Catholic Relief Services
Job Title: Director
Department: Programs: Water fund – Urban Resilience Program Unit
Reports To: Head of Programming
Country: CRS-Sierra Leone.
Duty Location: CRS Country Office in Freetown
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 are accomplished through programs of emergency response, health (including malaria), agriculture, education, microfinance, and peacebuilding.
CRS/ Sierra Leone and Program Background
Catholic Relief Service (CRS) started work in Sierra Leone in 196 3 carrying out the commitment of the Catholic bishops and the Catholic community of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. For over 57 years, CRS has been on the front lines in responding to emergencies and promoting health, education, agriculture, and urban resilience in Sierra Leone.
As the Water Fund Director, you will lead the development and implementation of the Country Program’s sustainable watershed management programming, also known as the Western Area Peninsula Water Fund. You will ensure effective systems and processes are in place to support high-quality programming advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable.
You will provide WASH technical oversight to the Country Program, oversee the WAPWF Management Unit and coordinate with other Committees. You will work closely with Freetown City Council, National Water Resource Management agency and other external stakeholders to further our strategic ambitions. Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its sustainable watershed programming.
Roles and Key Responsibilities:
- Provide management, guidance, and technical oversight of all the Water projects throughout the project cycle to ensure project design, start-up, implementation, and close-out are in line with CRS quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices.
- Assist the Steering Committee in the development of the Strategic and Annual Operating Plans and executes approved plans.
- Set up and monitor progress on multi-year objectives and metrics to ensure steady progress against established goals.
- Prepare and present administrative and financial reports to the Steering Committee.
- Coordinate activities of the other committees that form part of the Water Fund governance structure and facilitate communication among stakeholders.
- Effectively manage talent and supervise CRS Water Fund staff. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance management for direct reports.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
- Master’s Degree in International Development, Hydrology, Water Resources, Watershed management.
- 2-3 years working in the area of Watershed management.
- Experience in Environmental Sciences or related field required. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience in relevant field-based project management experience required, with preferably at least managing moderately complex projects preferably with an international NGO.
- Demonstrated success in carrying out strategic goals and initiatives.
- Good experience in project grants management, including project design, preferably for grants from multiple public donors.
- Excellent leadership abilities, interpersonal and collaborative skills, strong communication and listening skills, organizational skills, and the ability to execute.
- Extensive experience in partnering across multiple stakeholders and colleagues using exceptional judgment, .
Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 10%.
Key Working Relationships:
Internal – CRS Water Fund Field Officer, Urban Resilience Director, CRS West Africa Wash & Environment Technical Advisor, CRS Country Representative, CRS Communications Manager and CRS Technical Partnerships Manager.
External – Freetown City Council, Western Area Rural District, donors, civil society organizations, Head of Hydrological Services, NWRMA and EPA.
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.
- 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. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to safeguarding-related topics.
WOMEN ARE S TRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. 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.