Sunday, January 22, 2017

Help a Child,Country Program Director Jobs in Rwanda

Closing date: 01 Feb 2017
Country Program Director, based in Kigali, Rwanda
Help a Child (HaC) is a Christian international NGO specialized in community development with its headquarters in the Netherlands and operating in Rwanda since 2008. Founded in 1968, HaC’s missio
n is to improve the wellbeing of children through supportive communities. Main sources of income are child & family sponsorship, foundations and institutional donors. Main activities are early childhood development and education, vocational training, work and income, with special attention for the position of girls and women, and child’s rights. HaC’s strategy is to empower marginalized children, youth, parents and the broader community, and other stakeholders to grow out of poverty. This is also reflected in the anticipated changes:
A. Children are able to overcome barriers to participate successfully in life;
B. Parents are able to take care of themselves and their children;
C. Youth are self-reliant and ready for work;
D. Communities are able to link to and make use of economic opportunities and services and gradually take full ownership of their own development.
Based on our 2016-2020 global strategy, Youth & Work and Early Childhood Development and Education are priority sectors.
HaC has chosen an ambitious growth strategy for the Rwanda programs. To ensure the strategy is executed successfully the CPD will lead the management of the country and will deliver an increasing number of high quality programs, will successfully create and capitalize on fundraising opportunities, is responsible for strategic stakeholder management and sound financial management. The CPD will be responsible for the long term and overall success of HaC’s country programs in Rwanda. Furthermore, the CPD will be responsible for team management and development and quality control and evaluation. The CPD will manage a small and increasing number of staff and, together with the Program Manager Youth & Work and the Program Manager Early Childhood Development, be the key external representative of HaC in the community and in relationship with other stakeholders, including donors.
Main tasks and responsibilities
· Strategic growth, development and delivery of national programming, in line with the HaC mandate, strategy and Theory of Change.
· Ensure that existing and new programs are in line with strategy, operational plans and budgets.
· Identify, create and capitalize on funding opportunities for further growth of the HaC programs.
· Successfully invest in and expand networks of relevant stakeholders, including foreign embassies, donor representatives and Rwanda national/ local government entities.
· Responsible for ensuring strong and outstanding collaborative relations with HaC’s HQ.
· Represent HaC at key (international) events as appropriate.
· End-responsible for sound financial management and control of the administrative and financial organization.
· Develop and maintain efficient and effective operating systems, and ensure compliance with all HaC Management Operating Standards and Standard Operating Procedures.
· Responsible for the overall HR cycle of national staff.
· Responsible for the development of an organizational culture that reflects HaC’s values, promotes accountability and high performance and frees up staff to deliver outstanding results for beneficiaries and donors.
· Responsible for creating an environment of continuous learning and innovation, where staff are encouraged and supported to grow and develop and are willing to be held accountable for their commitments.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an ambitious, entrepreneurial and high energy professional with significant senior Program Management experience to be part of a growing country organization. Specific requirements include:
· 10+ years of senior Program Management experience with community development, preferably in a similar position.
· Minimum of an Advanced Degree in a relevant field.
· Demonstrated experience in building personal and professional networks at a senior level.
· Proven track record in identifying, creating and capitalizing on funding opportunities.
· Good understanding of program, financial and operational management processes.
· Good understanding of key trends in international and humanitarian development.
· Experience building, leading and developing a growing team of staff with different backgrounds and expertise, empowering them to elevate their levels of responsibility, span-of-control and performance.
· Extensive experience working in an international, fragile and cross cultural context.
· Experience in working with a Theory of Change as frame work.
· Experience in managing safety & security needs.
· Results driven and motivated by a sense of performance excellence and urgency.
· Strong communication skills, both verbally and written (including presentation skills).
· Demonstrated exceptional interpersonal skills.
· Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, interpersonal and cross cultural sensitivity.
· Fluent in English and preferably proficient in French.
· Being a Christian adhering to the Christian identity of Help a Child.
· Full support for the vision and mission of Help a Child.
We offer a competitive, fair and comprehensive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors. You will be offered a fixed term contract for the first 2 years. Depending on your performance and fit with the program and staff involved, the 2 year contract will be extended.
How to apply:
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates are kindly invited to send a cover letter and resume no later than February 1st, 2017 to
In your cover letter please reflect on your motivation for wanting to become part of the HaC organization, being a child centred and Christian organisation. For more information please contact Mr. Jan Wolthers, Interim Country Program Director at
An (e-)assessment will be part of the selection procedure.
Help A Child is committed to keep children safe. All staff are required to sign and adhere to the Help a Child’s Child Safeguarding Policy. Recruitment is subject to successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks.
For more information about Help a Child, please visit

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