Rwanda: Team Leader, Ikiraro Cy’Iterambere

Organization: Palladium International
Country: Rwanda
Closing date: 24 Aug 2018

The Rwanda Multi-Donor Civil Society Support Programme is a five-year programme (2015-2020) funded by the UK, Sweden, USA and Switzerland. In Kinyarwanda, the programme is referred to as "Ikiraro cy'Iterambere," which means building bridges for sustainable development.

Ikiraro's Objectives

  • Civil society and Government partners are supported to identify and address key issues together concerning accelerated growth, poverty reduction and social inclusion
  • Partners' capacity to engage constructively and effectively on issues concerning accelerated growth, poverty reduction and social inclusion is strengthened
  • Mechanisms for consultation and accountability more effectively enable constructive engagement between the Rwandan Government and civil society
  • Research and learning is developed and used to support constructive engagement between Rwandan Government and civil society.

The Phase 2 Team Leader will be the primary liaison with the client and represents the company with other donors, partners and stakeholders, including the Rwandan Government.

Specifically, the Phase 2 Team Leader will be expected to:

  • Develop, revises and implement Ikiraro's overall strategy;
  • Develop strong working relationships with the programme's contact points in DFID and lead on reporting to them, through both formal and informal channels;
  • Maintain relations and represent the programme with other programme steering committee members and the wider DFID country office as needed;
  • Create interest in and opportunities for Ikiraro's issues-based work by developing and managing high level relationships with the host country government, counterpart agencies and key non-state actors, including private sector and academia;
  • Develop working relationships with the leadership of other development programmes;
  • Provide leadership and direction to the team to meet programme deliverables;
  • Develop working relationships and a regular dialogue on programme progress and challenges with relevant Palladium staff, including the Project Director, Operational and Technical Managers, and ensure Ikiraro's compliance with established Palladium systems and processes
  • Effectively communicate Ikiraro's approach and results and represent the programme to external audiences as needed; and
  • Apply strong analytical skills including context analysis and manage research to inform programme strategy and delivery.

Strategic and Operational Planning:

  • Lead the preparation of the annual strategic plans; technical and operational work plans and budgets; staffing plans; performance improvement plans and other plans as required; and
  • Ensure appropriate consultation in the development of plans and budgets (including consultation with the Project Director, the client, national government agencies and other project stakeholders).

Programme Management:

  • Provide technical guidance, oversight and quality assurance for all programme activities, outputs and deliverables;
  • Assume overall responsibility for the effective implementation of work plans and ensure delivery is on time, within budget, meets client and stakeholder expectations and is contractually compliant;
  • Monitor implementation progress, maintain up to date logs of issues and risks, work to resolve issues, manage and mitigate risks, and escalate material issues and risks as appropriate;
  • Ensure the effective use of monitoring, evaluation and learning tools and of ensuring quality delivery of reports and their timely submission; and
  • Ensure adequate oversight of the implementation of the programme by any third-parties.

Financial Management and Administration:

  • Have primary responsibility for the use of reimbursable financial programme resources in Rwanda;
  • Oversee resource allocation decisions, including the choice and use of personnel and development of budget variations;
  • Ensure consistent implementation of company standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines, security protocols and, where applicable, recommend modifications;
  • Ensure the programme provides and demonstrates good value for money; and
  • Support the preparation and delivery to the client of budget variations and contract amendments.

Minimum education and experience required

  • Educated to university degree level or above, preferably holding a Master's degree;

    • At least 15 years' experience in managing complex interventions especially, ideally with some experience doing so in Rwanda; and
    • Experience working with donor (preferably DFID) funded programmes.

    Key competencies and professional expertise required
    * Strong expertise in building and managing programmatic relationships with high level stakeholders from government, civil society and donors;
    * Strong expertise in leading complex and adaptive programmes, including managing and mentoring senior members of staff;
    * Demonstrated track record of developing and managing high level relationship with the host governments, donors, and other non-state actors;
    * Good understanding of state and civil society dynamics in Rwanda; and
    * Strong experience in managing complex teams.

How to apply:

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