CRS-Program Manager II – Health -CD

CRS-Timor Leste Office

CRS-Timor Leste Office

Job Title: Program Manager II – Health
Requisition Number: I1348
Area of Interest: Health
Position Type: Full Time
Location: Timor-Leste/Dili
Job Description: Background:

The CRS Timor-Leste Health Program currently has two projects in its portfolio focused on HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis funded by the Global Fund and CRS respectively. CRS will continue to work on mobilizing the Church around issues of stigma reduction for persons living with HIV/AIDS, however the strategic direction of the country program will emphasize growth in the areas of health system strengthening at the community level with focuses on TB, community health, MNCH and multi-sector programs that combine nutrition and food security initiatives. The Program Manager will have the opportunity to lead the overall strategic direction of the health portfolio, including designing and implementing multi-sector projects building upon emerging evidence of the need for holistic programs to address issues of child stunting, maternal health and strengthening community based health systems.

Primary Function: The Program Manager II/Health (PM) is responsible for the overall planning, management and coordination of CRS Health programming in Timor-Leste. The PM will oversee multiple project teams working on externally and internally funded health projects, as well as oversee all growth initiatives and related issues of project design, proposal development and stakeholder consultations. S/he is responsible for management of staff as well as technical and budgetary management, reporting and representation in technical working groups.

Location Note: The PM will be based in Dili,  must have the ability to travel regularly between Dili and project districts.

Specific Duties:

Project Management:

  • Ensure that projects are implemented effectively and according to implementation plans and budgets.
  • Provide supervision and capacity development support of project and partner staff.
  • Ensure timely and high quality completion and submission of programmatic and financial reports to donors.
  • Engage in staff recruitment as necessary
  • Management of expenses, budget analyses, and accurate accounting.
  • Oversee the development, implementation, and application of increasingly higher quality monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Continuously liaise with donors and partners to share information
  • Respond to internal and external requests for information.
  • Manage relationship with partners, including church partners
  • Complete other reasonable tasks as required by CRS/Timor-Leste management.

Cross-Cutting Program Quality and Capacity Building:

  • Ensure projects database are up to date and data collection, entry, and analysis are done according to the established M&E system, in collaboration with the M&E Coordinator.
  • Ensure the use of M&E data in program decision making and that all projects have systematic and transparent mechanisms for beneficiary accountability.
  • Facilitate increasingly comprehensive trainings and learning forums for project staff, implementing partners’ staff and Ministry of Health staff.
  • Ensure gender issues are analyzed and taken into consideration throughout the projects life.
  • Collaborate with other projects/departments (Monitoring and Evaluation unit, Livelihoods/Agriculture Unit and Peace Building Unit) to ensure effective program integration, sharing experiences and learning between projects as well as between sectors.
  • Apply CRS agency and industry tools and guidelines for program quality and promote their use by project staff.
  • Provide guidance, mentoring, on the job support, accompaniment and training to all project staff and partners related to project management responsibilities.

Technical Assistance:

  • Work closely with MOH in organizing joint monitoring visit, in reviewing or developing national reference documents and in strengthening linkages between facilities and community-based Health structures.
  • Work with Regional Technical Advisors to ensure CRS’ program quality principles and standards related to Health are adhered to, including the use of CRS program quality standards, tools and guidelines.
  • Provide technical input to the Country program strategy for health and represent CRS/TL in relevant in-country technical working group meetings.

Representation, Communication and Program Development:

  • Serve as the primary representative of the Health unit of CRS Timor Leste to the Ministry of Health, Global Fund and major donors.
  • Develop relations with key donors, organize strategic meetings and organize strategic field visits
  • Documentation and dissemination of program results.
  • Conduct needs assessments, stakeholder consultations and literature reviews.
  • Lead participatory project design, proposal development, resource mobilization following CRS guidelines for all growth initiatives within the health sector for CRS/TL.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning

Program Manager Competencies:

These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each program manager to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  • Sets clear goals and manages toward them
  • Collaborates effectively with staff and stakeholders
  • Manages financial resources with integrity
  • Applies program quality standards to project design and organizational learning


Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Head of Programming, TB Project Manager, HIV Care and Support Project Managers, and Regional Technical Advisors (Health, M&E, Agriculture, Program Development), Livelihoods Program Manager

External: Local/international NGOs; UN agencies, bilateral and multilateral donor agencies, Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), Ministry of Health, universities and research institutes working in public health


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Masters degree in health or related field
  • Five or more years of professional overseas experience, part of which should be with an international organization
  • Extensive experience with project grant management – program design, budgets, reporting etc.
  • Global Fund project design and management a plus, as is experience designing multi-sector projects combining agriculture and nutrition)
  • In-depth knowledge of public health issues and familiarity with emerging trends in policy and programming including the Scaling Up Nutrition and 1,000 days initiatives
  • Representational and networking abilities, especially with donors, government officials, relevant ministries and other INGOs (links with universities or research institutes a plus)
  • Proven leadership in strategic planning initiatives and staff management skills
  • Demonstrated planning, budgeting, and monitoring skills
  • Demonstrated ability to design and deliver trainings, mentor, and build the capacity of staff and local partners
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English
  • Knowledge of Tetun, Bahasa Indonesian or Portuguese is a plus.
  • Ability to work independently, but also coordinate and lead effectively as part of a team
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to represent the Agency in high level meetings with donors, local Church and local government
  • Computer literate, with good working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Publisher and Power Point
  • Knowledge of statistical software, a plus.


Area of Interest: Public Health, Nutrition, Health System Strengthening, Tuberculosis, C-DOTS and Global Fund


Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties and responsibilities associated with this position.



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