Country Director – Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) At Trócaire

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Are you energised by the thought of working in an organisation that supports people and communities to tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice? Do you love the idea of working in a global organisation with an inclusive and collaborative culture? Then Trócaire wants to hear from you! Read on for more details about this exciting opportunity.

Be the Catalyst for Change as Trócaire’s Country Director in the DRC! As the Country Director, you will assume a pivotal strategic leadership position in the Country Office and as part of Trocaire’s International Division, driving the organisation’s mission and achieving its goals. This dynamic role calls for an experienced, innovative, and visionary individual – you will be at the helm of a vibrant and motivated team, where the strategic importance of locally led initatives is understood and supported. As the Country Director, you will provide guidance to our country programme fostering impact and innovation and a
culture that values empowerment and partnership. You will spearhead our advocacy and policy efforts in the DRC, actively engaging decision-makers at local, national, and international levels while empowering local partners to do the same. You will work in a place where you will add value and respond effectively to the humanitarian and development complexities in the Eastern DRC.
Trócaire has an exciting and well-established programme in the DRC. Trócaire has been working with national and local actors since the mid 1990s and opened a liaison office in Kinshasa in 2008. We moved the Country Office to Bunia, Ituri Province in 2015 to be closer to our partners and communities we support.
The country programme partners with 16 national and local organisations across all 5 zones in Ituri to achieve peace and resilience through sustainable livelihoods, women’s voice and influence in local decision-making processes, protection against sexual and gender-based violence and by providing humanitarian assistance to displaced communities through cash transfers, WASH, emergency food security & livelihoods activities. Core to Trócaire’s partnership approach in the DRC and globally is the support of local civil society organisations to strengthen their institutional, financial, technical, and managerial capacities. DRC is a member of Trócaire’s Portfolio on Fragile & Conflicted Affected States together with Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Lebanon/Syria and Myanmar.

Reporting to the Head of Portfolio, Fragile & Conflict Affected States, you will lead a team of 25 dedicated professionals and manage a diverse portfolio of approximately 16 local and national partners. Located in Bunia, Eastern DRC, this role entails frequent travel to partner, project, and community sites, to Goma and Kinshasa and periodic travel outside the DRC.

About Trócaire

Founded in 1973, Trócaire is an Irish International NGO and a member of Caritas Internationalis. We work with local partners in the world’s most at-risk communities and with people in Ireland to tackle the underlying causes of poverty and injustice and respond to the crises injustice and poverty create. Together we bring about positive and lasting change for a just world. Trócaire works in up to 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. We work towards five goals:

• Promote Access to Justice

• Achieve Climate & Environmental Justice

• Ensure Women & Girls’ Protection, Voice & Influence

• Save Lives and Protect Human Dignity

• Mobilise the Public on the island of Ireland to achieve Global Justice

Our work is rooted in Catholic Social Teaching and our values of Solidarity, Courage, Participation, Perseverance and Accountability. In responding to emergencies, implementing long-term development programmes, and advocating for policy change, we are committed to working in partnership with local organisations and communities to bring about lasting change.

Do you want to know more about Trocaire, the organisation? Find out more at www.trocaire.org

Requirements

As the Country Director for Trócaire DRC, we seek a dynamic, experienced leader with a proven strategic leadership and management track record. You will have demonstrated experience managing humanitarian/development programmes in a partnership model, ideally with experience running a country office.
As a leader, you will be pivotal in cultivating a cohesive, empowered, and high-performing team. Your experience managing multicultural teams in a conflict affected environment and fostering inclusivity will be essential. Strong communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to facilitate collaboration are critical for building effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Your ability to think strategically, analytically, and innovatively and attract institutional donor funding will be instrumental in your success.
Your experience in risk management, compliance, and governance particularly in volatile and fluidly changing environments is crucial to ensure effective resource allocation and adherence to organisational policies. We value a growth mindset and commitment to continual improvement that strives for excellence. You are adept at practising active listening and soliciting, considering, and valuing diverse perspectives and contrary opinions.

For more details, please see the full Job Description here.

Trócaire offers a competitive package of salary and benefits including housing, school fees, medical insurance, a pension scheme, life assurance, Rest & Recuparation and generous annual leave. The job opportunity will be offered on a fixed term basis for 2 years and is based in Bunia, Eastern DRC. The post is unaccompanied.

Safeguarding Programme Participants – Children & Adults
Trócaire is committed to safeguarding people within our programmes from exploitation and abuse and has clear expectations of all staff. Please ensure to click here for more information on Trócaire’s safeguarding policies. We welcome diverse applicants to join our inclusive workforce. Trócaire is an equal opportunities employer. We are an organisation that embraces diversity and inclusion. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds to bring their experiences and perspectives to Trócaire.
Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities can be provided to support participation in the recruitment process
when requested and indicated in the application or by contacting hr@trocaire.org .

How to apply

If you are a highly motivated individual with a strong competitive drive and a burning passion for making a positive and impactful difference, we invite you to join our team as the Country Director for Trócaire DRC – Please submit a one-page Cover Letter and your CV (no more than 2 pages) with your application. Trócaire reserves the right to close a recruitment before the deadline of the announcement. We thank you for your understanding.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday 16th August 2023.

Please apply online through the Trocaire Careers Page: https://apply.workable.com/trocaire/j/4CB3A42877/


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