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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Chief Of Party (COP) at Save the Children Rwanda

Posted By on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in children's lives in more than 120 countries. We are the world's largest independent child rights organisation, underpinned by a vision in a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different backgrounds and perspectives. We are proud that our people are representative of the children we work with and we thrive on our diversity. We are an equal opportunity organisation dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. Our culture is embedded in these values, along with a strong commitment to our Child Safeguarding Protocol, ensuring that all representatives of Save the Children demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children both in their private and professional lives. SCI Rwanda Country Office seeks to hire qualified, committed and experienced nationals to fill the following positions for an anticipated USAID-funded Integrated Nutrition and WASH project in Rwanda.

USAID/Rwanda is exploring the development of a new nutrition/water, sanitation, and hygiene integrated activity with the anticipated goal of addressing chronic malnutrition in Rwanda through social and behavior change approaches. This new activity is likely to include the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding, optimal complementary feeding, hand-washing at critical moments, the application of water treatment technologies at the household level, and other behaviors and practices that support optimal child growth and development.  This project will seek to align itself with the Government of Rwanda's Community-Based Nutrition Program and its Community-Based Environmental Health Promotion Program. Additionally, it may also work to support district governments in the implementation of District Plans for the Elimination of Malnutrition.


Reporting to the Save the Children Rwanda Programme’s Country Director with a dotted line to the Technical Lead, The Chief of Party will be responsible for providing technical leadership and overall management direction for the project. S/he is also responsible for project inputs, program strategy, external representation and coordination with project counterparts, USAID, Government of Rwanda, other donors within the sector and other programs as necessary. The COP is ultimately responsible for compliance with the agreement results and the oversight of project activities which will meet the stated objectives of the project.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
  •     Lead the project’s strategic, financial, and operational planning, including the annual work planning process and development of an appropriate exit strategy
  •     Oversee the timely submission of all agreed deliverables to USAID
  •     Oversee the hiring process of local personnel and supervise all program and support staff
  •     Provide overall coordination of the institutional/organizational capacity building of local NGOs and other key stakeholders
  •     Communicate regularly with Save the Children offices (US, UK, East Africa Regional, field offices) on all matters relating to the project, and maintain appropriate links with partner home/field offices
  •     Ensure that efficient systems to support all aspects of the project (including sub-grant management, financial, capacity building, performance monitoring and reporting and support services) are in place and support the effective use of project resources in compliance with USAID regulations and Save the Children policies
  •     Represent the project with USAID, Government of Rwanda, donors, partners, and other key stakeholders including UNICEF and other actors supporting similar interventions
  •     Undertake any other tasks as assigned by the Country Director

  •     Experience (a minimum of seven years) managing health, nutrition, and/or water, sanitation, and hygiene programs in developing county contexts and ideally, in Africa;
  •     Education, preferably post-graduate education (master’s or higher) in public health, nutrition, health sciences, social sciences, or related field;
  •     Experience managing a project of similar or related nature, size, and complexity and demonstrated experience in management of large inter-disciplinary teams;
  •     A history of productive involvement with governmental health systems, processes and service delivery models in developing countries;
  •     Demonstrated leadership abilities, problem solving skills, collaboration experience, creativity and willingness to innovate;
  •     Experience in the domain of social and behavior change communication in the context of public health;
  •     Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations;
  •     Strong working familiarity with USAID regulations and policies;
  •     Fluent oral and strong analytical, written English communications skills are required;
  •     Extensive experience in Africa, with experience in Rwanda preferred; and

Knowledge of French language preferred but not required.


    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
    Creates a managerial environment to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding

    Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
    Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale

    Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues,    Members and external partners and supporters
    Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.

    Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
    Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach

    Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence
    Displays consistent excellent judgement

Interested candidates should send an application letter plus updated Curriculum Vitae in English, including 3 names of professional referees to: before 14th May, 2015.

Please mention “CHIEF OF PARTY ” as subject of your mail.

*Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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