Corus International
  • Business Development
  • COD
  • Regular Full -Time
  • CentralAfricaDRC

Project Director - Sexual and Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In anticipation of a new multi-year, multi-million dollar World Bank-funded "Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) Prevention and Response Activity" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, IMA World Health is seeking a Project Director.

Corus International is a family of organizations that believes that those who were born into impossible circumstances deserve the opportunity for a better life. Corus was formed through the strategic merger of IMA World Health (operating as a public health organization since 1960), and Lutheran World Relief (operating as a livelihoods organization since 1945), and today includes the smaller entities of Charlie Goldsmith Associates, Ground Up Investing, and Farmers Market Coffee. Corus International works in over 20 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, with a primary focus on health, livelihoods, and emergency response.

Corus International's largest country portfolio is the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where IMA World Health has worked alongside the Congolese government, donors, and a variety of local and international partners since 2000, with a staff of over 200. Programs revitalize the country's health system, improve WASH access and systems, prevent and respond to SGBV, promote clean energy, and improve the health of the population. The portfolio includes a focus on both sustainable development and humanitarian assistance activities and operates out of two base offices in Kinshasa and Goma.

The Project Director will provide overall technical leadership and operational oversight for the anticipated multi-million dollar World Bank-funded "Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) Prevention and Response Activity", which will operate in the Sud Kivu, Kasaï, Kasaï Orientale, Kwilu, Lualaba, and Tshopo provinces. The Project Director will serve as the primary liaison with the World Bank; other development partners working in the DRC; IMA headquarters based in Washington, DC; and other relevant project stakeholders fostering collaborative working relationships. S/he will ensure the project's goals, objectives, and strategy are achieved and that contractual requirements are met on time and within budget. S/he is responsible for directing the project team with an integrated vision, applying effective leadership and strategic planning skills, management experience, outstanding interpersonal skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. The Project Director also is responsible for ensuring compliance with IMA policies and procedures and with World Bank rules and regulations, including responsibility for ensuring sub-awardee compliance and monitoring the quality of program implementation.

Actual hiring is contingent upon successful agreement award and World Bank approval.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall management, strategic direction, and technical leadership to the project to achieve expected project results within budget and time-frame
  • Serve as principal liaison to the World Band and the Government of the DRC, ensuring high levels of coordination, while nurturing relationships with all key stakeholders and partner organizations at the national and county levels, on administrative, financial and programmatic matters related to the project
  • Liaise with World Bank partners and other donors, as well as implementing partners and stakeholders, to ensure coordination of, and harmonization with, other related activities in the DRC
  • Lead project teams (e.g. technical, program, finance, and operational staff) to ensure program tasks and deliverables are completed and responsibilities are met
  • Manage staff, to include hiring, supervising, and mentoring
  • Oversee high-quality report preparation and timely submission
  • Direct preparation of annual work plans, project activity updates, and other project-related communication and reporting materials
  • Represent the project in all technical, policy, and programmatic fora at all levels (regional, national, and international)
  • Ensure compliance with World Bank rules and regulations


  • Minimum of a Master's in public health, gender studies, social work, human rights, or other international development or humanitarian field
  • Proven technical expertise working on large-scale gender and human rights projects, including at least eight years of senior-level management experience working on international donor agency-funded projects
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, including technical, management, and evaluation expertise for complex programs in resource-constrained countries; prior experience as a Project Director or Deputy Project Director is required
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining strong relationships with government agencies, international donor agencies (WB, USG, DFID, UN agencies, GF, etc.)
  • Experience collaborating and coordinating with local and national host government agencies and aligning program activities and results with national strategies
  • Deep knowledge of the political, social, and economic context of the DRC required, with experience working in the DRC preferred
  • Strong staff supervision skills and demonstrated ability to coordinate programs with partners from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams
  • Strong communication skills, including both written and oral presentation skills; proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse public and private partners
  • French fluency, with professional proficiency in writing required; conversational English required

IMA/Corus International is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). As such, Corus makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant's or employee's race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, and local laws. If you need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify Corus's Human Resources department.

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