Position Title: Manager II, Global Fund Support Unit
Location: CRS Headquarters/Baltimore
Reports to: Director of Grant and Contract Management
Department: Operational Excellence
The position’s primary purpose is to provide global leadership to CRS’ portfolio of HIV, TB, and Malaria grants from The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. The Manager leads the Global Fund Support Unit (SGSU) in supporting regional and country programs to successfully acquire and manage Global Fund awards. This position will also coordinate and provide technical support to CRS’ awarded grants from The Global Fund. The position will work with the Director of Health in the Program Impact and Quality Assurance Department to support representation of the CRS’ Global Fund grant portfolio in Geneva, as well as the agency’s HIV, TB, and malaria portfolio in select global forums associated with The Global Fund. The Manager will work with Grant and Contract Director and team leaders to support efforts to learn from the Global Fund experience to improve performance on existing GF and other awards in implementing countries, support capacity strengthening efforts, risk management and scale-up within and to other countries. The position will also support CRS’ efforts to learn from the GF experience to enable expansion of engagement and successful implementation of awards with other multilateral donors.
1. Strategic Leadership
• Provide global leadership to CRS’ current Global Fund portfolio of US$ 100 million, ensuring technical excellence in quality of performance and in reaching results and targets.
• Serve as a member of the CRS support team for those countries that are awarded resources in order to ensure excellent management of resources and timely meeting of specified obligations.
• Review progress of existing grants to ensure that the current grants are being effectively implemented.
• Coordinate the implementation of the CRS Global Fund strategy and ensure it complies with and fits into CRS HIV and Health strategies and reflects other agency strategies and objectives.
• Advise the agency on its current strengths and weaknesses in terms of accessing and implementing Global Fund resources, including issues related to staffing, structures, systems, etc.
• Conduct periodic regional/country level reviews and analysis, and inform CRS regional GF point persons where strategic investment of CRS resources might be a successful growth strategy.
• Support strategies to attract strategic, non-traditional public donors (e.g. GAVI, GAIN, World Bank) and participate in the design and review of complex, multi-regional projects (e.g. Gates) as needed.
• Serve as the primary liaison to The Global Fund staff in Geneva and engage and represent issues and challenges to senior Global Fund staff and negotiate solutions.
• Represent CRS’ Global Fund programs to donors and high-level stakeholders.
• Represent CRS on the Civil Society Principal Recipient Network.
• In collaboration with the Director for Global Health, support representation of CRS to The Global Fund Board, including representing CRS’ views to the Developed Country NGO Board Delegation.
• Expand visibility of CRS’ HIV, TB, and malaria innovations and programmatic strengths in technical and funding networks, in collaboration with Program Impact and Quality Assurance (PIQA) department.
• Help countries develop strategic partnerships with other agencies (NGOs, FBOs, research institutions, government, etc) to strengthen program design and proposals, in collaboration with Resource Acquisition and Donor Engagement (RAD) department.
• Represent CRS’ strategy to CRS’ regional and country offices, as well as to the CRS Executives.
• Coordinate with legislative affairs for advocacy issues related to The Global Fund.
3. Program Support
• Work closely with Regional Offices, in particular the Deputy Regional Directors for Management Quality and Program Quality (CRS/MQ and DRD/PQ) to support Country Programs with grant management and implementation, including developing and negotiating budgets, reviewing documents prior to submission, and resolving grant implementation issues, especially those related to Global Fund and CRS policies and procedures.
• Collaborate closely with other staff within the Operational Excellence (OpEx) department to assist with grant management issues and build the capacity of staff at all levels to successfully implement Global Fund grants.
• Provide oversight of programmatic and management-related issues related to Global Fund resources.
• Support Country Programs to position for Global Fund resources and to seek and apply for Principal and Sub Recipient roles, in close collaboration with RAD.
• Coordinate HQ review of Global Fund proposal submissions, as appropriate.
• Coordinate HQ and/or provide direct technical assistance upon request to support Regions and Country Programs with project start-up and grant implementation.
• Collaborate closely with the technical and issues advisors within PIQA to ensure coherence with the agency’s HIV, Health, and policy advocacy agendas.
• Oversee the development of tools for proposal submission and grant management
• Coordinate the review of legal agreements with OLC.
• Manage the Global Fund staff located at CRS headquarters: TA II for Knowledge Management and STA for MQ.
• Implement a communications strategy on The Global Fund for internal communication including ELT reports, updates and briefings for ELT or Board, and other publications as needed.
• Proactively analyze risks and liabilities for CRS as an agency to take on global Fund resources/grant management and provide recommendations for addressing them.
• Develop plan to mainstream Global Fund activities into OpEx Grant and Contract Management units and normal operations, in close collaboration with the Director for Grant and Contract Management.
• Participate in OpEx departmental activities, as needed, including APP for the unit.
• Carry out additional responsibilities and projects as assigned.
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
• Models Stewardship
• Cultivates Constructive Relationships
• Promotes Learning
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervise Knowledge Management Advisor and Management Quality Advisor.
KEY WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:
Internal: Regional Directors; Senior Managers at Headquarters; Regional Technical Staff; Regional Global Fund point persons, PIQA Senior Technical Advisors; Operational Excellence Grant Management and Regional Representatives; Business Development Team
External: The Global Fund; relevant UN agencies; relevant USG; other donors, other PVOs; Host Country Government officials; other agencies as needed
• Masters or higher advanced degree in public health, medicine or related social sciences.
• Strong understanding of the operations of The Global Fund, including policies and procedures.
• Minimum of 8 years of developing country public health experience with in-depth training and knowledge of program design, monitoring and evaluation, infectious diseases (particularly HIV, TB, and Malaria)
• Demonstrated grant management experience with complex, high value grants with multiple sub recipients and proven negotiation skills.
• Excellent writing skills and strong attention to detail.
• Excellent networking skills with established networks in the health, relief and development world and experience in advocacy at global level.
• Strong communication and presentation skills with particular facility in interacting with UN offices, high-level government bureaucrats, and professionals in global health.
• Understanding of and willingness to work within, the Church structure and policies, and familiarity with faith-based responses to public health.
• Strong leadership skills and excellent interpersonal, organizational and written/verbal communication skills, including in cross-cultural settings
• Oral and written fluency in English, and ability to work and communicate in French (strongly preferred).
• Microsoft Office
• Ability to multitask and organize several different initiatives
• Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment
Physical Requirements/Environment: Normal conditions for an office environment.
This position will require travel up to 40%.