Deputy Chief of Party

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

Job Description

Invisible Children is currently seeking a Deputy Chief of Party for an anticipated USAID award of $24 million for five years, which will focus on community protection and resilience in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic (CAR) and include activities that address the intersection between human security, conservation, and development. S/he is an experienced and dynamic leader with thorough experience managing large U.S. government awards, especially in remote and volatile environments. The home post of the Deputy Chief of Party is currently being determined between Bangui, CAR, Kinshasa, DRC, and field offices. S/he should expect frequent travel to all of Invisible Children field offices and remote implementation sites.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Provide management and oversight to various operational and technical components of the project, including finance and budget management, compliance, risk management, subaward management, and quality assurance
  • Contribute to project design and planning, including the development of workplans and budgets
  • Alongside the Chief of Party, ensure project spending and procurement is in accordance with USAID rules and regulations
  • Ensure collaboration and communication between operations and programs staff and enhance management systems to ensure the organization meets project objectives in an effective and efficient manner
  • Ensure the organization implements a cost-effective and results-oriented project monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan
  • Alongside the Chief of Party, manage all organizational growth and startup aspects associated with award execution
  • Ensure compliance with all weekly, monthly, and quarterly reporting in accordance with organization’s policies and donor requirements
  • Work closely with sub awardees to monitor their progress and ensure all technical and administrative requirements are fulfilled
  • Support program coordination efforts between partners, national and international NGOs, and other international organizations
  • Provide technical expertise in community-based protection, early warning systems, conflict mitigation, community development, trauma healing, and community participation
  • Serve as the Acting Chief of Party in his/her absence

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 7 years of relevant management and technical 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 Bachelor’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 with 2 CFR 200 rules and regulations for federal awards and a strong knowledge of operations, procurement, subaward 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, Sango, Pazande, Nzakara, and Banda

Application Instructions:

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


This job description is dependent on future funding.

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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