OFDA Programme Manager - DRC / RDC
Concern , Democratic Republic Of The Congo
Concern Worldwide started working in DRC in 1994. Since that time we have grown into one of the leading humanitarian organisations operating in DRC with national rapid response programmes, resilience programmes, cash, WASH and nutrition programmes. This is an exciting opportunity to support the development of existing and new WASH programmes for DRC and ensure that they are implemented to the highest quality. Today, 1 in 10 people in humanitarian need live in DRC- come and help us do our part.
About the role:
This is a 12-month new role with unaccompanied terms based in Kitchanga (Masisi territory) North Kivu (with regular travel to Goma), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a salary of Grade 3 (€37,988 - €42,209).
You will report to the North Kivu Area Coordinator and to the Programme Coordinator. You will line manage the national WASH Project Manager , and assistants in North Kivu, and liaise with the Programme Director, Programme Development and Quality Coordinator, the WASH Advisor, M&E Manager, Gender and Protection Manager, Logistics Coordinator, Base Manager, Country Financial Controller, HR Manager.
We would like you to start ASAP.
Please note due to the urgency of this post, we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, and Concern may appoint a successful candidate before the application deadline.
The OFDA programme is a multi-sectorial intervention targeting the most vulnerable areas of Tanganyika and Masisi territory (North Kivu). The purpose of the OFDA Programme Manager – North Kivu is to implement all activities planned for Masisi territory under this programme, ensuring high quality and timely implementation of all project activities in line with the proposal, budget and project plan. The PM will also be in charge of reporting tasks and will be responsible for representing Concern in Masisi territory, including coordination with other actors and stakeholder management.
You will be responsible for:
· Provide effective and efficient management of the project implementation in line with the project proposals and donors requirements and ensure timely production and submission of project reports and budget revisions.
· Promote and ensure appropriate participation and equitable access of beneficiaries and communities through appropriate mechanisms.
· Participate in conducting joint assessments and planning responses together with other teams and follow up on the recommendations & assist in the development of funding proposals as relevant to programmes in North Kivu.
· Provide support and implement project activities in Masisi with a particular focus on engineering (water supply and sanitation) and sustainability of WASH interventions, and links to Hygiene Promotion.
· Provide technical support and guidance in line with the WASH PM and WASH Advisor to the engineers on preparing technical drawings and technical specifications for tenders.
· Provide technical support and guidance to the Hygiene Promotion officer in designing effective hygiene promotion campaigns.
*Coordination and Leadership:
· Share information on Concern’s activities and intervention and promote good relations and collaboration with other actors.
· Represent Concern and act as a focal point in Kitchanga and meet with various stakeholders for coordination and mapping purposes.
· Contribute to the revision and implementation of Concern’s strategy in North Kivu, identifying gaps and potential for expansion and fundraising.
Monitoring and Evaluation/Accountability:
· Work closely with field teams on objectives, indicators and activities and develop clear monitoring frameworks for each project in collaboration with the M & E Manager and Programme team.
· Maintain an effective monitoring and planning system, which informs reporting and project design.
· Work with the team to identify and document project learning and success cases and disseminate learning.
· Ensure effective implementation of the M&E plan, ensuring accurate information is collected and analysed for all programme components.
· Ensure that impacts or problems are identified clearly discussed in the team and community and fed back into the programming.
· Concern is committed to increasing its accountability to different stakeholders, and particularly to beneficiaries. Working with the support of the Programme Director, ensure the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) of accountability benchmarks are understood by team members and appropriately incorporated into programme activities.
· As part of the accountability initiative, participate in the implementation of the Complaints Response Mechanism (CRM) and ensure that programme information is clearly communicated to communities.
· Produce timely and accurate budgets, forecasts and budget revisions for the projects while building the capacities of the WASH assistant to improve his budget management skills.
· Manage the projects budget and ensure expenditure is in line within agreed projects plans and budgets.
· Ensure that project expenditure is undertaken in line with finance policies and procedures, and that resources are optimally utilised.
· Take overall budget responsibility for the OFDA Programme in North Kivu.
Staff Management and Development:
· Management of the OFDA team in Masisi.
· Participate in the recruitment of North Kivu staff. This includes preparation of job requisitions and job descriptions.
· Establish clear performance objectives for each of the reporting staff and conduct formal Performance and Development Reviews (PDRs).
· Support the team in identifying training needs and help the team design and facilitate appropriate training and follow up models.
· Ensure team members are aware of core Concern policies and procedures relevant to their work, and with the support of others, carry out regular briefings on these policies, including the P4, security management, accountability etc. Contribute to the implementation of these policies.
· Together with other project teams members, ensure HIV & AIDS, inequality and risk and vulnerability are analysed, mitigated against and responded to during the overall planning, implementation and management of the WASH project
Your skills and experience will include:
Education, Qualifications & Experience Required: **
· Qualifications in a discipline related to WASH, Civil Engineering and/or Environmental Health.
· At least 3 years of experience in implementing programmes in a complex emergency context, with proven experience in all steps of the project cycle.
· Good spoken and written French & English.
· A proven record of effective team and people management.
· Experience of coordinating WASH activities.
· Sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
· Excellent teamwork skills and the ability to build good relations both internally and externally.
· Experience of building capacity of internal and partner staff.
· Experience in report and proposal writing.
· Proven financial management skills.
· Commitment to Concern’s ethos and values.
· Sound IT skills, including Word and Excel.
We would also like:
· Familiarity with logistics, HR, Finance, and administrative processes of Concern.
· Understanding and experience of mainstreaming issues of gender equity, ethnicity and HIV and AIDS into project planning and implementation.
· Proven influencing and negotiating skills with internal and external audiences.
· Experience of working in Africa (or elsewhere under similar conditions).
· Experience managing a USAID-funded intervention.
· Knowledge on using engineering software including AutoCad and GIS.
· Ability to organize and prioritize workload, using initiative when appropriate.
· Good team player, flexible and capable of working with a multinational country team, and
politically and culturally sensitive.
· Ability to cope with stress; work under pressure often to strict deadlines.
· Facilitation and interpersonal skills.
· Analytical and problem solving skills.
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