Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Save the Children,ECD Specialist Jobs in Rwanda



Seconded to MIGEPROF

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Rwanda Country Programme, Kigali Rwanda
BACKGROUND:
Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We work together, with partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and
to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children works in thirteen districts in Rwanda with a current staff complement of approximately 134 staff.
SC Rwanda Country Office seeks to hire qualified, committed and experienced national to fill the following position: 
Position:                                                  ECD Specialist – Seconded to MIGEPROF
Place of Work:
Kigali
Reports to:
Staff directly reporting to this post:
Time frame:          
Tentative start date:                                                                 
Save the Children ECD Programme Manager & PS MIGEPROF
None
Open Ended
4th August 2016
                

Child Safeguarding:
Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

BACKGROUND

Early Childhood Development (ECD) has emerged over the past three years as one of the priority areas for development in Rwanda.  The Revised Early Childhood Development Policy and its Implementation Plan was approved by Cabinet in May 2016 providing an agreed-upon framework to ensure a holistic and integrated approach to the development of young children. The integrated approach to ECD within the national Policy calls for inter-sectoral coordination on the part of the Education, Health, Nutrition, Water & Sanitation, Child Protection and other sectors. The Policy also calls for a community-based approach, involving communities contributing to and leading on the development and management of ECD service at the local level.

The leadership for early childhood programming and coordination within the Government of Rwanda has been assigned to the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF) and there is strong appetite and energy to accelerate and intensify programming and results for ECD in 2016 and beyond. Further momentum has been created by the decision of the Government of Rwanda, through the coordination of MIGEPROF, within the context, a need was identified by MIGEPROF for technical support from Save the Children, through the assignment of an ECD Specialist to work directly with MIGEPROF management and staff members responsible for ECD programming.

ROLE PURPOSE:

To support MIGEPROF in coordination and implementation of the ECD Policy and its implementation Plan especially on Holistic Parenting Education and giving technical support in Early Childhood Development programmes

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

 Support the MIGEPROF Department of Family Promotion and Child Protection’ in the
Following ways:

TECHNICAL CAPACITY BUILDING AND SUPPORT
  • Support capacity building of MIGEPROF Staff and other partners on ECD. This could entail supporting the organization of training sessions; organization of study tours; sharing latest technical ECD evidence for ECD caregivers and other practitioners;
  • Support the integration of ECD interventions within the Ministry’s annual plans and budget;
  • Provide technical advice on holistic parenting education and other ECD interventions as requested by the MIGEPROF and communicate to SC when external technical advisors and specialists are required to complete tasks;
  • Support the ministry in sustainability planning and strategizing for a national holistic parenting education programme;
  • Give technical support and inputs into the MIGEPROF curriculum for Holistic Parenting Education and other ECD Technical documents;
  • Identify areas in which SC and MIGEPROF can collaborate to strengthen ECD services delivery at National and Local level.
  • Update the mapping of ECD centres and partners and link with district to ensure the scale up of ECD services at cell level
COORDINATION, COMMUNICATION AND ADVOCACY
  • Support the documentation and reporting on the status of ECD in the country, and on the status of implementation of the ECD  implementation Plan
  • Support the ECD / Family Promotion and Child Protection Department to come up with communication materials for promoting ECD
  • Support the ECD / Family Promotion and Child Protection Department in documenting good practice, learning from parenting programmes in the country
  • Support the ECD / Family Promotion and Child Protection Department in coming up with key advocacy messages around ECD, including holistic parenting education, to share with both national and local level leaders
  • Sensitize key stakeholders at National, District and sector level (District Authorities, Sector Authorities, Parents Committees and Communities, ECD care-givers and Children) about ECD, including holistic parenting education;
  • Carry out advocacy for holistic parenting education and other ECD interventions at national and district level;
  • Ensure harmonization of ECD function at National Level;
  • Support the coordination of different stakeholders (Ministries, civil society, local government ) in implementing the ECD implementation Plan;
  • Offer close liaison and regular communication with District stakeholders;
  • Organize consultative meetings and planning meetings;
  • Support to MIGEPROF’s ECD team, in miscellaneous coordination tasks, as required;
  • In collaboration with other MIGEPROF staff, support planning for the scale up of ECD services as per the policy at cell level in all districts;
  • Liaise with districts to ensure that rooms and other space to hold ECD activities are available, including space for parenting education and home based ECD services;
  • Represent MIGEPROF in relevant  meetings when requested by the relevant authority at MIGEPROF;
  • Participate in ECD Technical Working group meetings as requested by MIGEPROF;
  • Develop close working relationships with all ECD primary stakeholders –internal stakeholders, donor organizations, private sector and NGOs – all parties required to establish a shared vision on ECD and achieve objectives;
  • Establish and maintain good working relations with the relevant government ministries including MoH, MINALOC, MINEDUC, etc, as well as other higher-level stakeholder groups.

MONITORING, EVALUATION, ACCOUNTABILITY AND LEARNING

  • Conduct regular visits to ECD implementation areas, gather learning and feedback for sharing with MIGEPROF and other key stakeholders to inform government and stakeholder discourse and plans;
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of implementation of the ECD  implementation Plan at national and decentralized levels;
  • Support Districts in assessing ECD needs in terms of both soft and physical infrastructure;
  • Document lessons learned and ensure learning is shared across the ECD sector
  • Advise districts on how to track and measure ECD indicators as per ECD Policy  implementation Plan;
  • Carry out ECD quality assurance visits to ensure ECD Minimum standards are being followed and advice on where changes on the standards need to be made;
  • Ensure easy access to M&E reports and data and make sure these are timely distributed to the concerned stakeholders.

CHILD SAFEGUARDING

  • Support MIGEPROF in ensuring Child Safeguarding is considered and addressed throughout ECD services delivery;
  • Carry out sample Child Safeguarding risk assessments on ECD services and advise MIGEPROF on how to ensure child safeguarding in ECD centres and parenting education sites.



SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)
Accountability:
  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
Ambition:
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for her/himself (and her/his team), takes responsibility for her/his own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares her/his personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically.
Collaboration:
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with her/his team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
Creativity:
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
Integrity:
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
  • University degree in education, early childhood development or social sciences; Administration
  • Experience working with NGOs;
  • Good knowledge of principles and practice of Early Childhood  Development, experience working in the  ECD field preferred;
  • Experience of working with Government partners, in particular in a technical advisory role or capacity building function an asset.
  • Language skills: Fluency in English and Kinyarwanda. Knowledge of French would be an asset.
  • Good analytical, negotiating and advocacy skills. Effective oral and written communication skills, and good report writing skills.
  • Good programme planning and monitoring skills, applying results-based management approach.
  • Ability to develop constructive relationships with a wide range of partners, including children, communities and local authorities;
  • Experience of facilitating participatory planning and monitoring;
  • Strong analytical skills and creativity;
  • Ability to self-manage and to work effectively with very limited supervision;
Desirable
  • Previous experience in holistic parenting education for parents of children aged 0-6 years
  • Experience working with a government agency/ ministry
  • Knowledge of children’s rights, gender equality and human rights based frameworks, and understanding of an equity-based approach.
CHILD SAFEGUARING POLICY:
Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding - Declaration of Acceptance  Form] and comply with the SCIs Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact. 
  • This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for.  SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International's Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.
Interested candidates should send an application letter plus updated Curriculum Vitae in English, including 3 names of professional referees to HR-Rwanda@savethechildren.org. The deadline for receiving applications is 1st August 2016.
                    Please mention ECD Specialist – Seconded to MIGEPROF as subject of your mail.
                                   *Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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