Monday, April 3, 2017

International Alert,Senior Project Officer Jobs in Rwanda

Job Description
This role is only open to Rwandan nationals
Job Title
Senior Project Officer
Synergy for Social Cohesion Project (SSCP)
Reports to
Country Coordinator
Management Responsibility
Partners, Consultants, Interns
Job location

Kigali, with extensive travel within six districts of Project implementation (Rubavu, Musanze, Gasabo, Ruhango, Nyanza and  Nyagatare Districts) and other parts of Rwanda as need rise
3 of International Alert’s salary scale
Contract Duration
One year, renewable if funding permits

International Alert
International Alert is a 30-year old independent peacebuilding organisation. We work with people who are directly affected by violent conflict to improve their prospects of peace, and we seek to influence the policies and ways of working of governments, international organisations like the UN and multinational companies, to reduce conflict risk and increase the prospects of peace.
We work in Africa, several parts of Asia, the South Caucasus, the Middle East and Latin America and have recently started work in the UK, Somalia and Kenya. Our policy work focuses on several key themes that influence prospects for peace – the economy, climate change, gender, the role of international institutions, the impact of development aid, and the effect of good and bad governance.
We are one of the world’s leading peacebuilding NGOs with more than 200 staff based in London and 15 field offices. To learn more about how and where we work, visit
Alert’s Great Lakes programme (GLP) works in Burundi, the DRC, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda. The GLP works on a range of peacebuilding issues, including women in peacebuilding, reconciliation, natural resources management, and the economy. It supports and collaborates with local initiatives, and advocates for policy change. The programme is managed from London, and implemented by staff based in London and the region, in close collaboration with local organisations.
The Rwanda/Burundi programme has been running since 1995 with the aim of contributing to peace and equitable development.
Job Purpose
The purpose of this position is to manage the Synergy for Social Cohesion Project (SSCP).
  • The project aims to enhance social cohesion through constructive engagement with local government and community dialogue on reconciliation policy implementation by increasing space and opportunity for dialogue between communities, CSOs and local authorities as well as strengthening cooperation and coordination amongst different actors. 
The position will work across project and thematic strands to ensure that project staff and partners have the peacebuilding knowledge and expertise needed to ensure the production of high-quality, high-impact project outputs. This will involve working closely with the Alert team and local partners in a mentoring role, providing constructive feedback and capacity building support aimed at strengthening our integrated peacebuilding approach. Critical to this post is an ability to build effective external and internal relationships, using collaborative approaches. The successful candidate will also have knowledge and experience of programme design and project management including responsibility for budgets Monitoring, staff support and donor relations. He/She will be the primary focal point at International Alert for the SSCP project and as such will be responsible for liaising with the focal point at NURC and  actively participate in the Joint Project Coordination Committee. He/She will report to the Alert Country Coordinator.
Duties and Responsibilities
This post focuses on four key elements:
This post focuses on five key elements:
  • Management and supervision of Synergy for Social Cohesion Project (SSCP);
  • Strengthening the peacebuilding framework of the project;
  • Overseeing monitoring, evaluation and donor reporting;
  • Ensuring networking and outreach;
  • Contributing to Alert’s organisational processes and strategies.
Detailed responsibilities
Management and supervision of Synergy for Social Cohesion Project (SSCP):
  • Lead on day-to-day implementation of project’s activities;
  • Ensure clarity about roles and responsibilities among project stakeholders and involving /informing all stakeholders of plans;
  • Planning and forecasting grant expenditure, project activities, procurement and staffing to ensure compliance with the project contract and budget and to prevent overspending or under spending;
  • Ensure proper co-ordination with project’s partners, in line with planned activities and agreed outcomes
  • Ensure narrative and financial reporting to Alert and to donors;
  • Derive policy recommendations from the pilot phase of the project and assist in the development and implementation of evidence-based advocacy strategies for the project.
  • Analyse the political, economic and social context in Rwanda with a view to ensuring the continuing relevance;
  • Ensure co-ordination and adequate recording of lessons learning among partners of the project, counterpart organisations/institutions, including Palladium Ikiraro team and NURC.
Contribute to development of strong and effective relationships and partnerships
  • Support in developing, nurturing and strengthening excellent working relationships critical to ensuring the impact and success of these initiatives: especially local communities, relevant government officials/institutions and local government representatives, civil society organisations, development partners and media;
  • Identify strategic partnerships for the work and over time ensure that necessary Memoranda of Understanding are developed and kept up-to-date, observed, and relevant;
  • Support excellent team relationships with within Alert Rwanda, as well as Alert, Great Lakes Programme, and liaise closely with other Alert colleagues working on social cohesion globally.
  • Represent Alert at highest level in local communities, government, development partner, and international fora.
  • Work as an inspiring facilitator to build forward momentum and trust among participants, nurturing and sustaining evolving networks.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with district of project implementation; key funding partners around the development of new project ideas and programme direction;
Support internal systems and procedures relevant to successful implementation of  the project
  • Conceptualising activities and planning, providing for sufficient time for participation of Partners/input of Partners and other staff.
  • Support in managing budgets and monitoring expenditure as required, ensuring compliance with Alert, donor and government regulations;
  • Support in developing appropriate Memoranda of Understanding with consultants and research partners and closely monitor compliance with these;
  • Contribute to relevant donor reports and fundraising, maintaining forward momentum for the project by developing new strands;
  • Contribute towards excellent team relationships within Alert Rwanda, as well as Alert globally, particularly the Great Lake programme.
Ensure sound monitoring and evaluation system
  • Support the development of effective M&E frameworks (in close collaboration with  the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and partners) for the project and feed this into Alert’s overall institutional reporting;
  • Contribute to and draw on the work of Alert’s Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DME) work, in Rwanda and internationally;
  • Produce and disseminate success stories and other learning and evaluation outputs;
  • Contribute to Alert’s initiative on Knowledge Management, e.g. by articulating lessons learned from the project.
Contributing to Alert’s organisational processes and strategies
  • Ensure proper implementation of all relevant Alert finance, admin, security and HR policies, in close coordination with the Rwanda finance/ admin staff;
  • Provide attentive and supportive line-management of relevant consultants/ interns, in line with Alert’s policies and procedures, as well as Rwanda labour law;
  • Participate in organisation-wide events and discussions on related topics/projects;
  • Provide ideas and support for the development of regional programming ideas (in close collaboration with the wider Africa Programme team);
  • Work with Alert’s team and partners to develop new project and programme ideas, including the development of funding proposals for a variety of donors;
  • Play an active role in contributing to Alert Rwanda’s country strategy reviews and development of new projects.
  • Support the Country Coordinator in nurturing good relationships with potential funders in Rwanda and outside of Rwanda

Travel requirements
The job is based in Kigali, with extensive travel within six districts of Project implementation (Rubavu, Musanze, Gasabo, Ruhango, Nyanza and  Nyagatare Districts) and other parts of Rwanda as need rise
At Alert, we have introduced Talent Management to our business model as we believe talented people are crucial to the success of our work.  We believe all individuals are talented and that success comes in matching the right talents to the right roles. 
For this role, the skills, qualifications and experience listed below are important, but we believe that to be great in this job you are likely, first and foremost, to be very astute and intuitive in your interactions, and have a talent for leading sensitive dialogue processes with a strong flair for facilitation, networking with key partner agencies, multi-tasking, mobilising and galvanising a diverse and dispersed collection of Partners behind your leadership and vision of Alert’s peacebuilding programme in Rwanda. You also need to be well organised and with a good attention for detail, ability to operate efficiently and at approved professional standards. This is what we will be looking for above all else.

Skills, qualifications and experience:
Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Peace Building, Human Rights, Law, Social Work, sociology, Social Sciences, Development Studies and Economics.
5 years’ experience in related programmes in an International NGO setting.
Highly analytical and reflective outlook
Track record of successful design and implementation of projects
Good understanding of peace and conflict dynamics/ national reconciliation issues in Rwanda
Strong grasp of project management in an INGO, including successful record of fundraising, donor reporting and managing staff and budgets
Proven ability to build strong working relationships
Skilled facilitator, with experience of managing networks
Able to work independently and deliver results
Innovative, creative, problem-solving attitude
Demonstrated ability to lead a portfolio of work, maintaining strategic direction
Computer literacy in MS-Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Good communication and reporting skills; both verbal and written  English, French and Kinyarwanda
Committed to organisational goals of International Alert

Experience of managing research activities
Experience in peacebuilding-related programmes and familiarity with social cohesion approaches to reconciliation.
Innovative, creative, problem-solving attitude
Experience in facilitating community dialogues

How to Apply
To apply, please send a completed application form and equal opportunities form at ; both of which can be found under ‘How to Apply’ which is part of the Jobs section of Alert’s website ( ).
Closing date: 11th    April 2017,
  • CV are not accepted
  • Only shortlisted Candidates shall be contacted

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