Tuesday, February 21, 2017

EDC/ HUGUKA DUKORE Project,Implementing Partners Manager Jobs in Rwanda

Vacancy Announcement: EDC Rwanda Youth Employment Project/Huguka Dukore Project
About EDC
Education Development Center (EDC) is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and development firms. Established in 1958, EDC designs, delivers and evaluates innovative programs to address some
of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic opportunity. Our services include research, training, educational materials, and strategy, with activities ranging from seed projects to large-scale national and international initiatives.
Project Description
The Rwanda Youth Employment Project / Huguka Dukore is a 5-year project (2017-2021) funded by USAID. The Huguka Dukore activity will provide 40,000 vulnerable youth – 36,000 new youth and 4,000 Akazi Kanoze alumni – with employability skills by scaling up successfully proven Akazi Kanoze interventions, across 19 (of 30 total) districts countrywide, using a series of inclusive innovations that will invite more youth to participate in Rwanda’s historic transformation, particularly women, youth with disabilities and other vulnerable youth groups.Recognizing the diversity of youth backgrounds and goals, we will offer multiple program pathways including, i) employment preparation; ii) individual and cooperative youth microenterprise start-up; iii) business development for existing microenterprises; and iv) continuation onto additional formal TVET training.
Position Description:EDC is hiring an Implementing Partners Manager who will manage a range of Local Implementing Partners (IPs) including but not limited to Youth Serving Organizations, private enterprises, cooperatives and other training providers for the delivery of the Huguka Dukore Project. S/he supports the Deputy Chief of Party to achieve projects targets through local partners and ensure high quality work.
Job responsibilities
The IPs Manager is a senior technical staff within the EDC - Huguka Dukore Project. S/he assists the DCOP in the IP selection process and provides day-to-day management support to individual IPs so to ensure that Huguka Dukore-related targets and objectives are met. The IP Manager liaises with other technical staff to ensure a proper flow of Huguka Dukore activities at IP level. S/he liaises with project staff to establish quality control/assurance mechanisms and certify IPs work for compliance. The IP Manager will also ensure through IPs, successful partnerships with districts officials and youth serving organizations to enable effective program interventions. This position reports to the DCOP and is based in Kigali with frequent field visits to the project’s 19 Districts of Intervention.
Essential functions include [but are not limited to]:
1.    IPs Selection and Coordination of IP Capacity Building
  • Assist the DCOP with the design of IP selection process;
  • Support DCOP in selection of local Huguka Dukore IPs and ensure proper documentation of process;
  • Assist the DCOP in development/review of Scope of Works and budgets of selected IPs and ensure proper sub-awardees filing.
  • Assist the DCOP to conduct capacity assessment of selected IPs and design capacity building plans accordingly;
  • Coordinate the delivery of capacity building of selected IPs as per agreed plans;
  • Support the conduct of IP annual appraisals and advise the Project on future partnerships.
2.    IPs Management and Communication
  • Coordinate orientation meetings/workshops on Huguka Dukore Project overall during and after IP selection process;
  • Establish an IP monitoring/tracking tool that captures both performance against deliverables/targets;
  • Coordinate regular monthly planning meetings with selected IPs and ensure that project activities and deliverables are on schedule;
  • Coordinate and facilitate learning community among IPs: sharing of information, knowledge, and best practices to benefit Huguka Dukore programming;
  • Document all meetings/workshops and ensure the recommendations inform the wider project work plans and follow up on implementation;
  • Support IPs in developing and implementing Huguka Dukore sustainability strategies and plans;
  • Conduct regular checks-ins meetings with individual IPsand ensure they are on schedule as per agreed deliverables and targets;
  • Identify potential risks/challenges that may affect the project delivery and propose timely solutions;
  • Work with the DCOP to review IPs scope of works and/or budgets to accommodate any arising needs or innovative ideas that promote quality work or facilitates achievements of targets;
  • Establish an IP quality control mechanisms in collaboration with technical staff (Master/Lead trainers, M&E Specialist) in the planning and execution of project activities;
  • Liaise with other technical staff and M&E to ensure a proper flow of activities at IPs levels: youth enrollment - trainings – placements, etc.
  • Certify IPs technical work and/plans prior to fund disbursements: liaise with both the finance and the M&E departments in this regard;
  • Assist the M&E and finance departments to ensure IP compliance;
  • Assist the project in organizing project site visits for visitors: EDC, donors and government
3.    Partnerships with Districts of Interventions:
  • Coordinate IP orientation meetings with districts officials in each of the project’s 19 districts of intervention;
  • Follow up with each IP to ensure compliance/requirements are respected in districts of intervention;
  • Liaise with IPs in official launch of Huguka Dukore Activities in each district and ensure involvement of districtofficials and local leaders at all levels of project delivery;
  • Through IPs, ensure Huguka Dukore activities fit well within, and support, District Development plans (DDPs/JADF);
  • Follow up with IPs to ensure Huguka Dukore is well represented at District relevant events: Open Days; JADF meetings and other relevant forums;
  • Work with IPs to identify leverage opportunities with Districts and other initiatives in districts of intervention and inform Huguka Dukore planning and IPs accordingly;
  • Liaise with IPs to ensure Huguka Dukore data feed into the district reporting.
Qualificationsand Requirements:
  • At least a Bachelors Degree among the following fields: Community/Rural Development, Public/Business Administration, Economics and Project Management and Planning or any other relevant fields with;
  • Seven (7) years relevant experiences, within USAID projects and/or with International Organizations,
  • Experience conducting NGO capacity assessments and capacity building activities.
  • Experience working with local organizations and districts in developing and implementing trainings and youth employment/employability programs,
  • Strong report writing skills,
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Team player
  • Strong communications skills, fluent in English and Kinyarwanda both oral and written: knowledge of French is a plus
Applications including Motivation letter and CVs/resume ONLY  addressed to the EDC Country Director must be submitted to the following email address: ryp@edc.org by FridayMarch3, 2017 COB.
EDC is committed to diversity in the workplace. EDC offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits

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