Senior Project Officer – Partnership and Organizational Capacity Building

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Job Summary

Program Quality, the SPO – Partnership and Organization Capacity Building will manage, oversee, and monitor activities and targets associated with partnership strengthening, organizational capacity of local implementing partners (LIPs) and transitioning Charitable Children Institutions, facilitate relationships between the LIPs and Department of Children Services (DCS) and other relevant state and non-state partners, advancing CRS’ work serving the poor and vulnerable.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 4 years

Job Description/Requirements

Reports To:                      Project Manager, Program Quality (CTWWC)

Country/Location:          Kenya/Nairobi

Length of Contract:        Fixed term

 About Catholic Relief Services:

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) 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.

CRS has worked in Kenya since 1965. Over the years, CRS’s focus shifted from direct relief and food distributions to a comprehensive development program that works with partners and enhances the local capacity. CRS Kenya programs now support care reforms, children affected by HIV, and community-based efforts to increase household incomes, improve family health and sanitation, and enhance agricultural livelihoods.


Background:

CRS, with partner Maestral International, will work closely with the Department of Children Services (DCS), Department of Social Development, National Council for Persons with Disability, and other care reform actors to implement interventions to support care reform in Kenya. CTWWC is an initiative that aims to leverage the existing strengths and efforts of key stakeholders as well as address identified gaps to move Kenya away from over-reliance on residential care facilities and towards stronger family-based care. CTWWC Kenya works with a wide range of actors, from the community to national levels, international funders, and regional bodies, to implement a comprehensive approach to care reform. This includes but is not limited to government, LIPs, faith-based actors and institutions, mass media, the private sector, donors, caregiver groups, care leavers, and champions of children’s and disability rights. Some will be existing partners and LIPs and others will be new. New partnerships will be formed with Catholic Sister organizations, additional transitioning CCIs, and disability-focused organizations. The funding available through the IFS funding will help CTWWC to enhance, deepen, and scale work in strengthening families who are reintegrating with children and youth coming out of residential care, and families at risk of separation. 

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Project Manager – Program  Quality, the SPO – Partnership and Organization Capacity Building will manage, oversee, and monitor activities and targets associated with partnership strengthening, organizational capacity of local implementing partners (LIPs) and transitioning Charitable Children Institutions, facilitate relationships between the LIPs and Department of Children Services (DCS) and other relevant state and non-state partners, advancing CRS’ work serving the poor and vulnerable. Your capacity Strengthening skill and technical knowledge of this sector will ensure that CRS Kenya delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of the CTWWC initiative and guid the initiative towards developing evidence based transitioning and sustainability plans.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical solutions to government partners, Local Implementing Partners, remotely and on-site, for strategic planning and how to best apply standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools, and M&E, helping to ensure high-quality implementation.
  • Provide capacity strengthening to partners through training, workshops facilitated group interactions as well as accompaniment through regular communication to support the successful implementation of system strengthening project activities across implementing partners.
  • Work together with GOK bodies, UNICEF Kenya, development partners, and other key stakeholders to support the strengthening of key government systems at the national and county levels to facilitate implementation of National Care reform strategy.
  • Identify/adapt and promote specialized evidence-based organizational capacity strengthening tools, methods, or approaches that DCS/LIPs/Children Charitable Institutions (CCIs) can use or improve upon to address identified capacity gaps or support transitioning of care.
  • Identify/adapt and promote sustainable evidence-based organizational capacity strengthening tools, methods, or approaches that the LIPs can use or improve upon to address identified capacity gaps or areas in need of improvement for CSO/CBO and networks to better support families and household graduation/transition and strengthen a care reform social service system
  • Lead designing and implementation of evidence-based sustainability models including investment cases and redirection of resources.
  • Coordinate and monitor strategies and material resources relevant to achieve the assigned project outcome. Through planning and oversight ensure efficient use of project resources.
  • Ensure sustainable social change is attained through partnerships with a wide array of organizations church, nonprofits, host governments, international agencies, and others working to achieve CTWWC core objectives of improved welfare and wellbeing of children without parental care or at risk.
  • Review project documentation to ensure the project file is complete with all required documentation and is filed per agency and donor requirements.

Required Languages – Able to communicate in written and spoken English

Travel- Up to 50% of the time to CTWW/IFS project sites

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Analysis and problem-solving skills with the ability to make sound judgment
  • Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners
  • Knowledge of capacity strengthening best practices.
  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented
  • Attention to details, accuracy, and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with partners, participatory action planning, and community engagement.
  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data.

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory Responsibilities:  None

Internal: CTWWC/IFS leadership, CTWWC/IFS program staff.

External: Private Sector Providers, Community, LIPs, and relevant GOK departments

 

Qualifications

 

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Social Work, Business Administration or Organizational Management or Leadership, or equivalent
  • Minimum of 4 years of professional experience, with 2 years in organizational development and provision of technical assistance to the government, NGOs, care reform, protection and/or CBOs, and the field of community services delivery.
  • Experience in partnership strengthening with a focus on vulnerable populations especially orphans and vulnerable children, youth, and women.
  • Experience in sustainability plans and models
  • Experience working with stakeholders at various levels including but not limited to State and County government actors, LIPs, civil society, care providers, and social service providers.
  • Experience in project design and proposal development. Experience in writing content for proposals.
  • Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.
  • Demonstrated commitment to respect, equity, diversity and inclusion including gender equality.

Agency-wide Competencies

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.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

Leadership and Management Competencies

  • Communicates strategically under pressure
  • Manages stress and complexity
  • Actively promotes safety and security
  • Manages and implements high-quality program activities

Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.


What we offer:

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.

CRS’ emphasis on family values supports benefits, including maternity and paternity leave, policies that promote exclusive breastfeeding, the availability of a baby room at the office, and flexible working hours where possible.

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.


CRS Kenya strives to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come and work, stay, and do their best.

CRS provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, sex, age, marital status, physical or mental disability or handicap, medical condition and any other status protected by law. As an equal opportunity employer, CRS will recruit, hire, train and promote persons solely on their qualifications and abilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.


By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics.

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