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DRC Coordinator, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

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PHR launched the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, a multi-year training and advocacy initiative, in 2011, with the aim of forging coalitions among regional medical, law enforcement, and legal experts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, and Central African Republic. The goal of the program is to increase local capacity for the collection of court-admissible evidence of sexual violence to support local and international prosecutions for these crimes. The program draws on PHR’s extensive expertise in documenting war crimes and providing forensic training to professionals in regions of conflict where mass crimes have been committed.

The program commenced in the DRC in 2011 and has been implemented thus far in Bukavu, Uvira, Kalehe, Minova, Bunyakiri, Goma and elsewhere. We have built partnerships with both private and public clinics and hospitals, including Panzi Hospital, the Judiciary, the Congolese National Police, and civil society organizations.

The DRC coordinator will help the program director lead a dynamic team of professional staff, consultants, and volunteers to develop and carry out work to advance the program in the DRC. The DRC coordinator will represent PHR with the government, local, and international partners in the country. S/he will take the leading role in implementation and expansion of the program in the DRC in accordance with PHR program design and policy.

The DRC coordinator will be responsible for developing and managing partnerships with individual and institutional partners in the DRC in order to achieve the objectives of the program. This will include maintaining relationships with current partners, building new partnerships, and forming alliances with other civil society organizations that have similar goals. The DRC coordinator will also oversee Program grant management for the DRC office. S/he will additionally serve as a key advocate for the program by communicating findings, research, and lessons learned in publications, social media, and conferences.

Reports to: Director of the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

Location: Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage DRC office activities
  • Help organize meetings and trainings with national partners in the DRC and abroad
  • Coordinate and help lead forensic training workshops in the DRC
  • Facilitate scale-up of program in new locations in the DRC and with new partners and initiatives
  • Assist with the development of the program budget, and manage and monitor budget expenditures to ensure adherence to timelines and spending guidelines
  • Build relationships and liaise with key local stakeholders and NGO representatives (including human rights, humanitarian, medical, law enforcement, and legal and local community groups) to help identify potential partners, collaborators, and participants
  • Meet and collaborate with local and regional organizations engaged in medical treatment, legal service provision, and human rights reporting and advocacy
  • Monitor pertinent human rights issues in the DRC and enable team to stay informed about real-time developments
  • Keep abreast of legal and policy developments in the management of sexual violence in the DRC; inform the program director and update the training curriculum when relevant
  • Monitor the security situation in coordination with the security officer
  • Develop curriculum and train on law on sexual violence in the DRC and its implementation
  • Write weekly reports and blog posts and contribute to publications, web and social media content, create fact sheets, and other collateral
  • Identify key advocacy opportunities and initiatives to support project developments and findings
  • Represent PHR and its interests at relevant local and regional conferences and other forums to identify potential participants and partners and to stay abreast of developments in the field
  • Attend local cluster meetings of partners
  • Develop and implement local program budget and track local program expenses
  • Oversee quality control for program work product
  • Hire project contractors (i.e. interpreters and fixers/drivers, etc.) and supervise their daily operations
  • Coordinate team of PHR international experts based in the field (i.e. medical expert and police, justice, and security expert)
  • Coordinate, track, and assist activities with all PHR consultants operating in DRC
  • Supervise junior program staff on an as-needed basis
  • Provide any other general programmatic support as needed

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in international relations, medicine, public health, law, social sciences, education or related field
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the NGO sector in Africa
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a management position
  • Fluency in French required; advanced proficiency in English highly desirable
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Excellent training skills
  • Other capacity building experience an asset
  • High proficiency in developing and managing a complex, multi-grant budget
  • Exceptional program and project management skills; attention to detail and follow-through
  • Proven track record in managing relationships with external stakeholders and donors
  • Team player with flexibility across all functional areas of PHR
  • Energetic self-starter with the ability to anticipate upcoming needs and work with minimal supervision; proven ability to work independently and effectively under pressure and to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Strong team-oriented leader; strategic thinker and planner with excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong commitment to human rights with cross-cultural experience and cultural sensitivity
  • Familiarity with Congolese gender rights environment and law on sexual violence
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and professionally in a multi-faceted, fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally, as needed
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office Suite, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter (with compensation requirements) and resume to resumes [at] phrusa [dot] org. Please include the job title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.


PHR is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. PHR encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

Date Posted: February 20, 2015