Job: Chief of Party / Women’s Protection and Empowerment Director of Program

With headquarters in Kinshasa and field offices in the provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu, Katanga, Orientale and Kasai Occidental, the IRC is one of the largest humanitarian actors in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The IRC aims to save lives, to strengthen Congolese institutions and to reinforce social cohesion through carefully designed and professionally-implemented programs. The IRC has been working in the DRC since 1996, currently operates in five core programming areas – primary health care, community-driven reconstruction & local governance, women’s empowerment and the prevention and mitigation of gender-based violence, education, and emergency preparedness and response. These programs reflect IRC’s guiding principles of capacity-building; participation; partnership; protection and promotion of human rights; and holistic programming.

IRC currently seeks a Chief of Party / Director of Program to lead its Women’s Protection and Empowerment Program in DRC. Together with the in country Program Advisor, the CP/DP is responsible for ensuring that the IRC WPE program, irrespective of funding source, is implemented in accordance with work plans, logical frameworks, cooperative agreements, donor regulations and IRC policies. S/he will ensure that the program delivers high quality work and solid results. The CP/DP will represent IRC WPE to all internal and external key stakeholders, government officials and donors, will lead Program advocacy and will work closely with donors and practitioners to provide project updates, discuss strategies, obstacles, performance plans, and overall progress. This position reports to the IRC Director of Programs in DRC.


WPE Program:
Since 2002, IRC has been responding to gender based violence in the Kivus, with bases in Goma and Bukavu. The program incorporates immediate needs of GBV survivors to save lives and reduce suffering; recovery interventions to address the long-term needs of survivors of sexual violence; and post-conflict development activities to promote the empowerment and well-being of women and girls in the private and public spheres. IRC works with local NGOs, community-based organizations and health facilities to build their capacity to provide quality specialized services to survivors of sexual violence and to carry out community outreach and advocacy and empower women socially and economically within their communities. The program aims to: 1) Improve survivors’ access quality and essential health, psychosocial, and legal services; 2) Improve community support to women and girls affected by conflict; 3) Promote the protection of women and girls through the application of and adherence to policies and international standards.
Chief of Party / WPE Director of Program Responsibilities:
  • Provide leadership and direction, define and implement activities to achieve the greatest coverage and impact possible;
  • Lead strategic work plans with clear objectives and achievement benchmarks, long-term and short-term priorities, implementation plans, financial projections and tools for evaluation;
  • Lead and work with a diverse team of international and national coordinators and advisors and field staff; coordinate with other IRC program areas and departments;
  • Oversee the WPE program quality by planning, monitoring and evaluating project activities, research initiatives; lead new proposal development and program design
  • Identify technical assistance needs and work with the Program Advisor in DRC and Technical Unit in New York to ensure that appropriate support is provided;
  • Manage external relations by representing the project and the organization and ensuring the distribution of information about project achievements and lesson learned.
  • Define and lead Program advocacy strategies and activities, participate to coordination mechanisms;
  • Oversee the financial and grants compliance to ensure the best use of resources by sound budgets, monitoring project expenses, and ensuring timely submission of financial and narrative reports to donors;
  • Represent IRC to donors and address donor inquiries in accordance with cooperative agreements for at least five major grants ;
  • Forge and maintain solid cooperation with partner organizations and government officials; manage sub-agreement partners whenever appropriate;
Required:
  • Masters degree in Public Health, Social Work, Public Policy or related field;
  • Minimum of ten years of overseas management experience;
  • Proven leadership and strategic planning capabilities;
  • Experience managing large teams and working in tandem with local and international partners;
  • Demonstrated experience managing multi-grant budgets of more than US$4 million;
  • Strong inter-personal communication skills;
  • Proven sound judgment and decision-making skills;
  • Effective and persuasive writing and public speaking; Fluency in English and French.
Desired:
  • Previous experience as USAID Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party, Program Director;
  • Previous experience in the field of GBV, Protection, Child Protection, Human Rights or other related field;
  • Previous work experience in DRC.                                                                                                                                       
 
Security and Housing:
The Chief of Party / Director of Program will be based in Kinshasa with regular travels to South and North Kivu. Kinshasa is the capital of DR Congo and has a population of approximately 10 million people. The city is usually quiet and relatively safe. As with any large city in a developing country, crime and theft are common. The position is accompanied; the CP/DP will be housed within individual housing.

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