;
  • Experience in project grants management, including project design, budget preparation, expenditure tracking, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, etc., preferably for projects funded by multiple public donors, including USAID;
  • Experience with successful business development activities capturing public and/or private donor funding;
  • Experience with evidence-based verbal and written communication to influence the target audience, especially within the government, donor, or international development community.

Required Languages -- Fluency in spoken and written English is required.

Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 30% within Cambodia and to Myanmar.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions;
  • Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship;
  • Team leadership abilities;
  • Presentation and facilitation skills, especially in preparing and delivering effective verbal or written communication pieces to influence the targeted audience;
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented;
  • Excellent adult learning/participatory learning skills to strategically and appropriately train and build capacity of diverse stakeholders across a broad range of topics.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent English writing skills;
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment;
  • Experience and abilities in capacity strengthening - developing curricula and facilitating trainings;
  • Experience using MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, and knowledge sharing networks.

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