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Country Director, DRC

Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo Democratic)

  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo Democratic)
  • Grade: Senior Management - Open for both International and National Professionals - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date:

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Country Director, DRC

Democratic Republic of Congo
La Gombe, Kinshasa
Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Democratic Republic of Congo

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit:


CHAI is currently seeking candidates for the position of Country Director for its office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and provide overall management and strategic direction to CHAI’s efforts.

Description of Role:

Reporting to the Vice President, West and Central Africa, the Kinshasa-based Country Director will manage CHAI’s Country Program in DRC. Established in late 2015, CHAI supports the Ministry of Public Health in DRC to improve HIV diagnostics, the treatment of severe malaria in children, and data-base decision making in family planning programs, as well as to introduce new optimal ARV treatments. The Country Director will play a leading role in expanding CHAI’s transformational, results-oriented portfolio in a country with substantial public health needs. The role of the Country Director comprises a full range of responsibilities including: fundraising; planning and budgeting; the implementation of technical assistance programs to the Ministry of Public Health; monitoring, evaluation and reporting of programs; and engagement with both in-country and global stakeholders.

Most importantly, the Country Director will be responsible for continuing to develop and manage CHAI’s relationships with the Government. Through these interactions, the Country Director will be responsible for further refining and executing the strategy and direction of the CHAI office in DRC, including identifying opportunities where CHAI can add value and maximize impact in the Government’s priority areas. S/he is responsible for developing clear operational plans as well as working closely with the relevant technical staff in the MoH and their partners to ensure rapid implementation, skills transfer, and government ownership.

The position is based in Kinshasa, with limited travel both in-country and internationally.


Programmatic and Strategic:

  • Responsible for setting a long-term vision for CHAI’s work in DRC aligned with MoH priorities, advising government programs on priorities to address the greatest needs with the highest impact strategies, and implementing CHAI’s strategy and program portfolio in DRC in collaboration with the MoH
  • Lead CHAI’s efforts to support the Government of DRC and maintain and strengthen CHAI’s reputation as a highly capable organization by cultivating and maintaining close, productive relationships with senior leaders and policymakers in the DRC government and continually identify new opportunities together with the MoH for CHAI to add value and maximize impact
  • Manage all fundraising efforts for current and new high-impact programmatic areas, including fundraising for CHAI DRC’s strategy, and liaise with CHAI’s global program teams for relevant global fundraising efforts
  • Lead the DRC country team in defining short-, medium-, and long-term roadmaps to implement DRC’s programmatic strategy
  • Manage key donor relationships in DRC and globally as related to DRC and identify new potential donors for DRC programs and cultivate relationships with relevant DRC donor portfolio managers 
  • Responsible for coordinating efforts with CHAI's partners and developing and deepening strategic partnerships to expand CHAI’s resources and operational footprint in DRC
  • Responsible for ensuring strong execution of the country programs to make sure that CHAI’s results meet and exceed our program targets
  • Take responsibility for some direct programmatic work, when and where needed, in support of the country team, and provide high-quality technical assistance to the government as needed/requested
  • Demonstrate leadership and provide support to all members of country team while being flexible to provide the level of support needed to teams as the country program grows


  • Full accountability for ensuring efficient administrative systems and policies that are aligned with CHAI global policies and are legally compliant within the DRC labor law
  • Responsible for the development and management of DRC’s annual program budgets, in collaboration with program staff, and ensuring robust financial management and accountability of the country program budgets
  • Leads recruitment of new staff according to programmatic and operations needs to grow a highly effective and capable team to pursue CHAI’s strategic vision in DRC
  • Take overall responsibility for the safety and security of CHAI staff in DRC—including physical, mental, and emotional health—and ensure appropriate support systems and contingencies are in place and effective, particularly related to security, political crises, and epidemic outbreaks


  • Ensure CHAI’s teams across programmatic, administrative, and technical functions operate at an exceptional standard of performance, achieve maximum impact while delivering on donor and government commitments, and establish and maintain the systems and processes necessary to ensure compliance and value-for-money while creating an entrepreneurial environment that drives toward action, fosters resourceful problem solving, and ensures accountability for results
  • Facilitate close, collaborative relationships between global and in-country counterparts across programmatic, administrative, and financial functions and maintain proactive, bi-directional communication with CHAI senior leadership to ensure CHAI’s global capabilities are fully leveraged to support country team success
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent plus 10 years work experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership or Advanced Degree (Master in Public Health or Master in Business Administration preferred) or equivalent plus 8 years work experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership, including at least 5 years of work experience in a resource limited setting, preferably in francophone sub-Saharan Africa
  • Comfortable both in a peer relationship with political leaders such as the Minister of Public Health, as well as at a working level with civil servants across MoH programmatic areas
  • Ability to navigate complex government processes with multiple influencers, and to negotiate and achieve consensus to facilitate program work streams
  • Demonstrated ability to develop compelling program strategies and associated proposals and business cases to successfully secure resources for program implementation and should have independently secured multiple program grants of at least half-million USD
  • Excellent program management experience, with the ability to operationalize and implement program strategies, and exceptional strategic thinking, problem-solving, team building, and interpersonal skills
  • Previous experience with managing donor, partner, and government relationships
  • Experience in a leadership role, with full operational and financial responsibility and accountability of a program or country office, including the management of multi-million-dollar program budgets
  • Demonstrated proficiency in building and managing processes and tools in a cross-cultural environment and ensuring that the organization follows them
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the leadership of his/her organization on strategic, operational, and organizational issues, as a strong yet collaborative team member in a multicultural environment
  • Proficiency in working independently to solve complex problems, related to programmatic or operational issues, without extensive structural or operational support from HQ while achieving maximum efficiency and impact with limited human and financial resources
  • Previous experience building, supporting, and mentoring a highly-competent and action-orientated program and operations teams
  • Demonstrated experience in managing the safety of a team in a resource limited setting
  • Excellent business-oriented oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills and willingness to actively engage in the substance of the work
  • Previous experience living and working in a high-risk setting
  • Willingness and ability to travel as needed in-country and internationally
  • Professionally bilingual in English and French


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