Job Title: Deputy Chief of Party – Resilience Food Security Activity, DRC
Job Location: Eastern DRC, TBD
Job Type: Regular, Full Time
Reports to: Chief of Party. You will also line manage program staff. You will also work closely with the Programmes Director, Country Finance Controller, Systems Director, Desk Officer and Advisors.
About the role: This is a 60-month, new role with unaccompanied terms based in Eastern DRC with a salary of Grade 4 range from € 44,133 to € 49,038
***This position is contingent on upon successful agreement award and USAID approval.**We would like you to start in September 2023 (dependent on funding approval).
Concern Worldwide has operated in the DRC in 1994, successfully implementing programs in emergency response, livelihoods, food security, protection, and health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) throughout the country. Concern DRC has eight offices with over 300 staff throughout the country. The head office is in Kinshasa with coordination offices in Goma (North Kivu), and Kalemie (Tanganyika). At the program implementation level, there are offices in Manono, Nyunzu, Kiambi, and Kabalo (Tanganyika) and Kitchanga (North Kivu).
Concern Worldwide seeks a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated project “Resilience Food Security Activity” (RFSA) in Eastern DRC. RFSAs work to improve and sustain the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations through multi-year resilience food and nutrition security activities. These activities work at the individual, household, community, and institutional levels to address the underlying causes of food insecurity and malnutrition and strengthen transformative opportunities. RFSAs are intended to strengthen resilience in populations vulnerable to acute, chronic hunger, and malnutrition; recurrent shocks, stresses, and crises; and to reduce the need for ongoing or future emergency food assistance.
The DCOP will take a leadership role in day-to-day operations and performance management, ensuring the technical and administration implementation of high impact, proven interventions, while ensuring that the project meets stated goals and reporting requirements. The DCOP will assume the responsibilities of the COP in the absence of the COP. They will manage program staff in MEL, including the MEL advisor, programs and technical units, and reporting and communications departments to ensure the successful implementation and adaptive management of the program; they will also play a key role in coordination with consortium partners and other stakeholders. The successful candidate should possess substantial experience managing complex, multi-year USAID or other international donor-funded programs.
Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 50%.
The Deputy Chief of Party will be responsible to:
- Together with the COP and MEL adviser, develop, oversee, and review program workplans and performance monitoring plans.
- Maintain relationships with key staff of consortium partner organizations in related areas of responsibility. Coordinate with key staff and consortium partners to carry out activities in accordance with the work plan and timelines for deliverables.
- Supervise program staff and manage partnerships, fostering a positive and collaborative working environment inclusive of both local and international, public and private staff and stakeholders working towards program objectives.
- Manage key functions of the project to meet donor expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget, ensuring coordination between program and operations leads.
- Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Help ensure compliance with donor grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to the donor.
- Integrate data analysis, reflection, interpretation and use with ongoing project activities. Share MEL learning and experiences with relevant stakeholders.
- Collaborate with the Chief of Party and senior management team to achieve activity objectives, while evaluating program effectiveness and determining corrective actions needed to achieve objectives.
- Effectively manage, supervise and mentor program teams and staff. Strategically tailor individual development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports.
- Develop national partner leadership capacity.
- Create and maintain a staff environment that promotes learning, sharing ideas, solutions, and challenges. Promote staff capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to deficiencies. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for Concern and consortia staff members, recommending trainings and technical assistance needed.
- Manage and mitigate risk through monitoring national and local issues that may impact staff and programming, in close coordination with Concern program staff. Ensure all staff understand and adhere to Concern staff safety and security policies and plans.
- In coordination with or absence of the COP, represent the program in public and professional circles including donor visits, meetings, conferences, presentations, etc.; support written correspondence to the donor as needed.
- Actively promote meaningful community participation and consultation at all stages of the project cycle (planning, implementation, M&E);
- Work with relevant colleagues to ensure that the Complaints and Response Mechanism (CRM) is functional and accessible, that feedback and complaints are welcomed and addressed;
- Work with relevant colleagues to ensure that information about CRM, safeguarding and expected staff behaviour is disseminated among programme participants and communities.
Your skills and experience will include:
- A Master’s degree (equivalent) or higher in development studies, international relations, agriculture, nutrition, public health, business administration, or a related field.
- A minimum of 6 years of work experience in a program management position; preferably 8 years or more, with progressive responsibilities in a field related to the successful implementation of the program, such as food security, nutrition, agriculture, or resilience..
- A minimum of 4 years of experience managing large, complex, donor-funded international development programs required, preferably for USAID awards. Strong knowledge and experience in budget management.
- Demonstrated ability to manage and strengthen relationship with sub-awardees and other partners and stakeholders (international and local organizations, private sector, government, etc.).
- A minimum of 5 years of staff management experience leading multi-disciplinary teams in an environment conducive to learning and development. Experience coaching senior program staff.
- Ability to direct and manage change and inspire teamwork and high performing teams.
- Experience in adaptive management, with proven ability to iterate, test, and adjust programming in line with contextual shifts and learning.
- Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills.
- Strong communication skills, including both written and oral presentation skills.
- Deep knowledge of the political, social, and economic context of DRC required, and experience working in conflict-affected or insecure areas, with DRC experience preferred.
- Professional level fluency in written and spoken English and French.
- Prior experience as a DCOP or comparable senior leadership position on USAID projects of similar size, scope, and complexity to this activity is a significant advantage.
- Technical background in agriculture, food security, nutrition, natural resource management, agribusiness, WASH, gender and women’s empowerment, and/or youth.
- Familiarity with USAID’s approaches to resilience and food security; the state of food security and nutrition sectors in DRC; understand and demonstrate commitment to the importance of gender and youth dynamics in food security programming and within staff and management.
- Understanding and knowledge of USAID and U.S. Government regulations and program administration, management, and reporting procedures and systems is preferred.
- Knowledge of Core Humanitarian Standards, Sphere and HAP Standards and other international humanitarian guidelines and protocols
How to apply
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All applications should be submitted through our website at https://jobs.concern.net by closing date. CVs 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.
HIV testing and travel restrictions based on HIV status apply in DRC. This means that in order to obtain a visa or work permit, the government of DRC impose HIV-related travel restrictions usually involve a mandatory declaration of HIV status and/or testing”.
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