Abuja, FCT (Federal Capital Territory), Nigeria (On-site)
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transformÂ lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRSâ relief and development work are accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance, and peacebuilding.
About CRS Nigeria
CRS has been supporting program activities in Nigeria for over 30 years and has long-standing relationships with Church and non-Church partners and communities throughout the country. The Nigeria country program has a diverse funding base with projects in health, nutrition, food security and agricultural livelihoods, microfinance (SILC), emergency response and peacebuilding. CRS/Nigeria currently has over 210 national and eight international staff. With an FY22 annual budget of over USD $100 million, coupled with strong donor interest in supporting CRSâ work in the country, significant growth opportunities exist for the CP. The CP has been supporting emergency activities in the NE states since 2015 with offices in Damaturu, Maiduguri and Yola.
About the Business Development Unit
The Business Development Unit leads the development of competitive, multi-sector and technically complex emergency, recovery, and innovation proposals. The unit leads acquisition, including (i) donor engagement with emphasis on new donors/charities/multilateral relationships; (ii) leadership for concept and proposal development processes; and (iii) development of partnerships with academic, private sector and NGO actors to support competitiveness. The BD Unit also champion CRSâ thought leadership through (i) development of knowledge and communication products; (ii) engagement in Nigeria, regional and international information-sharing and learning forums. The unit also supports the identification, development and scaling of best practices emanating from CPâs Flagship programs, such as THRIVE.
CRS is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual who will support the CPâs Business Development Unit. Principally, the Program Assistant will focus on research, administrative and coordination functions in support of the CPâs grant acquisition efforts. The Program Assistant will support the BD Unit to ensure that CRSâ programs in Nigeria are of quality and represented well to the international community through effective project design, proposal development, and grant handover. Under the direction of the Business Development Specialist, the Program Assistant will work with the Programs and Operations teams, as well as other relevant internal and external stakeholders, in building strategic relationships, supporting the development of new proposals and start-up of new grants.Â
Roles and Responsibilities:
Strategic Positioning Administrative SupportAssist BD Specialist in researching strategic donor information and gathering intelligence regarding impending opportunities. Assist is scheduling donor meetings and following up with key stakeholders. With support from the MarComm Coordinator, assist in planning donor influencing meetings/events.Â Assist the BD Specialist to establish/ strengthen relationships/ linkages and networks with key resilience actors and leading NGOs to gather donor intelligence and build collaborative relationships.
Programming and Proposal Development SupportAssist the BD Specialist in working with operations and finance staff on administrative processes towards developing concept papers and prepare proposals. With the support of BD Specialist, regularly apply learning, emerging innovations, and best practices from project evaluations, field visit reports, project reports across the program, and from other NGOs and donors to new proposals. Assist BD Specialist in identifying and defining funding sources from appropriate public donors to support existing and planned programming activities.
Preferred QualificationsBasic understanding of the aid architecture (Humanitarian funding) Fluency in English Excellent writing skills (especially in English) with a focus on clarity, brevity, and research Public speaking and meeting facilitation skills Excellent knowledge of MS Office, Access, Google Platforms Strong planning and time management skills Work collaboratively with team members when Program development and management. Non-profit fundraising and donor relations.
Travel RequiredÂ (15% local travel)Â
Supervisory Responsibilities:Â none
Key Working Relationships: Implementing Partner, Government, Donor, Clusters
Internal:Â BD Specialist, CoPs, PMs, MarComms Coordinator, MEAL Coordinator, DHOP, Admin Teams, Sector leads.
External : Donors, INGOs, LNGOs
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):Â
Agency competencies clarify expected behaviors and attitudes for all staff. When demonstrated, they create an engaging workplace, help staff achieve their best, and help CRS achieve agency goals. 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.Personal Accountability â Consistently takes responsibility for oneâs own actions. Acts with Integrity - Consistently models values aligned with CRS Guiding Principles and mission. Is considered honest. Builds and Maintains Trust - Shows consistency between words and actions. Collaborates with Others â Works effectively in intercultural and diverse teams. Open to Learn â Seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.
Â Agency Leadership Competencies:Lead Change â Continually looks for ways to improve the agency through a culture of agility, openness, and innovation. Develops and Recognizes OthersÂ â Builds the capacity of staff to reach their full potential and enhance team and agency performance. Strategic Mindset â Understands role in translating, communicating, and implementing agency strategy and team priorities.
Disclaimer: Â This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.Â
CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Basic QualificationsBachelorâs degree in relevant area (English, Intâl Development, Humanities, Social Work, health etc.) 1 to 2 years of experience required for the work in humanitarian or development contexts. Experience in large scale humanitarian emergencies Basic understanding of project design and proposal writing. Basic understanding of working with various major donors and their regulations. Basic understanding of CRSâ and Sphere relief standards, and the Red Cross and NGO Code of Conduct. The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically up to 15 % of the time. Language Requirements: Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Writing experience.
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works toÂ save, protect, and transformÂ lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRSâ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.
About the Team
CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people - especially children and vulnerable adults - to live free from abuse and harm.
CRS welcomes candidates from the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency.
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Job InfoJob Identification3000996 Job CategoryOperations and Administration Posting Date10/13/2023, 07:52 AM Apply Before10/26/2023, 07:52 AM Degree LevelBachelor's Degree Job ScheduleFull time Job ShiftDay Locations Opposite Julius Berger Cast yard, Abuja, FCT, NG (On-site)
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