Chief of Party II – Agriculture
Requisition Number: I1037
Area of Interest: Agriculture
Position Type: Full Time
This position is contingent upon approval
of donor funding.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an
organization supporting relief and
development work in over 99 countries
around the world. CRS programs assist
persons on the basis of need, regardless of
creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works
through local church and non-church
partners to implement its programs.
Therefore, strengthening and building the
capacity of these partner organizations is
fundamental to our approach in every
country in which CRS operates. CRS re-
established its presence in Nigeria in 2000
and currently focuses on agriculture,
governance, peacebuilding and Health/HIV
CRS/Nigeria is seeking a Chief of Party II
(CoP) in anticipation of a multi-year, $30
million pro-poor agriculture and livelihoods
program funded by USAID. The CoP will be
responsible for overall management of the
program; will provide strategic, technical
and operational leadership to develop and
implement a successful program; and will
represent the program to USAID and the
Government of Nigeria on behalf of CRS/
Nigeria. The CoP will report to the Head of
Programs and will maintain close liaison
with relevant Regional Technical Advisors
and the CRS All Africa Agriculture Team. The
CoP will ensure adherence to CRS technical
and program quality standards in
implementation and the timely submission
of all required deliverables to USAID.
A. Program Quality:
COP will ensure program’s strategic
objectives and results are fully
accomplished and meet expected technical
Ensure that vision and plans for the
program are innovative and are in line with
CRS agency and country program
Oversee periodic technical reviews and
manage changes in program direction and
COP will provide guidance and technical
oversight to partners and other
collaborating agencies to ensure that
lessons of sound practice are documented
Oversee program’s monitoring and
evaluation system, using data analysis as
the basis for measuring performance.
Ensure that M&E learning is incorporated
into evolving program plans. Collaborate
with Regional and Headquarters technical
staff to identify and implement appropriate
ICT4D solutions to improve timeliness and
quality of M&E and project implementation.
Ensure integration of program
interventions with other CRS programs or
through linkages with other service
Ensure effective gender-mainstreaming in
both programming and management
aspects of implementation.
With program staff, ensure the delivery of
quality training, technical assistance and
administrative and financial support to all
partner agencies, including the selection
and coordination of consultants.
Collaborate with the All Africa Agricultural
Team, the Food Security Unit and relevant
Regional Technical Advisors to promote
sharing of learning and identify relevant
B. Management and Administration:
Manage program budgets, including
tracking of financial and material resources.
Ensure accurate and timely management of
program budget and 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
Ensure staff compliance with all CRS
administrative and operational procedures
and policies, as well as applicable donor
Approve program expenditures, budget
adjustments, and cost modification
requests to donors.
C. Representation and Advocacy:
In collaboration with CRS/Nigeria Country
Representative (CR), act as primary program
contact to donor and other local and
international stakeholders, responsible for
addressing all program matters.
In collaboration with CR and Head of
Programs, strengthen linkages with
existing and potential partner agencies.
In collaboration with Head of Programs,
oversee program communication
strategies, including compliance with
donor’s branding and marketing
requirements, as well as CRS marketing and
D. Human Resource Management:
Lead, manage and supervise a team of
technical experts, CRS/NG 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
Manage recruitment portfolio for the
program, in collaboration with Human
Resources and CRS country program
management, to ensure optimum service
delivery through recruitment of competent
and qualified staff.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Technical
team, consortium staff.
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS
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
Serves with Integrity
Cultivates Constructive Relationships
Qualifications and Skills:
Advance degree in agriculture, agricultural
economics, economics, business, or a
Minimum 15 years of international
development experience managing and
implementing multi-faceted agricultural
development programs in developing
countries. Livelihoods, MYAP, food security
or related experience also acceptable.
Previous COP experience highly preferred.
Minimum 10 years managing large and
complex USG-funded programs required.
USAID experience preferred; at least 4 years
in a field based position.
An in depth understanding of the pro-poor
value chains in Nigerian context, and
experience managing value chain projects
addressing the vulnerable households.
Demonstrated success in designing and
introducing activities that transfer
Experience with participatory methods and
partnerships required. Demonstrated
capacity and experience with institutional
strengthening of local civil society and
Knowledge of key USG regulations
including, but not limited to USAID 22 CF
Part 226 Administration of Assistance
Awards to U.S. Non-Governmental
Organizations, 22 CFR Part 145 Grants and
Agreements with Non-Profits, OMB Circulars
A-122, Cost principles for non-profit
organizations and A-133 Audit of states,
local governments, and non-profits
Proven leadership and inter-personal skills
and ability to build and motivate diverse
and talented teams.
Proven experience in building and
maintaining institutional linkages required.
Demonstrated commitment to improving
gender equality and gender responsiveness
in programming and operations.
Cultural sensitivity, patience and flexibility.
Demonstrated personal accountability and
driven to serve others.
Understanding of and experience with
faith-based organizations, local church
structures, and accompaniment and
capacity-building principles in local
partnerships highly desired.
Ability to travel nationally and
internationally as required.
Excellent English language oral and written
communication skills required.
Nigerian nationals encouraged to apply.
Job Categories: Job Vacancies in Nigeria.
Job Types: Full-Time.
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