Program Director

Job Type
Full Time
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Date Posted
Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa
Company Information
Save The Children

Save the Children is recruiting for an experienced Programme Director to lead our flagship Health Signature Programme across DRC. The programme is a multi-awards / multi donor and ambitious programme implemented in 10 Health Zones in Kasai Oriental and Lomami provinces, currently funded by EU DEVCO, DFID, GSK and Save the Children. The programme currently has an active funding portfolio of USD 17 millions and funded until the end of 2021, with programme development work ongoing. The programme employs over 30 staff members across the 2 provinces.

We work with the DRC MoH to provide a full package on institutional support and health services with the aim to:
•Improve access to quality health care for new born and children
•Reduce the burden of the 5 child killer diseases (Measles, Malaria, Pneumonia, Diarrhea, Malnutrition)
•Improve community knowledge / awareness of the essential family practices
•Improve accountability at community level

The Programme Director will be the first accountable person to ensure performance, quality and risk management of the programme.

  • Relevant university degree (Health or other Social Science, International Development, etc.)
  • Sound knowledge of the DRC health system including institutions, policies and legal frameworks.
  • Prior experience in managing institutional and corporate donors funded programmes.
  • Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically.
  • At least 5 years' experience of working at the same level of responsibility
  • Strong experience of working in fragile or conflict affected states.
  • Prior experience in partnership management.
  • Prior experience in managing a complex and multi-donors funded programme portfolio.
  • Knowledge and working experience of Child's Rights Programming approach.
  • Proven skills in programme management and administration, including grants management and donor compliance.
  • Experience of building, leading and developing a team of senior staff with different backgrounds and expertise.
  • Skills and experience in programme monitoring review, reporting and evaluation.
  • Strong skills in people management, moderation, conflict resolution and capacity-building.
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to think and plan strategically.
  • Ability to lead a programme and support a team working from remote locations.
  • Fluency in written and spoken French and English.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision.
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children aims, values, principles, policies, procedures.
  • Capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult working circumstances.Desirable:
  • Working experience in challenging and insecure contexts similar to DRC.
  • Experience in promoting children's participation in programming, design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Previous safety and security training for working in conflict settings
  • Commitment to and understanding of child rights, humanitarian standards such as the Sphere Charter and the Code of Conduct.