Business Development Specialist I, Cameroon and Chad – (22000093), Spécialiste du développement des affaires I, Cameroun et Tchad – (22000093), Cameroon, Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Business Development Specialist I, Cameroon and Chad – (22000093), Spécialiste du développement des affaires I, Cameroun et Tchad – (22000093), Cameroon, Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

About CRS Cameroon and Chad

CRS has worked in Cameroon since 1960. Responding to the country’s strategic needs, the first interventions aimed to reduce infant mortality and increase food security. Since then, projects have strengthened local capacity in healthcare and in response to emergencies, including the Anglophone crisis in the North-West and South-West regions, the Lake Chad Basin crisis in the Far North, and the influx of refugees from Central African Republic. CRS currently works with almost 30 partners across the 10 regions of Cameroon with funding from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through KFW (German Development Bank), and CRS private funds. Programming focuses on emergency response, health, infrastructure rehabilitation, livelihoods and agricultural activities, microfinance, peacebuilding, and capacity building of local partners.

CRS started its activities in Chad in 1984, first supporting the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace from the Cameroon office. In 2002, in response to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, the Chadian Bishops’ Conference invited CRS to open an office in N’Djamena. Currently, CRS interventions include emergency response, infrastructure rehabilitation, microfinance, livelihoods and agricultural activities, peacebuilding, and capacity building activities. CRS implements all these projects for vulnerable communities in western and southern regions of Chad with the local government and local partners with financial support from BMZ through KFW, Latter-Day Saints Charities (LDSC), and CRS private sources.

Job Summary:

As Business Development (BD) Specialist I you will contribute to the production of high-quality applications for funding in support of CRS’ engagement with institutional donors and initiatives involved in international development to serve the poor and vulnerable. You will also play a lead role in supporting CRS’ local leadership agenda by building the capacity of local partners in business development and accompanying them to prepare and submit strong proposals as prime or sub-recipients. Your knowledge and skills will allow you to contribute to improving aspects of the BD cycle for the country programs.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

Contribute to proposal development processes of both CRS and local partners in Cameroon and Chad to ensure timely submission of high-quality proposals that are responsive to donor requirements, applicable regulations, and CRS’ technical and cost standards.

Contribute to non-technical writing on proposals and proposal review panels. Integrate inputs from staff and partners into a responsive, coherent proposal.

Research new opportunities and CRS’ competitive position within the marketplace.

Help develop and maintain tools, guidelines, templates and donor intelligence information for CRS and local partners.

Track and report on proposal submissions; assist with analysis of successes and failures and dissemination of lessons learned. Assist in developing analytical reports for internal and external use, including portfolio trends and growth.

With the business development team and others, refine or create appropriate staff development materials (training, distance learning, self-study) to support building of capacity of CRS staff and local partners in resource acquisition, such as assessment and proposal development skills, basic elements of donor compliance, intelligence-gathering, etc.

Lead capacity strengthening of local partners on resource acquisition, including assessment, project design, and proposal development skills; basic elements of donor compliance; intelligence-gathering, etc. Support local partners to develop and implement resource mobilization strategies/plans.

Work with appropriate staff to maintain data on past performance and corporate capacity, in order to provide timely information for proposal submissions.

Write, design and manage the production of creative and compelling communication and marketing material –stories, photos, video, fact sheets, brochures, etc. – for various audiences, including public and private donors, local and national governments, local Church, partners, media and others as needed, to support donor engagement and positioning CRS for funding opportunities.

Support the Head of Programming and MEAL Coordinator in other Program Quality initiatives that support CRS to achieve high quality program implementation and leverage successful programming for future funding opportunities.

Support effective relationships between CRS and partners, through the committed application of identified principles and other relevant methods.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in international development, international relations, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.

Minimum three years of international development experience, with at least two years’ experience in a developing country.

Required Languages – Excellent written and oral English communication skills and intermediate proficiency written and oral French skills required; advanced proficiency in written and oral French strongly preferred.

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 30%.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Good strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture.

Good relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally.

Good negotiation skills.

Very good communications and presentation skills.

Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

Preferred Qualifications

Familiarity with USG funding mechanisms and proposal requirements. Specific experience with non-USG public donors highly desirable.

Knowledge of CRS programs, justice agenda and Catholic Social Teaching principles a plus.

Experience with capacity building, including training and mentoring as well as developing training materials.

Experience in institution strengthening, including developing and/or improving business processes, policies, and procedures.

Very strong writer with expert command of English grammar.

Demonstrated experience with competitive proposals in programming contexts similar to CRS.

Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.

Experience collaborating with local partner institutions on humanitarian and/or development projects.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Head of Programming for Cameroon and Chad, Program Managers and Chief of Party in Cameroon and Chad, Country Representative for Cameroon and Chad, Country Manager for Chad, Partnership and Capacity Strengthening Staff, MEAL Coordinator, Regional BD Manager and BD Specialists, Head of Operations, Finance Manager, Procurement Manager.

External: Local and international NGOs/partners, donors, relevant humanitarian and coordination group representatives.


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

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

Note:  All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm.

CRS welcomes candidates from the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Primary Location: CARO-Cameroon

Job: Resource mobilization

Organization: Catholic Relief Services

Schedule: Regular

Shift: Standard

Job Type: Full-time

Day Job

Job Posting: Mar 30, 2022, 3:56:29 AM

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