Catholic Relief Services is hiring a Project Manager I – Generalist

Job Title: Project Manager I – Generalist,

Cash-based Project Manager,

Shelter Project Manager,

and Child Protection Project Manager

Reports to:  Chief of Party Moldova



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.


Job Summary:

As the Russian invasion expands in Ukraine, an enormous humanitarian crisis is developing across the country and region. The United Nations (UN) estimates that more than four million Ukrainians will be forced to flee the country if there is no cessation of the invasion, while millions of others will be displaced internally within Ukraine. Neighboring countries are quickly easing entry restrictions and preparing to host large numbers of refugees, as cars are lined up for miles on the Ukrainian sides of borders.

CRS is seeking to hire several generalist Project Managers, as well as a Cash-based Project Manager, Shelter Project Manager, and Child Projection Project Manager. As a member of the CRS Moldova project team, and in close coordination with Caritas Moldova, you will manage project implementation in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work to serve conflict-affected Ukrainians in and around Moldova. Your generalist project management skills and/or experience in cash-based interventions, shelter, and/or child projection will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.

CRS is hiring for these positions for 6 months, with the opportunity to extend. CRS will also consider consultancy agreements for candidates who prefer this option.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  1. Manage and implement all activities throughout relevant project cycles - project design, start-up, implementation and close-out - to ensure efficient and effective implementation in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices. Ensure project team and partner staff use the appropriate systems and tools.
  2. 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.
  3. Champion learning with project staff and partner teams. Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy.Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.
  4. Act as a key resource person in project design and proposal development in respective programming area, gap-filling and taking on growth responsibilities, as needed.
  5. Coordinate the identification of staff capacity and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.
  6. Help identify, assess, and strengthen partnerships relevant to the programmatic area (cash, shelter, child protection, MEAL or general), applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
  7. Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project needs. Through planning and oversight ensure efficient use of project resources

Basic Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in International Development, International Relations or other relevant field. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant field-based experience in coordinating or managing light to moderately complex projects required, preferably with an international NGO. Experience in emergency response is desired.

Required Languages – Written and spoken proficiency in English required. Proficiency in Russian and/or Romanian is a plus.

Travel - Must be willing and able to travel within Moldova, including to border areas, up to 50%.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
  • Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented
  • Communicate strategically under pressure


Preferred Qualifications

  • General project management experience is highly desirable.
  • Project management experience in the areas of cash-based programming, shelter, child projection is highly desirable
  • Experience engaging with partner organizations.
  • Experience contributing to the development of technical proposals.
  • MEAL skills and experience preferred.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.

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


Supervisory Responsibilities: Project Officers and other team members as needed.


Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Project team, Chief of Party, Operations Manager, Technical Advisors

External: Counterpart Coordinator at Caritas Moldova and other Caritas Moldova staff, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection officials, local government officials, community and Church leaders, UNHCR, working group coordination coordinators

To apply, please send your CV and Cover Letter in English to Please apply as soon as possible.


***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. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Disclaimer:  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.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer