Project Manager - Health/Nutrition (Ref.2019/009)

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Catholic Relief Services

Non-governmental Organization based in United States of America

Job Details
Employer: Catholic Relief Services
Job Title: Project Manager - Health/Nutrition (Ref.2019/009)
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somalia
Category: Other

Department: Somalia Programs

Band: 9

Reports To: Somalia Emergency Coordinator

Country/Location: Somalia / Mogadishu

About Catholic Relief Services:

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Through its programs, CRS assists poor and vulnerable persons based on need, and, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. It works through local church and non-church 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 a long history of supporting local civil-society organizations in Somalia and has implemented development and emergency programming in multiple sectors, primarily supported by United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster (USAID/OFDA) and Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP). CRS’ programs in Somalia are currently focused in South Central Somalia, supporting integrated health, nutrition, protection and WASH interventions for IDPs and other vulnerable populations.

Job Summary:

You will manage, coordinate, and monitor project activities and relationships with partners and other project stakeholders to assist the achievement of the OFDA project objectives under the health, nutrition sectors, including integrated WASH activities: advancing CRS’ work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your project management skills and knowledge of the program area will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of this project.

Job Responsibilities:


· Lead technical, budget management, monitoring and reporting activities through most of the project cycle - start-up, implementation and close-out - in line with CRS’ program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.

· Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and disseminate results. Review project documentation to ensure project implementation is consistent with proposed do project file is complete with all required documentation and is filed per agency and donor requirements.

· Represent the organization with donors, INGO working groups, UN, relevant local partners and relevant local government and community actors for health and nutrition programming.

Technical Monitoring & Support

  • Work in collaboration with the Emergency Coordinator, PMs and partner staff to develop project Detailed Implementation Plans (DiP), quarterly and monthly workplans. Review and adjust as necessary based on the speed of implementation and unanticipated programming barriers.
  • Develop program driven monitoring schedules in collaboration with the IP.
  • Conduct process monitoring, in collaboration with IP focal point, for Nutrition, Health, CCCM and WASH sectors at respective health clinics, mobile clinics and camps.
  • Identify areas for technical improvement based on outcomes of the process monitoring exercise; pairing this information with a specific corrective action plan developed with the partner and the CRS staff.

· In collaboration with the MEAL and Risk/Compliance staff, ensure project implementation matches partner technical and financial reporting.

· Support partner staff in the development of gender and PLWD targeting criteria.

· Ensure learning properly accompanies project activities throughout the project cycle. Support accountability through coordinating project monitoring and evaluation activities, following CRS and donor MEAL Policies and requirements, and ensuring effective mechanisms for accountability to affected populations (AAP).

  • Engage and strengthen partnerships relevant to health, nutrition, CCCM and WASH programming, applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.

Budget Management

· Monthly review of (i) Budget Comparison Report (BCR), (ii) Detailed Transaction Report (DTR), and (iii) Partner Ageing Reports through the utilization of the Budget Monitoring tool to accurately track partner project expenses.

· Conduct monthly budget and financial report reviews to facilitate proper tracking of resource use against project implementation.

· Review sub-agreements and partner advances to ensure partner liquidations are on time and all expenditures are admissible according to the approved budget and donor agreement

· Review donor agreement to ensure upcoming due dates for financial reports or finalized in as per agreed upon timeline.

· In collaboration with the finance dept and Risk & Compliance staff, ensure expenditures are consistent with donor rules and regulations.

Risk and Compliance

· Contribute to proactive management of risks to CRS staff, partner staff, and project participants.

  • Support partner staff in the negotiation of pipeline contracts with respective UN agencies and ensure pipeline status is reviewed on a quarterly basis.
  • As a part of the larger Somalia based team work collaboratively in identifying and mitigating security risks.

Project Design & Business Development

· Provide technical direction and inputs for design of new projects and development of technical proposals, to include drafting relevant technical sections of proposals.

Human Resource Management

· Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff wellbeing. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of project staff, and complete performance management for direct reports.

· Support the development of staff workplans inline with program priorities and partner monthly workplans.

· Identify staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and contribute to capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

· Bachelor's Degree required. Master’s Degree in public health, nutrition, or another field relevant to humanitarian programming in health/nutrition sectors is required

· Minimum of 5 years of work experience in project management within the health/nutrition sectors, ideally in a humanitarian setting, and for an NGO.

· Additional experience may substitute for some education.

· Relevant grant management experience, especially for USG or other public donors, a plus.

· Staff supervision experience.

· Experience working with stakeholders at various levels and strengthening community partnerships.

· Demonstrated experience contributing to the development of project design and technical proposals, a plus.

· Experience analyzing data and contributing to evaluation reports.

· Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Personal Skills

· Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.

· Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with local stakeholders. Representation abilities.

· Strong writing skills in professional English, level of proficiency should allow the candidate to serve as primary author of high-quality written reports to donors with minimal revision.

· Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented.

· Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities with minimal supervision.

Required/Desired Foreign Language: Fluent Somali and English

Travel Required 25% to project sites outside Mogadishu (currently Cadaado, Baidoa, Luuq, Dollow, Belet Hawa, Garbahaarey) and occasionally to Nairobi

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: Project Officers

Internal: Somalia Country Manager; Emergency Coordinator; Senior Program Officer; Project Manager- Protection; Somalia MEAL Manager; Somalia Risk and Compliance Officer;

External: Health and Nutrition Clusters (UNOCHA or other partner staff), FGS Ministry of Health and relevant local authorities; Implementing partner management and technical leadership staff.

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

· Accountability & Stewardship

· Builds Relationships

· Develops Talent

· Continuous Improvement & Innovation

· Strategic Mindset

MEAL Competencies:

  • Track portfolio and project MEAL requirements – both CRS MEAL Policies and Procedures (MPP) and donor requirements.
  • Work with MEAL staff and partner staff to implement the MPP and donor MEAL requirements applicable to your projects.
  • Complete the annual MEAL procedure self-assessment for your project, and develop action plan to advance MEAL practice.

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


Written applications indicating the reference number of the position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by Close of Business Sunday, April 14, 2019.

Human Resources Manager

Catholic Relief Services – Kenya/Somalia Program


Note: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) does not charge any fees from applicants for any recruitment. Further, CRS has not retained any agent in connection with this recruitment

CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation

Publish date: 2019-04-02 23:15:00
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