Rwanda: International Project Associate I (Program Manager)

Organization: Education Development Center
Country: Rwanda
Closing date: 18 Jun 2018

EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER (EDC)

Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.

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EDC is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The Huguka Dukore project in the International Development Division has an opening for an International Project Associate (I) (Program Manager), reporting to the Chief of Party, in Rwanda.

The USAID Rwanda Huguka Dukore activity, over the course of five years, prepares the Rwandan youth workforce to meet the needs of an evolving knowledge-based economy that requires 21st century capabilities. The Huguka Dukore activity will provide 40,000 vulnerable youth – 36,000 new youth and 4,000 Akazi Kanoze alumni – with employability skills by scaling up proven successful Akazi Kanoze interventions across 19 of 30 districts countrywide. Huguka Dukore will use a series of inclusive innovations that will invite more youth to participate in Rwanda’s historic transformation, particularly women, and youth with disabilities.

As a member of the Huguka Dukore senior leadership team, the International Project Associate (I) (Program Manager) will promote staff and partners understanding and adherence to project policies and core program strategies while emphasizing a unified team approach and well-coordinated, high quality program implementation. The program manager will have responsibilities in aspects of program design and support, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), and communications and reporting.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The person in this position is expected to communicate clearly and courteously; to develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and funders; and to work respectfully with EDC colleagues. The job requires adherence to EDC policies & procedures.

Under management guidance, the Huguka Dukore International Project Associate (I) (Program Manager) is responsible for the following:

Monitoring and Evaluation:

• Oversee the strategic research and learning agenda in close collaboration with the Chief of Party (COP) and the M&E Specialist;

• Oversee the Implementing Partner (IP) monitoring and quality assurance system while building the capacity of local staff to manage the system going forward; and

• Work with the M&E Specialist to develop better systems for EDC’s review of IP reports, as well as provision of timely feedback to the project.

Program Design and Support

• Oversee the roll-out of the Youth Leadership and District Steering Committee components;

• Work closely with the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) and IP Manager on planning and coordination aspects related to program implementation carried out by local Implementing Partners;

• Oversee the Social Inclusion, Gender, and Health Components;

• Work closely with the COP and DCOP to the achievement of program objectives and targets with management and technical support; and

• Participate and/or co-facilitate planning and workplan development with senior staff.

Communications and Reporting

• Assist the COP to develop and assemble quarterly and annual reports and the annual work plan;

• Oversee the internal and external communication of the Huguka Dukore project; and

• Assist the COP in developing and assembling high quality and timely submission of Huguka Dukore communications and reporting to USAID, EDC HQ, and other stakeholders as required.

Additional duties include:

• Serving as backup to manager when needed

• Maintaining records

• Preparing recommendations

• Drafting performance reports

• Writing and developing materials

• Disseminating information, including website content

• Managing administrative procedures

• Contributing to design and implementation of business monitoring systems

• Suggesting ideas for improved efficiency or future focus

• Supporting project procurement

• Identifying & recruiting consultants; developing their scope of work

• Managing project budget

• Monitoring contractual compliance

• Developing presentations

• Coordinating proposal development

The Huguka Dukore International Project Associate (I) (Program Manager):

• Coordinates administrative and logistical tasks

• Coordinates project start-up if applicable

• Facilitates project teamwork and feedback exchanges

• Collaborates on troubleshooting complex problems, proposing initiatives and recommending or negotiating solutions

• Trains and provides guidance or administrative direction to junior staff; may supervise junior or support staff; may coordinate the work of less experienced staff

• Acts as liaison between home offices and field-based staff

• Coordinates communications and project activities

• Travels

QUALIFICATIONS

This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills. Specific requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree

• Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field; and technical background and experience in Youth Livelihoods Development and at least one of the following areas: Monitoring and Evaluation, Youth Programming or equivalent combination of training & education preferred

• With Bachelor’s degree, 5–7 years related research, education, international development or administrative coordination experience, requiring computer competence

• With Master’s degree, 3–5 years related experience (as above)

• Some prior project leadership or supervisory experience preferred

• Demonstrable organizational and troubleshooting skills

• Strong analytical skills and aptitude for details

• International experience; Previous experience implementing international cooperation activities;

• Proven capacity to facilitate coordination amongst diverse sectors;

• Fluent English (written and spoken)

• Strong management skills;

• Ability to work with a range of technical staff and develop professional relationships with senior government officials and coordinate with other donors involved in youth education; and

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

CONTACT

EDC, 43 Foundry Ave, Waltham, MA 02453

No phone calls, please

Posted: 6/4/18

As an EOE/AA employer, EDC does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and veteran or disability status. EDC is a smoke-free workplace.

How to apply:

Apply: https://go.edc.org/Intl-Proj-Assoc-IPAI052518

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