Deputy Chief of Party, Program Quality Non-profit Careers – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Organization: Catholic
Relief Services (CRS)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Chief of Party
About US:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-profit
organization which implements the commitment of the Bishops of the United
States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at
the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and
as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values
and our commitment to serving those in need.

Job Summary: The Deputy Chief of
Party, Program Quality will supervise and coordinate project activities to
ensure that DFSA interventions are effective and implemented according to
proposal objectives and donor requirements. S/he will provide technical
oversight to all project sectors and will strengthen communication, integration
and harmonization of technical approaches across all Purposes. When necessary,
the DCOP for Program Quality will fulfill Chief of Party (COP) duties as acting
COP and will collaborate closely with implementation, technical and government
partners. S/he will also ensure appropriate support to international and local
implementing partners in collaboration with CRS internal departments (Finance,
Human Resources, Commodity Management, Purchasing, Administration, etc.) as
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Project Refinement and Organizational Learning
  • Contribute to the development of baseline
    data collection tools with the MEAL Team, Technical Leads and Gender
  • Support senior technical staff in
    developing implementation strategies in collaboration with implementation,
    technical and government partners, ensuring that strategies align with
    CRS, donor and GOU policies
  • Capitalize on project achievements and
    identify pertinent learning questions for improved program quality
Project Implementation and Reporting
  • Facilitate development of CRS and partner
    annual DIPs (including the budget)
  • Responsible for the submission of
    consistently high quality reports to donor, by planning with team members
    quarterly and annual program reviews, assisting in drafting reports,
    providing critical feedback and quality control
  • With the COP, organize and facilitate
    Program Management Unit (PMU) meetings
  • Participate in the analysis of baseline
    data and contribute to the conception of the baseline report
  • Coordinate the organization of sessions to
    share study results (baseline, formative research, Gender Assessment) with
    communities, partners and local development actors
  • Support the MEAL Team in conducting data
    quality assessments
  • Participate in working group meetings
    (MEAL, Gender and Youth, Climate Change/Environment) to improve and
    standardize technical tools
  • Support the programming team in conducting
    operational research and evaluative studies
  • Draft Scopes of Work and supervise
    consultants selected for different project activities
  • Address bottlenecks and scale up best
    practices to achieve high quality program implementation
  • Collaborate with the Partnership and
    Capacity Strengthening Advisor (Kampala-based) to draft partnership
    agreements with implementation, technical and government partners
  • Strengthen the partnership with government
    authorities and support the project team in establishing agreements with
    the appropriate ministries
  • Accompany partners in project management,
    annual reviews and integration of activities
Management, Finance and Donor Compliance
  • Manage all resources associated with
    project implementation in compliance with CRS and donor policies
  • Actively contribute to the preparation of
    financial reports for internal review according to CRS and donor
  • Support partners in preparing budgets and
    financial reports in collaboration with the Grants and Compliance Manager
    and CRS technical staff
  • Manage a team of technical staff
    (including but not limited to a Gender and Youth Technical Lead,
    Sustainability and Governance Technical Lead, Health/Nutrition Technical
    Lead, Agriculture/Environment Technical Lead, Livelihoods Technical Lead
    and Private Sector Technical Lead) who will coordinate and lead
  • Implement CRS’ performance management
    system by organizing coaching and evaluation sessions with supervisees
  • The DCOP for Program Quality will lead the
    PMU during the COP absence and execute all associated tasks including the
    management and administration of the project, advocacy and representation
    in the Steering Committee and in other working/coordination groups, and
    supervise appropriate staff
  • The DCOP for Program Quality will directly
    supervise four staff including the team leads for resilience, livelihoods,
    nutrition and governance.
  • The DCOP will also work closely with the
    Partnership and Capacity Strengthening Manager and will be the main
    liaison to the technical teams of the local implementing partners.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Catholic
    Relief Services (CRS) Deputy Chief of Party, Program Quality job placement
    should preferably hold a Master’s Degree or equivalent experience in
    International Relations or Economics/Social Sciences or other relevant
  • At least fifteen years’ experience with
    CRS or other humanitarian agencies.
  • Ten years’ experience in a senior program
    management position that demonstrates mentoring staff to achieve
    programmatic excellence, experience in Uganda preferred.
  • Previous experience in establishing MEAL
    systems and conducting participative research of qualitative and
    quantitative nature.
  • Proven experience in food security and
    nutrition programming, particularly in the areas of health and nutrition,
    agricultural livelihoods, community-led savings and gender integration as
    well as community empowerment and community systems strengthening.
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically lead
    high quality technical staff and program managers.
  • Demonstrated analytic capacity and ability
    to write high quality reports
  • Excellent partnership skills and the
    ability to interact effectively with donors, collaborating agencies, local
    and government partners
  • Demonstrated experience in USAID
    relationship management, preferred experience with the Food for Peace,
    Feed the Future, or Vulnerable Populations Teams in the Local Mission.
  • Excellent organization and planning skills
    and ability to resolve problems constructively
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of
    current best practices and challenges while coordinating to implement DFSA
    program strategies through a participatory approach
  • Computer literate, with strong knowledge
    of MS Office applications, spread sheets, database programs, and
    statistical software packages.
  • Flexibility, persistence, and ability to
    work well in a multi-sectoral and multi-cultural team
  • Ability to work in a challenging and
    stressful environment with unexpected challenges
  • Knowledge of USAID and USG grant rules and
    regulations, specifically relating to ADS 205 preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication
    skills in English required.
  • Agency-Wide Competencies:
    Serves with Integrity, Develops Constructive Relationships, Models
    Stewardship, Promotes Learning
Program Manager Competencies
  • Sets clear goals and manages toward them
  • Collaborates effectively with staff and
  • Manages financial resources with integrity
  • Applies program quality standards to
    project design and organizational learning
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested Ugandan candidates are encouraged
to send their cover letters, CVs and three work references (names and contact
information only) to
NB: Large files and/or scans
of documents will lead to rejection of your application in the subject line of
the email, copy and paste DCOPNUYOKMOROTO only.
Deadline: 5th January
2018 by 5:00PM

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