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SAFER Deputy Consortium Director DR Congo, Goma

Goma (Congo Democratic)

  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Goma (Congo Democratic)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-04

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All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values:
dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and believes shall guide our
actions and relationships.

Due to recurrent crises caused by natural disasters, epidemics and armed conflicts, affecting the
Democratic Republic of Congo and more specifically the populations living in the East of the country in
the provinces of Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu, approximately 5.5 million people are currently in a
situation of internal displacement.

The humanitarian community is responding to these population movements through rapid response
mechanisms of which NRC is one of the main actors since 2011. Supported mainly by ECHO and FCDO,
various consortia of international NGOs have been created since 2018. The SAFER Consortium is
composed of five organizations: Solidarités International, ACTED, Concern Worldwide, Mercy Corps
(MC) and NRC and is the result of the merger of the two rapid response consortia, REFLEX (NRC, SI,
ACTED) and KCRI (MC and CW), both created in 2018 thanks to the support of ECHO. The SAFER
consortium builds on the lessons learned from more than fifteen years of rapid response experience in
DRC. Its five members have significant experience in implementing rapid response programmes.

The rapid response mechanism has evolved significantly over the last four years by developing its
evaluation component to integrate complementary analyses (market research, protection and Do No
Harm analyses) to justify the choice of the modality and the amount allocated to the response. Finally,
protection mainstreaming and innovation have taken a central place in all rapid response actions in
order to improve further the quality of the response.

The consortium members are present in all the provinces of the East of DRC and can contractually be
deployed to any other part of the country if an emergency occurs. The Rapid Response – SAFER
Consortium needs a strong leadership and coordination function in order to operate effectively and
deliver on its vision to be a leading national and global cash and WASH actor that supports the ability of
vulnerable, conflict-affected people to cope and recover from shocks and influence national and global
policies regarding the use of rapid response interventions in conflict contexts.

The Consortium Director position is hosted by MC, and the position of Deputy Consortium Director
position is hosted by NRC. The Deputy Consortium Director will be part of the Consortium Coordination
2 Unit and will report to the Consortium Director.

The SAFER Deputy Consortium Director represents the interests of all five partnerships, and ensures the
consortium is working effectively and efficiently across member agencies.

Although hosted by NRC, including in terms of organizational procedures such as logistics, finance and
security, there will be a degree of separation and independence of the deputy consortium director and
the consortium coordination unit to ensure equal representation of all consortium members.

    1.Role and responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Consortium Director, the Deputy Consortium Director will oversee the
operational coordination of the consortium and coordinate the work of the Working Groups and
Operational Coordination Unit to achieve the consortium’s objectives.

Generic responsibilities:
1. Coordinate with consortium members to ensure timely and high-quality implementation of
activities, compliance with donor and consortium rules, and accountability to beneficiaries.
2. Ensure effective coordination and communication among operational consortium members,
working groups, programmatic and finance/support teams across partners. Coordination is
one of the key elements of the position.
3. Representation of the Consortium Coordination Unit in external forum and humanitarian
coordination meetings.
4. Ensure that program implementation is conducted with respect to grant agreement(s) and
5. Assist the Consortium Director in the development of the SAFER Consortium multi-year
strategy and vision (2020 – 2022)
6. Maintain strong and transparent communication with consortium partners
7. Ensure compliance and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures.

Specific responsibilities:
1. Support learning across member organizations (and possibly the wider international
community) to improve grant effectiveness and better respond to the needs of beneficiaries.
2. Work closely with operational consortium members to solve problems that may arise during
3. Coordinate all operational aspects of the SAFER implementation amongst the five SAFER
members: Mercy Corps, Solidarites International, ACTED, NRC, and CW, ensuring quick
prepositioning, timely intervention, high performance and quality programming.
4. Ensure mediation role between the partners while operational disagreement arise.
5. Participate and assist the Consortium director in SAFER meetings proposal development
6. Ensure SAFER’s cluster engagement strategy is implemented and when necessary represent
SAFER in coordination meetings (OCHA, Cluster, GTRR, etc.)
7. Assist the technical advisors and co-lead the harmonisation / standardisation processes of
supporting documents and operational tools.
8. Assist in the review and finalization of proposal documents.
9. Ensure timely reporting to donor.
10. Ensure Consortium Director’s interim when requested.
11. Supervise technical advisors/managers
12. Coordinate with SAFER regional focal points on a regular basis

Critical interfaces:
By interfaces, NRC means processes and projects that are interlinked with other departments/units
or persons. Relevant interfaces for this position:

  • Technical Working Group(s): Consortium members’ technical staff
  •  SAFER regional focal points
  • Lead / host agency (NRC) staff: country director, heads of programme and support, other programmatic and support team members (particularly finance)

Professional competencies
Generic professional competencies:

  •  Advanced university degree in relevant field.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in senior project management and/or coordination for an international organisation with responsibility for programming in a humanitarian, conflict or post-conflict context; or equivalent; specific experiences and knowledge on Rapid Response Mechanism.
  • Proven experience in project cycle management and grant management.
  • Strong communication, inter-personal, facilitation and diplomatic skills, including the professional credibility to provide coordination and guidance to member organisations.
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Fluency in French and English, both written and verbal, with strong writing and editing skills.

Context related skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge about RRM and Emergency Response in Cash Transfer Programming (cash and vouchers), Food, Wash, Shelter/NFI, Protection, etc…
  • Experience working with the ECHO, DFID, UNICEF, etc..
  • Experience working in complex emergencies, volatile contexts.
  • Experience working in DRC and knowledge of the context an asset.

Behavioural competencies:

These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency
Framework states 12 behavioral competencies, and the following are essential for this position:

  • Planning and delivering results
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Strategic thinking
  • Managing performance and development
  • Managing resources to optimize results
  • Empowering and building trust

    3.Performance Management:
The employee will be accountable for the responsibilities and the competencies, in accordance with
the NRC Performance Management Manual. The following documents will be used for performance

  • The Job Description
  • The Work and Development Plan
  • The Mid-term/End-of-trial Period Performance Review Template
  • The End-term Performance Review Template
  • The NRC Competency Framework
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