Managerial Jobs – Country Manager at Catholic Relief Services Uganda

Job Title: Country Manager
About CRS Uganda:
Catholic Relief Services has been working in Uganda since 1965, initially providing emergency assistance to Sudanese refugees living in the northern part of the country. CRS opened a full office in 1996 and has expanded its programming to address development needs throughout the country. Current programming areas include microfinance, agro-enterprise, HIV/AIDS, youth empowerment, and integrated water resource management. CRS Uganda also engages in emergency response and recovery programs as needed. CRS Uganda implements programs through local partners, with preference for local church partners. CRS Uganda also works with other faith-based groups, community-based organizations, and respective government departments to ensure maximum impact and sustainability. CRS Uganda promotes the principle of subsidiarity in partnerships, and recently transitioned the large USG funded AIDSRelief program to local partners. Responding to a rapidly changing donor environment, CRS Uganda is focused on developing innovative, high-impact, partner-driven programs that are sustainable and cost-effective.  In addition to private resources and special allocation projects, CRS Uganda is in the process of accessing funds from the MasterCard Foundation for a five year SILC (micro-finance) program. All programs are managed from the Kampala office.
Job Summary:
The Country Manager–Uganda (CM) roles and responsibilities are similar to that of a Country Representative, with the primary difference being the scale and scope. The CM will report to the Regional Director and will receive robust regional support from the respective Technical Advisors. MQ Regional Advisors will work closely with core MQ national staff, allowing the CM to focus on programming and program development. The CM will provide leadership for project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and will work closely with the Business Development Specialist to ensure ongoing intelligence gathering, prepositioning, and capture planning.
The CM will work closely with the Regional Advisors to ensure effective and compliant management of all public and private resources and will be responsible for all in country staff supervision and mentoring. The CM will act as the primary liaison between CRS and government officials, donors, and the local Church. In close conjunction with local church partners, the CM will also support any in-country or cross-border emergency programming as required.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:                                                                                                      
1. Provide Leadership in Program Development and Implementation: (40%)
  • Proactively seek out real and potential funding opportunities for the country program and develop strategic partnerships as required
  • Lead or secure technical leadership for proposal development processes and manage TDYers and consultants
  • Oversee the internal review process of all project proposals and ensure final products are compelling, competitive and compliant
  • Ensure that all proposal development follows the CRS Program Quality standards/ principles and are in accordance with the regional proposal review process
  • Ensure project design and implementation is compliant and compatible with CRS’ visionary directions and with its principles of justice, solidarity, subsidiarity, and gender empowerment
  • Ensure program quality through comprehensive monitoring and evaluation systems and systematic and documented  project review, with a focus on continuous learning and improvement
  • Ensure timely and accurate financial and programmatic reporting of all projects in accordance with CRS and donor requirements
  • Coordinate intelligence gathering and capture planning processes, using the various BD tools
  • Support and promote the creation of timely and compelling marketing pieces showcasing the work of CRS Uganda
  • Articulate and communicate strategic programming priorities for the country program
2. Develop and Manage Strategic Partnerships: (30%)
  • Act as the primary liaison for CRS in country; present a professional image in line with CRS values
  • Ensure CRS remains highly visible with key stakeholders, including donors, local authorities, Church officials, local partners, the UN, other NGOs and appropriate networks
  • Proactively seek out opportunities to promote the CRS brand and presence, highlighting  CRS programs and innovations
  • Ensure all external and internal key stakeholders are proactively informed of all program highlights and challenges in a timely manner
  • Ensure partners and partnerships are well monitored and supported, including regular and standardized assessments and development plans for each partner
  • Identify new potential partners with whom CRS has a shared vision and strategy; jointly develop unsolicited proposals as appropriate
  • Ensure all country program staff are aware of and adhere to CRS partnership principles.
3. Mitigate and Manage Risks: (15%)
  • Provide ongoing review and analysis of the political and socio-economic trends of the region, along with any changes to the security or safety levels
  • Maintain frequent and comprehensive communication with EARO leadership team, inform the Regional Director of any real or potential risks while presenting feasible mitigation strategies
  • Provide oversight and leadership for the effective management of all human, financial and material resources of the country program in accordance with agency policy, donor requirements and local laws
  • Monitor and proactively manage the Uganda country program allocations and all donor budgets, ensuring timely and compliant expenditures in line with prepared budgets
  • Ensure CRS policies and procedures are understood and adhered to by all staff
  • Ensure the safety and security of all CRS staff and visitors in compliance with CRS Uganda policies and procedures
  • Develop and support strong linkages between core MQ national staff and their counterparts in the following areas: finance, procurement, IT, security, asset management, and  HR.
4. Model and Promote Learning and Performance: (15%)
  • Provide exemplary leadership for all CRS staff, ensuring that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver and support high quality programs in line with CRS program quality principles and policies
  • Lead and mentor the senior management team; create shared vision around country program goals, successes, and identity
  • Promote and exemplify continuous learning and a commitment to improvement and innovation
  • Oversee the development of all CRS staff through mentoring and leadership; use CRS Learns and other tools to identify and address training needs
  • Work with staff and respective regional advisors to develop and implement progressive but realistic staff development plans and annual performance plans using the CRS Performance Management System 
  • Promote a culture of quality supervision; provided timely and accurate feedback on performance
  • Oversee a highly iterative and selective recruitment process for hiring new staff; ensure proper pre-screening tools are consistently used.
Any other duties as required to meet overall position objectives as listed in the position overview
CRS Agency-Wide Competencies
These competencies apply to all CRS staff and are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of Catholic Relief Services.
·         Serves with Integrity
·         Models Stewardship
·         Develops Constructive Relationships
·         Promotes Learning
Supervisory Responsibilities: Direct: All senior staff, including Finance Manager, Head of Support Services, HR Manager, Senior Program Managers and the BD Specialist
Key Relationships:
Internal: Regional Director, DRD PQ, DRD MQ, Regional Finance Controller, Technical Advisors (Regional & HQ); TDYers and consultants as needed
External: Program partners, donors, Church, government officials, other key stakeholders
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
  • M.A. in international development or related field,
  • Five to seven years overseas work experience in a developing country, including extensive field work (e.g. Peace Corps)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of CRS approach to programming, program quality standards, and guiding principles
  • Extensive experience in program development and donor relations
  • Strong verbal communication skills; able to represent CRS in high-level meetings with donors, local church and government officials
  • Excellent  written communication skills; able to develop compelling pieces (proposals, reports, project profiles) for donor and public consumption
  • Commitment to innovation and excellence; able to pursue and advance progressive development solutions and partnerships
  • Excellent inter-personal skills; able to work collaboratively and effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Highly proactive and self-disciplined; able to multi-task and work successfully under tight deadlines
  • Strong analytical skills; able to provide leadership in strategic planning initiatives
  • Effective manager of both people and processes; able to develop individual and collective capacity of CRS Program Managers
  • Solid understanding of CRS budget and financial management systems
How to Apply:
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Deadline: 15th November 2013
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