Emergency Program Manager I, Nutrition and Protection, Nigeria
Catholic Relief Services
6d ago

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.

Project Background :

Since the crisis in Northeast Nigeria escalated in 2013, the situation for IDPs and returnees has continued to worsen. A growing number of people are in urgent need of assistance, and alarming rates of acute malnutrition have been reported.

The re-opening of Local Government Areas (LGAs), many which have been inaccessible for an extended period of time, has led to the identification of new IDP locations in Borno State, while ongoing conflict between the military and insurgent groups has resulted in the influx of more IDPs into Maiduguri metropolis and the establishment of several spontaneous camps.

The number of IDPs in both Maiduguri, Jere and other LGAs continue to increase with the current reports indicating a total of 1.

6 million IDPs in Borno State alone.

Through funding from USAID's Office of Food for Peace (FFP) and other donors, CRS is implementing Nutrition programming in Borno state.

The programs support IDPs and host families with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) with supplemental feeding and counselling sessions.

CRS mainstreams gender and protection across all its programs taking into consideration participant safety, dignity and meaningful access to assistance supported by staff behavior, feedback mechanisms, communication and community involvement.

CRS primarily uses direct implementation approaches and remote management to implement its programming in the Northeast.

Job Summary :

You will manage and provide technical oversight of the development and implementation of the Country Program (CP) Emergency Nutrition and Gender / Protection programming ensuring effective systems and processes are in place that support high-quality programming advancing Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable.

Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously work towards improving the impact of its Emergency Response.

Roles and Key Responsibilities :

  • Manage and implement 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.

  • Effectively manage and supervise national staff colleagues. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. 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 in project design and proposal development in emergency nutrition and programming with special focus on gender and protection, gap-filling and taking on growth responsibilities, as needed.
  • Coordinate the identification of staff capacity and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.
  • Help identify, assess and strengthen partnerships relevant to Emergency Nutrition, Gender and Protection, applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
  • Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project needs through planning and oversight to ensure efficient use of project resources
  • Basic Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in International Development, International Relations or in the field of Emergency Nutrition, Gender and Protection 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.
  • Additional experience may substitute for some education. Required Languages English, knowledge of Hausa or Kanuri is a plus Travel - (include percentage of required travel, if applicable) 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 Preferred Qualifications
  • Project management experience in Emergency Nutrition and Gender / Protection is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Experience engaging with partner organizations.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Supervisory Responsibilities (if none, state none)

    Key Working Relationships :

    Internal : County Representative, Deputy Country Representatives, Emergency Coordinator, Emergency Program Manager II (Food Security), Nutrition Manager, Nutrition team, NE Head of Operations, Security Manager, Business Development Manager and other senior CRS programming and operational staff in Nigeria and CRS HQ and regional staff and technical advisors including the CRS Humanitarian Response Department.

    External : Appropriate cluster leads, UN-OCHA, state and local government offices, local and international NGOs, UN agencies, Caritas partners, and donors

    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.

    CRS' processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

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

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