Team Leader

International Alert

This is an exciting opportunity to join Alert’s largest country programme – the Democratic Republic of Congo team – as the Team Leader of our new Dutch funded ‘Strengthening Access to Justice in the Great Lakes’ regional project. This is a senior management position within Alert’s DRC programme and reports directly to the Director of Programmes. The Team Leader will be responsible for the oversight of a consortium team including 2 other partners.

The project seeks to contribute to improved access to justice to reduce tensions and strengthen stability in the Great Lakes Region. It is being implemented in both the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda around 5 border points. The project started on December 1st, 2022 and will run for four-years.

The team leader is the project’s lead representative on location, responsible for representing the project, heading up political engagement, daily direction, oversight, and implementation of a project’s activities and achievement of goals. The team leader will be responsible for the overall implementation of the project; she/he will be the main focal point with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Kigali, will manage and monitor the budget, the workplan and the progress of the project towards its intended results. He/she will take the lead on reporting and on coordination across the consortium partners and components of the project. The COP will travel regularly to the 5 targeted borders between DRC and Rwanda to supervise the sub-team based there and will also frequently travel to regional centres for national and regional level advocacy, such as Kinshasa or Kigali.

Essential qualifications include: extensive experience of implementing large and complex projects in consortia; at least 10 years of professional experience in programme management in the fields of peacebuilding or rule of law; with progressive responsibility on projects of a similar scope and scale in the DRC, the Great Lakes region or in a similar context. Furthermore, we are looking for someone well organized, results and detail-oriented with a proven experience in peacebuilding/conflict transformation and familiarity with gender- and conflict-sensitive approaches. In addition, experience of developing donor reports and nurturing constructive relationships with international and local partners (governmental and non-governmental) is essential as well as an excellent working knowledge (spoken and written) of both French and English.

For this role, the skills, qualifications and experience listed above are important, but we believe that to be great in this job you are likely, first and foremost, to have a talent for working effectively in complex, politically charged, unstable environments, and across different cultures. You will be professionally credible based on your extensive experience and deep knowledge of the issues at stake and able to communicate effectively with a wide range of actors working on conflict management, social cohesion and development programmes.

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International Alert prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from underrepresented people including women, people from the Global South, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ people, disabled people, and other historically marginalised people.

While International Alert will endeavour to contact all candidates within a reasonable time, this may not always be possible due to limited resources. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, you can assume that your application has, on this occasion, been unsuccessful.