Job Title: Project Manager – Social Cohesion
Department: Program Team
Reports To: Social Cohesion Program Manager
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.
In partnership with Caritas Iraq, CRS Iraq is supporting conflict-affected people to live in dignity through the provision of critical relief items, upgrades to shelter conditions, educational and psychosocial (PSS) support for children, and livelihoods support. CRS Iraq has recently established its social cohesion program, which seeks to build mutual understanding, tolerance and trust among religious and ethnic minority and majority groups in post-conflict Iraq, with an initial focus on the Ninewa Plains.
The Project Manager (PM) will manage, coordinate, and monitor project activities and relationships with partners and other project stakeholders to assist the achievement of the social cohesion objectives in a two-year USAID project. The PM’s project management skills, knowledge of social cohesion approaches, and understanding of the context will ensure that the Iraq Country Program delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving social cohesion in the project locations. The PM will work closely with CRS’ partner Caritas Iraq and will coordinate with other partners and stakeholders. The PM will have a detailed understanding of the local dynamics in Ninewa Plains communities and will leverage this sensitivity to support impactful programming.
- 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.
- Coordinate and oversee working relationships with all local project stakeholders and serve as the liaison between them and the project team to mobilize local actors and promote project activities and impact. This will include establishing and maintaining relationships with community and religious leaders in the project locations as well as developing relationships with other local faith-based organizations to ensure participation and buy-in across ethnic and faith backgrounds.
- Effectively manage talent and supervise 2-3 project officers and teams of community mobilizers. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of project staff, and complete performance management for direct reports.
- Ensure learning properly accompanies project activities throughout the project cycle. Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities following Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Policy. Proactively identify issues, report them to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules.
- Engage and strengthen partnerships with local and international partners, applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
- Represent the organization with donors, INGO working groups, UN, relevant local partners and relevant local government and community actors for social cohesion.
- Coordinate activities required for ensuring the financial, material and human resources for the quality implementation of the project. Conduct periodic budget reviews and follow-up with partners on timely submission of financial reports to facilitate proper tracking of resource use.
- Identify staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and contribute to capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.
- Prepare and/or provide inputs for the timely preparation of high quality donor reports, quarterly performance indicator tracking tables, baseline and final evaluation reports, as well as other reports as needed/required by the local government, donors, the region or headquarters.
- Review project documentation to ensure project file is complete with all required documentation and is filed per agency and donor requirements.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience
- Bachelor's Degree required. Master’s Degree in International Relations, International Development, or Social Cohesion preferred.
- Minimum of 5 years of work experience in project management, with at least 2 years of experience in programming for an NGO related to social cohesion strongly preferred.
- Relevant grant management experience, especially for US Government or other public donors, a plus.
- Staff supervision experience.
- Experience working with partners, participatory action planning and community engagement required; experience working closely with diverse faith leaders strongly preferred.
- Experience working with stakeholders at various levels and strengthening community partnerships required, including across religious and ethnic backgrounds preferred
- Ability to contribute to the development of technical proposals, a plus.
- Experience analyzing data and contributing to evaluation reports.
- Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
- 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.
- Ability to contribute to written reports
- Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented
- Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
Required/Desired Foreign Language: Spoken and written English and Arabic fluency required. Knowledge of Assyrian, Shabaki, Turkmen, or Kurdish a plus.
Travel Required: The position is based in Erbil, with up to 40% travel to project sites in Ninewa. Minimal regional and international travel for training or project activities, as needed.
Key Working Relationships:
Supervisory: 2-3 Project Officers
Internal: Project Director; Social Cohesion Program Manager; MEAL Program Manager; Livelihoods Program Manager; Learning Program Manager; Head of Programming; Procurement and Finance staff
External: Caritas Iraq; project partners; other operational partners and colleague organizations; local government; UN agencies and relevant sector leads.
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.
- Trusting Relationships
- Professional Growth
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
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