Invisible Children is seeking a Head of Project for the USAID-funded People-to-People Reconciliation (P2P) program.

Project Summary

This activity will focus on interventions aimed at achieving the following results:

1) Undermine credibility of hate speech and armed groups;

2) Reduce intercommunal tensions and resolve conflicts by developing tools to resolve local-level conflicts; and

3) Protect communities by building community capacity to reduce their exposure to security threats in a non-violent manner using early warning systems, community protection committees, and other approaches.

Position Summary

The Head of Project will be responsible for the technical leadership and management of the project. S/he will oversee the long-term local staff and short-term experts in achieving project results. She/he ensures compliance with all terms of the project contract and all relevant donor rules and regulations. This position reports to Country Leadership in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Location

Bangassou, CAR, with the expectation of regular travel to IC country and field offices

Areas of Responsibility

+ Perform the role of leader and supervisor of the IC’s team that works directly with the People-to-People Reconciliation Program (P2P).

+ Manages and is responsible for technical and financial performance of the project;

+ Provides technical direction, leadership, and oversight of all administrative matters;

+ Ensures technical, financial, and administrative activities are carried out according to IC’s policies and procedures and consistent with USAID regulations;

+ Works in partnership with the Chief Program Officer (CPO), engaging in frequent, routine communication with the Headquarters in Washington, D.C. around the project’s progress and potential issues;

+ Develops and implements work plans for project activities;

+ Oversees implementation of project monitoring and evaluation activities and ensures that project results are met;

+ Supervises development and submission of project deliverables and provides timely and accurate reporting and briefings to USG/Stakeholders on all program areas;

+ Oversees implementation of IC’s security protocols and provides leadership in handling security related issues;

+ Responsible for managing the project’s relationships with USAID, Government of the Central African Republic counterparts, private sector firms, educational institutions, and local counterparts, NGOs, and other stakeholders;

+ Oversees implementation of project monitoring and evaluation activities, and ensures that project results and targets are met;

+ Supports the implementation of IC’s security protocols and provides leadership in handling security related issues and addressing local staffing and personnel issues related to security; and

+ Manages project team in a manner that is open and respectful and encourages professional development and solicits constructive staff input.

+ Coaches, mentors, and manages project team to ensure quality, efficiency and compliance with project and company standards/policies.

+ Builds, develops, and grows partnerships vital to the success of the project.

+ Performs other duties as assigned

Educational Background

+ 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 12 years of experience in strategic planning and implementation of related activities in similar conflict-affected areas;

Skills/Experience

+ Working knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures with project management, process development and execution.

+ At least 9 years of experience in the Central African region in relevant management, supervisory and technical experience with progressive responsibility working with activities that are of similar scope and scale to this activity; 

+ Experience implementing conflict resolution, reconciliation, and peacebuilding programming in the Central African region, especially utilizing people-to-people peacebuilding approaches;

+ Experience with programs aimed at youth, women and other marginalized communities a plus;

+ 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).

+ Proven experience integrating gender equality, female empowerment, and social inclusion into development projects;

+ Experience working with donor projects, USAID preferred;

+ Excellent oral and written communication skills.

+ Ability to adapt and resolve problems/issues to bring project to completion.

Application Instructions

Please submit an application containing your (1) resume and (2) cover letter to [email protected], with the subject line “Project Manager, P2P.” Applications must be submitted in English/French and must be limited to the materials outlined above. Candidates will be reviewed until the 14th of January 2022.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Invisible Children values diversity and does not discriminate the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

About Invisible Children

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Invisible Children (IC) is an international non-profit organization working to end violent conflict and exploitation facing our world’s most isolated and unprotected communities. We partner with local visionaries in 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. 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 and other armed groups. Our comprehensive approach to the LRA crisis has integrated every level of intervention, from direct partnerships with local communities to advocacy campaigns targeting international policymakers.

Over the course of 12 years working with remote communities in central Africa, we have contributed to significant progress in ending the LRA crisis, while refining and adapting our programs to address other drivers of violent conflict in the central Africa region. IC’s current work focuses on developing innovative and sustainable solutions to regional insecurity and armed group violence. 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.