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Deputy CD - Field Management

goma, democratic republic of congo

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: goma, democratic republic of congo
  • Grade: Level not specified
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Requisition ID: req7740

Job Title: Deputy CD - Field Management

Sector: Program Administration

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Yes

Location: Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo

Job Description

The Senior Deputy Director of Field Management (DCD-FM) is a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT). Reporting to the Country Director (CD), the DCD-FM will lead IRC field operations in DRC with specific attention to the overall management of national coordination and of staff.  Based in Goma, the position will ensure coordination with other members of the SMT and key operations, program and finance personnel based across the CP. The DCD-FM will serve as Acting Country Director as required and will essentially fulfill the role of Deputy to the CD. 

The DCD-FM advises senior management on overall programmatic and operational implementation, and ensures that program activities are carried out effectively, efficiently, and safely, in furtherance of objectives as laid out in the Strategic Action Plan (SAP) and taking into consideration all internal and external factors affecting the operational environment.

The DCD directly line manages all Field Coordinator and Managers based across the geographic expanse of IRC’s presence and programs in the DRC.  The DCD also oversees the security team through direct line management of the Security Coordinator.  In this way, the DCD has operational and programmatic oversight of the general functioning of IRC activities under implementation in country. 

In detail, under the current structure the DCD will directly manage:

  • Field Coordinator Tanganyika

  • Field Coordinator Grand Nord Kivu

  • Field Manager Petit Nord Kivu

  • Field Manager South Kivu

  • Security Coordinator

Through Field Coordinators and in collaboration with other managers, the DCD will ensure adequate representation in Goma and field locations with partners, donors, UN bodies and other actors as necessary, will act as focal point in donors’ visits, meetings, worktable and coordination groups.

The DCD-FM is responsible for ensuring cohesion between programs and operations through a close working relationship with the Deputy Director for Programs (DDP) and Deputy Director for Operations (DDO), as well as the wider SMT as required.  The DCD-FM will be the main liaison with the Country Director, overseeing the strategic direction and performance of the CP across the project lifecycle. While there will be no direct line-management with the DDP and DDO, or other SMT positions, the DCD-FM will supervise the consistency, coordination and alignment of operations and programs and will have oversight on work-plans of the DDP and DDO to facilitate cross-departmental harmonization and cohesion. 

Major Responsibilities


  • Participate in Senior Management Team (SMT) initiatives including weekly, monthly and quarterly meetings as well as other ad hoc events;
  • As main focal point for the national coordination based in the Goma office, the DCD will ensure action and follow-up on the priorities identified by the SMT, in particular the Master Action Plan, which will be updated and reviewed on weekly base;
  • When necessary and in coordination with the other Deputy Directors, represent the IRC externally on behalf of the SMT and ensure along with other SMT members that the organization is strategically positioned in relevant sub-national UN, NGO and government fora;
  • Act as a champion for the Strategic Action Plan (SAP), ensure that all operations and program activities are orientated towards meeting SAP objectives and participate fully in SAP reporting and revisions;
  • Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures, and communicates through word and example a high standard of compliance with all applicable policies and regulations.

Management – programs and operations

  • The DCD will focus on delivery of programs in the field and will ensure consistency, efficiency and effectiveness of implementation through consistent engagement and collaboration with DDP and DDO;
  • In collaboration with the DDO, ensure and strengthen comprehensive operations management, with specific attention to procurement plans and procurement processes, staffing and recruitment in the different field locations, security and risk management through participatory approaches across all departments and levels of staff in field locations;
  • In collaboration with the Deputy Director for Program, oversee delivery of outcomes and assess operational needs at field level to ensure smooth and efficient performance of the teams in the field;
  • The DCD will supervise Operations Scorecard progress and similar high level organizational initiatives and will take action on the recommendation provided by Country Office, Regional Office and/or external/internal audits to align operations to the standards required;
  • Working closely with SMT colleagues, ensure that operations (finance, supply chain, HR, IT) are responsive to the needs of programs, are in line with IRC policy /donor regulations and meet the highest internal compliance standards possible.
  • Ensure effective human resource management, in conjunction with relevant colleagues, through responsive supervision and performance management of direct reports and support staffing, leave, performance management planning and roll out across relevant teams.


  • in collaboration and communication with DDP and DDO, the DCD will be regularly checking/reviewing IRC DRC structure and staffing and ensure adequate structural support to the type and size of programming identified, and will ensure proactivity, anticipation and timely decisions;
  • this position ensures effective implementation of
    • Country Program:  Senior Management Team members
    • Region: Regional Director, Deputy Regional Director, Regional Safety and Security Advisor.


    • Advanced degree in relevant technical or managerial subject area
    • At least seven years of international experience with four years of experience in the management of emergency, post-conflict or development programs.
    • Demonstrated skills and experience in program design and delivery and strategic level operations design and delivery
    • Proven capacity in staff management, multi-tasking, time management and diplomacy.
    • Experience working in complex environments as well as security analysis and management
    • Excellent communication and presentation skills
    • Proven experience in managing diverse teams
    • A clear and articulated understanding of gender equality and principles  of safeguarding
    • a good listener, able to work under pressure and manage significant workload, proactive and flexible, results oriented
    • able to show and ensure consistent accountability
    • Must be an innovative and creative problem solver, and a team player, with experience working with multi-cultural teams.
    • Fluent in English and French


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