Country Representative-Malawi

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Job Description

Job Summary:

The Country Representative (CR) is responsible for managing and advancing the mission and objectives of CRS within the country. S/he provides strategic leadership for staff, programs and partnerships. The CR is also responsible for advancing CRS’ reputation and impact within the country and for monitoring and mitigating risks and liabilities.

Position Scope and Scale:

CRS has been operating in Malawi for over 25 years and has long-standing relationships with Church, international and local partners, private sector, local and donor governments, and vulnerable communities throughout the country. The Malawi country program is advancing an agenda of reaching transformation at scale in the areas of food security and resilience, landscape restoration, and resilient housing; in addition to other programs in inclusive value chains and private sector engagement, youth employment and entrepreneurship, social protection, early child development and health systems strengthening. In recent years, CRS has partnered with a range of institutional donors including USAID, UNICEF, UNDP and a series of private and foundational donors. The country program also has cultivated some valued partnerships with private sector actors in collaborating toward common objectives.

Personal Skills

  • Results driven;  able to set and achieve ambitious goals and instill confidence
    • Strong interpersonal skills ; able to cultivate strong relationships while working with a wide range of individuals in and outside the agency
    • Strong communications and presentation skills ; able to develop tailored and persuasive messaging for varied audiences
    • Proactive ; willing and able to take on additional responsibility, challenge assumptions and facilitate change
    • Discerning ; able to maintain focus and provide good judgment amidst complexity and uncertainty
    • Develops others;  excellent listener who is able to coach and mentor
    • Aligned ; able to support and champion the mission, vision, and values of CRS
    • Strategic and innovative thinker ; able to formulate guiding questions, leverage resources and find creative solutions

Required/Desired Foreign Language

  • English required, other languages such as Portuguese or French a plus

Travel Required

  • Frequent travel required within the country

Key Working Relationships:

Internal:  Regional Director, Deputy Regional Directors for Program/ Management Quality, Regional Finance Officer, Regional Technical Advisors, Institutional Development & Engagement Dept, Program Innovation & Quality Assurance, Human Resources, Finance, Charitable Giving, Mission & Mobilization.

External:  Government of Malawi, national and local level officials from Catholic Church, US government, various United Nations organizations, other donor governments, implementing partner organizations, as well as key visitors from the USCCB and CRS partner organizations

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in International Development or a relevant field
  • 10 or more years’ experience managing complex relief and development programs
  • Demonstrated experience with USG resources; familiarity with USG regulations
  • Experience managing a variety of complex, high-value projects from multiple international donors

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.

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

Position Specific Competencies:

*Leads toward Strategic Results

*Manages Risk and Complexity

*Represents and Partners Strategically

*Champions Learning and Performance

Emergency Competencies

These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff working in emergencies to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

Communicates strategically under pressure

Manages stress and complexity

Actively promotes safety and security

Manages and implements high-quality emergency programs

***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.

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

Note:  All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm.

CRS welcomes candidates from the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.

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