Nov 222017

Organization: Management Systems International
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 21 Dec 2017

Senior Program Coordinator,

USAID Solutions for Peace and Recovery, Goma, DRC

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 and prevent or assist in the recovery from conflict in areas that are strategically important to the stability of eastern DRC.

Position Summary:

The senior program coordinator is responsible for the overall facilitation, support and oversight of USAID SPR’s grants programs during years two (2) and three (3). In this capacity, the senior program coordinator will directly supervise project staff responsible for grantee oversight. S/he will work with the deputy chief of party and grants managers to ensure smooth transfer from grantee intake to grant administration and grant close out.


  • Oversee all aspects of SPR grantee capacity-building and activity implementation including:
  • Conduct grantee start-up and training.
  • Conduct grantee Workplan review, regular meetings with grantees, and compiling regular reports of grantee meetings.
  • Ensure grantee incorporation of cross-cutting principles into program design and implementation, including gender sensitivity, Do No Harm, marginalized group sensitivity, appreciative inquiry (to identify success stories), and learning approaches.
  • Enable provision of technical assistance to grantees from USAID’s SPR project.
  • Field grantee problems and/or concerns.
  • Review technical reports and milestones.
  • Work with grants managers to ensure that all financial and administrative reports are submitted on a timely basis.
  • Coordinate and oversee all members of staff involved in grantee oversight, including:
  • Preside over regular meetings with program assistants responsible for exercising grantee oversight.
  • Obtain reports from oversight staff on their bilateral discussions with grantees.
  • Make regular visits to the field with oversight staff to observe grantee activities.
  • Ensure that systems are in place to detect any irregularities on the part of grantees and provide for the successful tracking and organization of proposals, approvals, and active and closed grants, per the USAID’s SPR Grants Manual.
  • Develop on-line resource for grantees through which new tools can be systematically shared.
  • Serve as the principal author of an USAID’s SPR grantee page for the USAID’s SPR newsletter.
  • Work with COP, DCOP, and other project staff to remove any bottlenecks or hindrances encountered by grantees as a result of required administrative procedures.
  • Ensure that there are effective lines of communication with grantees implementing in target areas where there is limited access by USAID’s SPR staff, especially Walikale.
  • Collaborate with the DCOP and component leads to ensure that grants and direct activities are delivered in a collaborative and strategic manner which supports the objectives and sub-objectives of each component.
  • Work with the component leads to develop new solicitations that support component objectives.
  • Participate on technical review committees for grants as required.
  • Other duties as required and identified.


  • Minimum of ten (10) years of relevant work experience.
  • Master’s degree in international development, economics or related field preferred.
  • Familiarity with FAR and USAID regulations, field operations, and managing a diverse range of international development projects in complex environments.
  • Experience 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).
  • 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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