Country Representative, Burundi programme

Reporting to: Senior Regional Representative

Location: Nairobi with relocation to Bujumbura (once registered)

Type of position: L6 S7

Application closing: 15 January 2022

Background

Interpeace is an international organisation for peacebuilding that strengthens the ability of societies to manage conflict themselves in sustainable and non-violent ways. Interpeace designs and delivers its work tailored to each situation in partnership with local partners and communities, based on extensive consultation and research. Interpeace also ensures that the processes of conflict management and change that it supports are integrated at all levels of society including local communities, civil society, government and the international community (we call it a ‘Track 6’ approach).

Interpeace was originally established by the United Nations and remains its strategic partner. Beyond field-based peacebuilding, Interpeace also assists the international community – particularly the UN – to be more effective in supporting peacebuilding efforts worldwide. This includes contributing innovative thought leadership on peacebuilding policies and practices.

Interpeace is headquartered in Geneva and has offices around the world.

For more information about Interpeace, please visit www.interpeace.org

Position within the Organization

The Country Representative is a member of the Programme Management Unit which manages and implements all of Interpeace’s active and ongoing programmes around the world. The Programme Management Unit is led from the Headquarters office in Geneva, although team members are based in various locations including in East and Central Africa, West Africa, Europe and the MENA region.

The Country Representative reports to the Sr Regional Representative and leads and supervises all programme management staff for Interpeace’s programmatic activities in Burundi. The Country Representative also contributes at a senior level to developing and maintaining Interpeace’s institutional relationships.

In collaboration with the Programme Development and Innovation Unit, the Country Representative is responsible for identifying and creating new programmes, projects and initiatives to advance Interpeace’s mandate and goals in Burundi, ensuring that new projects have the potential to produce enduring and positive impact, meet the organization’s high-quality standards, and are guided by internal strategic thinking as well as a deep connection to the local context.

As such, the Country Representative maintains relationships with and draws regularly on support from colleagues in the Programme Management, Programme Development, and Global Operations teams in particular as well as others, such as the Policy team for learning and support of monitoring and evaluation.

Purpose and General Overview

The Country Representative provides unity of mission, policy and programme coherence, and optimized programme management – including budget transparency and accountability – across Interpeace programmes in Burundi. More specifically, s/he:

  1. Provides leadership and coordination of programme management staff, and supports implementation of the strategic direction and delivery of programmes in Burundi as necessary to enable Interpeace to implement its mandate
  2. In line with organizational priorities, develops the country portfolio in size and scope to ensure the relevance of Interpeace and its work to the contemporary context of the country
  3. Coordinates and manages existing programmes ensuring high quality delivery of all agreed outputs on schedule and within agreed budgetary and financial management parameters
  4. Develops and maintains relationships at both leadership and programmatic/working levels with partners, donors and others necessary for the development and management of Interpeace programmes in Burundi.

Duties and responsibilities

The duties of the Country Representative cover 5 areas:

  1. Strategic engagement
  2. Programme management & development
  3. Management – institutional coherence
  4. Representation
  5. Management of personnel and resources

Strategic Engagement

  • Identifies and proposes country-level dimensions of Interpeace programme strategy
  • Proceeds with horizon scanning for identifying new partners
  • Identifies ways to grow the country portfolio and to maximize its impact
  • Coordinates and supports in providing regular reporting to Interpeace colleagues and management on relevant factors and changes in the country context and programme
  • Contributes to the drafting, monitoring, review and delivery of the Interpeace country programme strategy in line with the overall Interpeace Strategic Plan
  • Provides leadership according to Interpeace’s values, vision and mission at the country level
  • Identifies, develops proposals, secures management agreement, and leads Interpeace’s engagement with strategic partners in order to strengthen the size, relevance, value and impact of Interpeace work in Burundi
  • Contributes to developing and maintaining a strategic framework for Interpeace’s institutional relationships

Programme Management and Development

  • Identifies and advises on refreshing/renewing existing programme work at country level and at the regional level in terms of its impact on the country context
  • Ensures timely forward-looking consideration and delivery of options to secure funding for extended programme work where relevant
  • Supports formulation of new proposals in coordination with the Programme Development Unit, including contributing to the drafting of proposals
  • Oversees and coordinates the programme portfolio to ensure the highest level of project quality and accountability
  • Coordinates the production of timely quality programme reports in line with Interpeace and donor requirements
  • Leads on the preparation of actor mapping aimed at improving Interpeace’s ability to develop new and innovative programming.
  • Monitors openings for funding, in particular from new and diverse sources, and advises Interpeace colleagues of relevant opportunities.
  • Produces preparatory and summary notes for country visits and meetings with stakeholders aimed at programme development and innovation.

Management – institutional coherence

  • Accountable for compliance of Interpeace programmatic work in-country with Interpeace internal controls including decision-making processes and other institutional requirements
  • Provides weekly information briefs about the country work to the SDPM and as required to HQ

Representation

  • Regularly engages at Tracks One to Three, at country level as well as with senior management of relevant actors
  • Engages with local partner organizations and diplomatic representatives
  • Manages and contributes to occasional media engagement when required and in-line with Interpeace communication policy
  • Engages and supports relationships with implementing partners, while also providing strategic guidance, capacity building, and programmatic support to ensure high level of coordination and convergence across the country programme

Management of Personnel and Resources

  • Supervises and develops up to 30 staff
  • Creates an enabling work environment that fosters learning and innovation, where staff members can achieve their potential, demonstrating gender-responsive and non-discriminatory behavior and attitudes
  • Monitors, evaluates and documents the individual performance of direct reports through a staff development lens
  • Responsible for the financial health of the country programme portfolio

Qualifications:

Candidates with relevant qualifications, experience, a tertiary degree, and fluent in English and French, are invited to apply.

Relevant experience and qualifications may include:

Education

  • Tertiary degree in peace-related studies, social or political science or other relevant fields

Experience

  • Seven years of experience in peacebuilding, political and/or developmental work with increasing management responsibility
  • Experience in country desired
  • Demonstrated effectiveness and substantial experience with short and long-term planning; financial, personnel and program management in cross-cultural, international organizations
  • Demonstrated experience in conflict resolution/peacebuilding, advocacy, partnership management, proposal writing and programme management

Competencies

  • Developed ability of raising the profile of an organization, strategically networking with government agencies, donors and other international agencies, and using the media to generate profile
  • Advanced knowledge of current thinking on peacebuilding issues and methods; and demonstrable ability to anticipate emerging needs and integrate them swiftly into priority programme setting
  • Well established and practiced organizational and planning skills; and extensive knowledge and experience of project cycle management including using project planning and management tools
  • Excellent writing and communications skills in English and French is required
  • Excellent knowledge of management principles as they relate to multi-cultural and complex organizations
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-responsive and non-discriminatory behavior and attitudes.

Interpeace Competencies

  • Collaboration and Weaving
  • Communication
  • Drive for results
  • Adaptability and Continuous Learning
  • Respect for Diversity

Success factors

  • Identifies with and is committed to Interpeace’s core values and working principles
  • Commitment to inclusiveness
  • An innovative, critical thinker with extensive problem-solving skills
  • A strategic manager who is accountable, leads by example, mentors and empowers a team and works to create work-life balance

How to apply

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications to recruitment-eca@interpeace.org on or before 15th January 2022, 23:59 pm, Burundi time. “Country Representative, Burundi” MUST BE included in the subject line of the application email to be considered. Early applications are encouraged.

The application must include:

  • a complete curriculum vitae
  • a letter of interest
  • an acknowledgement letter, answering the following questions:

The documents should be saved as follows: Family name_Name_CV and Family name_Name_letter of interest

  1. Have you ever been criminally convicted or subject to any criminal or administrative penalty by any competent authority? If yes, please specify:
  2. Have you ever been terminated or separated (e.g. contract termination, dismissal, non-renewal) or subject to any disciplinary measure or sanction by your employer for fraud, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse?
  3. Have you ever resigned while under investigation or during disciplinary proceedings?

Confirming the following declaration of understanding:

I confirm the accuracy of the information provided, with the understanding that Interpeace will conduct reference checks to verify relevant information.

I understand that if any false or misleading information is provided in my application, or any material fact suppressed, I may not be employed, of if I am employed, I may be dismissed.

Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims to achieve gender equality both through gender parity at all levels of the organisation and the promotion of a gender dimension in all its work. We welcome applications from women and men, and those with disabilities.

Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY short-listed candidates will be contacted.