Health Poverty Action,Country Director Jobs Vacancy

Job Description
Job title:                    Country Director, Rwanda
Reporting to:            Head of Programmes – Africa, Health Poverty Action
Responsible for:      All HPA staff in Rwanda
Base:                         The post is based in Kigali with reg
ular travel to Nyaraguru District
We are seeking a Country Director with a passion for health justice to fully manage the programme, to represent the organisation in all matters within the country, and to develop/maintain excellent relationships with the Rwanda Government, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), partners, donors and other key stakeholders. S/he will also develop new initiatives on behalf of HPA in Rwanda, seeking funds as required.
Main Functions of Post:
  1. Provides overall management for ongoing Projects in Rwanda ensuring good financial and general management of Projects and staff.
  2. Develops and implements a country strategy which is consistent with HPA’s global vision/mission/strategy, and which includes identification and development of new Project initiatives for Rwanda.
  3. Represents HPA in Rwanda in the promotion of excellent relationships with central and local government departments, international organizations, other NGO’s and in-country donors. Seeks opportunities to influence policy and raises funds for HPA Projects from in-country donors.
  4. Maintains communication with HPA London on Project development, funding, financial matters and social/economic/political developments in Rwanda that may affect current/future HPA operations.
Specific Responsibilities:
Within HPA’s Vision, Mission, Strategies and policies, the responsibilities of the post are:
1. Overall Programme Management and Administration
Programme Management
  • Direct responsibility for the development and implementation of annual workplans, outputs and activities as per the projects design
  • Formulate adequate and timely responses to internal and external influences which affect or have the potential to affect project progress, and report on these changes to the Deputy Director (Programmes)
  • Ensure that the Rwanda programme is effectively monitored and evaluated
  • Report to HPA London on the progress and problems of current HPA projects in Rwanda, and any other future Projects in accordance with HPA and donor guidelines
Financial administration
  • Ensure that efficient and secure financial management systems are maintained in the Projects and are documented in the Office Operations Manual (OOM)
Human Resources Management
  • Recommend project staffing levels and job descriptions to the Head of Programmes – Africa.
  • Develop and maintain Human Resource policies and procedures for national and international staff in line with the HPA Global Human Resources Policies and Procedures and the Rwanda labour code.
  • Coordinate all required national staff recruitment, orientation/briefings, training and performance appraisals;
  • Monitor HPA’s HR performance in Rwanda against the People in Aid Code of Good Practice
  • Develop and regularly review the Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) for HPA Rwanda, and ensure that staff members are aware of these procedures
  • Provide support and assistance to Project staff in an emergency situation
2. Country Strategy and Programme Development
  • Develop and maintain a detailed understanding of relevant health, social, economic and political developments in Rwanda
  • Develop a country strategy consistent with HPA’s global vision, mission, and strategic plan
  • Identify and recommend possible new Projects for HPA in Rwanda, and draft Project proposals for submission to donors
  • Where appropriate, support the development of national NGOs in Rwanda;
  • Seek out and develop partnerships with international and/or national NGOs in Rwanda where such a partnership will add value to the work of HPA
3. Representation, Coordination, Policy Influencing and Fundraising
  • Develop a funding strategy for current and future Projects in Rwanda, in consultation with the Deputy Director (Programmes)
  • Develop good relationships with the representatives of donors based in Rwanda, and negotiate with them for funding
  • Seek opportunities for HPA to influence policy and practice in Rwanda
  • Liaise with central and local government departments, international organisations, and other NGOs, especially those related to the health sector
  • Represent HPA in Rwanda ensuring all legal requirements are met
4. Communications
  • Maintain communication with HPA London and advise on developments in the health sector, as well as on social, economic and political developments in Rwanda
  • Facilitate good communication between HPA Rwanda staff and project partners
  • Promote team-building activities and carry out conflict resolution, as necessary.
5. Additional duties
  • Contribute to the development of HPA globally through input into strategic development etc
  • Undertake other duties as may reasonably be requested by the Head of Programmes- Africa
Essential requirements
  • At least 5 years experience as a health and/or development Director, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Masters degree in relevant discipline such as public health, development, HPA man rights
  • Detailed knowledge of priority public health and poverty issues in Africa
  • At least 5 years experience of Project cycle management
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of Project accounting, budgeting and financial management
  • Representational skills, diplomacy and the ability to communicate and negotiate at all levels.
  • Proposal and report writing skills
  • Demonstrable computing skills (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, internet)
  • Identification with HPA’s Vision and Mission
  • A capacity to be flexible under difficult conditions
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Commitment to working with people in isolated, remote areas
  • Experience of working in and/or managing health Projects in Central/East Africa
  •  Experience of designing public health interventions, preferably in Africa
  • Experience of developing and managing relationships with donors
  •  Knowledge of Rwanda’s government system
  • Experience of working in Rwanda
The successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package in accordance with qualifications and experience, including 25 days annual leave. For expatriate staff there is also an annual return flight home
Please note that this is an unaccompanied post.
Application forms need to be submitted to by Sunday 4th March at 23.59 PM UK time.
Late submissions will not be considered.