As Chief of Party I you will provide leadership and overall management of the RFMS project to serve the poor and vulnerable. Your leadership, management and technical knowledge will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming and advance the position of CRS as a leading agency in the field of measuring resilience, using machine learning for predictive modeling, innovative platforms for data utilization and adaptive management. You will also provide technical support to other CRS country programs as they establish and replicate MIRA in their programs.
Roles and Key Responsibilities
- Lead all aspects of the development, implementation and consolidation of the RFMS project, including sharing how the project contributes to the thought leadership of the industry. Serve as the primary point of contact to USAID as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders, including the RFMS Governing Board.
- Ensure the project is designed and implemented to meet donor expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget, including strategies for phase out and sustainability. Ensure coordination between program and operations leads. 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. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Oversee the development of staffing plans and the recruitment process of senior staff.
- 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 with USAID grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to USAID. Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to donors.
- Oversee the development of communication strategies and materials, complying with donor and CRS’ branding and marketing requirements and procedures.
- Coordinate relationships with consortium partner organizations, including organization of review/planning workshops. Contribute to coordination of the roles and activities of staff from other consortium member organizations in implementation in line with CRS partnership principles.
- 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. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for CRS and partner staff and ensure the design and delivery of high quality training and technical assistance.
- Provide technical leadership and assistance to other country programs in the design, adaptation and implementation of MIRA their contexts. Facilitate learning across countries around successes and lessons learned in the analysis and use of data.
- Contribute to the development of technical briefs, presentations and other communication materials, and to guidance and programming tools to support use of MIRA.
- Work with business development and programming teams to incorporate MIRA into proposals and project design.
- Collaborate with PIQA and GKIM to continue to develop, adapt, and improve the MIRA approach and methods.
- Document and share evidence on MIRA’s methods and outcomes.
- Collaborate with PIQA in advancing the adaptation and use of MIRA in new contexts, countries, and projects, supporting specific activities identified together with PIQA.
- Masters degree in International Development, International Relations or a relevant technical area. PhD preferred.
- 7 or more years’ relevant management and technical experience.
- 5 years experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning leadership, including strong knowledge of statistics, conducting complex surveys, etc.
- 5 years experience managing donor funds, including multi country grants. Strong knowledge and experience in budget management.
- 5 years of staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching senior program staff.
- Required Languages – English – both excellent spoken and written.
- Travel – At least 50% time in Malawi while telecommuting, with travel as needed to other countries.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Strong 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 with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams. Coaching skills.
- Strong communications and presentation skills; able to develop tailored and persuasive messaging for varied audiences.
- Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
- Recognized leader in sector as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications, conference presentations etc.
- Experience with high-frequency data collection methods as well as innovative platforms for analysis and data use. Knowledge of machine learning.
- Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
- Ability to represent and present at high levels.
- Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.
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.
- Continuous Improvement & Innovation
- Builds Relationships
- Develops Talent
- Strategic Mindset
- Accountability & Stewardship
Supervisory Responsibilities: MIRA Program Manager
Key Working Relationships
- Internal: Head of Programming, Head of Operations, MIRA program team, MEAL Deputy Director and other MEAL team members, Agriculture and Livelihoods STA and other Agriculture team members, GKIM Business Development Specialist,
- External: USAID, FCDO, World Bank, other RFMS Governing Board Members, Government entities – NSO, CSR, DODMA, EPND, Cornell University and other research partners
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