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.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of the most populous, vast, and resource rich countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Decades of conflict and other challenges over the past decades have left the Congo with an 80 percent poverty rate, an annual per capita income of just over $120, inadequate social and health services, and weak governmental institutions. Given its fragility and weak institutions, the country is susceptible to health crises, including recent outbreaks of Ebola, measles, cholera and COVID-19.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. CRS has operated in the DRC since 1961, successfully implementing programs in nutrition, agriculture livelihoods, emergency, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), health, microfinance, and peacebuilding throughout the country. CRS/DRC currently has around 180 staff operating out of 6 offices in Kinshasa, Goma (North Kivu), Kananga (Kasai Central), Mbuji Mayi (Kasai Oriental), Kalemie (Tanganyika), and Bukavu (South Kivu).
You will manage and provide technical oversight of the development and imple mentation of Country Program (CP) sanitation programming, particularly for a large and complex proposed project in central and eastern DRC, ensuring effective systems and processes are in place that support high-quality programming advancing 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 WASH programming.
Pending a successful bid for this award, as the Private Sector Development and Finance Advisor you will be responsible for sanitation private sector development and financing aspects of a proposed multi-year project seeking to drive supply and demand for sanitation products services and create an enabling environment for improved sanitation marketing in rural and peri-urban areas of the D.R. Congo. The project will likely focus on North Kivu, South Kivu, Kasai Oriental, Kasai Central and Lomami provinces.
The Private Sector Advisor will design and implement needs-driven and evidence-based activities, adhering to CRS program quality standards and employing best practices from CRS programming. S/he will provide technical expertise on private sector development issues and developing activities to drive supply and demand for sanitation products and services in rural and peri-urban settings. S/he will also analyze growth opportunities and bottlenecks in the sanitation private sector and linkages with the public sector surrounding their contribution to regulation and standardization of sanitation services. Serve as a point of contact for private sector development and financing to the donor as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders, when needed.
Roles and Key Responsibilities:
- Provide management, guidance, and technical oversight of a sanitation program throughout the project cycle to ensure project design, start-up, implementation and close-out are in line with CRS quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices.
- Effectively manage talent for a sanitation program and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance management for direct reports.
- Lead the development of program learning - identify opportunities for learning, research and publications in the area of private sector engagement and sanitation and implementation of MEAL policy. Facilitate the dissemination of promising practices and lessons learned to contribute to the agency knowledge management agenda. Ensure integration of innovations and best practices.
- Oversee technical assistance and capacity strengthening activities in sanitation private sector engagement and financing for staff and partner organizations to enhance program quality and impact.
- Oversee the identification, assessment and strengthening of partnerships relevant to sanitation and private sector engagement and the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
- Ensure timely and appropriate project expenditures in line with financial plans and efficient use and stewardship of project material sources.
- Contribute to ensuring the CRS program quality standards are adhered to per MEAL policy and procedures.
- Master's Degree in Finance, International Development, International Relations, WASH, environmental or civil engineering, public health, business administration, governance, or relevant field. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience in relevant field-based project management experience required, with preferably at least 2-3 years’ experience in the private sector or providing technical assistance to improve private sector performance and financing.
- Experience in managing moderately complex projects preferably with an international NGO.
- Recognized technical experience and qualifications in sanitation financing and/or private sector development. Demonstrated experience of successful private sector partnership development/financing, preferably in sanitation.
Required Languages – English, French
Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 30%. The position will be located in Goma, Mbuji Mayi or other city depending on final geographic coverage of the program.
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.
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