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Head of Programming I, Republic of Congo

Brazzaville, Congo, The Democratic Republic of the


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.

Job Summary:

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) began its programming in the Republic of Congo in 2017 at the invitation of the country’s Catholic Conference of Bishops and with a specific intent to provide emergency assistance during the last years of a long civil war. In 2018, CRS opened an office in Brazzaville to support work with the Global Fund and OFDA. In 2022, CRS is currently working with malaria prevention as the Principal Recipient of the Congo’s Global Fund Malaria grant and in emergency response and recovery with funded projects under OFDA and WFP.


Since 2018, CRS has served as Principal Recipient for the Global Fund grants for malaria and health system strengthening in Congo. CRS was granted for PR role for the new cycle of Global Fund Malaria Grant/New Financing Mechanism 2021-2023 (NFM3). The NFM3 grant will continue to support the current Congo malaria control strategic plan with the goal of reducing malaria-related morbidity and mortality by 50% compared to 2016 rates. Additionally, CRS also has an important health system strengthening support role on the NFM3 grant, working with partners to strengthen the country’s community health system and health management information system, along with the national Covid-19 response through the C19RM mechanism.

As a member of the Country Program (CP) Senior Management Team, you will provide strategic direction, leadership, and management of the CP’s programming to ensure the establishment and successful implementation of high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable. Your leadership, management and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its programming. As part of the Senior Management Team you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with the Country Representative (CR) provide strategic direction for the design of the CP strategic frameworks and plans, including the development of resource mobilization strategies to optimize the impact of programming interventions in line with regional and agency strategic priorities.
  • Lead high-quality project design incorporating project management standards and MEAL methods, appropriate to scope, context and technical requirements of projects. Coordinate planning of activities across various projects from different sectors to ensure integration of program interventions and efficiency in implementation.
  • Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance assessment for direct reports. Contribute to developing staffing plans for projects and to the recruitment process of senior project staff.
  • 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. Promote accountability, learning and knowledge management overseeing implementation of the MEAL policy, as well as cross-sectoral and cross-department learning.
  • Coordinate with CP operations leads to ensure appropriate project budgeting and efficient use and stewardship of project material sources.
  • In coordination with resource mobilization staff oversee the business development cycle to ensure quality proposals per agency and donor standards.
  • Oversee the identification, assessment and strengthening of appropriate partnerships and the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
  • Ensure technical assistance and capacity strengthening for project teams and partners in project management standards and related MEAL, business development and operational activities. Identify training opportunities, develop training curriculums and deliver trainings.

Required Languages – French and English Fluency required.

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 20 %.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent 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
  • Presentation and facilitation skills
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent English writing skills.
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
  • Experience and abilities in capacity strengthening – developing curricula and facilitating trainings.
  • Experience using MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, and knowledge sharing networks.

Supervisory Responsibilities : Global Fund Project Director, MEAL coordinator

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Country Representative, Head of Programming, Head of Operations, Deputy Regional Directors, Regional Technical Advisors, Global Fund Support Unit, GF Malaria Project staff, Congo Staff

External: Global Fund Portfolio Manager, GF Country Team, CCN, Ministry of Health (PNLP and other key departments), LFA, Sub-recipients, UN agencies, other Global Fund Principal Recipients for the HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis grants. The project is implemented through agreements with Government 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

***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.

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

Note:  All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

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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