Catholic Relief Services, a development organization, seeks qualified, experienced and highly motivated individuals Technical Director/Deputy Head of Party II who will provide overall management and be responsible for the technical quality of a Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI)-funded project, which aims to improve access to timely, quality and well-researched testing and treatment malaria by providing community health workers with training and supervision to provide effective and quality care. In your role as Technical Director/Deputy Head of Party, you will report directly to the Head of Party and act on their behalf, as required, including global representation to the donor. You will be responsible for the technical supervision of the design, planning and implementation of activities to ensure the application of industry standards and best practices and the achievement of project objectives. Your managerial and technical knowledge will ensure the delivery of high-quality malaria programs and advance CRS’ position as a leading malaria agency.
Your work will ensure that the project applies best practices in accountability and constantly works to improve the impact of its benefits on those we serve.
The position is based at Yaoundé/Cameroon and depends on funding approved by the donor
- Manage key aspects of malaria project development, implementation and consolidation, including regularly updating annual work plans to achieve project objectives. Serve as a point of contact for PMI as well as public, private and non-governmental stakeholders, as needed.
- Manage key project functions to meet donor expectations for timely and quality results and budget. Contribute to ensure coordination between program and operations managers. Contribute to ensuring that CRS program quality standards are met in accordance with PMI’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Policy and Procedures and related guidelines.
- Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage the dynamics of the technical team and the well-being of the staff. Provide coaching and mentoring. Strategically adapt individual development plans and conduct performance reviews for direct reports. Contribute to the development of technical staffing plans and the recruitment process for senior technical staff.
- Manage and mitigate risk by monitoring national and regional issues that may impact staff and programming. Ensure that all staff understand and adhere to CRS staff safety and security policies and plans and keep these plans up to date.
- Promote, maintain and model a commitment to the effective use of agency and donor resources. Assist in ensuring compliance with PMI grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finances, administration, and reporting to PMI.
- Maintain relationships with key staff of consortium partner organizations and government counterparts. Contribute to the coordination of the roles and activities of staff from other consortium member organizations in implementation in accordance with CRS partnership principles.
- Create and maintain conditions conducive to learning. Establish a safe environment for the sharing of ideas, solutions and difficulties and the ability to detect, analyze and react quickly to shortcomings. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for CRS and partner staff and recommend training and technical assistance.
Qualifications and experience:
- Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, international development, international relations or in a relevant technical field.
- 7 or more years of relevant managerial and technical experience and at least 5 years in the design and implementation of malaria control activities in developing countries.
- 5 or more years of experience managing donor funds, including multi-partner grants. Solid knowledge and experience in budget management. Proven technical experience and qualifications in the field of malaria as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, etc.
- Demonstrated successful management experience, including managing complex, high value, multi-activity project functions with complicated logistics (such as seasonal malaria chemoprevention campaigns).
- People management experience and abilities conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching and mentoring senior executives.
- Experience working with partners, participatory action planning and community engagement.
- Strong strategy, analytical, systems thinking and problem solving skills with the ability to see the big picture and the ability to exercise good judgment and make informed decisions.
- Experience engaging a wide variety of partners, including government, national and international organizations, and building partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy an asset.
- Experience with MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), web conferencing applications, and information and budget management systems.
- Recent experience working within PMI, the Global Fund or another international donor in malaria programming is strongly preferred.
- Experience working in community and hospital health systems strengthening programs.
- Excellent written and oral skills in French and English required.
- Additional local languages a plus.
- Strong relationship management skills. Ability to build relationships with people at all levels, internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
- Team leadership abilities with diverse/multidisciplinary teams. Coaching skills.
- Proactive, resourceful, solution-oriented and results-oriented.
- Observation, active listening and analytical skills with the ability to make informed judgments
Travel required: Must be willing and able to travel up to 30% (mainly in Cameroon)
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, efforts, duties and responsibilities associated with the position.
How to register
Applications, including cover letter and CV, 3 references and copies of supporting documents relevant to the application should be sent to:
The resident representative
BP 1851, Yaoundé – Cameroon or by email to: [email protected] specifying “**Technical Director / Deputy Head of Party II” **in the subject of the email
Closing Date: August 31, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.
Applications that are incomplete or received after the deadline will not be considered.
This position is a local position and open only to Cameroonian nationals in the country.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
By applying for this position, I understand and acknowledge that this organization 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 thorough background check and my personal/professional references will be requested to assess my behaviors related to the agency’s Safeguard Policy.