EMPOWER West Africa Emergency Program Quality and Business Development At CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES

Job Description

Position : EMPOWER West Africa Emergency Program Quality and Business DevelopmentJob Summary: 

The EMPOWER West Africa Emergency Program Quality and Business DevelopmentTechnical Advisor I (Emergency PQ and BD TA) will provide technical advice and accompaniment to local organizations participating in the EMPOWER West Africa program on a range of program design and implementation issues in the area of emergency response program design, business development and proposal writing, and project and budget management.  You will support participating organizations to strengthen their institutional capacity for humanitarian response programming, informed by CRS program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. As a part of the EMPOWER team, you will support local national organizations to achieve their institutional objectives for humanitarian response management.


Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical assistance and lead capacity strengthening activities for EMPOWER West Africa Local Humanitarian Actors (LHAs) on emergency business development and emergency response program quality and management. Capacity strengthening may be achieved through remote or on-site trainings, workshops, learning events, peer-to-peer exchanges, simulations, coaching, and on-the-job training.
  • Provide capacity strengthening in resource mobilization including capture planning for diverse private and public donors.
  • Provide capacity strengthening in proposal design and writing to participating organizations.  Contribute to, and in some cases lead, the development of the technical design for proposals.  Support the process of preparation, design, review, revision, submission and approval of project concepts and full-fledged proposals. As needed, act as a technical writer on proposal development teams. Advise participating organizations’ proposal teams on integrating donor strategies, priorities and technical requirements.
  • Provide capacity strengthening on multisectoral and rapid needs assessments, market assessments and response analysis.  As needed/requested, directly support the design, training, and implementation of assessments and analysis.
  • Provide capacity strengthening on protection and gender mainstreaming and safeguarding in emergency responses, including Feedback, Complaints and Response Mechanisms (FCRM).
  • Provide capacity strengthening on emergency program management throughout the project cycle including project design, planning, start-up, implementation, budget management, MEAL, reporting and close-out, to ensure efficient and effective implementation informed by CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Assume a direct support, management or leadership role during emergency responses via remote or on-site secondment to participating organizations, as needed/requested.
Required profile for job ad : EMPOWER West Africa Emergency Program Quality and Business DevelopmentQUALIFICATIONS

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in International Development, International Relations or related field required.
  • A bachelor’s degree with significant relevant work experience may replace the requirement for a master’s degree.
  • Minimum of three years relevant work experience with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of two years relevant field-based experience in complex emergencies in partnership with local humanitarian actors.
  • Knowledge of technical principles and concepts in emergency program management and business development. General knowledge of other related disciplines such as local organization capacity strengthening, food security and market-based approaches, protection mainstreaming, safeguarding and MEAL to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and write high quality technical proposals.

Required Languages

  • English and French oral and written language proficiency required, with excellent English writing skills and capable of conducting trainings, writing reports and proposals, holding meetings, conducting interviews and communicating with Local Humanitarian Actors in both English and French.
  • Knowledge of West African languages or Portuguese a plus.
  • Travel– Willingness and ability to travel internationally up to 50% of time (6 months out of the year).
  • Willingness and ability to deploy quickly to support responses to rapid onset emergencies, when necessary, primarily within West Africa but may include opportunities to deploy to other regions as agency needs dictate.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings
  • Excellent strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to ability to quickly adapt technical guidance to any given operating environment
  • Knowledge of capacity strengthening best practices and partnership principles.
  • Extremely flexible and able to cope with stressful situations in emergency environments
  • Proactive, resourceful, results and service-oriented
  • Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills including remote and online settings

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidates from/presently based in the West Africa region are highly preferred.
  • Experience in establishing and implementing community based FCRM and knowledge of technical principles, concepts and international standards in safeguarding, protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) and protection mainstreaming in humanitarian response highly preferred.
  • Experienced trainer/teacher of adults and multi-cultural groups, in both in-person and virtual settings.
  • MEAL and ICT4D skills and experience a plus
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.
Job criteria for job ad : EMPOWER West Africa Emergency Program Quality and Business Development
Job category :
Health and social professions
Industries :
Associative activities
Social, public and human services
Employment type :
Permanent contract – Fixed-term contract
Region :
Ashanti – Brong Ahafo – Central – Eastern – Greater Accra – Northern – Upper East – Upper West – Volta – Western
Experience level :
5 to 10 years
Educational level :
Key Skills :