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Governance Advisor

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SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization. We have built a long-term, local presence in 38 developing nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, providing innovative solutions in Agriculture, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Renewable Energy. SNV has been working in Rwanda for more than 35 years to improve people’s livelihoods by strengthening the capacities of public and private sector organisations. SNV works in full alignment with Rwanda’s development agenda. It does so by helping to realize the national development goals in three sectors above mentioned.


POSITION TITLE: Governance Advisor

SALARY: Commensurate with prior work experience and salary history


SNV is currently seeking a Governance Advisor for Isuku Iwacu Activity, a 4-year rural sanitation funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which aims to improve access to, and encourage correct and consistent use of, household sanitation and hygiene facilities in order to decrease childhood stunting. Isuku Iwacu will focus on districtwide, private sector-driven household sanitation and hygiene interventions and on district- and national-level capacity development. Isuku Iwacu will help an estimated 500,000 people gain access to improved household sanitation, while ensuring that an additional 1,000,000 members of the population in beneficiary districts are using, living in open-defecation free environments. In reaching these targets, Isuku Iwacu will also achieve the following 3 main intermediate results (IRs): IR1 Demand for sanitation and hygiene products and services increased, IR2 Supply and availability of sanitation products and services in the private sector improved, and IR3 Governance for sustained access to sanitation and hygiene products and services improved.

The Governance Advisor will lead Isuku Iwacu governance interventions. This position will be responsible for executing IR3: Governance for sustained access to sanitation and hygiene products and services improved, ensuring effective linkages with IR1 and IR2 to facilitate an enabling environment supportive of sanitation and hygiene (S&H) private sector development and promoting sustainable household sanitation. Responsibilities include providing technical expertise and analysis of Rwanda’s S&H development issues, as well as designing and providing training and technical assistance to GoR and local government officials. The Governance Advisor will lead capacity building of government staff in planning, budgeting, coordination, implementation frameworks and regulations, such as district sanitation plans, open defecation-free certification and alignment, and newly developed standards. S/he will also represent the project at the Water and Sanitation working group and other relevant technical, policy and strategic planning meetings, including meetings with collaborators and donors.
This position is based in Kigali, with frequent travel to Isuku Iwacu target districts. A full job description/profile describing all responsibilities is attached.

Education: Master’s Degree required, preferably in as political science, international relations, law, public administration or a similarly related field

Work Experience:
• 10 years of experience working with government institutions in WASH governance, preferably in Sanitation and Hygiene, providing analytical support, training and technical assistance.
• In-depth knowledge and understanding of the Rwandan Sanitation and Hygiene operating environment required;
• Demonstrated experience and knowledge of WASH governance structure required.
• A proven ability to work collaboratively with and build consensus among private and public sector stakeholders.
• Ability to work independently and effectively within tight deadlines;
• Proven experience developing high-quality written deliverables, such as training materials, work plans and periodic performance reports.

• Strong organizational skills, including ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced and detail-oriented, with a proactive planning and execution.
• Strong oral communication skills, including fluency in Kinyarwanda, and excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
• High standards of integrity, professionalism, and impartiality.
• Excellent interpersonal and networking skills.
• Ability to work collaboratively in teams, build consensus, and effectively coordinate with internal and external actors is highly desired.
• Ability and willingness to travel to target districts.


Applicants must fully meet the minimum qualification requirements. Qualified individuals are requested to submit cover letter and resume ONLY in English and Word (.doc) or Acrobat (.pdf) format, addressing above-listed qualifications and requirements; and providing names, professional relationship, contact numbers and email addresses of three professional references, including at least two supervisors.

Cover letters and resumes’ file name must include candidate name i.e. johndoeresume.doc or johndoeresume.pdf and johndoecoverletter.doc or johndoecoverletter.pdf. Cover letters and resumes must be emailed to: with a Subject line: MEL Officer – USAID-funded Isuku Iwacu Activity.

Only shortlisted and selected candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.

CLOSING DATE:                   November 7, 2016

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