Project Director (Community Engagement for Integrated Catchment Management)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Maseru, , LS

Job Title
Project Director-Community Engagement for Integrated Catchment Management in Lesotho
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Job Description

Job Title: Project Director, Community Engagement for Integrated Catchment Management in Lesotho

Department: Programming

Reports To: Head of Programs

Country/Location: Lesotho/Maseru

CRS Background:

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. “Support to Integrated Catchment Management in Lesotho” is a multi-donor action funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in support of the Government of Lesotho and SADC, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. CRS will contribute to this program through a grant to engage with civil society and grassroots communities to advance the ICM movement in Lesotho.

Job Summary:

As Project Director of the CRS-implemented “Community Engagement for Integrated Catchment Management in Lesotho” project, you will provide leadership and overall management to the CRS project activities within the grant agreement between CRS and GIZ. Your leadership, management and technical knowledge will ensure the delivery of high-quality project implementation in line with CRS’ program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines and industry best practice through engagement with government and other key stakeholders.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development, implementation and consolidation of the CRS project to support integrated catchment management (ICM) in Lesotho, including sharing how the project contributes to the thought leadership of the industry and to the scaling strategy of the ICM project. Serve as the primary point of contact to GiZ as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders.
  • Ensure the project is designed and implemented to meet donor expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget, including strategies for phase out and sustainability. Ensure the CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures.
  • Effectively manage senior programming talent. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Oversee the development of staffing plans and the recruitment process of senior project staff.
  • Manage and mitigate risk through monitoring national and regional issues that may impact staff and programming.
  • Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Ensure compliance with GiZ and EU requirements, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to GiZ. Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to donors.
  • Oversee the development of communication strategies and materials, complying with donor and CRS’ branding and marketing requirements and procedures.
  • Coordinate relationships with with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners., including organization of review/planning workshops. Contribute to coordination of the roles and activities of staff from other organizations in implementation in line with CRS partnership principles.
  • Lead business development, project design and proposal development processes including technical writing
  • Create and maintain proper conditions for learning and ensure that learning and adaptive management are strong components of the project. Establish a safe environment for sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to deficiencies. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for CRS and partner staff and ensure the design and delivery of high-quality training and technical assistance.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Management, Civil Engineering or related field
  • Minimum of five years relevant working experience in an advisory or management role with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of five years working for programming interventions in NRM/ICM
  • Prior experience with implementation of similar interventions and working closely with government ministries.
  • Strong knowledge of Lesotho context and relationships with key stakeholders will be an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in NRM/ICM programming. General knowledge of agriculture and livelihoods programming to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach
  • Experience in business development, project design and proposal development including technical writing.
  • Experience in mentoring, coaching, facilitation and training applying adult learning principles and practices.
  • Experience with program monitoring and evaluation, including applying data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation.
  • Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners.
  • Understanding of partnership principles.
  • Strong knowledge and experience in budget management.
  • Demonstrated experience of successful program management, including management of complex, high-value, multi-activity projects.
  • 5 years of staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching senior program staff.
  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
  • Ability to represent and present at high levels.
  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent 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 strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented
  • Understanding of ICM/NRM within the context of Lesotho highly desirable

Required/Desired Foreign Language: Strong written and oral English skills

Travel Required: Up to 30% of travel required

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: Technical Expert Livelihoods, Technical Expert ICM, Civil Society Liaison Expert, Project Managers, and M&E Officer

Internal: Finance, Operations and MEAL teams, Landscape Restoration Roadmap Director, Senior and Regional Technical Advisors, Country Program Agricultural Staff, Head of Programs and Country Representative

External: GiZ, ICU, relevant Government Ministries, Other implementing partners, FAO and other UN organizations, peer organizations, private sector organizations, and civil society partners.

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

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

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