M&E and Communications Officer

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About SNV

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.

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

Are you interested in joining an Organisation with a long term commitment to fighting poverty? Would you like to work in a challenging environment and develop an international career focused on demonstrating shared core values that achieve results?

SNV Rwanda is looking for an:

M&E and Communications Officer

Based in Kigali, Rwanda

HortInvest /National Contract

SNV is an international not-for-profit development organisation. Founded in the Netherlands more than 50 years ago, SNV has built a long-term, local presence in many of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. SNV’s global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development. SNV has much experience in making agriculture more sustainable by developing knowledge, tools, and solutions that maximise the benefits while minimising the negative impacts of agriculture in the face of a changing climate. SNV has worked on horticulture sector development – including quality and safety improvements and certification – in 15 different countries.

SNV in Rwanda supports producer organisations, processors and agro-businesses in coffee, potato, value chains, food & nutrition security and advocacy (Voice4Change) in order to increase income and employment opportunities and as such contribute to food and nutrition security. SNV experts apply a value chain development approach, promote market-based solutions to increase overall competitiveness and tap into opportunities while protecting the environment. SNV also strengthens business service providers within the agriculture value chains.

Project Overview

The HortInvest project is funded by the Netherlands Embassy in Kigali and will contribute towards the attainment of the mission of the Rwanda National Horticulture Policy in terms of fast economic growth and rapid reduction in poverty and malnutrition in Rwanda and the objectives of the Rwanda-Dutch bilateral programme aimed at enhanced food security and private sector development. The expected impact will be primarily noticeable in the six target districts in North-west Rwanda.

The main areas of intervention of the HortInvest project are

1. Improving market-led horticultural production and supplies for domestic and regional markets

2. Enhancing food and nutrition security of rural households involved in horticulture and urban consumers

3. Developing high-value horticultural exports

4. Creating an enabling environment for commercial horticultural developments

The Netherlands has a world renowned horticulture that is very active internationally and is able to provide technologies and services that are considered to be beneficial to Rwandan farmers and on which the HortInvest project can build. Linking up with the private sector (Dutch, local and international companies) is a key element of the Netherlands Embassy’s horticultural development support programme, which is aimed at stimulating economic development and food security in Rwanda. The triple helix – comprising private sector, government agencies and civil society and knowledge organisations – is one of the strengths of the Dutch implementation strategy, which will also underpin the HortInvest project approach.

After its completion, the HortInvest project is expected to have contributed to the following two impacts:

  • The horticultural sector’s relative contribution to the regional rural economy in the six target districts will have significantly increased.
  • Improved food and nutrition security of poor households in North-west Rwanda.

Position Summary

The M&E and Comms Officer will support the HortInvest programme team in planning, processing and development of Monitoring, Evaluation and learning activities and tools. S/he will also act as communications focal point for the SNV HortInvest programme, accountability and learning system for managing information, (donor) reporting and updating the results target matrix. Furthermore, she/he will perform M&E support in the SNV agriculture sector as required.

Main duties and responsibilities on M&E:

  • The M&E Officer will undertake the overall M&E activities including defining specific processes, methodologies and tools for M&E and reporting in line with SNV principles. In order to achieve this, the officer is required to undertake the following tasks:
  • Act as a focal point for the planning, implementation and reporting of M&E activities throughout the HortInvest period.
  • Oversee quality assurance of all field data collection exercises, data management, and analysis (e.g. baseline and endline data from AKVO FLOW)
  • Support the design of surveys and data collection tools using digital data gathering platforms like AKVO FLOW.
  • Advise on appropriate data collection technologies including database storage and management.
  • Share accountability findings with programme teams and senior management,
  • Facilitate capacity building process of (consortium) partners and SNV staff on knowledge, skills and competencies necessary for effective M&E through training and coaching,
  • Design and manage evaluations in compliance with SNV evaluation policy, including: development of ToR and questionnaires
  • Advising management on approval of final report, dissemination of evaluation findings and recommendations with intended audiences,
  • Update the results target matrix in AKVO RSR and compile draft annual donor reports that are IATI compliant
  • Support the project team and partners in extracting lessons learnt and good practices, and documenting case studies which demonstrate qualitative and quantitative changes,

Main duties and responsibilities on Communications:

The officer will be responsible to implement communications activities for the HortInvest project, including identifying audiences, creating a strategy and translating this into concrete activities. In order to achieve the project communication goals, the Officer will be required, amongst other things, to:

  • Identify project communication target audiences
  • Create a strategy to reach these audiences, taking into account available communication channels
  • Translate this strategy into practical action
  • Produce marketing and communications materials as needed
  • Create updates for the SNV international website: www.snv.org
  • Liaise with project staff to gather testimonials and results (also as part of the M&E tasks) for publication on SNV owned channels
  • Create visibility for the HortInvest project in local media
  • Liaise with the SNV GSU Marketing Communications team on the project communication strategy
  • Assist in SNV GSU Marketing Communications activities such as online campaigns and donor marketing activities
  • Organize reviews and learning events, represent SNV on external working groups when relevant and ensure HortInvest/SNV has appropriate visibility through exploring all appropriate communication channels.

Candidate Profile

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, development studies, agriculture, Horticulture, statistics or a related field.
  • Experience: At least 5 years of similar work experience is required. Candidate should be able to work independently – with minimum supervision and guidance from supervisors. Demonstrated and extensive social media experience is an added advantage. Good knowledge and strong demonstrated experience in monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning, including participatory approaches. Experience in and the ability to facilitate capacity building and training at different levels for M&E and NON-M&E staff.
  • Skills: Excellent written and oral English communication skills are required, additional language skills are a plus, especially French, excellent coordination and organizational skills. Ability to plan workload and demonstrate accountability for outputs with minimal direct supervision. Ability to work under pressure, ability to prioritize and commitment to meet deadlines. Proven knowledge of computerised systems; high degree of computer literacy and word processing and spreadsheet/Excel skills. Experience with statistical packages (e.g. SPSS, STATA) and familiarity with IT applications to support M&E and information management is an added advantage. Experience with creating and implementing communications strategies, creating communication materials (brochures etc.), writing and editing texts, writing for the webs (blogs and project updates) use of online social media tools.

Contract duration

1 year – with possibility of extension

Expected start date

As soon as Possible

How to apply?

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to directly summit your

Motivation letter and CV (both in English) to the Country Director of SNV Rwanda by email to

snvrwanda.recruitment@gmail.com by the 26th January, 2018

Please send your application letter and CV that contains three referees as you apply with position title as subject.

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Job summary

This job has been viewed 1,420 times
Location:
Kigali
Rwanda
Sector:
Agriculture, Other, Social sciences, Statistics
Education level:
Bachelor
Desired experience:
Senior (5+ years of experience)
Contrat type:
Full-time
Apply before:
26-01-2018
Number of positions:
1

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