Program Manager II
Catholic Relief Services
5 - 10 yrs
Patna , Delhi , Delhi , Patna
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e Program Manager (PM) will lead and oversee the Improved Rice-Based Rainfed Agricultural Systems (IRRAS) project, responsible for ensuring quality implementation of the project, supervising the project team based in Patna, and guiding partners and the project team at all stages of the project.
The PM will represent the IRRAS project in Bihar and is the link among CRS India management, the CRS project team, IRRI, local partners, the Bihar Government Agriculture Department and local universities. The PMrsquos daily interactions with partners and project participants will be governed by CRSrsquo Partnership Principles. This position will require significant field travel for regular interactions with partners, government departments and other technical experts/ collaborating agencies working in the field of agriculture in Bihar.
The PM will also work with the Program Quality team to contribute technical reviews and support on proposals, reports and responses to donors and stakeholders, as well as to ensure that effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems are in place for the IRRAS project. The PM will be responsible for fostering relationships with actors in the agriculture sector. The PM will ensure that relevant actors are informed of CRSrsquo work and learning in the agriculture sector, and proactively identify opportunities for collaboration on future projects.
The PM will work with CRS India management and the Foundations unit at headquarters to interact with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation about IRRAS progress and about opportunities for a next phase of the project beyond March 2016.
Oversee IRRAS activities and ensure high quality programming and timely project progress
Provide appropriate leadership to CRS and partner staff, including mentoring for the growth and development of staff
Manage the IRRAS project budget, approving spending within the budget and monitoring financial expenditures
Conduct regular planning and lessons learned sessions to meet project targets and to initiate any mid-course corrections
Ensure milestones are achieved and work with the Program Quality Team to meet donor reporting requirements
Draft or support the writing of project reports according to donor schedules and requirements
Ensure beneficiary accountability and gender sensitive programming
Ensure agronomic learning through maintenance of a robust M&E system, analysis, and organization of mechanisms for learning
Represent IRRAS to stakeholders, providing positive and energetic project leadership and representation
Build the network of project stakeholders, facilitate relationship-building and cooperative participation among agricultural research, extension and other actors
Liaise with Government agencies and other like-minded NGOs
Be technically sound in agricultural research and extension, while understanding the IRRAS objectives to skillfully guide the implementation of the project
Interact regularly with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to report project progress and plan future activities and opportunities
Work with CRS India management to seek opportunities for the next phase of IRRAS and for new livelihood programming
Any other work-related tasks assigned by supervisor
Provide assistance and support to project staff and partners in the following areas:
Manage project staff
Manage and facilitate productive partnerships with local, national and international organizations for implementation of IRRAS
Support quality implementation of an adaptive research network and agenda
Oversee and support collection and use of project data and results sharing
Support the operation and strengthening of a knowledge exchange partner network and ongoing knowledge exchange activities
Provide catalytic support for knowledge exchange actors
Maintain feedback mechanisms for knowledge exchange actors and farmers
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
Ensure implementation of the project M&E plan
Ensure compilation of data to generate quality and accurate narrative and financial reports as per the donor guidelines
Ensure follow-up of evaluation recommendations for future programmatic directions
Closely monitor program activities to ensure implementation of recommendations
Conduct regular supervisory/ technical assistance visits to the field
Linkages, Networking, and Growth
Support the project team and partners to share the results of research with different key stakeholders (Agriculture Department, BAMETI, Agriculture Universities, Krishi Vigyan Kendra)
Provide accompaniment and technical support to implementing partners and facilitate them to link with external technical agencies
Establish relationships with different key persons of the Agriculture Department at state, district and local levels as appropriate
Establish linkages with other research institutions, like-minded organizations, and professionals at the district, state, and national level
Organize and lead visits by donors and other visitors to the IRRAS project
Support the identification of appropriate, strategic growth opportunities in agriculture-based livelihoods
Develop/ strengthen networking relationships with the government, stakeholder agencies and donors.
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.
Serves with Integrity
Cultivates Constructive Relationships
Key working relationships:
Internal:Head of Programming, Patna staff, Country Representative, Head of Operations, CRS India Program Quality and Operations teams, Finance Manager, Program Manager - Livelihoods, Regional Advisor - Ag/ Livelihoods, PIQA Technical Advisors, and Deputy Regional Director - Program Quality.
External:Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, project partners, Agriculture Department of the Government of Bihar, Agriculture Universities and External donor agencies, IRRI, other likeminded organizations, BAMETI, Bihar State Seed Corporation.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
MSc in development-related field. Agronomy or Agriculture Economics preferred.
At least 5 years of project implementation and management experience with progressive responsibility. Experience with agronomic projects preferred.
Experience managing staff and partner organizations as well as managing relationships and interactions between government officials, university staff, farmers and other stakeholders
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Experience in monitoring and evaluation, especially in software for data management
Ability to represent the agency in meetings with donors, local church, local government and other stakeholders
Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point)
Excellent leadership and people management skills fostering excellent office climate and strengthened partnership relations
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Industry:NGO / Social Services / Regulators / Industry Associations
Functional Area:Financial Services , Banking , Investments , Insurance
Role Category:Investment Banking
Role:Project Finance Manager
Desired Candidate Profile
Doctorate:Any Doctorate - Any Specialization, Doctorate Not Required
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Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services