Advisor ISSSS; Project “Promoting Peace and stability in Eastern DRC” (m/f/d)

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  • Assignment period:
    12/01/2018 - 12/31/2020
  • Field:
    Peace, Security and Emergency
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Job description

The aim of the Promotion of Peace and Stability Project is to strengthen capacities of key international and national stakeholders to contribute to peaceful development in eastern Congo, in reference to the International Security and Stabilisation Support Strategy (ISSSS).

Field of action 1 aims to strengthen the Stabilisation Support Unit (SSU) (hosted by the international peacekeeping mission MONUSCO) and other ISSSS actors in order to allow for a better integration of local context expertise in ISSSS implementation. The SSU assists the Congolese Government with its stabilisation and reconstruction programme through the ISSSS, which is the main planning and coordination framework for interventions aiming at stabilisation in Eastern DRC.

Field of action 2 aims at strengthening the capacities of key peacebuilding stakeholders at local level.

Your tasks

As Component Manager of field of action 1 of the project, the focus of your work will be advising the Stabilisation Support Unit in Goma with regard to context analyses and promoting technical coherence of ISSSS implementation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. To a lesser extent, you will also be responsible for overarching project management tasks.

Detailed remit:

Advising the Stabilisation Support Unit and its partners in the stabilisation process, especially in the areas of (1) context analyses and (2) technical coherence. The focus in the area of context analysis will be on coordinating activities of the envisaged grant recipient in this area, as well as liaising with SSU and other ISSSS actors.

  • Organising workshops, training courses, etc.
  • Supervising national and international consultants as well as cooperations with research institutions and local organisations
  • Assisting (in close consultation with the Head of Project and the country director) with the work in support of the BMZ and of the German Embassy in Kinshasa in ISSSS donor forums/coordination
  • Technical supervision of national staff in the field of action
  • Assisting the Head of project with general project management tasks

Your profile

  • University graduate (master’s/degree) in political science, international relations, peace and conflict research or a comparable branch of study
  • Regional knowledge and work experience in fragile contexts in sub-Saharan Africa and ideally in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Several years of professional experience, ideally in international cooperation programmes, peace missions, NGO sector, etc.
  • Several years of work experience in one or more of the areas of conflict management, peacebuilding, stabilisation in post-conflict situations and fragile statehood, and a correspondingly good knowledge of the relevant approaches/methods/instruments
  • Several years of experience in advising various actors (including civil society), and experience of cooperating with the UN. Experience of working or cooperating with UN peacekeeping missions is an advantage
  • Analytical skills in relation to policy and strategy, and diplomatic skills in dealing with (high-ranking) actors
  • Experience in the management and mitigation of conflict situations and in dealing with the complex ethnic and political arenas in which the key people are playing; ideally, you will be familiar with the specific context of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or neighbouring regions
  • Fluency in French and English; very good working knowledge of German is an advantage

Location information

The position is based in Goma, capital of the North Kivu province on the Rwandan border. There is an international airport with several flights per week; daily flights via Kigali (journey time three hours). Everyday necessities are available in Goma with some limitations, as are some international restaurants, etc. As the main hub of humanitarian operations in the east of the country, there are many international players on the ground; mainly UN organisations and international non-governmental organisations. The security situation is tense but tight-knit security management systems exist. Goma is anon-family duty station with limited leisure facilities and regular R+R. Regular trips to Bukavu (capital of South Kivu province) are required, probably also to Kinshasa and, in consultation with risk management, to rural areas.


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Our benefits

We are a global service provider within the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We offer you the opportunity to deploy your technical know-how at one of our locations in more than 130 countries., Diversity and respect are key elements of our corporate culture: GIZ promotes and supports every individual and in this way safeguards the individual opportunities for all employees, irrespective of sex, nationality or religion. Naturally, our management team is made up of both men and women., During the preparation phase, you will receive initial insights into GIZ and the local conditions. This ensures you are as well prepared as you can be for your placement. You have the opportunity to contact other new starters, and to expand and develop your personal network., We are happy to support your professional development, for example with the training provision of the Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ), the leading provider of international skills development., We are convinced that employees need a healthy balance between their private and professional lives. This is why we offer childcare allowances and support to accompanying partners. Our family-friendly nature also extends to situations where relatives are in need of care. As part of its family-friendly staff policy, GIZ aspires to support employees while they are carrying out their work., Our flexible working hours offer you the time and the flexibility to reduce the overtime you work in agreement with your manager. If necessary, we will find even more flexible working hours for individual employees., Do you need a longer period off? We have a special part-time block model which also allows you to take a leave of absence lasting several months. You can save up your working time credit over a longer period and work it out within the framework of an exemption., You will receive a medical check-up, as well as detailed advice on precautionary measures, vaccinations and malaria prevention. Every two years, you and your accompanying family members will receive a precautionary check-up. The medical service is available in emergencies for employees domiciled in Germany. It also provides advice for ergonomically designed workplaces. , We set common objectives for the new year in our annual employee meetings. If you achieve these objectives, you may receive an additional variable payment., If you are required to work abroad for a period of time, you will receive an overseas supplement as reimbursement for your additional expenses. The amount of the overseas supplement depends on where you are located. , We have a comprehensive package of services for partners and other relatives who relocate with you, for example medical check-ups, travel costs to and from the location or language courses. This includes seminars at the Academy for International Cooperation on regional studies or on the topic of ‘Emigrating with Children’., GIZ will pay an allowance for education which will cover a significant portion of the school costs which are due. This therefore guarantees that your children will be able to attend a mainstream school where you are located and work towards completion of the Abitur (British A-level equivalent) or a qualification which is comparable to the German Abitur., If you have not yet found somewhere suitable to live when you travel to your placement, it is also possible to stay in a hotel in the short term. An allowance for hotel costs will be paid for this. For the duration of the employment abroad, GIZ will pay an allowance for rent in the place of employment.

About us

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