Catholic Relief Services Vacancy for a Program Manager

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations.

We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

CRS re-established presence in Nigeria in 2000 and currently focuses on vulnerable children, agriculture, health and HIV, extractives and governance, and peace building programming. CRS is expanding its activities in the North-East in the area of Food Security, Nutrition, Non-food items, Water and Sanitation.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Program Manager II – Engineering Team Manager, Nigeria

Requisition Number: I3104
Location: Nigeria
Area of Interest: To Be Assigned
Position Type: To Be Assigned
Hours Per Week: 40
Full Time or Part Time: Full
Regular, Short Term OR Temporary: Regular

Primary Responsibility

  • Manage Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) including all assessments and field investigations, project design, and specifications.

Specific Job Responsibilities

  • Participate in the conceptual planning and technical assessment procedures for shelter; infrastructure and water & sanitation construction programs;
  • Prepare detailed cost estimates, project time frames, and resource allocation;

Program Engineering and Design: 

  • Implement operational plans in coordination with other sector teams, as appropriate;
  • Develop engineering drawings and specification;
  • Obtain all Governments approval for engineering design.
  • Oversee the cost estimate process for the CRS developed design.
  • Oversee the Tender technical review, provide required clarifications and recommendations.
  • Oversee the development and use of program documentation systems, in accordance with agency best practices; ensure accountability to the dispatch and approval matrix;
  • Ensure that environmental and sustainability issues are considered in the program design, in keeping with agency best practices.
  • Prepare site lay out in collaboration with other sectors and stakeholders;
  • Develop Construction Scope of Work as required for each contract.
  • Ensure that all CRS construction programs comply with relevant local, national and international standards and regulations, and reflect agency best practices.
  • Coordinate with Local Government in developing post-disaster engineering and contracting;

Information and Coordination: 

  • Provide support for the preparation of project reports as required by CRS, relevant Government coordination bodies, external donors, and other interested parties.
  • Manage local staff, effort reporting, and staff allocation and management.
  • As part of the CRS Construction team, facilitate information flow between other engineering managers, and sector programming and program support departments; Coordinate and maintain an on-going dialogue with the Community Liaison Officers and actively participate in developing and maintaining productive relationships with individual families and communities;
  • Provide regular updates to the Construction Project Manager on progress, priorities and constraints – verbally and in writing.
  • For all supervised staff, develop a performance management plan on an annual basis; Provide regular guidance and feedback on performance.

Key Working Relationships: 

  • Internal: Deputy Country Representative/Programs, Emergency Coordinator (Borno State based), Nutritionist, Security Manager, Head of Operations, Nigeria Leadership and Management Team members,
  • External: UN Agencies, IOM, Shelter Coordination Mechanism, Partner Agencies, NEMA, SEMA

Agency Wide Competences (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


  • A  Degree or similar professional qualification in Structural/Civil Engineering, Architecture or related technical field.
  • A minimum of five years design experience, including two years in a supervision role; experience construction or contract management a plus
  • Experience in developing and implementing shelter or community infrastructure projects on behalf of development organizations preferred.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret administrative reports, technical procedures, or government regulations.
  • Must be proficient in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook Access– and ideally MS Project). Proficiency with recently released versions of AutoCAD
  • Ability to write reports, and procedure manuals and effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, counterparts, Government representatives, regional CRS staff and Baltimore HQ staff.
  • Fluency in English (both oral and written skills).
  • Self-reliance and an ability to work in a challenging and demanding environment.
  • Awareness, sensitivity and understanding of cross-cultural issues particularly in representing a US-based, Catholic agency.
  • Experience in community development, community mobilization, or similar self-help initiatives, and a desire to maximize integration of program delivery, is preferred.
  • Familiarity with current standards and guidelines for humanitarian emergency response, including the Sphere Handbook criteria.
  • Ability to work in partnership with local communities and NGOs as appropriate.
  • An ability to understand and adapt local construction technologies, materials, codes and laws.
  • An interest in and ability to build capacity in implementing teams, local partners and community bodies, with a focus on community participation.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.


  • This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
  • CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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