Chief of Party - DRC

International Alert
Competitive salary
Closing date: 10 August 2020
Job Type: Paid
Location: Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
This is a senior management position within Alert’s DRC programme and reports directly to the Peacebuilding Portfolio Manager (PBPM).

Based in Bukavu, DRC with frequent travel to Goma, Fizi, Shabunda, Kalehe, Bunia, Mambasa, Mahagi, and Kigali

One-year fixed term, with possibility of extension (project length - 4 years)

This is an exciting opportunity to join Alert’s largest country programme – the Democratic Republic of Congo team - as the Chief of Party of our new Dutch funded improving security, social cohesion and human rights in conflict mineral rich regions of Eastern DRC project.

This is a senior management position within Alert’s DRC programme and reports directly to the Peacebuilding Portfolio Manager (PBPM). The Chief of Party will be responsible for the oversight of a team of a consortia including four other partners (two international and two national partners). They will be responsible for overseeing a team of 27 and will directly line manage five staff.

The main goal of the project is to strengthen regional stability in the Great Lakes with the following two specific objectives:

  • Reduced levels of violent conflict and improved security in targeted red 3T and gold mines of South Kivu and Ituri
  • Improved regional security and stability through cleaner chains, more effective governance of mineral chains at all levels

The Chief of Party (COP) is the consortium representative on location, responsible for daily direction, oversight, and overall implementation of a project’s activities and achievement of goals.

You will regularly communicate with the EKN (Dutch Embassy), the PBPM, and the Project Management Team to coordinate project implementation and to ensure that excellent project deliverables are completed on time and within budget. We will also look to you to take the lead on reporting and coordination across the consortium partners and components of the project.

You will be required to travel regularly to project locations, specifically Bunia, where you will supervise the sub-team; frequent travel to regional centres (Kinshasa, Kigali, Bujumbura) and some international travel (specifically in Europe) will also be required for national and regional level advocacy.

Essential qualifications include:

  • Extensive experience of implementing large and complex projects in consortia and with several international and local partners
  • Significant relevant management, supervisory and technical experience with progressive responsibility on projects of a similar scope and scale in the DRC or in a similar context
  • Substantial NGO project management experience, including responsibility for contract management and donor relations (preferably Dutch)
  • Proven experience of managing teams remotely

For this role, the skills, qualifications and experience listed above are important, but we believe that to be great in this job you are likely, first and foremost, to have a talent for working effectively in complex, politically charged, unstable environments, and across different cultures.

You will be professionally credible, based on your extensive experience and deep knowledge of the issues at stake and able to communicate effectively with a wide range of actors working on conflict management, social cohesion and development programmes.

Furthermore, we are looking for someone well organised, results and detail-oriented with a proven experience in peacebuilding/conflict transformation and familiarity with gender and conflict-sensitive approaches. In addition, experience of developing donor reports and nurturing constructive relationships with international and local partners (governmental and non-governmental) is essential as well as an excellent working knowledge (spoken and written) of both French and English.

For the full job requirements (the person specification section of which will form the basis of shortlisting), please read the job description.

To apply, please follow the link below and upload your CV and cover letter.

Closing date: 23:45 (Central Africa Time) on 10 August 2020.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and we reserve the right to bring the deadline forward hence early applications are encouraged. Alert endeavours to contact all candidates within a reasonable time, but this may not always be possible due to limited resources. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, you can assume that your application has, on this occasion, been unsuccessful.

International Alert is an equal opportunities employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Region: Rest of the world
Location: Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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