Chief of Party / Central Africa Regional Director

Kinshasa, Congo, The Democratic Republic of | Bangui, Central African Republic
Apply by 10 April 2017
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 16 March 2017

Job Description

Invisible Children is currently seeking an experienced and dynamic leader to serve as its Central Africa Regional Director, responsible for overall management and direction of the organization’s field offices and programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic (CAR). Additionally, s/he will provide overall administrative leadership and technical expertise for an anticipated USAID award of $24 million for five years, which will focus on community protection and resilience in DRC and CAR and include activities that address the intersection between human security, conservation, and development. The home post of the Central Africa Regional Director is currently being determined between Bangui, CAR and Kinshasa, DRC. S/he should expect frequent travel to all of Invisible Children field offices and remote implementation sites.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall leadership to Invisible Children’s field-based staff in DRC and CAR on program design and implementation and operations management
  • Contribute to mid-term and long-term organizational strategic planning together with other senior-level Invisible Children staff and executives
  • Represent Invisible Children to donors, host-country governments, local, national and international NGO partners, UN and government agencies, and other key stakeholders based in or visiting the region
  • Manage a diverse team of national and international staff across DRC and CAR, ensuring compliance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws and providing mentorship, direction, and team cohesion
  • Provide technical guidance in Invisible Children’s core program areas (including community-based protection, early warning systems, and trauma healing), and expected areas of programmatic expansion (including conflict mitigation and social cohesion, community-based conservation, and pro-conservation livelihood programs)
  • Oversee the development of annual work plans, budgets, and other donor-specific project plans
  • Manage country office budgets and institutional donor project budgets
  • Ensure all project implementation is in compliance with organization’s policies and procedures, and with grant and cooperative agreement rules, requirements, and regulations where applicable
  • Provide overall leadership and management for anticipated USAID award, including technical expertise, budget management, quality assurance, and compliance with 2 CFR 200 rules and regulations for federal awards
  • Ensure the organization maintains a strong risk mitigation and management plan

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 10 years of experience of relevant technical and management experience
  • Technical experience in two or more of the following areas: community-based protection, early warning systems, conflict mitigation, community development, trauma healing, and community participation in conservation programming
  • Experience in gender-sensitive programming and/or social protection interventions for women and children
  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in a relevant field
  • Successful track record in program design, implementation, and monitoring
  • Proven ability to inspire and manage a diverse team to achieve organizational objectives
  • Proven ability to thrive and think creatively in a complex and dynamic work environment
  • Experience in development, management, and analysis of multimillion-dollar country budgets
  • Experience and knowledge of operations, procurement, contract management, and logistics
  • Experience working in DR Congo, Central African Republic, or a similar conflict/post-conflict environment
  • Ability to adjust to shifting political and security circumstances
  • Desire to live and work in a remote and challenging environment
  • Fluency in English and French is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity or experience with community-based conservation programming
  • Knowledge of Arabic or local language(s) of northeast DRC and eastern CAR, including Lingala and Sango
  • Experience with 2 CFR 200 rules and regulations for federal awards

Application Instructions:

Please send electronic submissions of your CV and cover letter to by April 10th. Please include “Chief of Party / Central Africa Regional Director” in the subject line. No telephone inquiries. Finalists will be contacted.


The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.

All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.

About the Organization

Invisible Children is an international NGO founded in 2004 to bring a permanent end to the violence of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and support the lasting recovery of communities in central Africa targeted by armed group violence. The organization’s comprehensive approach to the LRA crisis has integrated every level of intervention, from direct partnerships with local communities to engagement with senior national and international policymakers. To date, the organization has maintained a longer programmatic presence in LRA-affected areas of central Africa than any other currently-active international NGO. Invisible Children’s longstanding commitment to marginalized communities has allowed the organization to continuously refine and adapt its programs to address a variety of armed groups and other destabilizing forces threatening the central Africa region, while also making significant progress toward ending the LRA crisis. Invisible Children’s current work focuses on finding innovative, sustainable solutions to regional insecurity that mitigate the direct threats of violence and address their roots causes. In recent years, this has included community-based initiatives and conflict analysis focused on the intersection of human security and illicit wildlife trafficking in the central Africa region.

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