Project Manager

at Catholic Relief Services
Published March 27, 2022
Location Mogadishu, Somalia
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 and peacebuilding.


CRS has worked in Somalia since 1964. Over the years, CRS’ focus shifted from direct Humanitarian, relief and recovery programming and works with partners and enhances local capacity. CRS programs now supports communities affected by humanitarian crises in south Central Somalia



Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has been working closely with and channelling resources and support to local organizations in Somalia since the 1960s and has implemented activities in Mogadishu since 2011, in Baidoa since 2012, and in Gedo region since 2014 with OFDA, FFP and other foundation and private donor funding. More than 350,000 people have benefited from CRS’ programs in Somalia since 2011. Currently CRS Somalia is leading SHARPEN III, in partnership with Save Somalia Women and Children (SSWC), SOS Somalia and TROCAIRE (BHA, 12 months, 7,650,000 USD, South Central Somalia, WASH, Health, Protection and Nutrition).


Following three failed rainy seasons and some of the lowest rainfall in 40 years, Somalia’s drought is dangerously escalating, with the Federal Government of Somalia declaring a state of emergency in November 2021. Since December 2021, the situation has significantly worsened, with 4.3 million people experiencing moderate to extreme drought conditions. CRS has secured private funding for a drought response, focusing on water provision, hygiene promotion activities and multipurpose cash assistance. Together with its partner Save Somali Women & Children (SSWC), CRS will implement these activities in Kahda, Daynile and Dharkinley districts of Banadir region. CRS will be prepositioning to expand the drought response with other donors, with a possible expansion of activities through SHARPEN III.


Job Summary:


You will manage programming in the Country Program (CP) for drought response, providing technical and management oversight of the emergency response, inclusive of multipurpose cash assistance (MPCA) and Water and Hygiene (WASH) activities, designing and implementing projects advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable. Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its programming.


Roles and Key Responsibilities:


  • Manage and implement all activities throughout relevant project cycles – assessments, project design, start-up, implementation and close-out - to ensure efficient and effective implementation in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices. Ensure project team staff use the appropriate systems and tools.


  • Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of project staff, and complete performance management for direct reports.


  • Champion learning with project staff. Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.


  • Act as a key resource person in project design and proposal development in respective programming area (Emergency WASH and Cash), gap-filling and taking on growth responsibilities, as needed.


  • Coordinate the identification of staff capacity and technical assistance needs and capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.


  • Coordinate and monitor financial, material and human resources relevant to project needs and quality implementation. Through planning and oversight ensure efficient use of project resources.


  • Engage and strengthen relevant partnerships, applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.


  • Coordinate with other WASH and cash actors including through participation in relevant clusters and working groups. Ensure CRS approaches (targeting, modalities, transfer values, etc.) are aligned with recommendation and with other actors.


Basic Qualifications


  • Master's Degree in International Development, International Relations or relevant field. Additional experience may substitute for some education.


  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant field-based experience in coordinating or managing light to moderately complex projects required, preferably with an international NGO.


Required Languages – English and Somali language abilities required.


Travel - Position will be based in Mogadishu, Somalia. Must be willing and able to travel up to 30% to project locations, as security conditions permit.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities **


  • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.


  • Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups.


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports.


  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented.


  • Demonstrated commitment to respect, equity, diversity and inclusion including gender equality


Preferred Qualifications


  • Project management experience in cash/livelihoods programming is highly desirable.


  • Experience contributing to the development of technical proposals.


  • MEAL skills and experience preferred.


  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.


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.



Continuous Improvement & Innovation

Builds Relationships

Develops Talent

Strategic Mindset

Accountability & Stewardship

Supervisory Responsibilities


The Drought Emergency Program Manager will have two direct reports: a WASH Project Officer and MEAL Officer (who will have a dotted line to the MEAL Manager).


Key Working Relationships:


Internal: Emergency Coordinator, Head of Office, Program Managers, Senior Project Officer-Protection, MEAL Manager, Grants & Compliance Officer, Administrative Assistant, Deputy Finance Manager (Kenya), Kenya/Somalia Risk & Compliance Manager, HRD and regional technical advisors.


External: Implementing Partner (Save Somali Women & Children (SSWC) and possible other NGOs) staff, key coordination forums.


How to apply

If your qualifications and experience meet this job requirements, please submit a written application, quoting the job title and reference number, and updated CV including daytime contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references to reach the below mentioned. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.


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