Project Director (Integrated Water Resource Management)

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Bukavu, Congo (Kinshasa)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 


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Job Description

The IRC is looking for a dynamic and experienced Program Director to lead a consortium and oversee the effective implementation of multisector peacebuilding program in the conflict affected Ruzizi Plain in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  If you are able to provide clear structure and vision, build a cohesive and high performing team, and develop strong relationships, ensuring quality and timely outputs, including when under pressure, we strongly encourage you to apply. 


Guided by its core principles of capacity-building, participation, partnership, protection and promotion of human rights and holistic programming, the IRC in the DRC has been responding to humanitarian, recovery and developmental needs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 1996. Today IRC’s main areas of focus include emergency response, health care, governance, peacebuilding and conflict management, as well as the protection and empowerment of children, women and girl’s.  


With support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the IRC, in collaboration with its partners Search for Common Ground (SFCG) and ZOA, is implementing the “Maji ya Amani” Program , through the Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) approach in the Ruzizi Plain. The program’s goal is to reduce conflict and increase stability by enabling increased and more equitable access to land and water for both household and agricultural use, and improved governance around the use of land and water resources. The intervention primarily targets the Luberizi groupement and benefits an estimated 28,800 people. 


Scope of Work:

The Program Director is responsible for overseeing and leading the implementation of the program by the IRC team and the Consortium partners. As such, s/he creates an enabling environment for high quality programming by providing clear direction, encouraging critical thinking, analyses and learning, and establishing constructive, productive and efficient working relationships with all members of the IWRM Consortium. 


To further the program’s ultimate goal to “ reduce conflict and increase stability in the Luberizi groupement and Sange City of the Ruzizi Plain through increased and more equitable access to land and water for household and agricultural use, and improved governance around the use of land and water resources”, s/he will represent the consortium and/or participate in strategic, high-level discussions with key stakeholders, including representatives of the Dutch Government and DRC national, provincial and local government members. Equally and as appropriate, s/he actively engages with National NGOs, International NGOs UN and other multilateral actors in South Kivu in order to ensure necessary understanding, exchange and learning, as well as coherence and consistency of communication and program approaches. 


The IWRM Program Director ensures the effective collaboration with the consortium members through all phases of the project, providing necessary guidance and follow up to ensure that program implementation is carried out in accordance with the agreed action plan and IRC and donor regulations. 


Reporting to the Country Director, s/he directly supervises the IWRM Deputy Director responsible for programs, the M&E Coordinator, as the Grants Manager, as well as the support team, composed of the Security Officer, Finance Manager and HR Officer. 



Consortium management and external relations

• Provide strategic and operational leadership in all phases and aspects of the program management cycle. 

• Ensure and lead on the effective implementation of the Consortium Governance and Communication framework, allowing for clear communication and reporting lines between Consortium partners and external stakeholders 

• See to the timely delivery of program deliverables by Consortium Partners

• Ensure that donor requirements and reports are timely responded to and are of high quality.

• In addition to regular activity review meetings, organize monthly program strategy and operational review meetings with the senior leadership of all consortium members.  

• Serve as Consortium representative to external stakeholders, and as such ensure positive and constructive working relationships with local, provincial and national government, as well as other stakeholders (UN, NGOs, civil society) 

• Serve as point person for the Consortium and ensure proactive and constructive communication with Consortium partners and the IRC leadership in preparation and response to donor request.

• Timely involve IRC leadership in addressing issues of concern to allow for the most constructive outcome.    


Program cycle management and quality assurance

• Actively contribute to the development and review of the programs approaches, making concrete recommendations for changes to activities, approaches and partner Scopes of Work as needed;  

• Provide strategic direction in diverse technical areas including water infrastructure rehabilitation and management, watershed management, value chain development, governance and land rights, and health care / GBV service provision;

• Ensure the effective liaison and technical follow up with HQ’s Technical Assistants (TAs), as well as contribute to the Country Programs learning and development agenda through actively sharing lessons learned of the program and contribution to the country programs strategic program review and development opportunities.

• In collaboration with the HQ technical advisors, ensure that the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of all activities are done in accordance with IRC standards and meet the goals and objectives of the target communities and the Dutch Government’s compliance requirements;

• Review, in coordination with key IRC program staff and consortium partners, yearly work and performance plans to ensure long-term and short-term priorities are on track;

• Oversee the effective implementation and review of the program work and spending plans plan of IRC and partners, by ensuring regular follow up and joined review of progress and proactive identification of challenges and solutions needed to achieve program objectives.  

• In collaboration with the M&E Coordinator, TA’s and IRC Deputy Director of Programs, promote an environment of learning and innovative programming and oversee the effective implementation of a joined monitoring, evaluation, and learning system allowing for data driven decision making, informing project management, technical programming, and development of best practices. 

• Ensure the effective implementation of client feedback mechanism and participatory programming.  

• Oversee financial, program and support staff to ensure effective tracking and use of resources by preparing sound budgets, monitoring expenses, updating BVA, procurement, activity and spending plans, and ensuring the timely submission of financial reports to the donor;


Managing operational needs 

• Ensure that project assets are properly registered and used for the desired purpose; 

• Develop and the project closeout plan through internal consultations (grant, HR, supplies chain, finance), SFCG and ZOA; 

• Monitor budget utilization and ensure proper financial management and utilization of funds;

• Report to the donor through both formal and informal debriefings. Ensure the submission of high quality, accurate annual and semi-annual reports;

• Ensure that the findings of ongoing conflict and security assessments are continually integrated into project design and implementation, working with the technical coordinators;

• Coordinate with program and operations staff to ensure operational systems are in place to support project activities including logistics, procurement, security, and human resources;

• Lead on recruitments and support project staff by creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes teamwork, trust, mutual respect, and empowers staff to take responsibility;

• Manage and evaluate project staff performance

• Ensure strict adherence and respect of IRC Way by all staff, ensure regular refresher sessions on these obligations to ensure staff understand and commit to its principles,  and respond promptly to any IRC Way Code of Conduct or ethical violations to ensure full compliance


• Master’s Degree in a relevant field;

• A least eight (8) years of senior-level management experience in the development sector, including at least five (5) years of experience in managing WASH, water infrastructure and / or economic recovery or governance programming and/or experience in integrated program development and management; 

• A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible supervisory work experience including direct supervision of professional and support staff and assembling teams and consortium and working on multi-faceted international development programs; 

• Demonstrated experience managing similarly complex projects in changing contexts similar to DRC, involving management of multi-million dollar budgets/portfolios and coordination with multiple programs and partner institutions, including experience managing consortia;

• Demonstrated skill in consortium management

• Experience working with local actors, including local NGOs and CSOs/CBOs; 

• Demonstrated knowledge and application of conflict sensitive approaches within project design;

• Strong leadership, analytical and organizational skills;

• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact professionally with donor, project stakeholders, in-country collaborators and staff at all levels of the organization. Proven ability to convene/chair high profile meetings and ability to productively interact with a wide range of organizations (e.g. government, private sector, NGOs, and research institutions); 

• Understanding of Dutch Government  processes and procedures for grants (preferred);

• Solid understanding of the DRC context, with previous experience in DRC or the region preferred;

• Demonstrated innovation and success in staff capacity-building and in participatory, flexible, and gender-sensitive programming and implementation;

• Strong communication skills, both oral and written;

• Fluency in English and French is required; 

• Strong MS Office skills, including Word and Excel.



This is an unaccompanied post based in Kamanyola, South Kivu, with frequent travel to Bukavu and Goma. Comfortable and secure individual housing is provided by the IRC. The current security situation in eastern DR Congo is unpredictable and complex, but all possible measures are taken by the IRC to ensure staff safety and security.  


Professional Standards

RC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Global Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.