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Job Posting with Catholic Relief Services


Title
Chief of Party, Early Grade Reading Project, Laos
Organization
Catholic Relief Services
Location
Lao PDR/Vientiane
Deadline
30 April 2018

Summary

As Chief of Party I you will provide leadership and overall management of the Laos Early Grade Reading Project to serve the poor and vulnerable. Your leadership, management and technical knowledge will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming and advance the position of CRS as a leading agency in the education sector. As a senior leader in the CRS Laos Country Program you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks associated to your project.


Background

As Chief of Party I you will provide leadership and overall management of the Laos Early Grade Reading Project to serve the poor and vulnerable. Your leadership, management and technical knowledge will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming and advance the position of CRS as a leading agency in the education sector. As a senior leader in the CRS Laos Country Program you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks associated to your project.


Responsibilities
  • Lead all aspects of the development, implementation and consolidation of the Laos Early Grade Reading Project, including sharing how the project contributes to the thought leadership of the industry. Serve as the primary point of contact to USAID as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders.
  • Ensure the project is implemented to meet donor expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget, including strategies for phase out and sustainability. Ensure coordination between program and operations leads. Ensure the CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures.
  • Effectively manage senior programming and operations talent. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Oversee the development of staffing plans and the recruitment process of senior staff.
  • Manage and mitigate risk through monitoring national and regional issues that may impact staff and programming. Ensure all staff understand and adhere to CRS staff safety and security policies and plans, and ensure the updating of such plans.
  • Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Ensure compliance with USAID including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to USAID. Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to donors.
  • Oversee the development of communication strategies and materials, complying with donor and CRS' branding and marketing requirements and procedures.
  • Coordinate relationships with consortium partner organizations, including organization of review/planning workshops. Contribute to coordination of the roles and activities of staff from other consortium member organizations in implementation in line with CRS partnership principles.
  • Ensure technical accountability to the project and ensure that all technical leads are working towards a common goal.
  • Manage all government relationships and communication.
  • Be lead person on negotiating the Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Laos.
  • Be main point of contact for all government visits to the project.
  • 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.
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Requirements
  • Master's degree in Education PhD preferred, or minimum 10 years' experience in literacy programing in an international setting.
  • 7 or more years' relevant technical experience in regard to Literacy programing for primary school children
  • 5 years' experience managing USG donor funds, including multi country grants. Strong knowledge and experience in budget management.
  • Recognized leader in sector as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications, conference presentations etc.
  • Demonstrated experience of successful program management, including management of complex, high-value, multi-activity projects, with complicated logistics.
  • Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in child literacy/early grade reading, and implementing education programs with quasi-experimental designs. Strong expertise and experience related to teacher capacity building and motivation. Knowledge on how children learn, active learning. General knowledge of other related disciplines.
  • 5 years of staff management experience with USG funded projects and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching senior program staff.
  • Experience engaging Lao government partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
  • 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.

    Personal Skills
  • Strong strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
  • Action oriented.
  • Strong planning skills and being able to encourage strong planning with your team.
  • Strong relationship management skills. 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.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Lao language preferred.

Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

Required/Desired Foreign Language

Travel Required: 25% Travel outside of Vientiane in romote areas of Laos

Key Working Relationships: Supervisory MEAL Manager, Deputy Chief of Party, Technical Advisor.

Internal: Country Representative, Chief of Party for Food for Education (FFE),Head of Operations, Finance Manager.

External: American Institutes for Research (AIR),Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), Provincial/District Education and Sports Offices, Research Institute for Educational Sciences (RIES), INGO literacy/primary education actors.

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.

  • Trusting Relationships
  • Professional Growth
  • Partnership
  • Accountability

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

CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Equal Opportunity Employer


Application
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