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Catholic Relief Services- HIV/AIDS Chief of Party
      #238042 - 03/27/08 10:33 AM

Requisition Number: I 08 001

CRS is the consortium lead for AIDSRelief, which is operational in 9 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. The Consortium in Rwanda comprises CRS as the prime, in partnership with the Institute of Human Virology University of Maryland and Constella Futures Group. AIDSRelief, through local partner treatment facilities (LPTF) provides increased access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) to persons with HIV/AIDS in resource poor settings. The project is funded by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), as part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In Rwanda, AIDSRelief has gone from supporting 3 rural health clinics in ART services to opening a sub-office to expand services to all the hospitals and health clinics of the district of Nyamasheke with a comprehensive package including VCT and PMTCT. As of October 31, 2007, AIDSRelief Rwanda had 2,346 people actively receiving ART, and 6,300 enrolled in care and support at LPTFs. In addition, the USG has requested that AIDSRelief provide national level technical assistance to the Treatment Research AIDS Center (TRAC) unit of the Ministry of Health (MOH) to strengthen TB services and build HIV/AIDS mentoring/preceptorship capacity. Catholic Relief Services seeks candidates for a Chief of Party in Rwanda (CoP/Rw) for the USG-funded AIDSRelief Project.

Job Summary:
The AIDSRelief CoP/RW directs all aspects of the Rwanda AIDSRelief program and ensures the goals and objectives in Rwanda are fulfilled within the context of the guiding principles and values of the AIDSRelief program, the CoP/Rw must be able to provide vision, strategic team leadership, management guidance and overall oversight for the successful execution of the annual Country Operating Plan negotiated with USG/Rw. .The CoP/Rw ensures that AIDSRelief consortium members maintain a unified identity and implements decisions taken by the Country Management Team. The CoP/Rw is responsible for representation and reporting, sound management of resources and the orientation of the project. The position also requires good representational and excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Given the urgency of these projects to meet targets, this position is extremely demanding and is not for the lighthearted. The demands are multifaceted and require someone who has up to date knowledge of and experience in HIV/AIDS care and treatment. The candidate should be able to rapidly grasp reporting requirements and produce accurate well articulated reports, be able to meet deadlines, and provide guidance, mentoring and motivation to staff. This position requires a person who is flexible and can work under pressure. Partnership and sustainability are keys to program success, and this person must be able to develop relationships with in-country consortium member staff, notably IHV and Constella Futures, LPTFs and faith based organizations. In addition, coordination and collaboration with the USG and the Government of Rwanda is essential. This involves ensuring the provision of comprehensive and sustainable care and support to PLWAs is in line with MOH guidelines. The COP/RW will be required to collaborate with other in-country organizations undertaking similar work, in particular EGPAF, IntraHealth, FHI, MSH, ICAP, Drew University and others. The CoP/RW reports to the Country Representative with an indirect reporting relationship to the AIDSRelief Deputy Chief of Party for Africa based in Nairobi. The rewards of this challenging position will be satisfaction in saving lives and improving the quality of life for thousands of HIV infected persons and their families.

Project Planning
1. Takes the lead in the development of annual Country Operating Plan/Rwanda and other required submissions which may be required by the Government of Rwanda.
2. Assumes the lead in the development of requests for supplemental funding for AIDSRelief.
3. Oversees the preparation and review of annual AIDSRelief planning documents (Results Frameworks, Consortium member scopes of work, overall country level AIDSRelief budget) with the AIDSRelief Deputy Program Manager, CM and in-country staff.
4. Reviews annual work plans and budgets together with LPTFs, and in consultation with the AIDSRelief team, the GoR and USG team.

Project Implementation
1. Ensures that the AIDSRelief program meets established standards of quality and agreed upon targets.
2. Leads in-country governance structure for the AIDSRelief Consortium including a Consortium Management Team (CMT); ensures that meeting minutes are regularly distributed to AIDSRelief staff and partners.
3. Manages the overall budget in collaboration with the AIDSRelief Project Manager; closely tracks and monitors the effective use of program funds in the overall implementation of the project.
4. Ensures that grant and partner agreements are in line with the overall AIDSRelief Rwanda program and in concordance with decisions taken by the Country Management Team and in line with the overall objectives of the AIDSRelief grant.
5. Coordinates the execution of in-country Technical Team (CRS, IHV and Constella Futures) to achieve program objectives and targets in line with approved USG, MOH and AIDSRelief work plans and scopes of work.
6. Conducts periodic field visits to LPTFs and government offices as needed; be acquainted with the key issues associated with overall program efficiency and effectiveness.
7. With the District Health Teams, ensures that LPTFs receive all TRAC training modules, in addition to training and technical assistance from the AIDSRelief technical partners.
8. Coordinates TDYs from AIDSRelief Regional and HQ technical teams and from IHV and CF, and ensure that that TORs for TA visits from technical partners are prepared at least 2 weeks in advance and approved by the in country PEPFAR team.
9. Leads in-country planning process for PEPFAR II.
10. Coordinates with the MQC and the AIDSRelief regional finance team, activities of the CRS/Rwanda Finance to ensure compliance with CRS and donor regulations.
11. Facilitates in-country collaboration/integration of AIDSRelief with CRS and other agencies’ interventions, especially those that enhance livelihood security for enrolled patients.
12. Participates with other CRS HIV/AIDS staff in coordinating AIDS in the workplace policy.

1. Compiles AIDSRelief regular reports, mid-term and final reports including lessons learned and best practices, and reviews financial reports for submission as required to the USG/Rw, GoRw and HQ as required.
2. Supports and coordinates the work of the CF Strategic Information Advisor to ensure strong M&E systems to gather necessary information for reporting, analysis and feed back to LPTFs.
3. Assures the timely and accurate submission of all reports from local partners to be able to formulate reports for donors and GOR technical teams.
4. Ensures effective coordination and information sharing with CDC, USAID, GOR, especially TRAC, DSS and CNLS, local partners, other donors and service providers to ensure harmonization and continual improvement of project services.
5. In line with the CARO Regional Strategy, provides analysis and recommendations to the HIV/AIDS component of the CRS/Rwanda strategy and its implementation.

The COP will be responsible for ensuring representation of a unified AIDSRelief team at high levels of both USG and GOR governments, LPTFs and other ART partners and stakeholders.
1. Leads meetings with other AIDSRelief Consortium members.
2. Ensures that the AIDSRelief Consortium members operating in Rwanda maintain a unified identity.
3. Serves as the primary contact of the AIDSRelief Consortium, with participation by the relevant CM when required, with the GOR and USG team and other major stakeholders to represent AIDSRelief in, among other things, exit interviews, negotiating terms that affect program implementation, e.g., site selection, reporting, “Common Basket”, coordination with MoH, CNLS, etc., and ensures that they are regularly updated on AIDSRelief activities.
4. Be the primary point of contact and assist with logistical support for all AIDSRelief Consortium members visits to Rwanda (i.e. assessment teams, medical teams, evaluations, etc.), donors and other stakeholders.
5. Ensures AIDSRelief participation in all pertinent MOH Technical Working Groups.
6. Serve as the contact for AIDSRelief to local and international press about in-country operations, after communicating with the CRS CR and AIDSRelief HQ.

Staff Development and Supervision
The COP will supervise, motivate and evaluate direct reports according to the CRS performance management system.
1. Directly supervises the AIDSRelief program manager, who will be in charge for oversight of the Nyamasheke sub-office.
2. Clarifies, communicates and monitors AIDSRelief CRS staff performance standards and expectations.
3. Develops organizational structure and staff positions as needed to meet the growing scale of the program.
4. Carries out orientations, regular performance coaching and staff performance appraisals as stipulated by CRS performance Standards.
5. Encourages and empowers t AIDSRelief staff to complete tasks in a timely and professional manner across the program.
6. Holds regulars staff meetings to foster teamwork, creative problem solving, communication and holistic thinking.
7. Assists with staff training and development.
8. Fosters an environment that promotes coordinated and comprehensive effort among consortium members.
1. Leads the process for developing a sustainability plan for AIDSRelief /Rwanda.
2. Strengthens relationships among AIDSRelief, local partner treatment facilities and local faith based structures, in collaboration with the Country Representative.
3. Identifies additional./alternative funding sources for key program strategies not covered under the current grant (e.g. nutrition assistance, livelihood approaches)

Key Working Relationships:
Supervisory: Direct: 1 Deputy Program Manager and 6 national staff
Internal: CR, AIDSRelief Program Manager, CRS/Rwanda Head of Programming, AIDSRelief Deputy Chief of Party/Africa, AIDSRelief Project Coordinator, MQ Coordinator, AIDSRelief Rwanda staff. CARO Regional Technical Advisor for HIV/AIDS, CARO Deputy Regional Director for Program Quality, AIDSRelief Project Officer, Chief of Party for Track 1 OVC and ABY.
External: IHV, Constella Futures, CDC, USAID, MoH, TRAC, CNLS, local and international NGOs, Caritas and other faith-based partners, and Associations of PLWA

1. Have a medical degree, MD preferred, or an advanced degree in a medically related field.
2. Experience in HIV/AIDS programming in resource-poor settings at the field level and providing technical assistance to partner organizations.
3. Excellent analytical skills,
4. Proficiency in MS Office suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook Express and Internet Explorer. Familiarity with Access, SPSS and Epi-info, a plus.
Program Management
1. At least 8 years of experience in the strategic management of complex health or development projects, preferably at either a Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party level. Specific technical experience in HIV/AIDS is preferred; significant work experience in Africa preferred.
2. Have first hand experience working in a consortium.
3. Have experience in managing large budgets
4. Experience with PEPFAR grants and USG grant proposal writing, budget formulation and reporting desired.
5. Experience in, and a commitment to, community-based approaches to development.
Leadership, communication and representational skills
1. Have strong representation, negotiation and diplomatic skills, especially when relating to USG, GoR and LPTFs.
2. Ability to work both in a team and independently and ability to transfer knowledge through formal and informal training.
3. Cultural sensitivity and solid track record as a team player.
4. Be a good listener, have the ability to solicit diverse and counter perspectives, yet be a decisive leader.
5. Willingness and ability to travel in country extensively.
6. Excellent English language oral and written communication skills. Professional proficiency in French also required.

To apply for this position please visit the Catholic Relief Services website at Regrettably, email submissions can not be accepted.

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