based in Kigali, Rwanda
WfWI – Rwanda seeks a dynamic and experienced candidate for the position of GBV Prevention Project Manager. The Project Manager will be responsible for the technical oversight and management of the project and will be part of WfWI’s Senior Management Team in Rwanda. The Project Manager will report to the Country Director and work closely with the HQ-based Project Director.
Despite strong government commitments and policies in place regarding gender-based violence (GBV), lack of implementation of laws, multi-sector engagement, and concrete actions to address cultural barriers that contribute to GBV remain serious challenges.
WfWI’s USAID-funded GBV prevention project (March 2018 – February 2020) will respond to these challenges by strengthening Rwandan civil society’s ability to engage the justice sector in the fight against GBV. Specifically, this project will seek to:
- Create or strengthen GBV accountability mechanisms via civil society-led advocacy and interventions.
- Deepen knowledge about GBV’s underlying social and power dynamics and legal frameworks among key justice sector players.
Key project activities include:
- Working with 10 selected national CSOs to build their capacity in:
- NGO Management and Operations - management and governance, strategic planning and sustainability, monitoring and evaluation;
- Outreach and Cooperative Advocacy - project development and implementation, cooperative and evidence-based advocacy, coalition building and networking; and
- GBV and Men’s Engagement - approach and methodology to target male champions to address the cultural and social barriers to women’s rights and engagement.
- A three-day GBV Mapping and Advocacy Conference will deepen stakeholders’ knowledge of current anti-GBV efforts in Rwanda, define and address implementation challenges, develop recommendations to improve coordination in GBV responses, and prime grantees for their advocacy work.
- Provide up to six Advocacy and Accountability Grants will awarded through a competitive process to the CSOs who successfully complete all of the trainings to support cooperative advocacy projects that address structural and implementation gaps in government anti-GBV efforts.
- A one-day Lessons Learned Conference will bring together grantees, relevant government agencies, and other stakeholders to share success stories, develop key recommendations, and plan how to keep working together on GBV-related issues beyond the life of the project.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Project Manager will lead on ensuring the delivery of the project by:
- Providing technical direction for the project and management of project activities (see above)
- Providing leadership to the project team, including the Grants Manager and the Advocacy Coordinator to ensure programming to achieve project results.
To support the overall implementation of the project, the project manager will:
- Ensure that USAID and WfWI reporting requirements on program impact .
- Serve as WfWI’s liaison to USAID, partners, the Government of Rwanda, and other key project stakeholders.
- Oversee project planning (i.e., development of work plans and operating budget) and reporting (i.e., review and approve periodic budgets and reports).
- Assist and work with WfWI colleagues to develop and finalize organizational priorities, goals and objectives and work plans related to the GBV Prevention program.
- Manage project budget to meet expected results, ensuring cost-effective use of donor resources.
To support effective implementation of stakeholder engagement, the project manager will:
- Help identify gaps in the government’s efforts to implement its anti-GBV policies and programs.
- Mapping and identifying potential partners (such as other NGOs, advocacy networks, etc.).
- Ensure close coordination with other relevant initiatives in the .
- Sensitize communities and other stakeholders, including the Government to the GBV Prevention Program.
- Share WfWI’s evidence and learning on GBV with key stakeholders including donors and representatives of international bodies in Rwanda. will include building and maintaining connections with them through, for example, meetings and correspondence.
To support effective implementation of the capacity building component, the project manager will:
- Map, identify and build capacity building relationships with national CSOs.
- Provide technical assistance to the development of effective capacity building plans, working with selected partners.
- Oversee and monitor the of organizational capacity development to local organizations, using customized capacity building tools and approaches to ensure measurable impact.
- Ensure that WfWI provides high-quality technical assistance to local partners.
- Conduct regular monitoring and mentoring visits to local partners.
- Work with WfWI colleagues (globally) to help develop training material to the local context.
To support effective implementation of the grants, the project manager will:
- Oversee the Grants Manager in helping partners establish reporting and tracking systems to provide key information in an efficient and timely manner.
- Ensure the grants are well-written and within USG guidelines.
Qualifications and Skills
- USAID and USG grant management experience;
- Minimum Master's Degree or equivalent post-graduate qualification* (will consider experience in lieu of advanced education degree);
- At least 10 years of experience managing civil society strengthening and advocacy programs;
- Demonstrated experience in international development and civil society program design, implementation evaluation, and policy advocacy work;
- Excellent program management and organizational skills, including organizing events;
- Excellent leadership skills: strategic vision, professional reputation, management experience, interpersonal skills, and writing and oral presentation skills;
- Technical expertise and experience in GBV prevention programs, including men’s engagement programming;
- Technical expertise and experience in capacity building with CSOs;
- Exceptional communication and collaboration skills and a proven track record of interacting and working effectively with other projects, high-level government counterparts, civil society, and international agencies;
- Effective personnel management, coordination, and decision-making skills with an ability to troubleshoot issues and develop solutions; with the political, economic, social, and cultural context of Rwanda;
- Expertise in women’s rights programming in Rwanda;
- Ability to work well with individuals from diverse cultural, linguistic, and professional backgrounds;
- Strong working experience with regional, continental and global women’s empowerment organizations, networks and movements;
- Skills and knowledge in gender and conflict analysis;
- Professional level English ability - both written and oral.
All interested candidates must submit an updated CV, cover letter and three professional references. Interested applicants are requested to read and complete very carefully the following application form. Deadline for submission of application is February 21, 2018.
Only short-listed applicants will be invited to interview. No telephone inquiries please.