Invisible Children is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) for the anticipated USAID-funded Partnership for the Development of Eastern Congo (P-DEC). The Deputy Chief of Party will be responsible for the technical oversight of the three technical components of the Activity and also lead the development of the Activity’s annual work plans, annual and quarterly reports, and other requests.
Location: Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Reports To: Chief of Party, based in Goma
Project Summary: P-DEC will aim to strengthen the foundations for durable peace (Transition Objective 3 under the 2014-2021 USAID/DRC Country Development Cooperation Strategy) with a focus on Ituri and North Kivu provinces. P-DEC will adopt cross-sectoral stabilization approaches to address drivers of conflict that gave rise to and continue to fuel the activities of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and various other armed groups and community militias. As such, P-DEC will build community resilience to conflict and crisis; foster accountable, trusted, citizen-responsive institutions, addressing grievances; promote inclusive, diversified economic growth. It will focus on areas where there is demonstrated political will to achieve the goals and objectives of the program.
**Position contingent upon funder approval of key personnel and funding.**
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
The main duties of the DCOP are:
+ Working closely with the Chief of Party to provide technical and managerial oversight for the Activity, including the development and implementation of the Activity’s annual work plans, quarterly and annual reports, and other requests that may come in from USAID and Invisible Children.
+ Working closely with other senior managers to ensure that the Activity consistently employs the values of Invisible Children, ensures the highest ethical standards, emphasizes the importance of communication and team work, promotes collaboration with other donor-funded projects and activities, adheres to USAID and Invisible Children technical guidance, and directly contributes to the attainment of the Activity’s contractual deliverables;
+ Managing the development, design, and implementation of all Component-led interventions, taking place in and outside of the geographic focus (Ituri and North Kivu provinces). This includes taking responsibility for Short Terms Technical Assistance TA SoWs, supporting the recruitment and selection of STTA consultants, scheduling and mobilization, field implementation, and final acceptance of the work completed;
+ Drafting, editing, and making material contributions to Activity documents, including but not limited to weekly snapshot reports, quarterly and PowerPoint presentations, annual reports, studies, papers, survey instruments, and other operational and MEL-related documentation;
+ Maintaining rigorous focus on the achievement of the Activity’s Key Performance Indicators (KPIs);
+ Providing supportive guidance and supervision to Technical and Program staff, and Managers who are charged to implement programs within the assigned area of expertise.
+ Collaborating with Operations and cross functional groups on matters concerning staff development that leverages international staff to mentor local staff, so as to maintain project accountability and scale in the short term and fast track capacity building for the long term.
+ Managing the implementation and coordination of all events, technical forums, conferences, and roundtables;
+ Effectively backstopping and supporting long- and short-term consultants;
+ Representing the Activity and Invisible Children in meetings with the private and public sector stakeholders as requested by the COP;
+ Other duties as assigned on an ad hoc basis by the COP.
+ A Master’s degree in political science, international relations, international development, public/business administration, conflict studies, other social sciences, or fields closely related to the work required (Preferred);
+ A Bachelor’s degree and at least 15 years of experience, with minimum 10 years of demonstrated experience managing complex projects in similar conflict-affected areas;
+ Demonstrates expert-level credentials appropriate to this role – as a program management expert in the field of conflict resolution, reconciliation, peacebuilding programming in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), especially utilizing cross sectoral and disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) approaches preferred.
+ Extensive direct supervisory experience over teams of at least 5 people
+ Demonstrated ability to work in complex, politically charged, unstable environments, work across different cultures, ethnicities and religions, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines;
+ Professional level oral and written skills in English, and proficient oral and written skills in French (required);
+ Experience working with donor projects, experience with USAID required;
+ Excellent oral and written communication skills; and
+ Ability to adapt and resolve problems/issues to bring project to completion.
About Invisible Children
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Invisible Children is an international nonprofit organization working to build a world where all people and the planet thrive together with a purpose to end violent conflict and foster thriving ecosystems in solidarity with our world’s most at risk communities.. We partner with local visionaries in highly remote and volatile conflict zones to build community-led initiatives and drive global policy change to end violent conflict and ensure communities have the safety they deserve. Currently, our programming is focused on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Central African Republic (CAR), and South Sudan.
Submit your CV, cover letter, and three (3) references, via email to [email protected] by November 8, 2020. Include “P-DEC DCOP Application” in the subject line of your email.