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USAID KCHPF Technical Manager, 4Children Job Placement - Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Organization: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Funding Source: United States Agency for International Development (USAID )
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: 4Children Uganda Project Director

About US:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-profit organization which implements 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.

About USAID 4Children Project:
Initiated in September 2014, 4Children is a USAID-funded consortium of organizations led by CRS with partners IntraHealth, Maestral, Pact International, Plan International USA and Westat. The project aims in part to strengthen and build the evidence base for effective orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) programming through research and evaluation. Working with a team of leading experts in child protection and OVC, the overall 4Children initiative will design and implement assessments, evaluations and other special studies of new and ongoing projects and portfolios.  In Uganda, 4Children includes Keeping Children in Healthy and Protective Families (KCHPF), which is an operational research project funded through the USAID Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF) that will support the reintegration of approximately 600 children living in residential care facilities back into family-based care in order to evaluate the impact of a package of family support interventions on successful reintegration.

Job Summary: The KCHPF Technical Manager will be responsible for providing high-level social welfare and child protection technical guidance as well as program oversight and quality assurance to the KCHPF team. The Technical Manager will provide technical guidance and oversight to all social welfare and child protection local implementing partners, including on the implementation of child safeguarding policies. The incumbent will actively  promote the coordination and collaboration between 4Children and CRS projects in-country. In addition, the Technical Manager will liaise and collaborate with the 4Children global team on all technical aspects related to 4Children’s work in Uganda.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Project Quality:
·         Ensure that project design and execution is in line with the projects’ technical approach and donor-approved work plan and that project objectives and results meet expected technical quality standards
·         Support the planning of project activities and ensure technical adherence to international social welfare and child protection standards, documented best practices and relevant donor guidelines, both by project staff and implementing partners.
·         Support 4Children implementing partners to establish and implement child safeguarding policies that meet USAID safeguarding regulations and CRS’ policies on the protection of vulnerable children and adults. Ensure safeguarding mechanisms are active and effective throughout project duration.
·         Work in close collaboration with the 4Children team, identify staff and partner needs for technical assistance and capacity building in a timely manner, develop scopes of work (SoW), and provide supervision to any technical assistance resources hired by the project.
·Ensure key changes in program direction and focus are done in consultation with the 4Children global team, CRS Uganda Head of Programs and relevant 4Children Consortium focal points.
·         Work in close collaboration with project staff, provide guidance and technical oversight to implementing partners, government entities, and other collaborating agencies to ensure that project objectives are achieved to the highest technical standards.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning:
·         The incumbent will support the in-country management of the KCHPF research component by liaising regularly with the KCHPF Research and Learning Advisor, Westat, and the local research partner to ensure quality data collection and analysis follow expected child protection standards.
·         Work closely with 4Children Uganda Program Officers and MEAL staff as well as implementing partner staff to ensure that project monitoring data are used and analyzed as the basis for process documentation, program planning, learning and orientation and program performance measurement.
·         Actively contribute to the development of required donor project narrative reports, quarterly performance data, as well as other reports needed/required by the local government, donors, the CRS regional office or headquarters.
·         Support the identification, documentation and dissemination of project results in various forms, including media stories, lessons learned, case studies, etc., and support programming learning exchanges among United States Government (USG) implementing partners, Government of Uganda entities and other programs both within and outside of Uganda.
Partnership and Representation:
·         Work closely with USAID/Uganda and Government of Uganda authorities, particularly in relation to programmatic matters.
·         Actively engage 4Children consortium partners as well as local implementing and research partners as appropriate, during key stages in the project cycle for their insights on the appropriateness of program approaches and interventions and to support program quality.
·         Build and manage dynamic partnerships with the GoU, project implementing partners, other USG development projects, civil society, learning institutions, UN agencies, and the donor community in Uganda and externally as need arises.
Management and Administration: Take part in the recruitment of project staff and the selection and coordination of consultants, and support to project implementing partners as needed on project- related recruitment.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·         The ideal candidate for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) KCHPF Technical Manager, 4Children job opportunity should hold a Master’s degree in Sociology, Social Work, Public Health, International Development, or a related field.
·         At least eight years’ experience in programs focused on social welfare systems strengthening, OVC and/or child protection programming; experience with family strengthening programs, case management approaches and social welfare workforce capacity development strongly preferred.
·         Broad knowledge and technical capacity in child protection programming, including an understanding of the issues facing separated children and families in vulnerable contexts;
·         Previous exposure and experience with capacity building - particularly of local implementing partners - as well as working in partnership or consortia
·         Knowledge of national government institutions and previous experience of working and collaborating with national government institutions.
·         Strong critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and organizational skills.
·         Strong written and verbal communication skills in native-level English required.
·         Computer literacy i.e. proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
·         Ability to travel within Uganda on a regular basis (estimated at a minimum of 30 percent).
·         Willingness to travel outside of Uganda to attend conferences, workshops or other related activities.
·         Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff): Serves with Integrity, Models Stewardship, Cultivates Constructive Relationships, Promotes Learning

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested Ugandan candidates are encouraged to send their cover letters, CVs and three work references (names and contact information only) to ug_recruitment@crs.org.

Deadline: 6th September 2016

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