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Posted 2 February 2018 at 04:39

Country Representative, Mali

  Catholic Relief Services

15 Février 2018


Job Announcement

CRS is looking for qualified, aligned and compelling candidates to join our agency and support our great work.

Applications are submitted following email address: with the subject: "Application for the position of CR Mali".

Job Description

Location: Mali/Bamako

Position Status Regular

Position Type Full Time

Job Band: E

FLSA: Exempt

Reports To: Regional Director

Length of Assignment: Three to five years

About CRS:

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.

CRS began working in Mali in 1999, as an outreach program from Burkina Faso. Since then, CRS Mali has expanded its work and currently implements 16 projects funded by the Global Fund, USAID, USDA, CDC, the European Union, the UN, Foundations, among others. With offices in Bamako, Mopti, Timbuktu and Gao, CRS Mali employs more than 200 staff and works with a expansive network of national, international, and Malian government partners. CRS Mali's FY18 approved budget is $18.4 million and in FY17 the country program directly reached 2.2 million poor and conflict affected Malians.

Job Background/ Summary

As CRS Country Representative for Mali you will be responsible for overall leadership and management of the country office, including stewardship of agency resources, projects, and personnel. The Country Representative is CRS' principal representative to the Catholic Church in Mali, the Government of Mali, donors, international organizations and peers, and local civil society organizations. Given the complex security environment, the CR carries overall responsibility for staff safety and security. S/he will be responsible for the overall coordination and direction of the country program; provide necessary coaching and supervision for department managers directly under his or her supervision; ensure high quality program design and implementation; ensure efficient management of public grants and private funds for compliance and strong reporting; and provide oversight of the financial management systems.

Primary Functions


Provide leadership at the country program level to ensure staff continue to own and work towards the long-term vision and strategies of CRS.

Develop strategies to ensure strong representation to the Church, United States Government, third party Governments (Norway, Canada, etc), local government representatives and authorities, international organizations, other donors, international and national PVOs, and other appropriate networks.

Operate effectively in a UN Peacekeeping Operation environment, including upholding humanitarian principles while also attending Humanitarian Country Team and other UN led coordination efforts

Develop and maintain strong partnerships with local implementing partners such as the Church, other local and international agencies, INGO network organizations, and Caritas sister agencies.

Seek and pursue opportunities to raise the profile of the work of CRS and its partners, as well as the needs and challenges of our beneficiaries.


Responsible for the effective operation and functions of program quality/technical assistance, finance, material resource management, growth, administration, information technology, and audit.

Ensure that CRS Mali adheres to agency policies and procedures and that those policies and procedures are understood by all Staff.

Ensure compliance with CRS and donor administrative and financial requirements.

HR Management and Staff Development:

Supervises Head of Programming, Head of Operations, Business Development Coordinator and Internal Auditor.

Stay abreast of staff morale and nurture well-being especially in a context of harsh conditions and poor security in the Center and North of the country.

Oversee the management, coaching and development of national and international staff to build cadre of skilled and committed personnel.

Ensure ethnic diversity and gender balance in recruitment practices; build and retain a cadre of competent, motivated, and committed personnel.

Staff Safety & Security Management:

Overall responsible of all CRS Mali staff and asset safety and security. Supervise the security manager, and ensure his team of 3 staff develops, mainstreams, updates and ensures adherence to CRS Mali field operational protocols and procedures.

Management of all critical incidents (field accidents, office or GH safety, terrorist attacks, etc) including appropriate response to emergency situations as they arise, in collaboration with RTA Security, and local stakeholders such as INSO, UNDSS, US Embassy or OCHA.

Keep security, evacuation and contingency plans current and revise annually or as necessary and ensure adherence by all CRS staff. Assess and update Mali International Staff and Visitor safety and security protocol.

Attend relevant high-level security information meetings, including held by INSO and USG OSAC


Ensure open and honest communications and encourage principles of a just workplace.

Maintain a healthy and empowering office environment that encourages transparency and honest communication between CRS staff and partners.

Ensure positive and productive communication with the Cardinal, Episcopal Conference and with the dioceses.

Ensure open and transparent communications with regional management staff, regional technical advisors, other CRs in the WARO region, and HQ departmental staff.

Strategic Direction, Program Quality and Growth:

Carry the CRS Mali strategy forward, and ensure it is updated in a participatory manner to continue alignment with the new agency strategy

Oversee short- and medium-term strategic direction for implementation of high quality programs.

Work closely with the HOP and the BD Coordinator to identify, position for, plan and capture new opportunities to reach more Malians each year. Lead on donor engagement and influencing.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

Master's degree in International Development, International Relations or a related field.

10 or more years' experience managing complex relief and development programs.

Demonstrated experience successfully managing a variety of complex, high-value projects from multiple international donors, including USAID, DFID, and UN agencies; understanding of relevant donor regulations. Familiarity with West Africa a plus.

Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Experience working with Church partners and negotiating with high level government officials and stakeholders.

Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching and mentoring senior program staff.

Ability to represent the agency at high levels with USAID, EU, Global Fund, etc.

Familiarity and/or appreciation of the social teachings of the Catholic Church and its structure; ability to work well within this framework

Personal Skills

Strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture. Ability to make sound judgments, problem solve and take decisions with the agency's interest in mind are critical.

Must be highly emotionally intelligent, be humble and committed to Church partnership

Excellent relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.

Team leadership abilities with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams. Should have a coaching mindset, to lead through empowerment and building autonomy of direct reports.

Strong disposition towards staff safety and experience managing insecurity.

Good communications and presentation skills; able to develop tailored and persuasive messaging for varied audiences.

Commitment to the Agency's mission and strategy

Timely, proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

Required/Desired Foreign Language: Fluency in English, advanced French proficiency required

Travel Required: 25% within the country, with several trips outside the country each year

Key Working Relationships

Internal: WARO Regional Director, WARO DRD MQ and WARO DRDPQ, WARO RFO and WARO BDM; WARO Regional technical advisors, HQ OO Directors, HQ departments, HR Baltimore.

External: Catholic Church officials and agencies, local NGO and INGO partner organizations, host country government agencies, donor agencies, international and national non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, foreign governments.

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.

Trusting Relationships

Professional Growth



Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

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