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Head of Programme, DRC

Bukavu (Congo Democratic)

  • Organization: DCA
  • Location: Bukavu (Congo Democratic)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-01-02

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DanChurchAid (DCA) is looking for a Head of Programme for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

DCA DRC works with communities to save lives and build resilience. The programme is currently focused on protection, education in emergencies and Mine Action. The Head of Programme (HoP) is an international position at DCA DRC’s office based in Bukavu. The HoP will coordinate programme and project activities, ensuring synergy and the achievement of programme objectives. As part of the management team (MT) at the country office, the HoP has joint responsibility for the strategic development of the programme, ensuring programme relevance and expansion, as well as fundraising and donor reporting. The HoP plays a key role in quality assurance and smooth implementation as well as in securing sustainability of the programme.

Role and responsibilities

  • Represents projects within the Country Management Team
  • Manages all Projects Managers and the Monitoring & Evaluation Unit
  • Ensures quality of overall programme activities through guidance to Project Managers
  • Ensures a good monitoring and evaluation system is in place
  • Plans project assessments, reviews and evaluations
  • Is responsible for programme development, coordination and synergies
  • Identifies and assesses new programme opportunities
  • Negotiates with donors as required in conjunction with CD
  • Writes strong concept notes/project proposals in close cooperation with the MT
  • Ensures donor compliance and adherence to DCA policies
  • Is overall responsible for meeting internal and external deadlines including the development of quality donor reports
  • Is responsible for necessary project budget revisions in coordination with FAM
  • Ensures the introduction of an Emergency Response Mechanism
  • Deputy CD when relevant


  • Minimum 4 years’ experience as a Senior Manager/Head of Programme in a humanitarian/ recovery context
  • Knowledge of the context in DR Congo (particularly East)
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Sector expertise, particularly Education, Protection and Emergency
  • Experience of managing USAID and EU contracts
  • Skills in monitoring and evaluation
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Fluency in French and English, both written and verbal
  • Understanding of Swahili is a plus
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Good sense of humour

We offer

  • A 9-months contract with possibility of extension
  • A competitive salary package, to be negotiated based on experience level
  • 6 weeks of paid vacation
  • A generous R&R package
  • Accommodation in a spacious house
  • Insurance as per industry standards
  • An opportunity to make a difference addressing humanitarian needs in a challenging environment

Around 30% travel is to be expected. Qualified and interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic affiliation are encouraged to apply for the vacancy. Only applications consisting as a minimum of a motivation letter and a CV will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Everyone applying for a job with DCA must be ready to comply with our Staff Policy on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment and our Child Safeguarding Policy.

Application deadline: 2 January 2020, and start date is as soon as possible. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis. DCA reserves the right to select a candidate prior to the deadline.

For more information on DCA, please visit For any questions related to the position, please contact Mette Andersen, Programme Support Coordinator, at

Only applications in English uploaded through DCA’s recruitment system will be considered, please apply here (by clicking on the red "Apply here"):

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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