2 Apr 2014

Programme Officer Job Vacancy

DRC’s Great Lakes Programme currently covers five countries of the Great Lakes region: Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Uganda.

Based on an approach combining qualitative research, evidence-based advocacy, bottom-up policy development and civil society capacity-building, the programme seeks to prevent local conflict resulting from and contributing to displacement through participatory processes defined and implemented by local actors at the local level.

The DRC Great Lakes office in Nairobi is seeking a qualified candidate for the above position:

Under the supervision of the Programme Manager, the Great Lakes Programme

Officer helps manage and lead the strategic development and implementation of DRC’s Great Lakes Civil Society Project by:

  • Ensuring that the programme’s administrative and contractual obligations are met and respond to partners’ needs and DRC rules and regulations.
  • Developing, in collaboration with the Programme Manager and partner NGOs, programmes of action in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic to achieve programme goals, and providing necessary support for their implementation.
  • Maintaining relationships with NGO partners in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, DRCongo and CAR, providing strategic and technical (including financial) guidance to them in collaboration with the programme team and conducting field visits to discuss the project objectives and outputs.
  • Developing a M&E and knowledge management system
  • Maintaining positive relationships with collaborators and other stakeholders at the local, national and regional level
  • Informing him/herself of regular context analyses to ensure optimal relevance and impact in the countries of operation
  • Contributing to DRC’s accountability to the programme’s donor(s) by reaching the objectives set out in the programme documents and inputting into the provision of timely narrative and financial reports.


  • Masters’ degree in International Law, International Politics, Conflict Studies, Forced Migrations or related field;
  • at least 3 years’ professional experience with an international NGO working on conflict and displacement, preferably from a civil society/capacity-building perspective;
  • Solid programme management experience, including strategic planning, programme design, implementation and evaluation, and financial management;
  • previous experience in advocacy is desirable;
  • proven track record in M&E and knowledge management;
  • outstanding communication skills (both written and spoken) in English and French;
  • Experience in at least one country of the Great Lakes region;
  • willingness to travel regularly to countries within the region.

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter to by 12 April, 2014.

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