Inivisible Children (IC) is seeking a Chief of Party (CoP) for the anticipated USAID-funded Partnership for the Development of Eastern Congo (P-DEC). The Chief of Party will be responsible for the technical leadership and in-country management of the project. S/he will oversee the long-term local staff and short-term experts in achieving project results. The Chief of Party will ensure high-quality program deliverables and management of resources; effective communication with the donor, partners, and external stakeholders; and compliance with all terms of the project contract and all relevant donor rules and regulations.
Location: Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Reports To: Chief Program Officer (CPO), Washington DC
P-DEC will aim to strengthen the foundations for durable peace (Transition Objective 3 under the 2014-2021 USAID/DRC Country Development Cooperation Strategy) with a focus on Ituri and North Kivu provinces. P-DEC will adopt cross-sectoral stabilization approaches to address drivers of conflict that gave rise to and continue to fuel the activities of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and various other armed groups and community militias. As such, P-DEC will build community resilience to conflict and crisis; foster accountable, trusted, citizen-responsive institutions, addressing grievances; promote inclusive, diversified economic growth. It will focus on areas where there is demonstrated political will to achieve the goals and objectives of the program.
**Position contingent upon funder approval of key personnel and funding.**
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
- Provides vision and overall leadership on the Activity and supervises Invisible Children’s P-DEC personnel.
- Model IC’s culture and values, fostering an environment of teamwork, accountability, creativity, and innovation;
- Manages and is responsible for technical and financial performance of the project;
- Provides technical direction, leadership, and oversight of all administrative matters;
- Ensures technical, financial, and administrative activities are carried out according to IC policies and procedures and consistent with USAID regulations and the DRC laws;
- Works collaboratively with the Chief Program Officer (CPO), engaging in frequent, routine communication with IC Headquarters in Washington, D.C. around the Activity’s progress and potential issues;
- Oversees technical elements of the activity, including but not limited to developing and managing the Activity’s implementation plans, the design and implementation of learning agendas; development of evaluation tools and methodologies; and report generation;
- Oversees implementation of the Activity’s monitoring and evaluation activities and ensures that the Activity’s targets and intended results are achieved;
- Supervises development and submission of Activity deliverables, and provides timely and accurate reporting and briefings to USAID and other relevant USG stakeholders;
- In collaboration with the Country Director for DRC, oversees the implementation of IC’s security protocols and provides leadership in handling security-related issues relevant to the P-DEC Activity;
- Responsible for managing the Activity’s relationships with USAID, the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) counterparts, local counterparts, NGOs, and other stakeholders;
- Leads coordination and consultations with implementing partners and manages subcontractors to ensure the timely provision of responsive, high-quality project deliverables;
- Manages the P-DEC Activity team in a manner that is open and respectful and encourages professional development and solicits constructive staff input;
- Coaches, mentors, and manages the P-DEC Activity team to ensure quality, efficiency and compliance with project and company standards/policies;
- Builds, develops, and grows partnerships vital to the success of the Activity; and
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- A Master’s degree in political science, international relations, international development, public/business administration, conflict studies, other social sciences, or fields closely related to the work required (Preferred);
- A Bachelor’s degree and at least 20 years of experience with minimum 12 years of demonstrated experience managing complex projects in similar conflict-affected areas;
- Working knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures with project management, process development and execution;
- At least 10 years of experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in relevant management, supervisory and technical experience with progressive responsibility working with activities that are of similar scope and scale to this activity;
- Experience implementing conflict resolution, reconciliation, and peacebuilding programming in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), especially utilizing cross sectoral and disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) approaches preferred;
- Experience with programs aimed at youth, women, and other marginalized communities a plus; and public-private partnerships.
- Demonstrated ability to work in complex, politically charged, unstable environments, work across different cultures, ethnicities and religions, with local partners and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines;
- Professional level oral and written skills in English, and proficient oral and written skills in French (required);
- Proven experience integrating gender equality, female empowerment, and social inclusion into development projects;
- Experience working with donor projects, experience with USAID required;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; and
- Ability to adapt and resolve problems/issues to bring the project to completion.
Submit your CV, cover letter, and three (3) references via email by October 20, 2020. Include “P-DEC COP” in the subject of your email.
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