Local recruitment: Program Manager I (Iloilo Water Resilience Initiative Project)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Philippines 🇵🇭

JOB DESCRIPTION

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.

Country Background:

CRS Philippines was established in 1945 and is the longest-running CRS country program in the world.  Currently, CRS Philippines focuses its work on peacebuilding, emergency response, disaster risk reduction, and homes and communities.  The Philippines country program has more than 120 staff with the main office in Manila and sub-offices in Davao, Tacloban and, Cotabato. CRS programs are implemented through a national network of partners, in close coordination with local, municipal and, national government agencies. The Country Program also provides support to CRS’s work in Indonesia, Timor Leste, and the Federated States of Micronesia, and has drawn international recognition for the impact, timeliness, and innovation of its programs and approaches.

Job Summary:

As the Iloilo Water Resilience Initiative (IWARI) Program Manager, you will manage and provide technical oversight on the implementation of the IRWARI Project, ensure effective systems and processes are in place that supports high-quality programming, advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable.  Based in Iloilo, as the CRC Program Manager, you will oversee the MEAL Officer, Finance Officer and Procurement Assistant. Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of the project outcome for the three-year Coca-Cola funded project, IWARI. 

IWARI intends to enhance water availability from the Tigum-Aganan Watershed and Iloilo-Batiano Watershed for the sustained benefit of upstream and downstream communities, including Iloilo City, by building capacity and accompanying stakeholders in Iloilo to sustainably manage their natural resources.

RESPONSIBILITIES

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 talent and supervise. 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 respective programming area, 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 watershed management boards and protected area management boards of the Tigum-Aganan and Iloilo-Batiano Watershed.applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools, and approaches.
  • Lead in realizing the two key outcomes of the IWARI project namely: (1) Resource areas within the project boundary are well managed and (2) Management bodies within the project scope are implementing a sound, cohesive and integrated community-based management plans
  • Contribute to CRS’ influence strategy in the Philippines and actively engage with government partners to bring programming to scale. Support CP staff understanding and capacity to support the influence agenda.
  • Align with related projects of CRS such as the Climate Resilient Cities project and lead project planning activities.
  • Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project needs. Through planning and oversight ensure efficient use of project resources.
  • Be responsible for the timely submission of quality reports to the donor.

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic Qualifications

Required Languages â€“ English, Tagalog Ilonggo required.

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 30%

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
  • Good presentation and facilitation skills
  • Able to adjust to shifting project conditions
  • Ability to influence regulatory and governance management bodies and other government organizations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Good experience in project grants management, including project design, preferably for grants from multiple public donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to write high-quality technical proposals.
  • Experience engaging with partner organizations
  • MEAL skills and experience required.
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.
  • Project management experience in conservation, biodiversity, and/or reforestation projects is highly desirable.
  • Experience engaging with partner organizations such as PAMB, WAQMA, Watershed Management boards etc.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.
  • GIS knowledge and experience is an advantage.

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): MEAL Officer, Finance Officer, and Procurement Assistant

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: CRC project team members, CRS HoP, MEAL Program Manager, Operations Manager, Finance Manager

External: Local partner, local governments within the target watershed areas and related national government agencies (DENR, DA etc).

***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.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

ABOUT US

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.

ABOUT THE TEAM

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


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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development