Jan 122018

Organization: Concern Worldwide
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 31 Jan 2018

Programmes Director

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

About the role: This is a 24 month, replacement role with unaccompanied terms. This position can be based in Kinshasa or Goma with a salary of Grade 5 – €40,402 – €44,892

You will report to the Country Director and will line manage the Area Coordinators (North Kivu & ex-Katanga), and the Emergency Coordinator. You will work closely with the Systems Director, Country Financial Controller and WASH Consortium Director.

We would like you to start on 1st February 2018.

Your purpose: As a member of Concern’s Senior Management Team in DRC, the Programmes Director will:

  • Lead quality and control in programmes through improving programming methodologies, techniques and through mentoring of managers on programme tools, approaches and methodologies.

  • Build a network of key technical and peer agencies which allows for shared learning, identifying potential consortium actions, programme development and the establishment of effective advocacy platforms.

  • Support fundraising through leading with the development of high quality proposals.

  • Actively participate in the management and development of all aspects of Concern DRC’s operations.

  • Ensure in-country learning and information sharing across the DRC areas of operation by creating and maintaining good communication linkages between and within programmes and areas.

You will be responsible for:

Programme Design, Implementation and Development

  • Ensure that Concern develops and maintains its capacity to respond to emergencies.

  • Support the programme managers in programme design, providing technical guidance at all stages of the programme cycle and ensure the impact of Concern’s programmes is captured through strong Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E).

  • Ensure that opportunities for working with partners are fully explored and work with programme and finance teams to ensure partner assessments (CLOFAT and CLOSAT) are carried out; ensure capacity building plans for partners are developed and implemented where necessary.

  • In conjunction with the Country Director (CD) and other programme staff, ensure proper documentation and record keeping related to all programme areas.

  • Ensure gender and protection are integrated into all programme activities.

  • Ensure that the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) is rolled out across DRC– ensuring compliance to the standards by supporting and advising managers and staff in their application.

  • In conjunction with the field based staff, ensure continued effective roll out and implementation of the Complaints Response Mechanism across all Concern DRC locations.

  • Work with the Country Director and the Desk Officer to develop and maintain a funding strategy to ensure future funding streams are known and developed to the greatest extent possible.

  • Manage the implementation of Concern’s Preparedness for Effective Emergency Response (PEER) plan, ensuring an effective and timely response to emergencies.

Staff Development and Organisational Learning

  • Ensure all programme staff have regularly set and reviewed personal performance objectives that are relevant to programme direction and needs.

  • Proactively seek, receive, synthesise and disseminate programme relevant material to all programme managers, advisors and senior systems staff.

  • Support and mentor programme staff in management and or technical (programme) subjects.

  • Build clear processes in each programme to ensure organisational learning is prioritised and systematically used in PCM, external exchange and advocacy.

  • Ensure that Concern’s Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4) and Code of Conduct are fully integrated and implemented in all aspects of work.

Country Strategy and Networking

  • With the CD, lead the implementation of the Country Strategic Plan (2017-2021).

  • Develop national level networks relevant to increasing Concern’s learning and profile which increases potential for funding opportunities; such as new funding sources or approaches to funding such as consortium work and joint advocacy efforts.

  • Together with the CD, ensure active and visible participation in national level coordination including relevant clusters, donor/implementing partner groups and the Humanitarian Action Group (HAG).

  • Work with the CD to develop international communication pieces to promote learning and influence.

  • Participate in the DRC WASH Consortium networking events and workshops where required.

Donor Compliance and Reporting

  • Ensure effective donor compliance through training on donor guidelines, effectively managing the donor reporting schedule and monitoring the quality of donor narrative and financial reporting.

  • Guide teams in preparing Concern’s Annual Programme Reports, and consolidate inputs into the country level report.

Finance and Budgeting

  • Review programme budgets and ensure they are realistic, in line with donor regulations and match donor project budgets.

  • Review management accounts and provide feedback to budget holders.

  • Assist the Country Financial Controller (CFC) in the preparation of donor and internal budgets and financial reports.

Your skills and experience will include:

Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • Third level qualification in Development Studies, Education, Nutrition, Public Health or other related discipline.

  • At least three years overseas experience in similar or related senior management positions.

  • Experience of programme development, management and participatory planning methodologies.

  • Fluent English and French – written and spoken.

  • Experience of staff development.

  • Knowledge and experience of Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies and emergency preparedness

  • Knowledge of mainstreaming Equality (especially Gender) and Protection.

  • Strong training and mentoring skills.

  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.

  • Ability to work with culturally diverse groups of people.

  • Ability to organize and plan effectively.

  • Experience of networking and representation at coordination for a.

  • Excellent organisational and planning skills.

  • Ability to work under pressure often to strict deadlines.

  • Experience of working in insecure zones.

  • Empathy with organisational goals.


    Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • Work experience in Africa, particularly in DRC

  • Experience working in health (WASH), livelihoods and emergency sectors

Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements:

  • International driving license
  • Skills in survey design and statistical analysis

All applications should be submitted through our website at by closing date. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.

Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

How to apply:

All applications should be submitted through our website at by closing date. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.

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