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Two persons outside a house. Diakonia is expanding and is looking for an experienced Programme Manager to lead a three-year programme supporting the DRC civil society focusing on democracy, human rights and gender equality. Photo: Jeppe Schilder

Program manager DRC

Diakonia is a Swedish international development organization with the overall goal to change unfair political, economic, social and cultural structures that generate poverty, inequality, oppression, and violence. Diakonia works with the most vulnerable people, local partners and other strategic actors for the fulfillment of the right of all people to live a life in dignity - irrespective of age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, political conviction, religion, or sexual orientation and identity.


Diakonia has about 400 partner organizations in 30 countries. In Sub-Saharan, Africa Diakonia employs 100 staff at country offices in Mozambique, DRC, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Mali and Burkina Faso; and the Regional Office in Kenya.

Diakonia in the DRC is a key actor when it comes to ensuring accountability of decision-makers and promoting a democratic culture, human rights, and gender equality. The majority of our work is implemented through partner organizations.  

We are expanding and are looking for an experienced Programme Manager to lead a three-year programme supporting the DRC civil society focusing on democracy, human rights and gender equality, funded by Sweden.

Key responsibilities

Overall responsible for an effective and accountable implementation of the programme

Ensuring results and budget control

Lead the programme team (3) in the day-to-day work

Interact with the partner organizations (8) ensuring a one-programme-approach

Track the programme indicators while ensuring the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, and quality of the intervention

Be responsible for the design and implementation of M&E tools and activities

Produce quarterly and annual narrative reports

Oversee the financial reporting

Advise Diakonia on how to implement the programme with a conflict-sensitive approach; both when it comes to the various armed conflicts in the DRC, the political conflicts and the conflicts within the civil society.

Support Diakonia’s partners and build their capacity to maneuver in a conflict environment ensuring that the programme has at minimum a do-no-harm footprint, and an aim to contribute to conflict resolution

Develop and put in place digital and physical safety and security protocols and routines, both for Diakonia and for the partners

Design, launch and manage a safety mechanism for human rights and democracy activists

Communicate the programme externally and internally

Be part of the DRC Country Office and contribute to the overall development of Diakonia’s DRC Programme 

Education and competencies

Advanced degree in Development Studies, Political Science or related fields

Proven international experience in Programme Management, preferable from the Sub-Saharan Africa region.

Experience from managing staff

Deep knowledge of the programme’s thematic areas i.e. democracy, human rights, and gender

Experience from working in a conflict context

A minimum of five years (5) relevant experience

Good command of French and English

Terms and conditions

The Programme Manager is based at Diakonia’s office in Kinshasa and reports to the DRC Country Representative. Frequent travel within the DRC is expected. Apart from a basic salary Diakonia offers accommodation, health insurance, and housing. This is an international non-family posting.

How to Apply

Apply by sending your CV and letter of motivation in English, to recruitment.africa@diakonia.se latest 8 October 2018. 

For more information about Diakonia visit www.diakonia.se.

For specific questions on the job please contact our Regional Director Johan Romare on johan.romare@diakonia.se. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.