Peacebuilding Portfolio Manager

International Alert
Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo
Full time Staff

Salary: Competitive with additional benefits (housing and relocation allowance, international medical coverage, pension, R&R, etc.)
Based: Bukavu, DRC with frequent travel to Goma office and field whenever necessary
Closing date: 9 October 2017 at 5pm (UK time)

We are looking for an exceptional candidate to join our DRC team, our largest country programme. The Peacebuilding Portfolio Manager is a senior management position within our DRC programme and reports directly to the Country Manager.

The Peacebuilding Portfolio Manager supervises all our projects in DRC (currently five) and gives technical guidance and support and has direct line management responsibility for five Project Managers and the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager. Our current portfolio includes two Stabilisation projects in North and South Kivu in collaboration with the Congolese government and MONUSCO, one youth empowerment project in Itombwe, South Kivu, one regional small cross-border trade and political empowerment project for women (DRC, Rwanda and Burundi) and one conflict analysis/research project in North and South Kivu.

You will be responsible for the timely and effective implementation, planning, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting of all current project activities in DRC. You will ensure the coordination, synergy and cross-project learning across the DRC project portfolio and complementarity with other country programmes in the Great Lakes region as well as with London-based departments. In collaboration with the Country Manager, you will be expected to lead the development of new programming initiatives – including fundraising and identification of new partners. You will represent the organisation in Bukavu and be responsible for nurturing a close collaboration and relationship with government authorities, donors, civil society and other external stakeholders.

Essential qualifications include extensive experience of supervising, supporting and monitoring large and complex peacebuilding or development programmes in DRC or a similar context. Substantial NGO project management experience, including responsibility for contract management and donor relations, and proven experience of managing many staff is a must. Furthermore, we are looking for proven experience in peacebuilding/conflict transformation and familiarity with gender- and conflict-sensitive approaches. In addition, experience of developing donor proposals and nurturing constructive relationships with local partners (governmental and non-governmental) is essential as well as an excellent working knowledge (spoken and written) of both French and English.

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To apply, please send a completed application form and equal opportunities form (both of which can be found under ‘Downloads’ on this page) to

In your application, please indicate the full job title of the role you are applying for.

Please note we do not accept CVs.

Interviews will tentatively take place in Bukavu or Goma or via Skype in the week of 16 October 2017.

While International Alert will endeavour to contact all candidates within a reasonable time, this may not always be possible due to limited resources. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, you can assume that your application has, on this occasion, been unsuccessful. International Alert is an equal opportunities employer. All applicants will be judged strictly on the basis of merit.

Closing date: 
9th October 2017