Program Manager

at Catholic Relief Services
Published September 4, 2022
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  



About CRS


Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. 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, nutrition, youth, and peacebuilding.


Job Summary:


As the Program Manager – PCS you will provide overall leadership to the PCS and Local Leadership (LL) initiative in Kenya and Somalia and be responsible for the overall management of the PCS and LL activities including the quality of programmatic implementation (including monitoring, evaluation, and learning) and administrative/compliance elements of the PCS and LL activities to serve the poor and vulnerable. You will ensure that PCS and LL activities results are achieved on time and on budget, including strategies for phase out and sustainability, and manage the PCS/LL budget. You will coordinate closely across all departments within CRS Kenya and Somalia. You will lead the development of learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and mentoring and coaching. Your advice, knowledge, and support will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive, and innovative CRS’ partnership management and growth is within Kenya and Somalia country programs.


Job Responsibilities:


Lead the development, implementation and consolidation of the PCS and LL activities. Provide oversight for PCS including all aspects of program quality, program management, representation, and human resources. Supports CR in his/her role as the primary point of contact for PCS and LL including engagement with public, private and non-government stakeholders.

Model trust and mutual respect when engaging partners and strengthening partner capacity.

Lead on Development and implementation of PCS workplan based on partner assessments and priorities

Lead the development and adoption of a common language around partnership, and capacity strengthening among CRS and partner staff.

Develop and implement the country program PCS strategy toward strengthening the capacity of the strategic partners as local leaders

Develop new and leverage existing policy relevant evidence to increase funder and policy maker understanding of effective local leadership

Develop and maintain PCS systems, structures and staffing that document local leadership

Build and/or maintain strong and effective relationships between CRS and partners, through the committed application of Partnership Principles and other relevant methods.

Ensure colleagues have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to work collaboratively and effectively with faith-based partners and government partners.

Lead the application of specific methodologies, including partnership reflections and scorecards, designed to ensure the appropriateness and quality of the partnerships.

Lead and mentor others in using CRS capacity assessment tools, accompaniment approaches and capacity strengthening plans that respond to organizational weaknesses.

Lead others on a range of adult learning approaches and their appropriate application for capacity building with partners.

Ensure strategic objectives and results for PCS and LL are accomplished and meet technical quality standards through annual and quarterly activity planning and budget forecasts. Lead quarterly PCS and LL review of implementation plans.

Coordinate with M&E department to oversee the design and implementation of the monitoring and evaluation system, using appropriate PCS and LL forms, procedures, and tools for data collection and analysis as the basis for measuring, documenting and reporting outcomes.

Manage and mitigate risk. Ensure compliance is at a forefront in delivering PCS and LL, including review capacity strengthening of partners to develop budgets, finance and administration, and reporting to their donors.

Coordinate relationships with various CRS Kenya/Somalia departments . Contribute to coordination of roles and activities of staff from these departments in implementation of PCS and LL activities in line with CRS partnership principles. Exert influence without having direct supervision

Create and maintain proper conditions for learning. Establish a safe environment for sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to deficiencies. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for CRS and partner staff and ensure the design and delivery of high quality training and technical assistance.

Required Languages– English Fluency, Knowledge of a main national language.


Travel– Must be willing and able to travel up to 30%. Must be willing to travel to Somalia


Interested candidates can send their CVs

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