Component Manager for ISSSS Consultancy in the Promotion of Peace and Stability Project (m/f/d)

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Goma, Congo, The Democratic Republic of
Apply by 27 August 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 28 July 2018

Job Description

As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

Job description

The aim of the Promotion of Peace and Stability Project is to strengthen the capacity of key players at local and international level to contribute to violence-free development in eastern Congo. It is incorporated in the International Security and Stabilisation Support Strategy (ISSSS).

Field of action 1 aims to strengthen the Stabilisation Support Unit (SSU) of the international peacekeeping mission MONUSCO and other ISSSS actors in order to allow better integration of local perspectives in the work of the ISSSS. The SSU assists the Congolese Government with its stabilisation and reconstruction programme through the ISSSS, which is the main planning and coordination framework for intervention with a view to stabilising the situation in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Field of action 2 aims to strengthen the capacity of key players at local level who are involved in the peacebuilding work.

Your tasks

As Component Manager of field of action 1 of the project, the focus of your work will be advising the Stabilisation Support Unit/Goma with regard to context analyses and promoting the coherence of the focal points of the ISSSS work in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. To a lesser extent, you will also be responsible for overarching project management tasks.

Detailed remit:

Advising the Stabilisation Support Unit and its partners in the stabilisation process, especially in the areas of (1) context analyses and (2) thematic coherence. The focus in the area of context analysis will be on coordinating the issues earmarked for the grant recipient in this area, and there will also be a key part to play in liaising with the SSU and other ISSSS actors

  • Preparing and running workshops, training courses, etc.
  • Supervising national and international consultants and cooperation arrangements with research institutions and, where applicable, local organisations
  • Assisting (in close consultation with the officer responsible for the commission and the country director with the work in support of the BMZ and of the German Embassy in Kinshasa in ISSSS donor forums/coordination
  • Managing the national employees in the field of action
  • Assisting the officer responsible for the commission with the management of the entire project, where applicable
Your profile
  • University graduate (master’s/degree) in political science, international relations, peace and conflict research or a comparable branch of study
  • Regional knowledge and work experience in fragile contexts in sub-Saharan Africa and ideally in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Several years of professional experience, ideally in international cooperation programmes, peace missions, NGO sector, etc.
  • Several years of work experience in one or more of the areas of conflict management, peacebuilding, stabilisation in post-conflict situations and fragile statehood, and a correspondingly good knowledge of the relevant approaches/methods/instruments
  • Several years of experience in advising various actors (including civil society), and experience of cooperating with the UN. Experience of working or cooperating with UN peacekeeping missions is an advantage
  • Analytical skills in relation to policy and strategy, and diplomatic skills in dealing with (high-ranking) actors
  • Experience in the management and mitigation of conflict situations and in dealing with the complex ethnic and political arenas in which the key people are playing; ideally, you will be familiar with the specific context of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or neighbouring regions
  • Fluency in French and English; very good knowledge of German is an advantage
Location information

The position is based in Goma, capital of the North Kivu province on the Rwandan border. There is an international airport with several flights per week; daily flights via Kigali (journey time three hours). Everyday necessities are available in Goma with some limitations, as are some international restaurants, etc. As the main hub of humanitarian operations in the east of the country, there are many international players on the ground; mainly UN System organisations and international non-governmental organisations. The security situation is tense but tight-knit security management relations exist; it is a CTO location (non-family duty station) with limited leisure facilities and regular downtime. Regular trips to Bukavu (capital of South Kivu province) are required, probably also to Kinshasa and, in consultation with risk management, to rural areas.


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