About the role: This is a 24 month, replacement role with accompanied terms based in Kinshasa, with frequent visits to consortium programme areas with a salary of Grade 6 €44,884 - €49,871
You will report to the Country Director. We would like you to start on 1st June 2017.
Your purpose: You will ensure the effective implementation of the DRC WASH Consortium, a 5-year £30 million GBP rural WASH programme led by Concern Worldwide and funded by DFID in DRC. The Consortium comprises the following agencies: Action Contre le Faim (ACF); Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED); Catholic Relief Services (CRS); Concern Worldwide (as lead agency); and Solidarités International.
Key responsibilities include:
• Ensuring the development and implementation of a common vision and strategy for the Consortium;
• Providing overall representation of the Consortium and coordination between member partners;
• Liaison with donors and other external actors, including government and UN agencies implementing WASH in DRC;
• Management of the Consortium Coordination Unit in Kinshasa established to coordinate the programme and manage the Consortium grant and sub-grants on behalf of the lead agency.
You will be responsible for:
Under the direct line management of the Country Director of the Consortium Lead Agency (Concern Worldwide), and with the support and buy-in of the Governance Board of the DRC WASH Consortium, you will ensure that all elements of the DRC WASH Consortium coordinate effectively to implement a common strategy and deliver the commitments of the consortium in an efficient, effective and economical manner.
Strategic Planning: develop, update and ensure the implementation of a shared vision and strategy for the Consortium in the DRC WASH sector, and identify possible growth/development opportunities for the Consortium in the future.
• Develop an in-depth understanding of the DRC WASH sector in order to position the DRC WASH Consortium to deliver added value to the sector.
• Update the common vision and identify opportunities for increasing the impact of the consortium approach, influencing other sector actors based on evidence, and identifying funding sources to fund the strategy.
• Ensure that the programme is designed and implemented according to the approved programme proposal and in accordance with the requirements of DFID.
• Ensure coordination, monitoring, review, evaluation and sharing lessons learnt from the activities of consortium members to support the achievement of outcomes and impact.
• Lead a networking and relationships strategy to ensure effective representation and communication of Consortium initiatives to relevant stakeholders to support coordinated approaches in the sector, partnership development, and programme implementation.
Consortium Coordination Unit Management: manage a coordination team to support effective programme delivery by the member agencies, ensure grant compliance, and promote communications, learning and advocacy in the sector
The Consortium Director manages all staff employed to this Unit, including short-term consultants. This is done through ensuring the following:
• Management, supervision and support of the Consortium Coordination Unit (composed of staff for programme quality; finance and compliance; and communications, learning and advocacy) to ensure the team fulfils its responsibilities.
• Coordination between members through quarterly governance board meetings, technical working groups for programmes and system-finance, bilateral discussions and quarterly reporting to ensure efficient programme management and effective internal communication.
• Reporting and making presentations to the Lead Agency and the Governance Board on Consortium activities and on opportunities to increase the added value of the Consortium approach.
• Supervise and support the Deputy Director for Programme Quality for development of proposals, activity plans, reports, M+E data and other relevant Consortium Programme documents for consortium members that meet the requirements of external funding agencies funding the Consortium Programme.
• Supervise and support the Compliance Manager to ensure effective financial management and donor compliance across the Consortium members.
• Supervise and support the Communication, Learning and Advocacy Coordinator for ensuring effective communication and information sharing between the members of the consortium and with other relevant actors and stakeholders in the DRC according to the advocacy and communications strategy of the consortium.
• Attendance at appropriate coordination fora, representing the consortium at such meetings and reporting back to the relevant consortium groups on the outcomes of such meetings.
• Conduct regular programme visits to ensure the Consortium Members have a thorough understanding of all aspects of the programmes to ensure accurate representation of the DRC WASH Consortium.
Program Quality and Coordination: ensure programme delivery according to current best practice for rural WASH in DRC
Supervise and support the Deputy Director for Programme Quality to support the coordination of programme quality and monitoring and evaluation by:
• Coordinating programme quality across the different agencies of the Consortium,
• Ensuring the Consortium implements approaches which represent current best practice for WASH in DRC.
• Organise and facilitate meetings with Consortium members on progress, learning from consortium programming and innovations, analysing challenges and developing solutions
• Coordinating monitoring, evaluation and research in order to assess the results of implementation.
• Guiding learning and strategic development by revising approaches based on results.
• Contributing to sector influencing by spreading improved approaches
Finance and Donor Compliance: manage the financial and compliance risks for Concern Worldwide as lead agency
• Be responsible for overall financial oversight of the consortium budget and expenditure.
The Consortium Director will supervise and support the Compliance Manager (in collaboration with other relevant finance and compliance staff of Concern Worldwide) to ensure the following responsibilities:
• Ensure that compliance to donor agreements are adhered to within the Consortium Coordination Unit and Consortium members
• Ensure development and implementation of expenditure plans and ensure that programmes are implemented within agreed and approved budgets through undertaking regular budget monitoring of expenditure against budget.
• Ensure that internal and donor financial reports are submitted in a timely manner and up to high quality standard.
• Support the Lead Agency in conducting internal and external audits of the Consortium Programme.
• Ensure implementation of recommendations from due diligence assessments and continuous monitoring to ensure controls and risk mitigation measures are in place.
• Ensure efficient and reliable procurement of goods and services in a transparent and accountable manner, ensuring value for money for the organisation and justifiable use of donor funds.
• Ensuring compliance with relevant legal frameworks in all contractual, financial, labour and taxation matters.
Communications, Learning and Advocacy: ensure learning, the dissemination of knowledge, and influence on the DRC WASH sector
Supervise and support the Communications, Learning and Advocacy Coordinator to develop and operationalize:
• Internal communications and knowledge management tools;
• Effective coordination approaches with government partners and other stakeholders;
• Strategy for external advocacy and influencing the WASH sector;
• Tools for WASH knowledge management and learning at community level.
Training and Capacity building : develop the coordination team’s potential
• Supervise and support the CCU team for identification of training and development needs of staff recruited to support the consortium.
• Supervise and support the CCU team for planning and where appropriate the provision of interventions to meet the identified training needs.
Undertake other appropriate duties requested by the Lead Agency or Consortium Board in his/her absence.
Your skills and experience will include:
• Appropriate qualification at Master’s degree level, such as public management, development administration or a relevant social science. A background in WASH programming is a distinct advantage.
• Proven experience (at least 5 years) in senior programme management and leadership positions working with INGO’s, NGOs, CBOs, para-statal organisations and other civil society groups and the private sector.
• Experience of working with major international donors, particularly DFID.
• Excellent written and spoken English and French language skills.
• Strong analytical, interpersonal, communication and organisation skills.
• Strong coordination skills specifically with the ability to effectively coordinate among consortium members.
• Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with senior representatives of donor, INGO and Government structures and to represent the consortium at national and international level fora
• Thorough understanding of gender and protection issues.
• Strong experience of financial management and donor compliance issues.
• Experience in the design and use of monitoring and evaluation systems.
• Experience of working in or managing a consortium model of working.
• Knowledge the key tools used by donor agencies, such as logical frame works, results chains, theories of change, results-based management and financial administration systems
• An understanding of the DRC context and experience of working in different countries within the Central African region would be an advantage.
• An understanding of accountability as applied within humanitarian and development programming.
• An understanding of programme participant protection policies and international standards and how to apply these across a range of international actors.
All applications should be submitted through our website at jobs.concern.net by closing date. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.
All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via email after the application deadline.
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