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Job Title: Program Director (International Position)
Department: Urban Resilience Program Unit
Reports To: Head of Programmes – Country Programming
Country: CRS-Sierra Leone.
Duty Location: CRS Country Office, Freetown with 30% travel to program sites

Job Summary
You will provide technical oversight and lead the development and implementation of the Country Program (CP) urban resilience programming, particularly for large and complex projects, ensuring effective systems and processes are in place that support high-quality program design and implementation advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable. Your technical, leadership, management and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its urban resilience programming. This role will oversee programme development and implementation in several urban resilience subsectors including urban health, slum regeneration and relocation, water security, sanitation and hygiene promotion, urban malaria, solid waste management, disaster response, preparedness and mitigation, and disaster risk reduction.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

• Provide leadership, management, and technical guidance of all new and existing projects within the CP urban resilience portfolio throughout the project cycle to ensure project design, start-up,
implementation and close-out are in line with CRS quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices.

• Effectively manage talent for urban resilience and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff wellbeing. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete
performance management for direct reports.

• Lead the development of program learning – identify opportunities for learning, research and
publications in the area of urban resilience and implementation of MEAL policy. Facilitate the
dissemination of promising practices and lessons learned to contribute to the agency knowledge
management agenda. Ensure integration of innovations and best practices.
• Contribute to the proactive pursuit of opportunities for new funding to ensure growth of the CP
urban resilience sector portfolio in line with agency, regional, and CP urban resilience strategic
priorities. Serve as the technical lead and technical writer to ensure quality proposals in urban
resilience per agency and donor standards. Contribute to budgeting and staffing plans and activities
for proposals.

• Lead activities related to disaster risk reduction and ensure integration with emergency response
and resilience programming
• Lead the implementation of a Water Fund in Freetown by liaising with lead technical partner The
Nature Conservancy to ensure that a robust business case is delivered, key stakeholders are
convened, and donors contribute to the Water Fund.
• Oversee the slum regeneration consortium led by CRS in partnership with AAH, GOAL, Concern
Worldwide and CARE International. Support coordination of the consortium, donor engagement, and program development activities.
• Represent CRS at all platforms related to urban resilience with government, private sector and civil society engagement
• Produce and review documentation related to urban resilience to facilitate growth and investment in high-quality interventions to transform Freetown and other urban areas in Sierra Leone
• Oversee technical assistance and capacity strengthening activities in urban resilience for staff and
partner organizations to enhance program quality and impact.
• Support the use of MEAL tools and practices in program development and implementation to ensure that projects activities, outputs and outcomes comply with the objectives and expected
outputs/outcomes on an ongoing basis
• Oversee the identification, assessment and strengthening of partnerships relevant to urban
resilience and the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
• Ensure timely and appropriate project expenditures in line with financial plans and efficient use and stewardship of project material sources.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Basic Qualifications

• Master’s Degree in International Development, International Relations or in the field of urban
resilience required.
• At least 5 years working in the area of urban resilience, with preferably a minimum of 7 years’
experience in relevant field-based project management experience.
• Direct experience managing initiatives, programs and projects related to slum regeneration, waste
management, DRR, WASH and water security

• Experience in managing moderately complex projects preferably with an international NGO.
• Experience in driving and delivering high-profile urban resilience initiatives with multiple stakeholder engagement and facilitation of investment.

Preferred Qualifications

• Good experience in project grants management, including project design, preferably for grants from multiple public donors, including USAID.
• Demonstrated ability to write high quality technical proposals.
• Experience engaging with private sector, government representatives and local organizations.
• MEAL skills and experience required.
• Budget management skills.
• Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
• Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web
Conferencing Applications, information management systems.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with ability to make sound judgment and decisions and offer innovative solutions
• Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and
externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
• Good presentation and facilitation skills
• Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented

Required Languages – English – excellent spoken and written
Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 30% to project locations. Some international travel may be required.

Key Working Relationships

Supervisory Responsibilities: MEAL Manager, Grant Manager, Shelter Advisor, Water Fund Advisor, PrePD Manager and Urban Malaria Manager
Internal – Team members as mentioned above, Communications Manager, Business Development Specialist, Partnerships Technical Advisor, and the West Africa Regional Technical Advisors.
External – Freetown City Council, consortium members (GOAL, AAH, Concern, CARE), ministries of water resources, environment, health and sanitation, and agriculture and forestry, national water resources management agency







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