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Appointment Brief

Appointment Brief – Country Director DRC – CARE USA


  • Are you looking for a challenging, fascinating role in one of world’s most highly regarded International NGOs?
  • Are you good at building teams, managing change, and networking and new business development?
  • Do you have in-country experience and a sound understanding of the historical, economic, humanitarian and political context of the DRC?
  • You will need to be bilingual in French and English and have the ability to communicate effectively across a wide range of audiences and stakeholders.

If so read on – this is a life-changing opportunity for the right person, where you could make a real difference by improving the lives of the poor and most vulnerable.

CARE has worked globally for over 70 years, saving lives, defeating poverty and achieving social justice. They put women and girls at the centre because they know that they cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities.

The Country Director will be based in Kinshasa, and will be CARE’s senior representative in the DRC. You will lead a senior management team and be able to motivate and develop your staff.

You will be responsible for managing emergency programming and operations, establishing partnerships with donors and government, working for a complex and challenging region.

Donors include USIAD, DFID, Norway, The Netherlands and a number of foundations.

There is huge potential but there are also major unresolved issues – which are culturally and politically very sensitive – with many difficulties to overcome.


$110,000 per annum, plus international allowances

Person Specification

Essential Experience

  • Six to eight years in a senior management position in development field, more than eight years of experience desirable.
  • Experience and knowledge of working in the DRC
  • Bilingual – English and French
  • Strategic and operational management:
  • Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational planning;
  • Extensive conceptual skills including strategic analysis;
  • Demonstrated management skills in a complex international setting.
  • People/relationship management
  • Demonstrated self-awareness, leadership and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong human resource management skills including capacity building, coaching and conflict management;
  • Experience supervising and developing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting;
  • Demonstrated interest in and ability to give feedback to, develop, motivate and lead a diverse team to achieve results;
  • Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments.
  • Financial management
  • Knowledge and experience with financial management as demonstrated by ability to:
  • Manage a complex budget;
  • Effectively follow-up on internal and external audit recommendations;
  • Ensure donor compliance and reporting.
  • Information/ knowledge management
  • Ability to establish a learning culture within the CO and to facilitate knowledge sharing across CARE.
  • External relationships / fundraising
  • Experience in successfully managing various forms of partnerships with national and international NGOs, etc;
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with donors and government counterparts;
  • Strong representation, influencing and negotiation skills.

Desirable experience

  • Demonstrated experience in programme design, implementation and evaluation;
  • Experience of managing emergencies;
  • Experience and knowledge of operationalising a rights-based approach;
  • Experience in development of programme support systems and operational procedures;
  • Demonstrated experience with proposal development with a range of international donors (i.e. USAID, EU, DFID, CIDA);
  • Experience and skills in leading organisational change processes.

Qualifications/ Education

  • Required: Bachelor’s Degree in related field;
  • Desired: Master’s Degree in related field.

Additional Requirements

  • Expected to travel 30% of the time.

Application Instructions

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CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.