Project Officer/ Coordination and Collaboration Officer

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 Job Title: Project Officer/ Coordination and Collaboration Officer

Department: Programming

Reports To: Capacity Strengthening and Coordination Advisor

Country/Location: Kigali


As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, CRS works with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality. The primary goal of CRS/Rwanda programming is to ensure that vulnerable households in Rwanda achieve full, integral human development. 

In this context, CRS is leading the implementation of the Integrated Nutrition and WASH Activity (INWA) locally referred as GIKURIRO, a five-year, USAID-funded initiative now in the third year of implementation which aims to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age and children under five, emphasizing the first 1,000 days of life between pregnancy and the child’s second birthday. Gikuriro is reinforcing the Government of Rwanda’s efforts towards its national goal of eliminating malnutrition in eight districts of Rwanda, through targeted nutrition sensitive and nutrition specific interventions, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and through strengthening the capacity of government and local civil society organizations to implement key actions and strategies set out in the National Community-based Food and Nutrition Policy (CBF&NP) and the Community-based Environmental Health Promotion Program (CBEHPP).

Job Summary:

As a member of the Gikuriro, coordination, and capacity strengthening the team, you will ensure that effective coordination and collaboration mechanisms of Gikuriro involvement and participation in nutrition coordination structures at national and district level are in place and support high-quality programming advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable.

You will work with Gikuriro team to ensure that Comprehensive capacity strengthening, and coordination, and collaboration efforts are implemented at national, district and lower levels involving both GOR stakeholders and local partners.

Your thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the Gikuriro consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve. This position doesn’t have any supervisory role

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the coordination and play the secretariat role for the nutrition and WASH Technical Working Groups (TWG) in NECDP and its subgroups.
  • Coordinate Gikuriro involvement and participation in JADF meetings and other nutrition-related forums at the district level.
  • Take the lead in Gikuriro’s participation in CHAIN platforms at district level structures where Gikuriro leads for improved integration and complementarity.
  • Follow up all CHAIN related collaboration activities and outcomes under Gikuriro and compile related documentation
  • Collaborate with the team for implementation of capacity strengthening activities under Gikuriro for staff and partner organizations to enhance program quality and impact.
  • Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.
  • Support accountability through coordinating project evaluation activities and assisting partners in their efforts to collect and analyze project data per specified mechanisms and tools. Collaborate with a local partner(s) to prepare reports per established reporting schedule.
  • Collect information on staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and monitor capacity building and technical support activities to ensure effective impact.
  • Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices.

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Public Health or related field
  • Minimum of 4 years of work experience in project support. Experience in the field of nutrition, WASH and partnerships within NGO settings.
  • Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Personal Skills

  • Observation, active listening and analysis skills with the ability to make a sound judgment
  • Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners and community members
  • Attention to details, accuracy, and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented

 Rwandan Nationals with Fluent skills in English and French Languages

In-Country Travel Required (up to 60%)

 Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: None

Internal: All CRS Rwanda staff

External: MoH colleagues, NECDP leadership, District Leadership, Local Partners, CHAIN IPs at a district level.

Agency Behavioral Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Accountability and Stewardship
  • Builds relationships
  • Develops talent
  • Continuous Improvement and Innovation
  • Strategic Mindset

Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Equal Opportunity Employer

How to apply

Electronic applications-Only a motivation letter and a current detailed CV should be addressed to the CRS Country Representative exclusively at not later than Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 5:00 pm. Due to anticipated high interest in this post and the expected number of applicants, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

                                                                Kigali September 26, 2018

                                                               Darren Posey

                                                               Country Representative.

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