Senior Programme Manager

Senior Programme Manager


Goma (Nord Kivu)


Le poste

Job Description


Title: Senior Programme Manager, Democratic Republic of Congo
Reports To : Country Representative, DRC
Unit: Programme Management
Duty Station: Goma, DRC


Interpeace is an international organisation for peacebuilding. Interpeace tailors its approach to each society and ensures that its work is locally designed and driven. Through local partners and its own local teams, Interpeace jointly develops peacebuilding programmes based on extensive consultation and research. Interpeace helps establish processes of change that promote sustainable peace, social cohesion and resilience. The organisation’s work is designed to connect and promote understanding between local communities, civil society, governments and the international community.

Interpeace also assists the international community – especially the United Nations – to play a more effective role in peacebuilding based on the organisation’s expertise in field-based work at the grassroots level. This is achieved primarily through contributing innovative thought leadership and fresh insights into contemporary peacebuilding policy. This assistance to the international community is also achieved through its ‘peace responsiveness’ work, in which Interpeace provides advice and practical support to other international organisations (especially those in the security, development and humanitarian aid sectors) so that they adapt systemically in order that their own work simultaneously addresses conflict dynamics and strengthens peace dynamics.

Interpeace is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices around the world.
For more information about Interpeace, please visit

Position within the Organisation

The Senior Programme Manager is a senior member of the Programme Management Unit which manages and implements Interpeace’s active and ongoing programmes around the world and a member of the DRC management team. The Senior Programme manager reports to the Country Representative and liaises with colleagues at global operations, programme development and innovation, strategic partners and communication and policy, IPAT and learning. 

The Senior Programme Manager is responsible for the implementation of Interpeace country programme. This includes managing and developing the portfolio of a country programme, providing strategic and managerial oversight and support to programme teams, ensuring communication and coordination within the DRC programme, between the DRC team and the rest of the organisation, and between Interpeace and its partners, leading on donor engagement and reporting, supporting the country representative  in fundraising (in collaboration with programme management and programme development colleagues), working closely with finance colleagues to provide programmatic financial forecast and maintain oversight over expenditure within the project life cycle,  working with colleagues from our policy and learning unit and strategic partnership and communication unit to effectively capture and communicate our programmatic achievements, and contributing and maintaining Interpeace’s institutional relationships, including with government institutions, donors, CSOs and community leaders and members.

Purpose and General Overview

The Senior Programme Manager is responsible for the overall management and delivery of results by Interpeace programme and project teams in the DRC, including liaison with local partners and authorities at the operational level as required in order to enable Interpeace to implement its mandate. The Senior Programme Manager works under the strategic oversight of the Country Representative and maintains relations with programme teams in neighboring countries and with the Great Lakes regional representative and senior regional representative for Eastern and Central Africa. 

The Senior Programme Manager represents Interpeace and is responsible for the delivery of practical collaboration with local authorities, international and local organisations, networks and media. The Senior Programme Manager deputes for the Country Representative in representing Interpeace at senior leadership levels with national and local authorities and partners as required and is expected to make strategic decisions and to work both independently when necessary but also promote strong collaboration and motivation of country teams, ensuring strong synergy between the various units that are operational in country.  

S/he is responsible in managing and supporting the programmatic activities implemented at the regional and national levels within pre-agreed programme budgets or funding allocations.
S/he will supervise the programme staff of the DRC programme, promoting their professional well-being, growth and effectiveness as well as their welfare.

Duties and responsibilities

Strategic Engagement:

  • Work closely with Country Representative to design, develop, implement, monitor and evolve the country strategy, in line with Interpeace overall strategy, the organisational change framework and the DRC country strategy. This includes innovating existing programmes, developing and designing new ideas, building new strategic partnerships, exploring work in new thematic and geographical areas, etc.
  • In close collaboration with the Country Representative, closely monitors political, security, economic and social dynamics likely to have an impact on peace and programming activities at the local, provincial, national and regional levels, and discuss them regularly with the Country Representative and Interpeace colleagues. 
  • Build, maintain and strengthen relationships with partners, including CSO directors, senior staff of relevant governmental institution and local government actors and ensuring that strong collaboration leads to sustainable results.  
  • Lead semi-annual programmatic reviews to capture programmatic outcomes and impact, and use this to adapt and strengthen our programming and build strong support for our programming amongst partners, government department and donors.
  • Work closely with the Country Representative to design, develop, implement, and monitor political engagement and communication strategies that maximises visibility.
  • Maintain working relations with other programmes in the region and collaborate with other representatives to contribute to the establishment or cross-border and regional programmes.

Programme Management and Development

  • Responsible for the day-to-day management of the DRC country programme. This includes the management of multiple projects, ensuring that programme managers and project officers have the support they need to implement their projects, but also ensuring that there is a high levels of synergy between projects, including cross-border or regional projects.
  • Under the leadership of the Country Representative, plays an active role in maintaining relations with donors to ensure that they are kept up to date on programmatic developments and that they support programmatic adaptations when necessary.
  • Responsible for oversight over daily programme activities and outputs and ensuring that they are completed and submitted on schedule and to the standards required.
  • Maintains oversight over the production of quarterly, semi-annual and annual donor reports, both narrative and financial, ensuring that they are of high quality and meeting the required donor standards.
  • Coordinates the country programme annual planning, learning and budgeting processes as per organisational guidelines and local context.
  • Ensures that partners’ requests for fund transfers and activity implementation receive Interpeace’s feedback and timely follow-up.
  • Responsible for the financial health of the country portfolio including cashflow.
  • Contributes to the identification and development of opportunities to expand the programme within the country, in collaboration with the country management team,  implementing partners as well as the Programme Development Unit.

Management and institutional coherence

  • Accountable for effective implementation and compliance of programme activities in country in accordance with Interpeace Finance, Procurement, HR and other policies and procedures as required by grant or contract agreements.
  • Collaborates with finance officers to ensure close monitoring of budget expenditure rates and support the timely development and submission of budget revisions when necessary.


  • Supports the Country Representative in managing the political space and engaging national authorities. Deputes for the Country Representative when required, particularly in interacting with senior leaders of national and local authorities.
  • Represent Interpeace in donor meetings, roundtables and in forums and coordination platforms with humanitarian, development and peacebuilding organisations.
  • Participates in international conferences and during visits to donor capitals to ensure that Interpeace’s work in country is shared and promoted outside the country context.
  • Contributes to media engagement when required and in line with Interpeace communication policy.

Management of personnel and resources

  • Supervises and develops the programme teams, including developing terms of reference of staff and consultant positions and taking part in recruitment processes.
  • Creates an enabling work environment that fosters learning and innovation, where programme staff can achieve their potential, demonstrating gender-responsive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
  • Provide strategic guidance, leadership and overarching management to programme and project managers/officers to ensure effective coordination and convergence across the overall country programme. This includes building a strong team spirit and collaboration across teams and projects to ensure synergy and to maximise the achievement of results.
  • Provide strong support to programme managers, programme officers, project officers and project support officers to ensure that they have the necessary knowledge, skills and direction to implement our programmes.
  • Coaches, monitors, evaluates and documents the individual performance of direct reports through a staff development lens.
  • Promotes professional development opportunities for programmatic staff, which includes on-the-job learning, mentoring but also supporting staff to participate in workshops and trainings that strengthen their capacity.  
  • Ensures that the security, safety and general welfare of the Interpeace staff and partners are protected and promoted, and professional development is advanced where possible.


Candidates with relevant qualifications, experience, a tertiary degree, and fluent in English and French, are invited to apply.
Relevant experience and qualifications may include:


  •  Tertiary degree in international relations, political science, development, management, or relevant field.


  • At least 5 years of management experience in the DRC or a similar context
  • At least 10 years of relevant peacebuilding, political and/or development experience
  • Experience of managing and mentoring multi-cultural teams in a constantly changing environment
  • Experience of living and operating in complex conflict-affected environments and of managing crisis situations requiring quick changes to programme and operational priorities
  • Experience in quality control and efficient delivery of programme outputs; and timely reporting to donors
  • Experience of managing safety and security needs in a challenging and unstable security environmentExperience in country and in the region desired
  • Demonstrated effectiveness and substantial experience with short and long-term planning; programme, personnel and financial management in multi-cultural organisations
  • Demonstrated experience in conflict resolution/peacebuilding, advocacy, partnership management, proposal writing and programme management


  • Ability to work on many different tasks at the same time, often with a short turnaround, while keeping an eye on all tasks and their due dates
  • Exceptional communication skills, verbal and written, especially in a multi-cultural and multi-linguistic context and targeting a variety of audiences, including donor agencies, government, and international and national civil society
  • Excellent writing and editing skills required to draft and review publications and donor reports in both English and French
  • Excellent analytical and strategic thinking skills, including on conflict and/or governance analysis, M&E and lesson learning
  • Facilitation and training skills desirable
  • Demonstrates effectiveness and strong experience with short and long-term planning; programme, personnel and financial management
  • Advanced knowledge and experience of project cycle management including using project planning and management tools
  • Knowledge of current thinking on peacebuilding issues and methods; and demonstrable ability to anticipate emerging needs and integrate them swiftly into the programme.
  • Ability to raise the profile of an organisation, strategically networking with government agencies, donors and other international agencies, and using the media to generate profile.
  • Proven ability to communicate, negotiate and work with a range of actors, from grassroots leaders to high level executives and government officials.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment successfully and to demonstrate gender responsive and non-discriminatory behavior and attitudes.
  • Excellent ability to interact with people respectfully and with tact.
  • Oral and written fluency in French and English is required. Knowledge of local language(s) is an advantage.

Interpeace Competencies

    • Collaboration and Weaving
    • Communication
    • Drive for results
    • Adaptability and Continuous Learning
    • Respect for Diversity

Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims to achieve gender equality both through gender parity at all levels of the organisation and the promotion of a gender dimension in all its work. We welcome applications from women and men, and those with disabilities.

How to apply

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their application to  [email protected]   no later than 22 February 2021. “Senior Programme Manager, DRC”  must be  included in the subject line of the application email to be considered. The application must include:

  • a complete curriculum vitae
  • a letter of interest
  • an acknowledgement letter

a. answering the following questions:

  1. Have you ever been criminally convicted or subject to any criminal or administrative penalty by any competent authority? If yes, please specify:
  2. Have you ever been terminated or separated (e.g. contract termination, dismissal, non-renewal) or subject to any disciplinary measure or sanction by your employer for fraud, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse?
  3. Have you ever resigned while under investigation or during disciplinary proceedings?

b. Confirming the following declaration of understanding:

I confirm the accuracy of the information provided, with the understanding that Interpeace will conduct reference checks to verify relevant information.
I understand that if any false or misleading information is provided in my application, or any material fact suppressed, I may not be employed, of if I am employed, I may be dismissed .

Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY short-listed candidates will be contacted.


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