Jan 312018

Organization: Norwegian Church Aid
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 19 Feb 2018

Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) has been working together with strong partnerships in DRC since as early as 1973. For the last 27 years, we have been in country using a rights-based approach to engage both right-holders and duty-bearers to foster positive gender relations as well as providing access to safe water and hygiene facilities. In close collaboration with our local partners, we have successfully built synergies between our relief and development programs to deliver timely and culturally sensitive support and services to mobilize and empower local communities, especially women and girls.
As our new Country Director in DRC, you will represent NCA to donors and regional partners while providing effective leadership to the NCA’s DRC office of 20 highly qualified staff members. The role is a hands-on position and your success will be determined by the level of direct engagement in fundraising for new projects, program development, oversight of a highly competent staff, and representing the NCA to stakeholders. As Country Director, you will seek to be influential with our partners, as well as government, in order to develop, improve, implement and manage the current and future program structure within the current political climate. You thrive in evolving and challenging environments, have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, and have excellent skills in retaining and developing relations.
In NCA, we seek leaders who are motivated by our vision, our work and our values, and who wish to take part in developing our organizational- and leadership culture. In order to reach our goals, we need leaders who are able to set direction, lead change, develop organizational culture and use our human and financial resources in the best possible way.
The position is a two year contract, based in Bukavu. The status of the duty station is currently under evaluation and the candidate’s input will be essential in determining its grade. R and R to be provided. NCA will provide you with a housing allowance as well as comprehensive insurance and an R&R plan. This position is for ex-pats only.
Start date: Feb 2018

Job description

  • Proactively engage and network with donors in order to achieve NCA’s funding priorities and strategies.

  • Diversify funding channels and reestablish NCA’s visibility in country.

  • Strategically position NCA for new opportunities in the region by setting direction, prioritizing and organizing actions and resources.

  • Responsible for the operational management of NCA’s office in DRC by continuing the positive team environment in a culturally sensitive environment as well as developing excellent people.

  • Communicate a clear vision of present and future program goals and strategies to team members and stakeholders that translates into concrete programs and work plans.

  • Ability to handle emergency response as well as potentially building up a new office.


  • Demonstrated experience multi-tasking and success in securing funding for country programs.

  • Solid leadership experience in international relief and development programs, including demonstrable success in managing (large, complex, transitional) development programs.

  • Proven experience with long-term aid, emergency and advocacy work.

  • Good knowledge of Norwegian policies and priorities in development aid

  • 2 to 4 years’ experience working with emergency response.

  • Relevant higher education

    Personal qualities

  • Exceptional networking skills and experience in maintaining donor and key stakeholder relationships

  • Motivated by managing and developing personnel towards achieving common goals

  • Ability to inspire and build capacities among staff and partners

  • Culturally sensitive and diplomatic with excellent communication and decision-making skills

  • Ability to maintain a sense of calm in a relatively tense society

  • Loyal to Norwegian Church Aid’s Christian values and accept the Code of Conduct


  • English

  • French

    We offer

  • Exciting and meaningful projects with one of Norway’s largest humanitarian organizations.

  • Competitive terms and conditions and a comprehensive insurance and pension plan.

    About NCA Norwegian Church Aid (‘NCA’) is one of the largest aid organisations in the Nordic region. We are there in disasters and emergencies to provide water and critical assistance to those affected. Together with our international network and partner organisations in the ACT Alliance we are able to reach millions of people each year and help make a positive difference around the world. We are determined to work towards eradicating injustice and we therefore work passionately with advocacy, long-term development in local communities and providing emergency assistance. As we see more and more people impacted by disasters, we now have an even stronger focus on providing more people with emergency relief and access to clean water. We believe that people in need must be helped and we will not stop fighting for a just world.

How to apply:

Please apply using the following link:
NCA uses an electronic recruitment portal. Candidates are kindly asked to submit their CV and application (limited to one page each) through this electronic recruitment portal. We also require all candidates to upload a copy of relevant certificates and diplomas as part of the application. Please note that we only consider candidates who submit their application, CV, and relevant certificates/diplomas through this electronic recruitment portal.

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