Job Title: Program Manager I – Grants Management, Program Quality, and Learning.
Reports to: Head of Programming
Department: Honduras/LACRO, based in Tegucigalpa.
Salary Grade: 9
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.
CRS has been operating in Honduras since 1959. Focusing on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, CRS Honduras has supported programs in education, youth development, food security, nutrition, health, agriculture, disaster risk reduction, and emergency response for more than 50 years. Today, the CRS Honduras country program comprises over 80 staff based out of CRS’ head office in Tegucigalpa and offices in San Pedro Sula and La Esperanza. Together with eight partners, CRS implemented nine development projects and served over 300,000 direct and indirect beneficiaries in 2020.
You will support grant management, program quality, and learning in the Honduras Country Program (CP) for a portfolio of international donor-funded projects, sustaining program quality, evidence-based communications, and positioning. CRS’ current portfolio includes projects across multiple sectors, such as education, youth, peacebuilding, WASH, agriculture, rural development, and emergency response. The role will collaborate with relevant staff to support projects’ design, start-up, implementation, and close-out. The position is critical for advancing Catholic Relief Services (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your project management and communication skills will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its programming.
Roles and Key Responsibilities:
- Through technical advice, coaching, and sharing resources, support project teams and partner staff in implementing activities throughout relevant project cycles ( project design, start-up, implementation, and close-out) to ensure efficient and effective performance in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
- Complement the CRS Honduras HOP in facilitating capacity building and awareness of CRS program quality principles, standards, compliance, learning, and strategic communications.
- Develop processes and build the capacity of project teams and partner staff that facilitates compliance with program quality related donor regulations outlined in cooperative agreements, subrecipient agreements, contracts, procurements, MOUs, and other key project documents.
- Provide editorial support to project teams, including writing and editing project descriptions, success stories, technical reports, and presentations.
- Lead document review and final editing and packaging for all deliverables required by grants and cooperative agreements.
- Lead the development of strategic learning materials and documents, including program briefs, learning briefs, research synthesis, and the development of messages and presentations for communications with donors and other external audiences. Use evidence from learning in communication materials and highlight areas for strategic positioning.
- Support and/or participate in strategic engagement opportunities such as executive-level meetings and events that increase CRS’ visibility, brand recognition, and voice.
- Champion knowledge sharing and learning with project staff and partner teams. Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.
- Act as a key resource person in project design and proposal development, providing gap-filling and taking on growth responsibilities.
- Coordinate the identification of staff capacity and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.
- Help identify, assess and strengthen partnerships, applying the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools, and approaches.
- Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project needs. Through planning and oversight, ensure efficient use of project resources
Required Languages: Fluency in English and Spanish, including strong writing skills in English.
Travel: Must be willing and able to travel up to 30% to project sites.
Supervisory Responsibilities: The candidate will not be expected to have any supervisory responsibilities initially but may be asked to supervise staff or consultants if required.
Work Conditions/Environment Conditions: Telecommuting position with location flexibility
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
- Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports
- Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented
- International donor (USG, United Nations, EU) grant management experience required.
- Project management experience in one or more of the following areas is highly desirable: education, positive youth development, food security, WASH, agriculture, disaster risk reduction, and emergency response.
- Experience engaging with partner organizations.
- Experience contributing to the development of technical proposals.
- Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning skills and experience preferred.
- Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.
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.
About the Organization
Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.