The Deputy Country Director (DCD) /CRCA Project Specialist position offers an exciting opportunity to shape and help lead Invisible Children’s (IC) programs in country. The DCD/Project Specialist will work closely with the Country Director (CD) and the program teams to lead new program development and strategy, ensure effective project coordination and technical support, monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance, and accountability in close collaboration with the operations, finance, and administration teams. The DRC Deputy Country Director/Project Specialist will also be a key contributor to the development of IC’s DRC country strategy, new programs and partnerships.
The position is based in Dungu, DRC with extensive travel to project sites in northeastern DRC, Kinshasa, and to regional events.
DRC Country Director / CRCA Chief of Party (CoP)
DRC Country Director / CRCA Deputy Chief of Party, and Program Managers, Operations Managers, and Conflict Analysts in DRC and Central African Republic.
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Deputy Country Director Roles and Responsibilities
The Deputy Country Director role will support the Country Director in ensuring the successful leadership, management, and oversight over all of Invisible Children’s programs and operations in DRC. Specifically, their responsibilities will include:
+ Model IC’s culture and values, fostering an environment of team-work, accountability, creativity, and innovation
+ Contribute to countrywide strategy development and prioritize and organize actions and resources to achieve objectives set through those processes
+Collaborate with the Country Director to develop and communicate a clear vision of present and future program goals and strategies to program teams and stakeholders, translating organizational and program objectives (CRCA and all other DRC-based programs and projects) into integrated, actionable work plans
+Work with the Country Director, program staff, and community partners to ensure all DRC projects are implemented on time, target, and budget
+ Work with Program Managers and community partners to regularly update project work plans, GANTT charts, and other documents relevant for effective project management
+ Where relevant, directly manage key programs and projects, ensuring the successful implementation of those initiatives across DRC (for example, see the CRCA Project Specialist roles and responsibilities as outlined below)
+ Identify and cultivate new initiatives, opportunities, and partnerships that align with the country strategy in collaboration with the Country Director and other relevant personnel.
+ Coordinate with partner organizations and field program staff on proposal development and design, including gathering information and serving as primary lead or coordinator, personally contributing to concept notes and project proposals as requested
Operations and Finance Support
+ Support the Country Director, Global Director of Operations/Compliance, and regional operations and finance staff to ensure compliance with donor and organizational policies and requirements including operations, finance (e.g., budget management, forecasting, and cash requests), administration, HR, and security across all of IC’s DRC locations
+ Remain prepared to step into an Acting Country Director (DRC) role and provide leadership and management to DRC staff in the Country Director’s absence.
+ Provide support to the Country Director to ensure effective management of technical and program staff
CRCA Project Specialist Roles and Responsibilities
The USAID-funded CRCA Activity is currently IC’s core project in DRC. In addition to all the Deputy Country Director responsibilities, the Project Specialist is directly responsible for CRCA program management in DRC as follows:
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
+ Lead by example, modeling IC’s values and equipping and empowering direct reports and IC teams to do the same.
+ Model the highest standards of integrity and communication both internally with IC teams and externally with local and regional stakeholders, partners, and funders.
+ Contribute to the development of IC’s strategic priorities and programs by providing support to the Country Directors and other IC leadership.
+ Represent IC in regional meetings, conferences, and events, as well as to coordinate with partners, donors, and other organizations as the Country Director sees appropriate.
CRCA Program Management
The CRCA is a significant project for IC. The DCD/Project Specialist is directly responsible for overall program management as follows:
+ Act as the lead project specialist for the CRCA activities in RDC, coordinating with country leadership and regional CRCA staff to ensure the successful implementation of project objectives and activities.
+ Maintain a detailed familiarity with all approved project planning and compliance materials, including the project technical proposal, Cooperative Agreement terms, implementation plans, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (MELP), Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP), the Performance Indicators, and Gantt chart.
+ Ensure project field staff understand and comply with the commitments and expectations outlined in the above documents, immediately alerting the D/CoP should discrepancies be found.
+ Under D/CoP leadership, contribute to the development of implementation plans and corresponding programmatic annual budget design.
+ Based on USAID-approved implementation plans, coordinate at the office level quarterly and monthly planning, preparation, and delivery of key project processes including:
– Oversee preparation of quarterly work plans across all CRCA departments.
– Work with key operations support personnel to provide logistical and coordination support to selected consultants/contractors.
– Work with key Early Warning System (EWS)/ Conflict Analysis personnel to ensure quality and timeliness of daily EWS reporting.
– Work with the project field officers to ensure effective and efficient activity planning, the timely and quality implementation of activities, and the timely delivery of quality field mission reports.
+ Act as the key interface between CRCA’s leadership and project field personnel to ensure the success of the CRCA programs in DRC and the effective and efficient flow of information between the main office and field offices on project planning, quality, reporting, and implementation.
+ Support the D/CoP in the preparation of all donor quarterly and annual progress reports.
+ Manage and respond to rapid requests from D/CoP including (but not limited to) project data, analysis, presentation materials, and ad hoc reports.
+ As requested by the D/CoP, oversee or support the planning and execution of project events including workshops, trainings, and stakeholder meetings.
CRCA Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning
+ Support the preparation of CRCA qualitative and quantitative reports, coordinating across the program to ensure those reports are high quality and submitted on time, and contribute to lessons learned activities and processes.
+ Oversee the collection and drafting of success stories, ensuring the D/COP and ICHQ communication personnel have access to relevant content in a timely manner.
+ Oversee the ongoing collection of information on project progress and serve as the primary source of information for the D/COP and IC senior leadership.
+ Establish and manage key project documents and databases that track activity implementation details, beneficiary data, and other key project data points.
+ In collaboration with relevant program staff, project leadership, and HQ technical advisors, support revisions and adaptations to CRCA programmatic manuals, training modules and other similar program materials.
National Subaward Partner Management
+ With guidance from the D/CoP, and with support from relevant HQ and field-based operations staff, liaise directly with national subaward partners to elaborate Statements of Work and budgets with national partners.
+ Ensure proper documentation is collected and maintained with subaward partners.
+ With guidance from the D/CoP, receive, review, and approve monthly partner reports and milestone deliverables.
+ Together with relevant finance personnel, track subaward partner payments.
+ Conduct monitoring visits and coordinate with sectorial departments to check into partners and identify any compliance and capacity building needs.
+ Coordinate capacity-buildings plans for national partners and provide ongoing guidance and support on best practices.
+ Represent CRCA at the local level, participating in local meetings and other events, contributing towards increased visibility and understanding of CRCA at the local level.
+ Identify and plan for opportunities to strengthen relationships and trust between CRCA and local stakeholders.
This position requires regular travel to IC and project sub-offices and project sites. The exact timing and length of that travel is intended to be outcome-driven and will be structured to support the roles and responsibilities outlined above and the successful implementation of the CRCA project.
Please submit your Cover letter, resume and three (3) references to [email protected] with “DCD/CRCA Project Specialist” in the subject line.
The deadline for application is March 22, 2021 by 5:00pm (Eastern Standard Time).
About Invisible Children
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Invisible Children (IC) is an international non-profit organization working to end violence conflict and foster thriving ecosystems in solidarity with our world’s most at-risk communities. We partner with local visionaries and peacebuilders in volatile conflict zones to build community-led initiatives and drive global policy change to end violent conflict and ensure communities, and the environments on which they depend, have the safety they deserve.
When Invisible Children was founded in 2004, our primary aim was to hasten an end to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) crisis in central Africa and support the lasting recovery of communities in the region targeted by the LRA. Our comprehensive approach to the LRA crisis has integrated every level of intervention, from direct partnerships with local civil society and communities to advocacy campaigns targeting international policymakers.
Over the last 16 years, our programs and advocacy have contributed to significant progress in ending the LRA crisis. At the same time, we have continued to refine and adapt our programs to address other drivers of violent conflict in the central Africa region beyond the LRA crisis. In recent years, this has included the exploration of community-based initiatives and conflict analysis to address the intersection of human security and wildlife trafficking in the central Africa region. Currently, IC implementing programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR), and South Sudan.