Program Manager I-Emergency Venezuela


Job Summary:

You will provide accompaniment to Caritas Venezuela in designing and implementing projects, advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable. Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that Caritas Venezuela delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its programming.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

Provide accompaniment to Caritas Venezuela in the management of all activities throughout relevant project cycles – project design, start-up, implementation and close-out – to ensure efficient and effective implementation in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices. Ensure project team and partner staff use the appropriate systems and tools and contribute to ensuring program quality and other relevant standards (i.e. Sphere, government, local coordination technical forums, and donors) are met.

Effectively manage talent and supervise CRS finance officer. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of project staff, and complete performance management for direct reports.

Champion learning with project staff and partner teams. Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.

Act as a key resource person for Caritas Venezuela in project design and proposal development in respective programming area, gap-filling and taking on growth responsibilities, as needed.

Help identify, assess and strengthen Caritas Venezuela’s capacity. Promote and build the capacity of partner teams to implement grant management, financial monitoring, MEAL, cash and voucher programming, and warehousing systems using electronic methods wherever possible/feasible.

Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project needs. Through planning and oversight ensure efficient use of project resources

Promote the mainstreaming of protection into program activities

Identify technical assistant needs and take the lead in developing SOWs and follow up with potential technical advisors from HRD.

As requested and in a supporting role, represent Caritas Venezuela in local coordination forums.

Ensure strong communication and collaboration with other CI MO representatives in country that are also providing support to Caritas Venezuela.

Lead on any donor reporting requirements for CRS funded programming and support other donor reporting as needed.

Provide monthly inputs for the CRS Venezuela crisis situation report.

Required Languages – Professional level Spanish is required

Travel – Based in Venezuela, with occasional travel to the dioceses, and outside the country for visa renewal.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment. Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups. Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented Knowledge of emergency standards including SPHERE and CHS. Capacity to work closely with, understand, and support local Church partners. Knowledge of CI mechanism is an advantage. Strong relationship management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship. Ability to work long hours in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple priorities. Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented. Strong cross-cultural communication skills Strong organizational and planning skills to meet donors’ requirements. Preferred Qualifications

Project management experience in CRS Security Level III environments is highly desirable. Experience engaging with partner organizations and in accompanying local partner led programming. Experience in local partner capacity strengthening a plus. Experience contributing to the development of technical proposals. MEAL skills and experience preferred. Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems. Experience with finance is preferred. Supervisory Responsibilities: Finance Officer

Basic Qualifications

Master’s Degree in International Development, International Relations or relevant field required. Additional experience may substitute for some education. Minimum of 2 years of relevant field-based experience in coordinating or managing light to moderately complex projects required, preferably with an international NGO. Agency-wide 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.

· Integrity

· Continuous Improvement & Innovation

· Builds Relationships

· Develops Talent

· Strategic Mindset

· Accountability & Stewardship

*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.

Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clea r a pre-employment medical examination.

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.

CRS welcomes candidates from the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency.

*CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer*

Catholic Relief Services carries out 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.


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