Program Manager I-Grants Manager, EMPOWER WCA


Note: Proposal approval pending; Final hiring would be pending approval of the award by the donor; anticipating this to come at the end of September

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services 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 emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

The Humanitarian Response Department (HRD) provides leadership and support to CRS emergency programming. The HRD strengthens CRS' impact through high quality, innovative programs; improved technical and management capacity at the field level; and active engagement in global efforts to promote excellence and learning in humanitarian response. The HRD has technical staff that supports emergency program planning, rapid response, and capacity strengthening of staff and partners worldwide.

CRS has submitted an application to USAID's Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs (BHA) for a two-year humanitarian systems strengthening grant. If awarded, the Empowering Partner Organizations Working on Emergency Responses in West/Central Africa (EMPOWER-WCA) program will support Local Humanitarian Actors (LHA) in five countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Mali and Niger) with the aim of improving their access to and capacity to serve in leadership positions within humanitarian coordination forums. Under this project, CRS will:

  • Utilize proven capacity strengthening models to build LHA capacity to operationalize policies, systems and structures.
  • Provide small grants to LHAs for leadership positions within the humanitarian forums in country or other costs related to the reduction of key barriers to LHA leadership.
  • Work with leaders within the humanitarian architecture of each country to reduce identified barriers to LHA inclusion within coordination forums.

Note: This is a telecommuting position.

Job Summary:

You will be responsible for the high-quality implementation of administrative elements of the project, proactively managing and mitigating risks within the project to ensure that results are achieved and learning is well documented. This project will be closely linked to other BHA and CRS funded capacity strengthening programs, and on-going learning from this project may be used to enhance humanitarian approaches on a large scale. Your role within this project will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS' Emergency Response programming will be.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop the EMPOWER-WCA project granting system, including all associated protocols, processes and tools (i.e., proposal, monitoring and reporting templates; contracting mechanism for implementing partners; etc.), in line with CRS program and management quality standards and working in collaboration with CRS' other similar programs.
  • in coordination with the EMPOWER-WCA PM II, support in-country PMs and Finance/Compliance Officers to strengthen LHA emergency leadership capacities in operations, including administration, supply chain and finance. Capacity strengthening may include various remote and/or in-person approaches, such as formal and on-the-job training; development/streamlining of operational policies/systems; etc.
  • Manage disbursement(s) of EMPOWER-WCA funds to LHAs following grant approval process, in direct coordination with the in-country Finance/Compliance Officers in the target countries.
  • Work closely with the in-country CRS team and partners during the grant period, ensuring all necessary financial documents are in order and that EMPOWER-WCA partners adhere to their contractual obligations, and in compliance with donor rules/regulations.
  • Work closely with HRD and EMPOWER-WCA country program-based colleagues to promote learning and continuous improvement around emergency capacity building, contracting mechanisms and field implementation. Support the EMPOWER-WCA Program Manager II in establishing a safe environment for sharing of ideas, challenges and solutions and foster a capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to deficiencies; ensure documentation of experiences, achievements, good practices and lessons learned for sharing within the project as well as within wider humanitarian programming.
  • Ensure compliance to donor rules/regulations and reporting requirements.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of humanitarian codes, principles and practice and experience in their use.
  • Knowledge of design requirements and regulations for USG emergency donors required; knowledge of same for other emergency donors such as Caritas, the EU/ECHO and UN agencies a plus.
  • Experience with and enthusiasm for coaching, mentoring and on the job training, particularly using adult learning methods.
  • Excellent oral/written communication and facilitation skills.
  • Strong relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with ability to make sound judgment and decisions and offer innovative solutions.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Track record of successful management of USAID-funded emergency projects (i.e., BHA, FFP, OFDA).
  • Experience in managing partner grants within emergency response and recovery programs
  • Experience working with large and multi-cultural teams.
  • Experience working with and through local humanitarian actors and in building the capacity of local actors to serve in leadership roles, preferably in emergency situations.
  • Experience working in West and/or Central Africa a plus.

Required Languages - Fluent spoken and written French and English required.

Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 50% of the time to complex emergency countries.

Supervisory Responsibilities (if none, state none): None

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: EMPOWER-WCA staff; HRD team - including RRF teams, regional focal points and relevant technical advisors; CP programming and operations staff; Global Supply Chain and Finance departments

External: Local humanitarian actors, UN coordination teams, Cluster leads and members, international NGO actors, and host government ministries in targeted countries


Basic Qualifications:

  • Masters' Degree or equivalent field experience in international development or related field; 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.

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

Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear 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

Primary Location: HQ-US-MarylandJob: Program ManagementOrganization: Catholic Relief ServicesSchedule: RegularShift: StandardJob Type: Full-time Day JobTravel: Yes, 50 % of the TimeJob Posting: Aug 11, 2021, 6:06:24 PM


Social and Community Service Managers


Master's Degree


2 to 20+ years

Job type

Full time

Salary Range
$49,000.00 - 83,000.00
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