Catholic Relief Services began working in Ghana in 1958. Over the years, CRS has worked to implement programs on agriculture; health; HIV; micro finance; school feeding; water, sanitation and hygiene; emergency relief and peace building. CRS implements programs through partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, including the government of Ghana, local NGOs, international NGOs, Church, and public and private sector partners. CRS Ghana currently employs 56 national staff and 3 international staff. The country program’s head office is in Accra, with a sub office in Tamale.
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching as we act to:
- Promote human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies; and,
- Serve Catholics in the United States as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world.
Job Title: REST Project Coordinator
Key Working Relationships:
- Internal: Country Representative, Head of Programs, Health Program Manager, International Fellow and Finance Manager, Senior/Regional Technical Adviser for Maternal and Child Health/Nutrition
- External: Ghana Health Services and other partners
CRS seeks a Project Coordinator to work closely with the Health Program Manager (HPM), to lead a team in the management and implementation of the Rural Emergency Health Service and Transport (REST) Project activities in Northern and Upper East Region.
- Provide dynamic leadership, technical support and team coordination to the project team and implementing partners of the beneficiary districts
- Ensure for optimal project quality and efficient delivery of project activities
- Ensure that all implementing partners pursue a project of continual learning, documenting and capitalizing on experiences.
- Represent the program to Government, decentralized authorities, NGOs, private sector, etc, and to existing and potential donors as appropriate and other representation as may be required from the HPM and management.
- Ensure the security and efficient management of all resources, equipment and documentation linked to the project.
- Ensure the efficient use of the human and financial resources available to deliver on the project targets.
- Provide an effective reporting interface with implementing partners at the Regional and District levels.
- Develop and lead the successful networking of actors engaged in the sector.
- Participate in the recruitment and evaluation consultants for the Project within the framework of CRS policies and regulations.
- Facilitate and oversee the dissemination of best practices and lessons learned from project sites locally and nationally as a way of facilitating the visibility of the project model
Management and Administration:
- Manage program budgets, including tracking of financial and material resources.
- Ensure accurate and timely reporting of program finances and progress status, review actual financial performance against the budget, and explain variances on a regular basis.
- Ensure staff compliance with all CRS administrative and operational procedures and policies, as well as applicable donor regulations.
- Approve project expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to donors.
Representation and Advocacy:
- Provide overall leadership and oversight to the implementation, ensuring that partners and field staff adhere to their assigned scopes of work and memorandum of understanding/agreements, and ensuring all members of the implementation team work cooperatively and productively to achieve project objectives.
- Act as primary project contact and representative, taking responsibility for addressing all program matters, collaborating with the CRS Country Representative and Head of Programs and the Health Program Manager on overall partner and donor relationships.
- Strengthen linkages with existing and potential partner agencies, in collaboration with CRS Country Representative, Head of Programming and the Health Program Manager.
- Oversee program communication strategies, in collaboration with CRS Country Representative and Head of Programming, including compliance with donor’s branding and marketing requirements as well as CRS marketing and communication procedures.
Human Resource Management:
- Lead, manage and supervise a team of CRS and consortium staff to meet program objectives.
- Conduct periodic reviews of staff performance in keeping with CRS’ performance management system and mentor staff to ensure high levels of motivation, commitment, capacity, and teamwork.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability:
- Work with MEAL teams to ensure MEAL systems comply with agency standards and donor specifications.
- Conduct regular site visits to monitor progress in project implementation, check on quality assurance and address emerging technical operational/management issues.
- Ensure ICT4D technologies are used appropriately in REST MEAL systems.
- Support the programming department to gather intelligence on the next level of funding opportunities and coordinate reviews of key funding calls to determine go/no go decisions.
- Participate in meetings relating to growth opportunities and document proceedings, follow-up action points/recommendations and ensure executions on timely basis.
- Support program managers to develop Project Idea Notes, draft concept papers, production plans, budget and budget narrations in response to growth opportunities.
- Assist in review past project reports (baselines and final), generate follow-on ideas for development into concepts or proposals capable of attracting donor funds.
Carry out any other duties/assignments as shall from time to time be directed by the Health Program Manager, the Head of Programs or Country Representative.
Note: List of responsibilities, professional and personal skills are considered indicative and not exhaustive; actual duties may differ or change depending on office and agency priorities at the time. CRS is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates meeting position requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.
Required Skills or Experience
- Master’s Degree in Public Health, Health Information Management Systems and other related discipline.
- Minimum of 3 years of work experience in development projects preferably in MCH project planning, monitoring and evaluation, at a supervisory level.
- Two-three years’ experience with supporting Ghana Health Service at the Regional, District and Sub-district levels
- Proven analytical skills, demonstrated creativity in analysis of situations and data
- Proven experience in managing partnership relationships in a participatory manner, managing teams and project implementation plans
- Experience in budgeting and budget management.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, cultural sensitivity, ability to work with people, good judgment and commitment to the Agency’s mission
- Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Internet, etc.).
- Willingness to travel in-country and internationally as required by the Agency.
- Upholds a Spirit of Service and Integrity
- Cultivates Constructive and Collegian Relationships
- Models Principled Stewardship
- Promotes continuous learning and innovation
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please submit your CV and letter of interest to [email protected] by 5pm on November 11, 2016. The e-mail subject line for this application and CV should be REST Project Coordinator
CRS is an equal opportunity employer.
Female candidates meeting position requirements are strongly encouraged to apply