Sep 222017

Organization: Management Systems International
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 19 Oct 2017

Project Operations Coordinator, USAID Solutions for Peace and Recovery, Democratic Republic of Congo

Company Profile:

MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, DC metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption. MSI implements nearly 100 projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with more than 80 organizations across all sectors of international development with clients ranging from large bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID, the World Bank and the UNDP to national and local governments, NGOs, think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at

Project Summary:

The goal of the Solutions for Peace and Recovery (SPR) program, implemented in eastern DRC (North Kivu and South Kivu), is to increase social cohesion through inclusion of women and marginalized groups in community-based conflict analysis, prevention, resolution, and recovery. SPR provides USAID/DRC with the ability to respond to dynamic, time-sensitive, and/or unique opportunities to reinforce peace, prevent or assist in the recovery from conflict in areas that are strategically important to the stability of eastern DRC.

Position Summary:

The project operations coordinator is responsible for the operational facilitation and oversight of rapid project technical implementation for the DRC Solutions for Peace and Recovery Project. In this capacity, the project operations coordinator will directly supervise project operational, administrative, and financial staff, to include: grants managers/assistants, finance and compliance manager, accountant, and local operations manager. S/he will work with the deputy chief of party (DCOP) to coordinate project operations, finance, and administration with project technical implementation.


  • Harmonizing project administrative, financial, human resources, and operational coordination among MSI and subcontractor organizations—International Alert and IRC, removing bottlenecks to rapid project implementation as they arise. In this capacity, the senior operations manager will be responsible for coordinating with COP and senior International Alert and IRC staff in the DRC.
  • Supervising project operational, administrative, and financial staff, ensuring compliance with contractual requirements.
  • Coordinating with the COP and DCOP to ensure rapid project technical implementation, resolving administrative and contractual bottlenecks to effective implementation and rectifying impediments to rapid implementation as they arise.
  • Overseeing the administrative, financial, and contractual components of project grant activities, to include emergency and flexible fund/rapid response grants. In this capacity, the Senior Operations Manager:
    • Supervises project grant managers/assistants in North and South Kivu.
    • Manages the timely selection, negotiation, and disbursement connected to project grant activities, coordinating with the project DCOP and other staff to ensure that grants meet project technical requirements.
    • Ensures grant activities are implemented according to the work plan over the duration of SPR project implementation, as well as that the project grant selection process remains in compliance with the SPR Grants Manual and all applicable rules and regulations, in coordination with MSI Home Office Project Management and Contracts Administration staff.
  • Manages technical oversight and mitigates possible perception of conflict of interest for all SPR activities in Walikale and other location as necessary to ensure firewalls as appropriate.


  • Master’s degree in international development, economics or related field.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience.
  • Familiarity with FAR and USAID regulations, field operations, and managing a diverse range of international development projects in complex environments.
  • Familiarity with managing grants under USAID contracts.
  • Experience supervising financial, administrative, and operational procedures on USAID projects strongly preferred.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint).
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel and excellent budgeting skills required.
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relationships with clients and colleagues.
  • Fluency in French and English required.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.


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