Team Leader (IWRM) via ReliefWeb


Congo - Kinshasa

Job location: South Kivu – Democratic Republic of Congo

Vacancy closing date: 15th of June 2017

Duration position: 24 months, with possible extension

Workhours: Full time

Expected starting date: 1st of July 2017

About ZOA

ZOA is an international NGO which offers RELIEF to people who are affected by conflict or natural disasters. ZOA wants to contribute to a new perspective of HOPE in which people work together for a promising future in dignity and mutual trust. Together with the affected communities we work on the RECOVERY until they can provide to take care of their livelihoods. The work of ZOA is coordinated from Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. From Apeldoorn ZOA operates in fifteen countries in Africa, Middle East Region and Asia. ZOA works approximately with 1000 employees worldwide.

ZOA is looking for a

Team leader – Integrated Water Resource Management

Project summary: The International Rescue Committee (IRC), in collaboration with its consortium partner, Search for Common Ground (SFCG), and ZOA proposes to operationalize the Theory of Change of the Great Lakes Region Water and Food Security project through the “Maji ya Amani” program. The program adopts an integrated approach to reducing conflict between competing ethnic groups and increasing stability in the Ruzizi Plain through increased and more equitable access to land and water for household and agricultural use, and improved governance around the management of these resources. The proposed intervention primarily targets the Luberizi groupement of the Ruzizi Plain, because this area offers the greatest potential for increased agricultural production and ample water resources and is at the center of a violent conflict between the two major ethnic groups in the Plain. The planned intervention will benefit an estimated 28,800 people.

The Team Leader of ZOA will be responsible for the planning, execution and quality of the project activities and outputs in the domains of a) the rehabilitation and expansion of a medium-size irrigation system in Luberizi – South Kivu, b) the reduction of erosion and sedimentation in the Luberizi Water Shed Area, c) the development of climate-smart, sustainable and productive crop and animal production systems, and d) capacity building of government and non-government organizations.

The inception phase of the project is from April – December 2017. During this inception phase, various studies will be conducted, including environmental impact assessments, irrigation-related feasibility studies, livelihood and food security assessments, assessments of current crop and animal production systems and capacity building needs assessments. The Scopes of Work for these studies are currently being developed and will be further developed under the leadership of the Team Leader and Program Manager. During the inception phase, concrete activities will be piloted as well.

Your main tasks and responsibilities

The Team Leader will:

Identify and recruit consultants, orientate them, give them guidance and feedback and coordinate inputs from the government, the ZOA program manager and others. The identification and recruitment of consultants will be done with support from their ZOA Bukavu and Goma offices, as well as ZOA Netherlands.

  • Recruit and supervise local and national staff for administration, M&E, security, logistics and office management & facilitation.
  • Recruit and supervise local and national technical staff for irrigation, water resource management, crop production and animal production.
  • Liaise with and make use of expert organizations and individuals.
  • Plan and execute concrete activities in the domains of irrigation, integrated water resource management, erosion prevention and crop and animal production. The activities will be partly implemented with and through local organizations, depending on existing capacities and experiences.
  • Set quality standards for the activities and outputs, develop strong M&E systems for tracking results and outputs, ensure ongoing assessments of activities and outputs, ensure ongoing fine-tuning, learning and innovation.
  • Lead capacity building trajectories for local government and non-government partners.
  • Establish an appropriate timetable for consultation between the consortium partners, external implementing partners, the decentralized government and local authorities;

The Team Leader will report to:

  1. The ZOA Program Manager, who is his direct supervisor
  2. The Director of the Project, who is the delegate if the International Rescue Committee, responsible for the overall implementation of the project.

Additional Information:

The Team Leader will start working from a temporary office and accommodation in Kamanyola, a small rural town close to the border with Ruanda and about 40 min. drive from the project area. The project foresees in the establishment of offices and accommodation in Luberizi, in the project area.

  • A full package of R&R applies, as well as highly competitive financial arrangements.
  • A contract of two years will be offered, with possible extension, depending on future funding opportunities.

Your profile

  • Several years’ experience in technical or management positions in areas with minimum government support, fluctuating security circumstances and regularly changing leadership.
  • Master’s degree in water resource management, hydrology, or integrated sustainable agricultural development.
  • Ability to live in rural DR Congo, to identify with the needs and opportunities of vulnerable rural households, to adapt working plans and methods according to fluctuating circumstances, to maintain a positive mindset toward staff, consortium partners, local NGOs and the government.
  • Strong analytical skills, strong in setting and pursuing goals, strong reporting and proposal writing skills.
  • Ability to coordinate with the teams of the other consortium members and with projects outside the direct intervention area.
  • Acquaintance with ArcGIS, QGIS, GRASS and/or other geographic information systems software.
  • Strong motivator, affinity with leading teams in the field.
  • Excellent written and oral English, working level French.

We offer

ZOA offers you a challenging job, an inspiring and motivated team in the programme country and good benefits and remuneration which suits the charities sector.

Do you need more information?

For more information about ZOA, please visit our website:

If you have questions about this vacancy, you can contact Mrs. Charity van Bemmel, HR Officer, email: [email protected]

How to apply:

Interested and you want to apply?

ZOA operates with an equal opportunities policy and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Qualified women and men, people of all nationalities, and cultural backgrounds, and candidates with disabilities are welcome to apply.

If you are interested in this position, please apply directly via this link:…

CV’s of no more than 5 pages in length are appreciated.

Please provide at least 3 references related to your previous employment listed in the application. References of previous positions held should not be older than five years.

Only selected candidates will be contacted and invited to participate in the process of recruitment. A written test will be part of the recruitment procedure. Documents that do not match the profile above will not be considered. Internal candidates will have priority, in case of similar results