Requisition ID: req8616
Job Title: Deputy Chief of Party
Sector: Program Administration
Employment Category: Proposal
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: Yes
Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo
IRC is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for a five year USAID-funded education project in DRC which will improve reading & literacy and social & emotional learning outcomes for children between 6 and 9 in select marginalized and under-served peri-urban and rural zones. The ultimate aim of the project is for these children to gain foundational literacy and social & emotional skills enabling them to function in school at a grade 2 level or above.
The DCOP will be responsible for supporting the Chief of Party (COP) in management of staff, capacity building and stakeholder engagement. In addition to this he/she will coordinate the development, implementation and reporting on detailed management plans that may include implementation plans, deliverable tracking, etc., in their assigned area of responsibility, as well as managing implementing partners and overseeing operations. This position will report to the IRC DRC Country Director and is contingent on the IRC being awarded funding. It is anticipated to begin in August 2020.
oSupport the COP in providing strategic and technical leadership and direction, defining and implementing activities to achieve the greatest impact toward project goals and objectives; serve as Acting COP in COP’s absence;
oProvide financial and operational management that optimizes resources through sound budgets, consistent financial tracking, and timely submission of reports to the donor.
oEnsure project delivery meets all standard operational policies and procedures;
oManage consortium partnerships and maintain collaborative partner relations;
oSupport reporting to USAID through both formal and informal debriefings, annual and semi-annual reports;
oAssist COP in maintaining active and cooperative relationships with all key stakeholders, including government officials, project partners, other implementing agencies, and related institutions;
oRepresent the project and the organization in public, as assigned, and support the distribution of information about project achievements and lesson learned;
oSupport project staff by creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes teamwork, trust, mutual respect, and empowers staff to take responsibility
oAdvanced degree (PhD or MA) from an accredited university in social sciences, international development, or related field; equivalent experience may be substituted for graduate degree;
oAt least seven years of experience in managerial roles on similar programs in developing countries, including substantial supervisory experience. Experience with projects designed to increase equitable access, build MoE capacity, and recovery of education systems preferred;
oSignificant previous experience managing operations for similar programming in conflict or crisis situations;
oExperience working in West Africa or DRC required.
oPrevious experience as DCOP of USAID-funded programs preferred;
oSubstantial experience managing subgrantees required;
oStrong negotiation skills and the ability to develop relations with local counterparts, donors, and other stakeholders;
oDemonstrated innovation and success in staff capacity-building and in participatory, flexible, and gender-sensitive programming and implementation;
oStrong communication skills, both oral and written;
oFluency in English & French required
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles. #LI-GR2