Country Director D.R. Congo
War Child programme in the D.R. Congo
WCH has been working in the DRC since 2003 with its country office based in Bukavu, South Kivu. WCH has two field bases in, Kalehe and Fizi territories, with interventions in three key thematic areas of child protection, psychosocial support, and education being carried out in 26 communities in Walungu, Bukavu, , Kalehe and Fizi territories of South Kivu province. The interventions are carried out through a participatory community-based approach that seeks to strengthen existing systems and structures within the communities to (re)create a stable, safe, and supportive environment for children.
The DRC programme will support options for cooperation and exchange with War Child offices in the Great Lakes Region (Uganda, Burundi). War Child is committed to add value to the development of a sustainable programme which suits the local needs and works closely with DRC local organizations and relevant government institutions.
You are responsible for the realisation of War Child’s country programme in the D.R. Congo. This includes and is not limited to developing and updating the country strategy, planning and reporting (annually and quarterly), monitoring & evaluation and effectively supervising the country team. Capacity building of staff and local partners is part of your challenge. As the Country Director you play an important role in fundraising of institutional donors (in-country). You develop and maintain donor relations. Next to this you will represent War Child in meetings and coordination platforms. You will have the final responsibility for Security Management. You will ensure to be well informed on security developments at all times. You will ensure that the country security plan is updated on a regular basis and ensure implementation by all staff. You have the final responsibility for finance, office and logistics management (to a large extend delegated to the Operation Support Manager). You authorize investments and manage supplies. You maintain efficient financial control (of cash flows, local payment, etc.) accountability standards, procedures and records. You prepare budgets and budget control. You take action by imminent deficiencies or surplus.
You are an experienced and inspiring leader. You have at least 10 years relevant experience in an international/ humanitarian context of which a minimum of 5 years in a senior management position (e.g. as Representative or Country director). Proven experience in the region is a must. You will have a relevant academic background e.g. social sciences, international relations, Business Administration. You have excellent communication skills in English and French. You have experience in working with local partners and knowledge of psychosocial, protection and education programmes for children affected by conflict. You have proven experience in financial management (including management of multiple grants). You are diplomatic with strong problem solving and social skills. You are result oriented and stress-resilient, able to cope with deadlines and complex problems. You are a team player and able to work independently. You have affinity with War Child’s mandate. You have proven experience in growing the operations and funding of an organization.
War Child Holland offers a challenging job, within an inspiring and motivated team of people and the backup of a strong and professional organisation in The Netherlands. War Child Holland offers its international staff a fair salary and comprehensive secondary benefits that includes housing, insurances (including health, travel and disability) and opportunities to develop and learn professionally. Please visit our website www.warchildholland.org for more information on the organisation and the programmes.
Job Location: Bukavu, DRC.
Contract: 1 year contract with the intention to prolong
Starting date: as soon as possible
DRC is a non-family duty station. The expatriate is allowed to bring a partner under the condition that he/she is employed or will be employed by a humanitarian organization. The expatriate is not allowed to bring children.
How to apply
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply as soon as possible through our partner Oxford HR: http://oxfordhr.co.uk/jobs/country-director-drc/
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