Are you committed to making positive change by contributing to improving the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable? Do you want to operate at the cutting edge of development practice, using adaptable programming and innovative approaches? This could be a great opportunity, working with a leading organisation to bring real positive change to millions of people in the region.

PricewaterhouseCoopers UK (PwC) is seeking a dynamic Team Lead for their DFID-funded Essor initiative in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Essor’s overall ambition is to increase the income of the poor in DRC by reducing the obstacles and costs to doing business, whilst working closely with government institutions, improving access to finance and electricity, improving agricultural value chains, helping small and medium businesses understand taxation, and tackling corruption.

The Team Lead will be responsible for leadership of the team and day to day oversight of the project portfolio. The ideal candidate will have excellent programme and people leadership skills, substantial experience and a proven track record of working on donor-funded, multi-million GBP programmes in similar environments, and expertise in business environment reform or public sector reforms. DFID programme management experience is highly desired. S/he will be strategic in approach, adaptable and innovative. Fluency in French is preferred, but additional language training will be provided to right candidate who has a working knowledge of French.

The current team is over 60 people, including part time experts. The start date would be January or February 2018 and ideally, the incumbent would see the project through completion in December 2019.


Competitive and commensurate with experience.

Full description

Essor is a large and innovative DFID-funded initiative that seeks to improve business environment reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The £35M, five-year project forms a major part of DFID DRC’s £100m Private Sector Development programme.

Essor is a flexible and adaptive facility that provides technical assistance to Government, as well as private sector and non-government actors with the aim to increase the income of the poor in DRC by reducing MSME’s obstacles and costs to doing business. The project works with Congolese stakeholders to identify priority reforms that can make it easier for MSMEs to prosper, thereby creating employment and revenue opportunities for poor people, particularly women.

The project was launched in 2015 and has a five-year lifecycle. Its work is very innovative, testing new approaches in the DRC and undertaking studies to learn about what works and can be scaled up or repeated elsewhere. Essor currently runs a portfolio of six projects, each with multiple interventions:

  • Ohada: Helping GoDRC implement its commitment to the Ohada law
  • Access to Finance: Helping to establish a new market for leasing and insurance
  • Access to Electricity: Helping to establish solar energy in pilot towns
  • MSME: Helping to improve MSME’s awareness of the tax system for specific sectors and markets
  • Anti-corruption: Helping to reduce unofficial forms of fees and payments
  • Agriculture Value Chains: Helping to improve the business environment for coffee exports.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Strategic leadership of the Essor programme and its portfolio.
  • Overall management of workstream leads and cross cutting team, including monitoring performance, deliverables and value for money.
  • Main point of contact for DFID-DRC, representing Essor in regular management meetings with DFID.
  • Responsible for delivery of key programme tasks, reports, reforms and training as contained in workplans.
  • Ensure a rigorous approach to achievement of Essor’s milestones, financial and progress reporting.
  • Responsible for engagement and communication with key stakeholders and partners associated with Essor.
  • Work with operations and workstreams to ensure programme project management tools are up to date and accurate.

Person Specification        

  • Minimum of 15 years’ experience working on donor-funded programmes in similar environments.
  • Experience of Team Leader or Deputy Team leader position for a large, multi-million GBP donor-funded business environment reform programme (preferred) or governance programme.
  • Expertise in business environment reform (ideal), or private sector development or public sector reform in a development context similar to the DRC.
  • Must have an adaptable approach, innovation and comfortable in complex contexts.
  • Experience of DFID programme management and leadership is highly desired.
  • Must have excellent and demonstrable leadership and management skills.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills and be able to articulate thoughts and ideas.
  • Fluent French speaking skills are highly sought but we will provide language training to the right candidate who must already have a basic or intermediary level of French.
  • Strong organisational skills, attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and an ability to work well under pressure.

Application Instructions

To apply for this post, please download and read the Appointment Brief then click on the apply button, top right, to complete our online application form.

You will be asked to submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae, in English, (of no more than 2-3 sides of A4). Shortly after your CV is received, Oxford HR will be in touch to request a detailed statement (of no more than 2-sides of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and how your skills and experience make you suitable.

Applications will not be accepted without a completed application form.

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