Country Director - Democratic Republic of Congo

Location: Bukavu, South Kivu (70-80%), Kinshasa (20-30%)
Starting date: May 2021
Duration: 24 months with possibility of extension

People in Need (PIN) is a Czech NGO that provides relief and development assistance in over 20 countries around the world. Formed in 1992, PIN has grown to be the biggest organisation of its kind in Central Europe, providing relief where it is needed, and empowering civil society in the Czech Republic, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia.

People in Need (PIN) has been present in the DRC since 2009. With its main office in Bukavu (South Kivu) we have been implementing projects focusing on nutrition, food security, education, WASH and human rights.

Main responsibilities:

Senior Management and Strategic Planning

  • Represent PIN at provincial as well as country level, and be responsible for strategic leadership of the country programme
  • Plan development of the country programme in accordance with the local needs and priorities of PIN
  • Lead the whole country programme team and overall coordination of all its operations
  • Supervise the country programs, finance, compliance and administration as well as human resources, logistics and security
  • Medium-term and long-term strategic planning, establishment and maintenance of managerial procedures, recording and putting in use of lessons learned and capacity building

Project Management

  • Ability to cover senior programme roles when required (particularly Head of Programmes, Programme and Project Managers)
  • Ensure timely and high quality implementation and reporting to donors and HQ

Project Development and Representation

  • Actively contribute to development of new proposals, and keep it in line with PIN country strategy and PIN Relief and Development Department strategy
  • Network among donors and key stakeholders to actively seek funding opportunities, help to increase the quality of proposals, understand donor priorities and ensure coordination
  • Represent PIN at meetings with government partners, regional and local authorities, donors, local agencies, other INGOs, clusters, coordination bodies and other relevant stakeholders, at all levels of project implementation as required

Human Resource Management

  • Plan HR needs, capacity building needs for senior staff and ensure sufficient human resources for the projects to meet its objectives
  • Ensure coherent policy towards recruitment, remuneration and bonuses across the country programme
  • Support, motivate and consult the country programme’s staff (currently 5 expatriates and 50 nationals).


  • Ensure that all security and safety rules (SOPs) are set-up and followed
  • In cooperation with PIN security department ensure that security measures are adequate to a given situation
  • Ensure and contribute to context analysis and involvement where required in security assessments
  • Ensure networks for security management are in place and contacts developed

Main requirements:

  • Solid leadership and staff management skills, with a record of managing large, diverse teams and contributing to the capacity building to national and international staff
  • Experience within the region and understanding of local dynamics preferable
  • Proven international experience in team and security management, fundraising, project development, donor liaison
  • At least five years of relevant experience with excellent spoken and written English and French
  • Knowledge of institutional donor environment and experience experience with donor relations, strategic programme planning, project cycle management, knowledge of the institutional donor environment, including the EC, DFID, USAID etc.
  • Reliable and self-reliant personality with responsible and systematic approach to work
  • Dynamic and result-oriented profile
  • Ability to organize and plan effectively
  • Critical analysis and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work in difficult conditions and under pressure
  • University degree in relevant field

PIN offers:

  • Salary based on the PIN salary scale, experience and seniority, and per diems
  • Housing allowance of 500 USD
  • 25 days of paid leave annually along with additional National Holidays based on DRC Labor Law
  • Twice a year 2 paid R&R leave days with extra contribution of 500 USD each
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses with travel to the country of residence every 6 months of completed work
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations; assistance with visa application procedure
  • Medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available on-line
  • ISOS Travel health insurance

How to Apply?

Are you interested in this position? Great! Send us your CV and short cover letter via this link. Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled.

People in Need staff are expected to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need Code of conduct and key policies (available at: