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About CRS

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) 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 health, emergency, education, agriculture, and capacity strengthening of partners. In 2023, CRS implemented a portfolio of 18 malaria programs globally, in 15 countries (Africa and the Greater Mekong Region).

Catholic Relief Services has been working in Liberia since 1957 with a current programmatic focus targeting health, nutrition, peacebuilding, and agriculture.

Job Summary:

CRS Liberia has been selected as Principal Recipient (PR) for the 2024-2027 Malaria grant financed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The program will be implemented nationwide in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other key... stakeholders, with the goal of reducing the malaria burden by 75% by the end of 2025, compared to the 2016 malaria prevalence. Key activities include those related to vector control, malaria case management, specific prevention interventions including social behavior change communication, community systems strengthening, and monitoring and evaluation.

As Deputy Chief of Party I/Programs, you will work as part of a team on a large project and provide oversight of a key function of the Global Fund project to serve the poor and vulnerable. Your management and technical knowledge will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming. As a senior leader, you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.

Title: Deputy Chief of Party I – Programs

Location: Monrovia

Type of Role: Fixed-Term Contract

Reports to: Chief of Party

Roles and Key Responsibilities:
• Manage a key aspect of the development, implementation and consolidation of the Global Fund project. Serve as a point of contact on areas of responsibility to Global Fund as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders, when needed.
• Manage key functions of the project to meet donor expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget. Contribute to ensuring coordination between program and operations leads. Contribute to ensuring the CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures.
• Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Contribute to 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.
• Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Help ensure compliance with Global Fund grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to Global Fund.
• Maintain relationships with key staff of consortium partner organizations including the Ministry of Health in regard to area of responsibility. 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 recommend trainings and technical assistance.

Basic Qualifications
• Medical Doctor, or Master’s degree in Public Health or a relevant technical area.
• 5 years’ relevant management and technical experience with malaria programming.
• 3 years’ experience managing donor funds, preferably with some Global Fund experience. Knowledge and experience in budget management.

Required Languages: English

Travel: Must be willing and able to travel up to 40%.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Very good strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with the capacity to see the big picture and the ability to make sound judgments and decisions.
• Very good 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.
• Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented, and results-oriented.

Preferred Qualifications
• Recognized technical experience and qualifications in the sector.
• Demonstrated experience of successful management, including management of functions of complex, multi-activity projects.
• Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
• Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy is a plus.
• Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.

Agency REDI Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

Agency competencies clarify expected behaviors and attitudes for all staff. When demonstrated, they create an engaging workplace, help staff achieve their best, and help CRS achieve agency goals. These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and are used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
• Personal Accountability – Consistently takes responsibility for one’s own actions.
• Acts with Integrity – Consistently models values aligned with CRS Guiding Principles and mission. Is considered honest.
• Builds and Maintains Trust – Shows consistency between words and actions.
• Collaborates with Others – Works effectively in intercultural and diverse teams.
• Open to Learn – Seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.

Agency Leadership Competencies:
• Lead Change – Continually look for ways to improve the agency through a culture of agility, openness, and innovation.
• Develops and Recognizes Others – Builds the capacity of staff to reach their full potential and enhance team and agency performance.
• Strategic Mindset – Understands role in translating, communicating, and implementing agency strategy and team priorities.

Supervisory Responsibilities: MEAL Technical Advisor, Malaria and Labs Technical Advisor, Project Officer, ITN Campaign Manager (in Y3)

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: CoP, Operations Manager, Country Deputy Finance Manager, Global Fund Malaria staff, programs and operations management teams, Global Fund Support Unit (GFSU), and regional technical advisors.

External: National and local MoH, NMCP, the Liberia Coordinating Mechanism (LCM), Global Fund Country Team, Local Fund Agent (LFA), partners, other Global Fund Principal Recipients in Liberia, Plan International, health consortia, other health donors, and local government authorities.


Please send a resume/CV to LR_HR@crs.org by July 22, 2024, with the subject line “Deputy Chief of Party I – Programs”

No phone calls. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity; however, if you don’t hear from us after two months of the vacancy deadline, kindly note that your application was not successful.

CRS follows an equal opportunity policy and actively encourages diversity welcoming applications from all especially women and people living with a disability.

By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviours related to the above safeguarding-related topics.
• **Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm
Monrovia Liberia


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