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Offer: DIRECTOR - TEAM LEADER FOR INFLUENCE RESEARCH GROUP (LACRO) - Organization/Company: Catholic Relief Services


An overarching goal of LACRO’s 2010 – 2020 regional strategy is to achieve and sustain leadership, influence, impact and scale in a select number of Signature and Emerging Areas in service to the poor and marginalized. The strategy represents a ten year commitment to develop expertise, technical capacity, innovation, strong local and international partners, evidence-based learning systems, and targeted advocacy agendas in these areas.

We recognize that to have large-scale impact, CRS LACRO must be able to influence national governments, donors and the private sector to change their public policies, donor priorities and business practices to better meet the needs of poor, working families. This influence can only be achieved by laying out a compelling case of proposed solutions to problems, solutions that are backed up by valid data, built on field successes and failures, and complementary evidence. As such, LACRO has committed itself to developing its human resources capacity and focusing its investments in order to increase its capacity to produce rigorous outcomes from its projects, impact data and analysis; and ensure that techncial staff, guided by a clear influence agenda, have the time and resources to participate and represent CRS in key forums and to important stakeholders.

Given a growing demand for influence and applications based on research, LACRO established a regional Influence and Research Group (IRG) in October 2012 to develop LACRO’s human resources, influence and research capacity in the Signature and Emerging areas of Sustainable Agriculture, Agroenterprise (with a special focus in Coffee) and Water. This group is responsible for positioning CRS to be leaders in these areas through the development of influence and learning agendas; overseeing or conducting high-quality research relevant to these agendas; and presentation of evidence-based documentation to key stakeholders to inform and influence policies and practices in order to achieve fundamental change.

Primary Functions:
The overall objective for forming the IRG is that CRS is recognized as an industry leader and influential voice in select Signature and Emerging Areas in Latin America and the Caribbean such as Sustainable Agricluture, Agroenterprise, Coffee and Water. Toward this end it is expected that the IRG will increase LACRO’s capacity to influence policy and practices at scale through high quality research, evidence-based publications and presentations in the selected areas of focus. As such, CRS LACRO and its partners will actively influence public and private sector practices and policies to benefit equitable access and participation of poor and marginalized families in these areas.

The role of the Team Leader is to lead the newly established IRG in its activities which foster social change initiatives, including applied research and the develoment of LACRO’s influence agenda. The Team Leader will support and mentor members of the IRG to improve their skills, and coordinate the work among these members to learn from one another and catalyze synergy between the various activities. The Team Leader will also be a key liaison between the IRG team members, country programs, and the LACRO regional management team.

Specific Responsibilities:
1. Management and leadership
2. Strategy development
3. Research
4. Representation
5. Positioning and Fundraising.

Ø PhD preferred; Masters degree minimum, with equivalent experience in leading teams relevant to a senior position in an international NGO.
Ø Minimum of 10 years experience in development and/or research institutions, and engaging multiple stakeholders to leverage influence preferably on issues related to or in Latin America.
Ø Experience as a team leader: staff supervision, budget management, program planning, monitoring and evaluation
Ø Understanding and experience in developing coalitions, networking and partner capacity building.
Ø Excellent referrals from a wide range of respondents that may include NGOs, donors, government representatives, research institutes, private sector etc.
Ø Excellent communication skills, particularly in leading meetings, facilitating events, etc.
Ø Experience working with the Catholic Church in Latin America regarding public policy and social change processes

Foreign Language Required: High proficiency for oral and written English and Spanish.

Organization/Company: Catholic Relief Services (CRS).



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