Project Manager Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Johannesburg

Reference: 1540520

Required Skills

  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment
  • Strong relationship and leadership skills and the ability to work effectively with local stakehold
  • Ability to contribute to written reports
  • Proactive, person-centred, results-oriented, and service-oriented
  • Cultural sensitivity, patience and flexibility in a interdenominational and multi-faith context
  • Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities


  • You will lead technical, budget management, monitoring and reporting activities through most of the project cycle – start-up, implementation and close-out – in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of project staff, and complete performance management for direct reports.
  • Ensure learning properly accompanies project activities throughout the project cycle. Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities following MEAL Policy.
  • Proactively review progress on a weekly basis; identify problems, consult with project team and implement remedial actions ensuring disparity between planned and actual outputs are addressed
  • Engage and strengthen partnerships relevant to the FOCUS project, applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
  • Represent the project with donors, I/NGO working groups, UN, relevant local partners and relevant local government and community actors for HIV programming.
  • Coordinate activities required for ensuring the financial, material and human resources for the quality implementation of the project. Conduct periodic budget reviews and follow-up with partners on timely submission of financial reports to facilitate proper tracking of resource use.
  • Identify staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and contribute to capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.
  • Assist with preparation of trends analysis reports and disseminate results. Review project documentation to ensure project file is complete with all required documentation and is filed per agency and donor requirements.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Health (including public health, nursing and allied health) or a relevant qualification required. Master’s Degree would be a plus.Minimum of 5 years of work experience in project management, ideally in the field of HIV and Community engagement and for an NGO. Experience with PEPFAR/USG-funded activities highly preferred.
  • Relevant grant management experience, especially for USG or other public donors, a plus.
  • Staff supervision experience.
  • Experience working with stakeholders at various levels and strengthening community partnerships.
  • Ability to contribute to the development of technical proposals, a plus.
  • Experience analyzing data and contributing to evaluation reports.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Required/Desired Foreign Language: English. Other indigenous languages would be a plus.

Travel Required Local travel up to 50% of the time.

Driver’s License:  Mandatory Code 08 (passenger vehicles with manual stick shift)

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: MEAL Compliance Officers
Internal:  CRS team members (CoP, DCoP/SI, Finance Manager, Finance/Compliance Officers, HR/Admin Officer, others), regional ad HQ CRS staff as relevant
External:  Representatives from Donor organization, local government and other PEPFAR-funded organizations, and Faith-based partner organization staff

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.

– Integrity
– Continuous Improvement & Innovation
– Builds Relationships
– Develops Talent
– Strategic Mindset
– Accountability & Stewardship


This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position. The position is needed until September 2019 and potentially for a further year period, dependent on job performance and continued donor funding.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.


Please email a motivation/cover letter and curriculum vitae which should include three references to:

Please include the position title (i.e. “Project Manager”) you are applying for in the subject line. The closing date for applications is 5th April 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. No agencies please. To find out more about CRS please refer to position reports to: Deputy CoP/SIApply before Friday, April 5, 2019 – Companies may expire jobs at their own discretion.If you have not received a response within two weeks, your application was most likely unsuccessful.

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