Catholic Relief Services (CRS) New Ongoing Recruitment

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4 Oct, 2018

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Executive Jobs in South Africa

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international humanitarian agency that assists impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic Social Teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person.

Job Title: Deputy Chief of Party
Job Location:  Johannesburg

The purpose of the position is to provide oversight of a key function of the Faith-based Organisational Capacity Strengthening, HIV Treatment Surge project in South Africa to serve the poor and vulnerable. Ensure the delivery of high-quality programming. Manage security and mitigate security risks. Serve as CRS Lead SI, MEAL specialist for operation planning and reporting, providing high quality assistance to FBO partners to institute the implementation of strategic information systems that meet CDC / PEPFAR reporting requirements in active collaboration with SACBC, the Monitoring and Evaluation service provider for the project in South Africa. Work closely with the SACBC Monitoring and Evaluation team, a technical partner in SI, Monitoring and Evaluation to ensure smooth implementation of planned activities and scope of work.


  • Set the strategic direction for the project’s Strategic information, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning covering all project components as described above
  • Participate and represent CRS and the project to CDC / PEPFAR SURGE HIV Treatment related activities including participating in the CDC / PEPFAR care and treatment forums, national ART / PMTCT Technical Working Group(s) (TWG), national Strategic Information and HMIS technical working groups as appropriate
  • Lead the Project’s SI, MEAL team comprising of the CRS MEAL team, providing support to the SACBC Monitoring and Evaluation team, IT specialists to develop, implement and maintain SI systems, Monitoring and Evaluation technical guidance for the project for a comprehensive quality reporting, decision making, and program quality
  • Manage a key aspect of the development, implementation and consolidation of the Faith-based Organisational Capacity Strengthening, HIV Treatment Surge project in South Africa
  • Serve as a point of contact on area of responsibility to CDC as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders, when needed
  • Manage key function of the project to meet donor expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget
  • Contribute to ensuring coordination between programme and operations leads
  • Contribute to ensuring the CRS programme quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures
  • Effectively manage talent and supervise
  • Manage team dynamics and staff well-being
  • Provide coaching. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports
  • Contribute to 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
  • Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources
  • Help ensure compliance with CDC grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to CDC
  • Assist the FBO project teams in understanding CDC / PEPFAR monitoring and reporting requirements and ensuring sufficient resources are provided to the FBO teams in order to be able to achieve the set goals, and report on such achievements to various stakeholders, including the donor
  • Work with the SACBC monitoring and evaluation and FBO Monitoring and Evaluation teams to ensure that FBO site staff are provided with technical assistance for collection, analysis, and use of programme data for report generation and programme improvement
  • Work closely with FBO partners on the project, stakeholders (CDC / PEPFAR, SANAC, Department of Health at various levels as appropriate – national, provincial, district etc.), and SACBC providing SI, monitoring and evaluation technical support
  • 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
  • Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for CRS and partner staff and recommend trainings and technical assistance


  • Master’s Degree or higher in Public Health, health, behavioral, social sciences or demography is required. Doctorate (PhD) or Medical degree (MD) preferred
  • Minimum seven years of experience in implementing and evaluating HIV/AIDS treatment and care programmes
  • Seasoned strategic information background preferable with knowledge of PEPFAR programme implementing and MER indicator reporting
  • Country level experience, INGO experience in the area of HIV treatment and care, strategic information monitoring and evaluation, host government or implementing partners, with progressively increasing responsibility for activity management and design
  • Experience with community-based participatory teaching and evaluation methodologies
  • Demonstrated experience of successful management, including management of functions of complex, multi-activity projects
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment
  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus
  • Experience in Microsoft Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Vision), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems
  • Strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions
  • Relations management abilities. 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
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented
  • Willingness to travel
  • Required language: English and active use of one of official South African languages

Key Working Relationships:

  • Supervisory: The DCoP will supervise the CRS Project Manager and the MEAL Officers on the project
  • Internally: The DCoP will work closely with the other CRS staff on the project (MQ department) and will actively interact with consortium leadership team, project and M&E staff members of the FBOs both at their Head Office and field levels, as well as CRS regional technical advisors in Health, Monitoring and Evaluation as applicable
  • Externally: The DCoP will interact with CDC / PEPFAR Strategic Information team, FBO Point of Contact, Monitoring and Evaluation teams, Department of Health representatives as appropriate (at either National, Provincial or District levels), SANAC coordination bodies, other PEPFAR implementing partners and stakeholders

To apply, submit your CV and a motivation letter to [email protected] by closing date indicated above and include the position title in the subject heading.

This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position. The job offer will be contingent on donor funding.

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

CRS is the Equal Opportunity Employer.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Application Deadline: 5th October, 2018

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