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Sierra Leone: Country Representative, Sierra Leone

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Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Country: Sierra Leone
Closing date: 26 Aug 2017

Job Title: Country Representative – Sierra Leone
Department: Sierra Leone
Position Type: Full Time
FLSA: Exempt
Reports To: WARO Regional Director
Location: Freetown / Sierra Leone
Length of Assignment: Three to five years

CRS has been operating in Sierra Leone since 1963 supporting relief and development operations in the country. CRS SL has proudly maintained a strong reputation and relationship with partners and the communities we serve in the country implementing a multi-sectoral program portfolio. CRS’ has longstanding partnerships with a variety of Catholic and non-Catholic NGOs, the Ministry of Health/National Malaria Control Program, the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Agriculture.

CRS Sierra Leone currently has a diverse portfolio and donor base implementing projects in the areas of Health, Agriculture and Education; as well as Emergency Response and recovery. The country program manages a USDA funded Food for Education Program, a USAID/Feed the Future funded value chains program to support rice production, a Malaria Prevention & Control project with funding from the Global Fund, and Ebola Emergency Recovery projects focusing on WASH, cash transfers and nutrition education. There is one main office in Freetown, with three sub offices in Kenema, Kabala and Maburaka.

Specific Responsibilities:

Sets Direction and Leads Strategy:
* Champion the vison, mission and strategy of the agency, ensure staff and programs align with and further the agency strategy; develop strategy for CRS Sierra Leone
* Lead the team in the design and implementation of long and medium-term strategic goals
* Provide leadership at the country program level to ensure staff understand and work towards a common vision, goals and strategies of CRS in Sierra Leone, through effective communication
* Identify opportunities for appropriate expansion and growth of programs and the acquisition and investment of human resources.

* Develop strategies to ensure strong representation to the Church, United States Government, local authorities, international organizations, other donors, international and national PVOs, and other appropriate networks including private sector and research institutions.
* Develop and maintain strong partnerships with local implementing partners such as the Church, other local and international agencies.
* Represent CRS at the highest levels in Sierra Leone.
* Seek and pursue opportunities to raise the profile of the work of CRS and its partners, respond to the growing needs and challenges of our beneficiaries, for greater impact and influence.

* Responsible for the effective operation and functions of program quality/technical assistance, finance, material resource management, administration, information technology, and audit.
Ensure that systems are in place to enable CRS Sierra Leone to adhere to agency policies and procedures and that those policies and procedures are understood by all Staff.
Ensure that management and programming quality standards are upheld and that the country program strategic plan is applied appropriately.
* Ensure use appropriate utilization of agency resources (including Gateway) and adhere to BD procedures
* Ensure compliance with donor administrative and financial requirements; including US Government, Global Fund, DFID and other private and public donors.
* Ensure that CRS program quality standards are adhered to in accordance with the CRS Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) policies and procedures
* Provide oversight and analysis regarding monthly expenditures of CRS and partners

Staff Management and Development:
* Supervise and mentor staff, including development of performance plans, regular coaching and assessment of performance. Ensure staff receive feedback and training to improve as needed.
* Provide constructive feedback on an ongoing and very regular basis on performance and provide counsel on career paths and professional development for CRS staff often.
* Oversee the management, coaching and development of national and international staff to build cadre of skilled and committed personnel, and ensure that managers in the program do the same.
* Ensure diversity and high quality standards in recruitment practices to build a cadre of very talented, , motivated and committed personnel, who vs appropriate skills and experience;
* Encourage principles of a just workplace and promote staff care and well-being; work to ensure that staff are engaged by being attentive to workload, empowerment and supervision.

Security and Emergency Response Management:
* Oversee the management of all security issues, including appropriate response to emergency situations as they arise
* Keep security, evacuation and contingency plans current and revise annually or as necessary and ensure adherence by all CRS staff.
* Pro-actively pre-position CRS to respond to Emergencies and guide emergency responses interventions as well as briefing of new staff and visitors on the general context.

* Ensure open communications.
* Maintain a healthy and empowering office environment that encourages honest communication between CRS staff and partners.
* Ensure positive and productive communication with the Episcopal Conference and with the dioceses supported by CRS.
* Ensure open communications with regional management staff, regional technical advisors, and HQ departmental staff.
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
* Serves with Integrity
* Models Stewardship
* Cultivates Constructive Relationships
* Promotes Learning

Country Representative Competencies
These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each country representative to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
* Leads toward Strategic Results
* Manages Risk and Complexity
* Represents and Partners Strategically
* Champions Learning and Performance

Key Working Relationships:
Internal: EVP Overseas Operations, Regional Director, DRD PQ, DRD MQ, RTAs, Head of
Operations, Head of Programs, Overseas Support Department, US Operations, and Human Resources. Project staff and Team Leaders in the country program.
External: Catholic Church Officials, National and Diocesan Caritas organizations in country, Catholic Development Agencies in country, local partner organizations, host country government agencies, donor agencies, UN agencies, foreign governments, USG mission in Sierra Leone, Peace Corps, GoSL ministries, National Emergency Response Center (NERC) and all relevant local and international technical institutions.

* Masters in International Development/Relations or related field
* 10 or more years of progressively responsible experience in PVO leadership and management
* Previous experience managing a complex country program
* Proven ability to negotiate and work with local government
* Strong interpersonal, communication and organization skills as well as good judgment, vision and maturity
* Ability to operate successfully amidst complexity and uncertainty
* Demonstrated effectiveness with short- and long-term planning, as well as financial, human resource, and program management
* Experience with institutional strengthening and partnership building helpful
* Ability to work effectively in diverse environments and under pressure
* Demonstrated understanding of the importance of staff development
* Fluency in written and spoken English
* Familiarity with West Africa particularly Sierra Leone is beneficial.

Personal/Professional Skills:
* Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills as well as good judgment and vision.
* Familiarity and/or appreciation of the social teachings of the Catholic Church and its structure; ability to work well within this framework
* Commitment to the Agency’s mission and strategy
Physical Requirements/Environment: The position is based in Freetown requiring travel 25% of time

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

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