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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Political, CSSF - Conflict Stability and Security Fund

To provide effective programme management of the UK  government’s Great Lakes Programme. Based in Kinshasa, you will have overall responsibility for designing, managing and delivering the multi-year  programme (currently £1.3m per annum to 2020).  

Reducing conflict and human rights violations in the Great Lakes are central to HMG objectives. In the long term a reversal of  hard-won peace in DRC and Burundi could send the region back into conflict.  The Great Lakes Programme has been designed to reduce conflict through a series of targeted interventions. These complement and catalyse the effects  of larger scale DFID and peacekeeping interventions in the Great Lakes.  Managing this programme, you will be making a direct contribution to the   success of those interventions.  

The post holder will be responsible for: (a)   providing overall coordination and management of the Great Lakes Programme;   (b) working with strand leads to manage relationships with implementing   partners, including ensuring regularity of reporting and effective project  monitoring; (c) managing post’s relationship with the programme team in  London, including by providing strong financial and qualitative reporting and  assisting with annual reviews; (d) designing the programme for future  financial years, including by acting as penholder for the programme document; (e) providing secretariat to the Local Strategy Board (LSB); (f) providing  oversight to a project manager.


Roles and responsibilities:

Providing overall coordination and management of the Great Lakes Programme:

  • Provide rigorous management of finances, risks, lessons learnt and best practice through cross-mission collaboration;
  • Track and report on budgetary matters related to the projects;
  • Work closely with FCO/DFID policy colleagues to ensure programme activity is aligned to policy objectives and with DFID technical experts to ensure technical expertise is factored into programme   design and delivery;
  • Oversee design, implementation, management and reporting (risks, value for money, budgets) of Great Lakes Programme projects;
  • Working with strand leads to manage relationships  with implementing partners, including ensuring regularity of reporting and effective project monitoring:
  • Build and manage relationships with key (senior) staff in implementing partner organisations;
  • Provide quality assurance on quarterly programme reports;
  • Provide quality assurance on key deliverables.
  • Ensure that the programme’s results framework and risk register are completed at the beginning of the year and kept up-to-date during the year.


Managing post’s relationship with the programme team in London, including by providing strong financial and qualitative reporting and assisting with annual reviews:

  • Ensure that deadlines for internal reporting to London are met and that reporting is of a high quality;
  • Manage procurement, knowledge management and communication requirements for the Great Lakes Programme;
  • Lead on managing short-term inward technical visits to provide scoping and evaluation feedback on the Great Lakes Programme;
  • Lead on development of M&E of the Great Lakes programme in-house (lead on programme results framework) and to liaise with contracted third party M&E supplier;
  • Attend coordination events both internal and external. 


Designing the programme for future financial years, including by acting as penholder for the programme document :

  • Design the programme for financial year 18/19, building upon the findings of the annual review and lessons learned from previous years;
  • Liaise with strand leads to establish objectives and ensure a strong range of potential implementing partners;
  • Draft programme document for financial year 18/19, working closely with strand leads, securing LSB and London’s approval.
  • Draft results framework and  risk register for 18/19 programme.
  • Providing secretariat to the Local Strategy Board (LSB):
  • Act as contact point for the LSB at post, scheduling and organising regular meetings, and setting agendas.
  • Lead on developing and co-ordinating papers for LSB meetings, pro-actively suggesting subject matter for and leading on drafting these.
  • Minute meetings and take responsibility for ensuring actions are followed up on, including through regular working-level meetings with strand leads between LSBs.
  • Provide advice to the SRO for the programme, Her Majesty’s Ambassador Kinshasa, and Deputy Head of Mission Kinshasa on LSBs. 


Providing oversight to a project manager:

  • Provide oversight to one locally-engaged B3 project manager (slot to be confirmed).
  • Liaise with the project  manager and escalate any issues, risks and challenges faced by the projects in a timely manner through appropriate channels;

Ensure that the project manager delivers effectively against their financial and project management objectives.


Resources managed (staff and expenditure)

  • Great Lakes Programme (currently £1.3m per annum).
  • Line management of a B3 (L) project manager (slot to be confirmed).


Language requirements: 

Language: French and English

Level of language required: Fluent written and oral in both French and English

This is a fixed term position until 31 March 2020 (extendable)

  • Higher education/university graduate;
  • Extensive experience of programme and financial management (minimum 5 years), preferably in the Great Lakes region and/or in conflict-affected or fragile environments
  • Excellent IT skills including use of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Previous experience working on programmes related to conflict resolution and human rights;
  • Experience of successfully leading and supporting a team.
  • Exceptional organisational and management skills, able to maintain speed and flexibility as well as strong oversight of large programmes.
  • PRINCE2 or other internationally recognised project management qualification.
Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
21 June 2017
C4 (L)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
British Embassy
$2,432 plus Housing & Transport Allowance
1 August 2017
31 March 2020
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  • Failure to do so may result in a determination that you do not meet the requirements for the position.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British Embassy in Kinshasa are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • All applicants must be legally able to work in the country of application with the correct visa/status or work permit.
  • Employees who are not eligible to pay local income tax: e.g. certain third-country nationals and spouses/partners of UK diplomats will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.
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