Reporting to: Director of Programme Development
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Senior Manager to build and lead the Rwanda Country team to deliver a diverse portfolio of partnerships along with programmatic and advocacy activities and make significant impact on the lives of vulnerable children in a fast-paced, forward-thinking organisation.
About Chance for Childhood
Chance for Childhood is an award-winning charity working in Africa to support the most vulnerable children, such as street children, disabled children, children affected by conflict and kids behind bars. Our vision is of a world where no child is forgotten!
We work with and strengthen the capacity of African visionary community leaders and governments to implement locally-relevant yet far-reaching projects that create lasting change within the Justice, Education and Social Protection sectors. This enables us to focus on ‘hard to reach’ children, both in terms of their complex needs (e.g. street children with learning difficulties) and location (e.g. urban violent slums or remote rural areas).
Main duties and responsibilities
Governance and Administration
- Lead the annual development of the Rwanda Country Action Plan and operational budget
- With the support of the Regional Finance Manager, prepare bi-annual financial reports to Rwanda Governance Board
- Lead the accurate and timely submission of Chance for Childhood bi-annual reports to Rwanda Governance Board
- Prepare and submit annual programme narrative reports to District offices where required
- Ensure all other INGO obligations are met
- Manage a small and dynamic team of local staff and consultants
Provide strategic guidance to our regional offices and relevant country leads
Strategic Partnership and Business Development
- Lead the development and delivery of our programmes portfolio in Rwanda, ensuring CfC continues to make high impact across its strategic priority areas
- Lead the development and delivery of our Africa Fundraising strategy, including initiating and building relationships with key donors, corporates and foundations, submitting quality funding proposals and constantly keeping abreast of regional funding trends and opportunities
- Implement the organisation’s Advocacy Strategy in Rwanda by initiating and building new partnerships with international organisations, donors, businesses, academics, non-governmental organisations, foundations and civil society stakeholders
- Provide key inputs to the development of funding proposals and applications to institutional donors such as DFID and USAID based on desk-based research, needs assessments, partnership development and stakeholder interviews; occasionally lead on institutional proposals
- Attend relevant meetings, presentations and networking opportunities to raise the profile of Chance for Childhood Rwanda, and continue to position the organisation in the national landscape of Inclusive Education, Justice for Children and Social Protection
- Lead the Programmes Team in identifying regional strategic partnerships for fundraising and / or programme delivery
- Work with regional teams to strengthen strategic partnerships across our country offices
- Ensure that participatory systems and processes for monitoring activities, results and impact assessment at programme level are in place and involves the team and partners, and in line with the MEL Strategy
- Ensure all projects have robust documentation and evaluation activities built-in
- Liaise regularly with Rwanda Programme Manager to provide quality assurance and technical inputs on programme delivery, including sound budget management and donor compliance
- Contribute to the knowledge base of Chance for Childhood by regularly sharing insights and knowledge coming out of the work in Rwanda with the global team
- Review institutional applications as defined by the Director of Programmes Development
Safeguarding, Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI)
- Ensure Rwanda Office’s operations are in line with the organisations’ child safeguarding and GESI policies and procedures
- Participate in monthly Child Safeguarding Working Group meetings and support the review of child safeguarding policy
- Actively participate in learning opportunities to further strengthen the organisation’s safeguarding standards and our approach to GESI
- Support all partners to meet global safeguarding standards and best practice on GESI
Essential qualities and experience
- Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Political Sciences, International Relations, Humanitarian, International Development or related field
- A minimum of eight years’ experience working in a senior management and leadership position, preferably with an INGO
- Demonstrated experience and strength in leading strategic and operational planning, including preparation of budgets
- Track record in establishing and managing partnerships
- Knowledge and ability to apply results-based management principles
- Demonstrated knowledge of rights-based and child-led programme design, implementation and evaluation
- Extensive experience drafting institutional fundraising applications
- Excellent skills in meeting donor requirements and grant compliance including timely reporting
- Ability to establish a learning culture within the Regional Office and to facilitate knowledge sharing across Chance for Childhood
- Demonstrated skills in leading a diverse team to achieve results in a complex and fast paced international setting
- Understanding of, and sympathy with, the overall aims of the Charity
- A good knowledge of Microsoft programmes and experience of CRM systems
- Fluent in English, both writing and speech
- Knowledge in disability rights, social inclusion, and child protection
- Experience managing programmes and relations with UN agencies
- Experience with leading advocacy campaigns
- Fluent in Kinyarwanda and French
Read more about the role by downloading the Rwanda Country Representative Application Pack.
Application closing date: 23 October midnight.
Please send in a one-page Letter of Motivation and a three-page maximum CV in English to . Please put subject line as ‘Country Representative – First and Last name’.
Chance for Childhood is an equal opportunities employer.
Rwandan nationals are encouraged to apply.
Shortlisted candidates are requested to review Chance for Childhood’s Child Safeguarding Policy. The successful candidate must review and agree to comply to Chance for Childhood’s Child Safeguarding Policy prior to starting the position, including having a clean local Police Clearance check.
We appreciate the interest of all candidates, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Suitable candidates are encouraged to apply early and might be called in for an introductory discussion before the deadline.