Capacity Strengthening Technical Lead At Catholic Relief Services


*This position is contingent upon funding

Job Location: Remote. Preference will be given to applicants in countries where CRS has an office. Applicants must already possess the ability to legally work in the US or other CRS country office location. CRS does not provide visa sponsorships for remote workers.

About CRS

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.

Job Summary:

CRS seeks a global Technical Lead for Capacity Strengthening to support an anticipated five-year, multi-country, PEPFAR/CDC-funded project to strengthen the capacity of host-country governments and non- governmental organizations to sustainably combat HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. You will contribute to strategy development in Capacity Strengthening for the global project and provide technical advice and leadership, in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) approach to capacity strengthening, program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your expertise, advice and influence will significantly contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS’ programming is across this global HIV/TB capacity strengthening project.

The primary objective of this position is to lead this project’s efforts to strengthen the capability of host country governments and local NGOs to plan, manage, and monitor sustainable programs and systems to respond to HIV, TB, and other public health concerns. To achieve this objective, you will lead initiatives in multiple countries to:

  • Build and strengthen financial and administrative capacity of local organizations to lead sustainable HIV/AIDS and related developmental assistance programs
  • Build and strengthen in-country project management capacity to develop, implement, and evaluate HIV/AIDS programs
  • Strengthen host country capacity to implement policies and programs to ensure sustainable HIV epidemic control and robust health systems


Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development, application, and monitoring of partner-led strategies that contextually operationalize PEPFAR, CDC, and/or CRS guidance and approaches. Ensure a cross-sectoral approach that integrates gender and protection mainstreaming.
  • Provide technical solutions for implementing teams for strategic planning and how to best apply and adapt program design and implementation standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools, and M&E in capacity strengthening particularly for organizational development and health systems strengthening.
  • Provide technical guidance in country buy-in proposal development and project design with a focus on complex projects to ensure innovative programming solutions and technical excellence.
  • Support CRS country programs to appropriately staff project teams. Contribute to the provision of targeted technical assistance to support the full spectrum of capacity development support to local partners and entities (compliance, performance, systems strengthening, mentoring, coordinating stakeholder groups, fostering an enabling environment, etc.). Work with CDC offices to integrate country-level approach to support localization efforts based on country contexts.
  • Oversee and lead the delivery of capacity strengthening initiatives within the PEPFAR CDC HIV TB project by helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums; organizing and/or facilitating trainings, workshops and conferences; and mentoring and coaching staff in innovative approaches and tools. Provide mentoring and coaching to technical advisors, as well as country program and partner staff.
  • Provide technical oversight of capacity strengthening assistance provided through local and/or international sub awardees.
  • Oversee and lead the project’s knowledge management and learning agenda through helping implement conditions for collective learning that ensure the capturing, documenting, and sharing of key successes, promising practices, lessons learned, and evidence-based implementation research, internally and externally, including publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • Represent the project in targeted regional or global forums to develop opportunities and better ensure collaboration and shared learning in capacity strengthening to influence technical partner approaches, future funding opportunities, and policies.


Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in International Development, Public Health, or fields related to Organizational Development. PhD a plus.
  • Minimum of seven years of work experience in Partnership and Capacity Strengthening with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with three years overseas as a technical advisor and/or program manager of a Capacity Strengthening project and/or multi-sectoral project with a capacity strengthening component. Experience providing multi-regional support a plus.
  • Strong understanding and application of technical principles and concepts in Partnership and Capacity Strengthening, including Health Systems Strengthening. Good knowledge of related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach. Experience with HIV program implementers, organizational development, governance, and public health sector systems preferred.
  • Track record of contributing to successful business development activities capturing public and/or private donor funding.
  • Experience in the development and production of curriculums, tools, and other products to support Capacity Strengthening interventions and programming. Demonstrated experience to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training, mentoring, and other formal and informal methods.
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluating organizational capacity development including development of indicators, data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation.
  • Experience and skills to represent the organization at meetings with donors, government, international and local NGOs, and other civil society partners.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications and strong understanding of information and budget management systems and knowledge-sharing networks.
  • Technical and/or academic publications a plus.

Required Languages – Fluent spoken and written English required; proficiency in Kiswahili preferred.

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 30%.

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.
  • Proven ability to provide technical assistance remotely.
  • Very strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment.
  • Very strong written and oral communication skills
  • Very strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented

Agency REDI 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.

  • Personal Accountability
  • Acts with Integrity
  • Collaborates with Others
  • Builds and Maintains Trust
  • Open to Learn
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Develops and Recognizes Others
  • Leads Change

Supervisory Responsibilities No direct reports.

Key Working Relationships:

Internal Project team, Global Grants team, other technical staff in the Program Impact and Quality Assurance (PIQA) department, regional staff, and other HQ department staff.

External CDC Atlanta and CDC country office staff, partners, consultants, local government representatives, and other CDC PEPFAR implementers.

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

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

Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

To ensure the safety of our staff, our partners, and the people we serve, CRS requires that staff be vaccinated against Covid-19. CRS complies with all federal and state laws to allow for accommodations, as needed with supporting documentation. However, accommodations may limit the roles that candidates are eligible for based on role requirements (e.g., travel, meetings with staff, partner, donors).


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.


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


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