Local Leadership and Partnership Capacity Strengthening Advisor

Local Leadership and Partnership Capacity Strengthening Advisor

  • Post Date:October 14, 2021
  • Apply Before: October 20, 2021
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  • Career Level Other
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 5-10 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States of America. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance, and peacebuilding. Registered in Zimbabwe under the PVO Act, certificate number 6/2002, CRS has been supporting program activities in Zimbabwe since 1989 and has long-standing relationships with Church and non-Church partners and communities throughout the country. Zimbabwe program implements projects through 14 partner organizations in 30 districts in the areas of health, OVC, education, food security and agricultural livelihoods, and peacebuilding

Country background

CRS has been supporting program activities in Zimbabwe since 1989 and has long-standing relationships with Church and non-Church partners and communities throughout the country. Zimbabwe program implements projects through 14 partner organizations in 30 districts in the areas of health, OVC, education, food security and agricultural livelihoods, and peacebuilding.

Job summary

The Local Leadership and Capacity Strengthening Advisor serves as the lead staff for all aspects of partnership and capacity strengthening in the country, including Strategy Leadership, Communication and Relationship Management, and Coordination. S/he serves as primary liaison between CRS and its partners and is responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships. S/he supports projects or components of projects that are focused on capacity strengthening. S/he is responsible for ensuring partnership and capacity strengthening tools, including the Memorandum of Understanding, Partnership Reflections, Partnership Scorecard, etc. are developed and applied appropriately and in keeping with CRS standards and best practice. S/he is a resource person for CRS and partner staff engaged in joint programs and/or other partnership activities, to ensure partnerships are effective and mutually beneficial.

Job responsibilities

Strategy leadership

  • Provide overall leadership of partnership strategy and related initiatives, including the application of CRS’ Partnership Principles;
  • Provide strategic leadership in the development, identification and dissemination of standardized approaches and best practices to implement the strategy;
  • Ensure the application of specific methodologies, including partnership reflections and scorecards, designed to ensure the appropriateness and quality of the partnership strategy;
  • Identify potential new partners through the use of CRS tools, including partner mappings and assessments;
  • Serve as primary liaison with regional and HQ-based partnership/capacity strengthening staff, ensuring efforts are integrated with agency strategy, best practices are being applied, and success stories are shared;
  • Coordinate with peer/donor agencies, especially Catholic agencies, in their partnership and institution-strengthening efforts, working to ensure complementarity of effort.

Communication and relationship management

  • Support the development and adoption of a common language around partnership, capacity strengthening and institution strengthening among CRS and partner staff;
  • Ensure the effective sharing of information, including key decisions, status updates, successes, and challenges, with the appropriate people within CRS and partners (in keeping with situational demands and the requirements of established agreements);
  • Identify and apply effective communication methods (meetings, bulletins, presentations, reports, etc.) to ensure regular and effective communication is maintained;
  • Identify concerns of significance related to partnerships and/or partner implemented projects, and work to address them, ensuring they are brought to the attention of Country Representative and other senior management as needed;
  • Ensure completion and dissemination of reports/documentation of partnership initiatives in keeping with established requirements.

Capacity strengthening

  • Work with key staff to develop a strategy for capacity strengthening and leadership development for partners;
  • Work with staff of relevant program, finance, and operations sectors, to develop/ adapt and provide training, tools, etc. for targeted CRS and partner staff;
  • Support partnership-related groups, including advisory committees, task forces, etc., ensuring meetings are held, information is shared, and action plans are implemented and tracked;
  • Work with partners to apply relevant tools (Holistic Organizational Capacity Assessment Implement — HOCAI , Sub Recipient Financial Management Policy — SRFMP, etc.), to help identify capacity and institution strengthening needs, develop corresponding strategies, and monitor implementation;
  • As part of SRFMP oversight, advise program, finance, and other operations staff on assisting partners to be compliant with donor regulations, reporting requirements, etc;
  • Support and lead monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) activities and processes, including partner and project site visits when appropriate;
  • Strengthen all stages of project cycle, including design and development, planning, implementation, MEAL, budget tracking and reporting.

Church partnership

  • Ensure CRS staff have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to work collaboratively and effectively with Church partners;
  • Provide CRS staff with needed support to understand and follow Protocol for Relations with Church Partners and other relevant tools designed to strengthen Church partnerships;
  • Oversee and support the appropriate and timely application of tools and guidance with Church partners, including Memoranda of Understanding, Partner Reflections, etc.

Education and experience

  • University degree in development, project management, business, organizational development, non-formal education, psychology, or public administration;
  • Master’s degree preferred;
  • Minimum of eight years of experience in project management, within international organizations or the private sector, including: management of human resources, project activities and/or budgets;
  • Minimum of three years of experience with partnership activities and institutional strengthening, preferably with a religious partner;
  • Experience with capacity building, including training and mentoring as well as developing training materials;
  • Experience in Institution Strengthening, including developing and/or improving business processes, policies, and procedures.

Personal skills

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, representation, and networking skills;
  • Strong capacity to facilitate collaboration between partners and different departments (programs, finance, etc.);
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills;
  • Strong leadership, advisory and negotiation skills;
  • Strong understanding of the Catholic Church history, mission, vision, and its internal structures;
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully in cross-disciplinary teams as well as working independently;
  • Proven ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Travel required: (Ability to travel 30% of time to field locations)
Supervisory: None but may be required to supervise other partnership and capacity strengthening staff

Key working relationships

Internal: All staff working on capacity strengthening and partnerships; staff involved in SRFMP, Country Representative, SARO local leadership and capacity strengthening working groups, HQ based capacity strengthening staff
External: Partners, the church, donor community, Government of Zimbabwe central and local government

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

To apply

Interested candidates should submit their application letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae that includes the names and email addresses of three traceable references to The Country Representative at the following email address: [email protected]

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Applications should be clearly marked with the position applied for, i.e, “Local Leadership and Partnership Capacity Strengthening Advisor” in the email subject line.

CRS does not charge application fees or processing fees to potential applicants or any fee throughout the recruitment process. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. CRS 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.
By applying for this job, the candidate understands and acknowledges that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect. Further, s/he understands that if successful, s/he will be subjected to a comprehensive background check, and personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate the candidate’s behaviors related to safeguarding-related topics. CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Deadline: 19 October 2021