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Catholic Relief Services defines competencies as a cluster of inter-related knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enables a person to do his or her job effectively. Competencies are developed to articulate the most important aspects of performance that make a person a high-performer in his or her job by focusing on a few key behaviors. The recruitment, orientation, professional development and succession processes all use Catholic Relief Services' competencies.


Following are a list of competencies found in our current openings:

Competencies for All CRS Staff

  • Serves with integrity
  • Models stewardship
  • Cultivates constructive relationships
  • Promotes learning

Program Manager Competencies

  • 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

Emergency Competencies

  • Communicates strategically under pressure
  • Manages stress and complexities
  • Actively promotes safety and security
  • Implements high-quality emergency programs

Head of Programming Competencies

  • Builds and leads effective teams
  • Supervises and develops program staff
  • Leads growth in programs
  • Focuses on quality

Country Representative Competencies

  • Leads toward strategic results
  • Manages risk and complexity
  • Represents and partners strategically
  • Champions learning and performance
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