Programme Design and Inception Lead – DRC

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Programme Design and Inception Lead – DRC

November 12th, 2021

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK public body dedicated to supporting democracy around the world. WFD works with parliaments, political parties, and civil society groups as well as on elections to help make countries’ political systems fairer and more inclusive, accountable and transparent.

Terms of Reference

WFD seeks an experienced development professional to serve as Programme Design and Inception Lead for a new programme to be developed and implemented in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The role will involve an initial phase contributing to a programme design and proposal development process remotely. If the proposal is successful, this may be followed by an follow-on inception management role to recruit, mobilise and onboard the programme delivery team in the DRC.

The consultant will work in collaboration with WFD’s DRC, Business Development and Finance teams and will report to the Regional Director for Africa.

Phase One. (Confirmed)

Work in partnership with WFD’s Bid Manager to play a leading role in the development of a proposal for a medium-term governance programme, using WFD’s problem-drive and consultative frameworks. This may include partnering with relevant team members to facilitate political economy analysis and consultations with stakeholders, drafting key components of the proposal based on these inputs, providing recommendations on programme design and ensuring quality control of the overall proposal. This phase can be conducted remotely, although travel to DRC for consultations may be considered if budget allows.


29 November 2021 – 31 January 2022


  • Completed PEA and stakeholder consultation report
  • Completed assigned sections of the programme proposal

Phase Two. (Dependent on funding)

Oversee the mobilisation and initial stages of implementation of the programme in Kinshasa. This will include: recruiting the programme team in the DRC, refining the workplan, establishing local relationships and systems of communication with the donor, managing the operations for establishing a new office space, beginning to build the relevant professional networks and organising initial launch activities. This phase will require travel to the DRC and will require close coordination with WFD teams in London, including the Africa Regional Team, Operations, Monitoring and Evaluation and Business Development/Compliance.


1 February  – 30 June 2022


Successful launch of the programme, including full team recruitment and induction, establishment of new office facilities, successful delivery of initial programme activities.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will have 8-10 years of experience working in the field of development, preferably in the areas of democracy, governance and/or citizen participation. She/he/they will also have significant experience in successful proposal development and programme design; extensive programme delivery expertise, including experience in managing large programmes in complex environments; experience in risk management, learning-based approaches to monitoring and evaluation, managing donor relationships and reporting. Strong English writing and project management skills are also essential.

Desirable skills and experience include: exposure to and awareness of the DRC context; experience working with the requirements of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency; spoken and/or written French.

Location: Remote with work in Kinshasa possible

Contract: fixed term consultancy contract from 29 November 2021 – 31 January 2022, with possible extension to 30 June 2022

Hours: Full-time flexi

Rate: £10,500 (35 days x £300/day)

How to Apply

Interested candidates (individuals or consultant teams) are invited to submit an expression
of interest comprising:

  • A cover letter of not more than 2 pages stipulating how their experience, skills and competencies meet the above requirements
  • One written sample of their previous work on a similar proposal (any commercially sensitive information should be removed or redacted)
  • CV(s)
  • Expected consultancy fee per day in GBP, inclusive of all relevant taxes

Please submit the above documents to Romana Janku, Senior Programme Portfolio Manager at

Closing Date: 00:00 Friday, 19 November 2021
Interviews: w/c 22 November 2021  

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