Deadline: Ongoing

Location: Sudan

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Head of Programming.

CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries without regard to race, religion or nationality.


  • In collaboration with the country representative, provide strategic direction for the design of the country strategic frameworks and plans, including the development of resource mobilisation strategies to maximise 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 programme interventions and efficiency in implementation
  • Effectively manage talent and supervise senior staff
  • 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 members
  • Create and maintain proper conditions for learning
  • Establish a safe environment for sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyse 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 leads of country operations to ensure appropriate project budgeting and efficient use and stewardship of project material sources
  • In coordination with resource mobilisation 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


  • Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations or a relevant field
  • Five years, minimum, of relevant field-based programme management, with three years, minimum, of middle/senior management experience
  • Successful track record in grants management and donors relations, particularly with USAID, WFP, UNICEF, and other public donors
  • Experience in the development of successful proposals, reports, strategic alliances, project design, project management, and monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience in partner capacity strengthening, staff development, training, and mentoring, as well as in team building and strategic planning initiatives
  • Experience working with church partners will be a plus
  • Experience in community development, community mobilisation, or similar grassroots, self-help initiatives
  • Experience with successful business development activities capturing public and/or private donor funding
  • Excellent analytical English writing skills
  • Experience and abilities in capacity strengthening
  • Experience using Microsoft Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), web conferencing applications, information and budget management systems, and knowledge sharing networks

To apply and for more information, click here.

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