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Country Representative, Rwanda

Kigali

  • Organization: CRS - Catholic Relief Services
  • Location: Kigali
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2023-02-11

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Background

CRS has been present in Rwanda since 1960. The country program (CP)’s key programming areas include nutrition, early childhood development, youth employment and entrepreneurship, food security, agricultural livelihoods and social cohesion. The CRS Rwanda has 80 staff and implements its projects through eight (8) local and international partners, with strong coordination with Government of Rwanda structures. The FY23 program value is approximately $12 million.

Job Summary

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.

Job Responsibilities

  • Champion and lead the vision, mission and strategy. Lead the design of medium and long-term goals with localization in mind. 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 and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring for HoP, INECD Chief of Party, Operations Manager, and Finance Manager. 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 with localization in mind.
  • 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 for better positioning and influencing.

Basic Qualifications, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in international development, International Relations or a related field.
  • 10 or more years’ experience managing complex relief and development programs.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing a variety of complex, high-value projects from multiple international donors, including USAID and UN agencies; understanding of relevant donor regulations.
  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening local leadership. Experience working with Church partners a plus.
  • 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.

Personal Skills

  • Excellent strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
  • Excellent relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in approaching each relationship.
  • Team leadership abilities with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams. Coaching/mentoring skills.
  • Strong communications and presentation skills; able to develop tailored and persuasive messaging for varied audiences.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

Required/Desired Foreign Languages - English and French

Travel Required - 40% in-country travel with occasional trips outside the country program.

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory Head of Programs, INECD Chief of Party, Operations Manager, Finance Manager.

Internal Regional Office and Headquarters staff, other CRS colleagues, as applicable

External Host country government officials at all levels, Catholic Church leadership, donors, heads of international agencies, local NGO directors, etc.

Agency REDI 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.

  • Personal Accountability
  • Acts with Integrity
  • Collaborates with Others
  • Builds and Maintains Trust
  • Open to Learn
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Develops and Recognizes Others

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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