Rwanda Country Programme, Kigali Rwanda
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 thirty districts in Rwanda with a current staff complement of approximately 180 staff.
SC Rwanda Country Office seeks to hire qualified, committed and experienced national staff to fill the following position:
Position: Early Childhood Development (ECD) Officer
Place of Work:
Staff directly reporting to this post:
Tentative start date: February 15th 2018
Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
To lead the planning, implementation and monitoring of the Early Literacy and Maths Initiative - ELMI (school readiness) project in sectors of one of two Districts (Gasabo/Ngororero) in collaboration with key partners.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
- Lead the design of the pre-primary teacher training plan for the early literacy and maths or school readiness skills.
- Support established accountability and complaints handling mechanisms, under the guidance of the SC Rwanda accountability focal person
- Sensitize key stakeholders at District and sector level (District authorities, sector authorities, parent committee, community and pre-primary teachers and children about Emergent Literacy and Math Initiative project.
- Provide ongoing advice and support to Sector and District Authorities, Parents Groups, and pre-primary school teachers to enable them to fulfil their respective roles in implementation of the project;
- Conduct regular visits to the pre-primary schools, providing mentoring to teachers on the implementation of early literacy and math concepts and practice in pre-primary schools.
- Prepare and submit weekly and monthly work plans and monthly reports in accordance with the agreed schedules with ECE Coordinator;
- Initiate and follow-up procurement and distribution of required supplies, in line with Save the Children procedures and in collaboration with the ECE coordinator, Admin and Logistics;
- Monitor progress of the project against agreed project targets and indicators;
- Highlight early to ECE Coordinator any potential constraints to implementation of project;
- Identify and document key lessons learned from the project, including success stories;
- Represent Save the Children in relevant Sector and District meetings (and national meetings when requested by ECE coordinator).
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
- Willing to take disciplined risks
- Honest, encourages openness and transparency
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- University degree in education or social sciences;
- Experience working with NGOs and Communities;
- Good knowledge of principles and practice of Early Childhood and Development, experience working in the ECD field preferred;
- Ability to develop constructive relationships with a wide range of partners, including children, communities and local authorities;
- Proven ability to deliver projects in line with proposals, budgets and timelines;
- Experience of facilitating participatory planning and monitoring;
- Strong analytical skills and creativity;
- Ability to self-manage and to work effectively with very limited supervision (willingness to work alone in a Sector without office back up support);
- Willingness to be self-sufficient with regard to transport;
- Ability to communicate effectively in Kinyarwanda and English: orally and in writing
- Possession of a motorcycle license;
- Ability to communicate effectively in Kinyarwanda and either French or English: orally and in writing
- Previous experience/exposure to emergent literacy and math concepts and practices
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 February 1st 2018.
*Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.