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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

A.I.D Development Assistance Specialist - USAID/RWANDA

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NOTE: All Non-Rwandan Citizens must be RESIDING IN COUNTRY and have the required work and/or residency permits to be eligible for consideration.

OPEN TO:       All interested Candidates.

POSITION:     A.I.D Development Assistance Specialist (Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health), Grade level: FSN-12

BASIC SALARY:        From FRW 30,236,986 to FRW 51,402,884 per year

CLOSING DATE:               July 10, 2015

WORK HOURS:      Full-time; 40 hours/week.                                        

USAID/Rwanda is seeking an Ordinarily Resident citizen or individual with the required work permit for employment as A.I.D Development Assistance Specialist (Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health). USAID/Rwanda offers an Equal Employment Opportunity (regardless of age, sex, race, handicaps, national origin, etc.).


The Senior Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Specialist is a health expert who serves as the Mission’s senior technical expert and advisor on reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH).  S/he is responsible for providing expert technical advice, leadership, and strategic direction for USAID/Rwanda under the framework of USAID’s global priority of Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths (EPCMD).  S/he serves as Activity Manager for the Mission’s flagship health service delivery project.  S/he serves as the Health Office’s primary technical expert on quality improvement, and will work across the Health Office to ensure strong integration within USAID-supported programs.  The Senior RMNCH Specialist also serves as a key representative of the Health Office to the Government of Rwanda and Ministry of Health and other development partners, through Technical Working Groups and other relevant fora.

A copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available at the USAID/Rwanda Website:


NOTE: All applicants must address each selection criteria detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

Education:    A Medical Degree is required.  A Master’s degree in public health or a related discipline is strongly preferred.  Formal training in RMNCH is preferred.
Prior Work Experience:   A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in the health sector is required.  At least five years managing national/provincial level health programs, with a focus on RMNCH, is required.  One year of experience at the managerial level is required.
Language Proficiency:  Level IV fluency (speaking/reading/writing) in English and Kinyarwanda are required.
Knowledge: In-depth expert knowledge of RMNCH issues and interventions is required, including global strategies, priorities, and best practices. In-depth expert knowledge of GOR policies, regulations, program priorities and key planning documents related to RMNCH is also required. Detailed knowledge of quality improvement approaches and other health areas, including health systems strengthening, is required. Detailed knowledge of evaluation methodology is also required.  Detailed knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize, and direct multidisciplinary teams and activities is required. Good working knowledge of the administration and management of contracts/cooperative agreements/grants/purchase requisitions is required.
Skills and Abilities:   Strong oral and written communications skills are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships for the achievement of results with diverse national and international working partners in a cross-cultural setting; ability to clearly communicate new program and technical concepts to technical and non-technical counterparts is required.  Strong leadership and coordination skills are required to lead a results-driven team, motivate individuals and influence professional working groups.  Ability to readily analyze, understand, and discuss new program design, management, and implementation approaches as well as to identify priority actions, generate and complete work plans within short time frames is required. This includes the development of evaluation designs, use of reliable and valid instruments, and methods for data collection, analysis and reports.  Ability to exercise considerable ingenuity and tact in applying guidelines to unique and different settings is required.  Demonstrated attention to details, excellent organizational skills, and personal initiative in the management of multiple tasks within tight time deadlines is required.  Considerable innovation will be required to influence other collaborative organizations engaged in health and development programs to adopt appropriate strategies for their program activities.  Strong user level of word processing, spreadsheets and databases is required.  Strong quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills and their application to the interpretation of program monitoring and evaluation data are required.


Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy.
Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.
If the selected applicant does not fill all the position requirements, he/she may be started at training level.



Interested applicants for this position must submit the following, or the application will not be considered:

Application for U.S. Federal Employment (DS-174) from this link:
A current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information as an DS 174; and
Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, and copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.



Human Resources Office, Tel: 0252 596 400; Ext. 2605

CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POSITION: July 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Cld: EXO


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