May 232018

Organization: Free to Run
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 01 Jun 2018

Free to Run

We use running and adventure sports to support women and girls living in areas of conflict to build their physical, emotional and social well-being; we provide them with the tools to succeed and support them to transfer those successes to their everyday lives because they can and will be a force for positive change.

Our programs are carefully designed based on extensive experience of working in conflict-affected areas, in-depth research, and significant consultation with local partners. Operating in areas of conflict since 2014, we focus on producing a meaningful and sustainable impact, one girl, one woman, and one community at a time. In Afghanistan, across three provinces, we have groups of women taking part in both adventure sports and our life skills through sports curriculum; learning to become leaders in their own lives. With the aim of replicating our successful programs from Afghanistan, Free to Run began a pilot program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in February 2018, in conjunction with a local partner. The program supports women and girls, aged 15-25, through outdoor adventure, learning and leadership, and community engagement.

Free to Run is a small, but rapidly growing charity, offering an exciting opportunity for personal growth and development.

Job Description

Free to Run seeks a highly motivated program manager, capable of working independently to continue the operations of Free to Run’s pilot program in the DRC for a minimum period of six months.

The Program Manager will be responsible for implementing, managing and coordinating Free to Run’s programs in the DRC, which are currently operating in Goma. In addition, he/she will represent Free to Run in relevant in-country platforms and donor discussions. The Program Manager will report directly to the Free to Run President and liaise closely with Free to Run’s volunteers and directors in New York and other parts of the world.

Main Areas of Responsibility

  • Program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Networking and representation on behalf of Free to Run;
  • Identification of funding opportunities;
  • Capacity development of local partner organisations and other relevant stakeholders.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Coordinating the day to day activities of Free to Run DRC, including:

    • Implementing weekly running and leadership training sessions for participants
    • Managing local volunteers and working with local partner organisation staff
    • Planning and organizing sports weeks and weekend activities
    • Managing program funds and assisting in fundraising
    • Compiling human interest stories and providing content for Free to Run’s social media
  • Contributing to program development, strategic positioning, program cycle management (identification, formulation, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, reporting)

  • Providing logistical support for board member visits in-country

  • Interacting with the donor and NGO community in the DRC


Due to the small size of the organization, this is a volunteer position that is remunerated with a stipend ($1000 per month) and might best be suited for somebody already living in Goma/DRC/East Africa or with a keen interest in gaining program management experience in Africa. Free to Run is committed to supporting volunteers grow into other opportunities in the future. Free to Run will cover emergency and medical evacuation insurance, visa fees, and a maximum of $1000 towards costs of round-trip airfare to the DRC. Housing will be provided or a reasonable stipend to cover the costs of rent.


The successful candidate must:

  • Be passionate about women’s empowerment, international development, and appreciate sports, running and adventure.
  • Have working knowledge of French or Swahili.
  • Have travelled to or lived in a conflict affected or developing country and be comfortable with living in a high-risk, low-luxury environment.
  • Be familiar with the challenges facing women in conflict areas/developing nations.
  • Have the ability to work independently.
  • Be organized, able to multi-task, and deal with the challenges of working in a developing nation and multicultural environment.
  • Have demonstrated ability to coordinate logistics and implement action plans.
  • Be willing and ready to learn quickly.
  • Have prior non-profit work experience.
  • Have excellent written communication skills and able to use Microsoft Office programmes.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with developing, managing and monitoring development programmes in conflict areas, including knowledge of logframes and use of indicators and baselines.
  • Experience assessing needs.
  • Experience in fundraising and grant writing.
  • Strong (financial) project management, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience working with internationally-funded programmes, including coordination, reporting and monitoring according to different donor templates.
  • Experience in working with local NGOs, preferably with communities in conflict-affected/ high-poverty level states.

Specifics of Duty Station:

The Programme Manager will be mainly based in Goma, with occasional travel to Rwanda as required. The safety, security and health situation in the DRC remains stable but subject to volatile change and is constantly being monitored by Free to Run and its partner organizations.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and cover letter, together with the contact information for two professional references (letters of reference not required at this stage, but are welcome), to Ericka at Please reach out with any questions you might have regarding the program, the application process, or the role.

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