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Friday, 3 July 2015

Rwanda Civil Society Consultant


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TITLE:   Rwanda Civil Society Consultant            
LOCATION:  Kigali, Rwanda
PRACTICE AREA: GCSS          
REPORTS TO: VP of New Business Development
DATE DUE:  Immediate
START DATE: July 6, 2015

Counterpart International is a global development organization that empowers people and communities to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. For nearly 50 years, Counterpart has been forging partnerships with communities in need to address complex problems related to economic development, food security and nutrition, and building effective governance and institutions.

For more information and to apply online visit www.Counterpart.org

SUMMARY
Counterpart International is seeking a local consultant to support the development of a project focusing on civil society engagement in policy advocacy and public participation in political processes in Rwanda. Supporting proposal development, the consultant will provide research and analytical support to Counterpart International, including identifying key local stakeholders, gathering data and conducting analyses, and providing other technical support in the design of program interventions. The anticipated program will work with civil society and media organizations to increase civil society engagement and consultation in decision-making and improve the overall environment for political participation and transparent elections. The consultant must have knowledge of the civil society and media sectors in Rwanda and be familiar with civic engagement at the local up to national levels. The duration of the consultancy is approximately one month.

DUTES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
· Support in-country field assessment including:
o Reviewing assessment questionnaire.
o Distributing and collecting questionnaires to analyze results and produce written report in English.
o Identifying and scheduling meetings with local partners working in the areas of civic engagement, civil society, and media to engage in policy analysis, policy advocacy, and coalition building.
o Identifying and arranging meetings with government officials for program ideas and support of Counterpart’s proposal.
o Establishing meetings with USAID Development Partners and other international donors to develop coordination strategies.
o Coordinating transportation and other logistics.
o Managing the meeting schedule for informational interviews and focus groups and producing meeting notes in English.
o Providing simultaneous (English) interpretation during informational interviews and focus groups.
· Advise on program design and support proposal development, including:
o Providing written background and other contextual information.
o Conducting background research (e.g. sector trends or gender issues) and analysis, as well as summarizing key government strategies/policies.
o Assisting with a social inclusion analysis to identify barriers that prevent women, youth, ethnic, and other vulnerable groups from participating in civic life.
o Reviewing sections of the proposal and providing written feedback.
· Assist with local recruitment, including advertising in local media outlets and collection of CVs.
· Provide costing and pricing information, such as local salaries, operational, travel, and activity costs.

QUALIFICATIONS:
· Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, International Development, or a relevant field of study.
· A minimum of  5 years' relevant experience implementing civic participation, public policy, advocacy, media, capacity building, or civil society programs in Rwanda.
· Technical background in some of the following areas: media, civil society, organizational development, gender equality, social inclusion, public policy, capacity building, and democracy and governance.
· Experience working with and conducting background assessments, evaluations, and producing reports for USAID preferred.
· Prior experience in proposal development or proposal design.
· Previous experience and demonstrated knowledge of political participation and civil society engagement in Rwanda and surrounding countries strongly preferred.
· Demonstrated commitment to gender integration and social inclusion, especially working with women, youth, persons with disabilities, and LGBT community, in local context.
· Verbal fluency in English and either French or Kinyarwanda required; strong English writing skills required.

TO APPLY:
Please submit your resume through Counterpart’s online application portal. Additional information on Counterpart’s recruitment procedures can viewed at: http://www.counterpart.org/working-with-us/jobs-at-counterpart 

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