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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and nonchurch partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS has worked in Nigeria for more than 25 years.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Project Director – FASTER

Ref No: 200000NB
Location: CARO-NG – Federal Capital Territory, Abuja
Job Type: Full-time
Job: Chief of Party
Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard

Project Background
Faith-based Organization Capacity Strengthening for Universal HIV Services (FOCUS) is a five-year Cooperative Agreement funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of FOCUS is to provide technical support and capacity building to faith-based organizations and networks, ensuring they effectively contribute to planning and delivering responses to the HIV and AIDS epidemic, and documenting successful approaches. Led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), FOCUS builds an understanding of how to leverage the faith-based community’s contributions at subnational and national levels, reinforcing mutual responsibility and country-driven leadership. Under FOCUS, CRS implements the Faith-Based Action for Scaling up Testing and Treatment for Epidemic Response (FASTER) project, and provides support to the South Africa Treatment Surge.

FASTER’s overall goal is to ensure that all children and adolescents living with HIV know their status, enroll in treatment, and attain viral load suppression. FASTER helps achieve FOCUS objectives by creating an enabling environment where public health, civil society, the private sector and FBOs can accelerate normative pediatric HIV case finding, testing, linkage to care and treatment, adherence support and retention by strengthening and streamlining joint coordination and provision of pediatric HIV service delivery.

FASTER is being implemented through four country programs in Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia, working above site to address critical policy, guidance, and operational gaps hindering HIV program goal attainment, and supporting in-country efforts to operationalize key guidance and improve program quality at critical service delivery sites. CRS as the prime recipient of the FASTER award implements the project in collaboration with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in all four countries.

Job Summary

  • The FASTER Nigeria Project Director will provide the overall leadership and management of the implementation of FASTER in Nigeria, including activities, deliverables, ensuring adherence to technical and financial policies and standards of excellence and monitoring project activities and expenses, donor compliance and reporting, consortium coordination and external representation.
  • She/he will be responsible for the daily management and coordination of FASTER Nigeria staff, oversee communication and collaboration with CDC-Nigeria, Government of Nigeria entities, FASTER consortium members, STTA providers, Implementing Partners, CSOs and private/commercial stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of the project.
  • She/he will oversee the technical, program and operations for FASTER in Nigeria, and will provide technical leadership implementing and monitoring project deliverables and outcomes. With the support of the FOCUS global team, the Nigeria Project Director will provide technical support to implementing partners in the priority actions.
  • Additionally, she/he will facilitate the day-to-day project implementation process to ensure project outputs are provided as per the agreed work plan.

Specific Job Responsibilities

  • Program Planning, Coordination, Communications and Reporting
  • Lead FASTER in Nigeria to respond to CDC/country mission’s overall goals in line with FASTER’s efforts to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic in country.
  • Lead coordination and planning of project goals and objectives for the FASTER project in Nigeria (including the annual Country Operational Plan submission as applicable, Continuing Application, Annual Progress Report) and ensure collaborative approach among partners.
  • Provide Technical and Programmatic oversight to ensure the achievement of project objectives.
  • Lead the development and timely completion of annual SOWs, workplans, indicators, and budgets for each local partner and CRS.
  • Ensure Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) efforts are consistent with FASTER results and compliant with CDC and CRS policies.
  • Manage and mitigate risk. Ensure compliance to the grant agreement including oversight of partner budgets, finance and administration, and reporting to the donor.
  • Coordinate relationships with consortium partner organizations. Contribute to coordination of roles and activities of staff from consortium member organizations in implementation in line with CRS partnership principles.
  • Manage Create and maintain proper conditions for learning. 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.
  • Document and ensure appropriate application of programmatic best practices.
  • Utilize and develop appropriate tools to track program performance (site capacity assessment tool, regular financial analysis, treatment initiation, adherence monitoring/patient retention, etc.).
  • Together with CDC Activity Manager and CRS team, conduct periodic technical reviews, site visits and monitor progress towards achievement of program objectives.
  • Ensure necessary technical assistance and training is provided to partners to develop capacity to implement HIV/AIDS support activities as per the grant requirement.

Strategic Planning:

  • Lead efforts at program innovation; foster regular discussions with key stakeholders as appropriate; design program modifications as needed.
  • In coordination with the global FOCUS team, lead in-country communication efforts, including a communications plan to include focus on communicating the project’s identity, necessary protocols, development of promotional materials.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Daily management and coordination of FASTER Nigeria staff

Required Foreign Language:

  • Excellent written and spoken English.

Required Travel:

  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: Global FOCUS Project Director and team, other FASTER country Project Directors, Deputy Regional Director/Management Quality, Deputy Regional Director/Program Quality, Country Representatives, RTA for HIV, Country Representatives, Heads of Operations, and Security Managers/Focal Points.
  • External: CDC; other donors, partner staff, Government of Nigeria.

Basic Qualifications:

  • MBBS / MD plus Master’s degree in Public Health, Community Development, Social Sciences, Health or related discipline. PhD preferred.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in HIV/AIDS programming
  • 5 years of staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching senior program staff.
  • Minimum 5 years in the developing world in project management positions with progressive management responsibilities.
  • Experience working in pediatric HIV programming.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
  • Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • Team leadership abilities with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams. Coaching skills.
  • Strong communications and presentation skills; able to develop tailored and persuasive messaging for varied audiences.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Recognized leader in sector as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations etc.
  • Experience with implementation and reporting on USG public grants; Demonstrated knowledge of USG regulations. Preferred experience managing HRSA/CDC awards.
  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
  • Strong background in program implementation; experience in hiring, supervising and training local personnel; systems and office set-up; budgeting and financial management
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently and the ability to transfer knowledge through formal and informal training
  • 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.

Job Title: Monitoring Evaluation Accountability & Learning (MEAL) Assistant (Nigerian Nationals Only)

Job Ref: 200000L6
Location: Caro, Yobe
Job Type: Full-time
Job: Program Management
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Employee Status: Individual Contributor
Job Level: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 75 % of the Time

Job Summary

  • The MEAL assistant will work under the supervision of STaR MEAL officer and implementing partner MEAL staff to provide strategic guidance to Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) on The Stabilization and Reconciliation in the Lake Chad Region (STaR) project.
  • S/he will support MEAL activities across all sectors including periodic assessments / surveys and routine gathering of project implementation information collection; s/he will implement efficient systems for accountability to beneficiaries, donors and other stakeholders; s/he will collate and archive project documentation; and foster cross-learning among projects.

Roles and Key Responsibilities
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL):

  • Assist Program Manager and MEAL Officer in facilitation of SMILER / MEAL system workshop at the project start-up.
  • Under the supervision of the MEAL officer, promote the use of Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) solutions throughout the project or digital data collection.
  • Adapt project specific MEAL tools and carry out field testing where necessary
  • Support the development and regular updating of STaR MEAL tools, approaches, and databases.
  • Support the MEAL Officer to monitor STaR implementation progress on a regular basis against CRS quality standards and international humanitarian principles through monitoring visits, data quality audits, spot check against reports and review of implementation reports.
  • Support implementing partners in collection and analysis of data (method, formats, software, etc.), indicator measurement, feedback and complaint mechanisms, negative impact analysis, etc.
  • Provide technical support to STaR partner staff on the implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities, data management and integration of cross-functional issues.
  • Support project wide assessments and surveys including baseline and other evaluative surveys.
  • Support learning and knowledge management within the STaR project and ensure such best practice is communicated across CRS Nigeria.
  • Ensure participatory beneficiary accountability and feedback mechanisms in place are accessible, functional and database updated, used, and reported against.
  • Ensure the preparation of periodic reports, documentation, in close collaboration with other team members, particularly with the MEAL department.
  • Establish productive working relationships with other STaR team members and supervisors for project implementation

Coordination and Representation:

  • Work closely with other STaR staff to liaise with community members, including displaced communities.
  • Ensure alignment with other projects being implemented by CRS in the region
  • Continuous engagement with community on the use of CRM to provide feedback on STaR project components regularly
  • Required Languages – English, Hausa is mandatory, Fulfude is an added advantage.
  • Travel – Must be willing to travel up to 75 %.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Good time management skills with ability to work on multiple tasks
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented
  • Excellent organization, planning and analytical skills; detail-oriented
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with demonstrated strength in relationship management

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: MEAL Officer, STaR Program Manager II, STaR Program Staff, Program Assistants, STaR Feedback Desk Officer, Head of Office Yobe.
  • External: Government ministries departments and agencies, local and international NGOs, coordination platforms and working groups, community leaders and Stakeholders.

Basic Qualifications

  • Higher National Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree in Information Sciences, Statistics or a Monitoring and Evaluation related field.
  • 2 years of experience in a MEAL role on development or humanitarian project

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

Deadline: 29th October, 2020.


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