Field Officer

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CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF GIKONGORO                                              

CARITAS-GIKONGORO                           

B.P 77 GIKONGORO              

TEL/FAX: (250)783 280 799

E-Mail: caritasgik@yahoo.fr

JOB DESCRIPTION FOR CITIZENS PARTICIPATION FIELD OFFICER

1.    Background of the Organisation

Caritas Gikongoro is the branch of Gikongoro Catholic Diocese and has been created in 1992. It is one of the humanitarian institutions that work for the ultimate wellbeing of all people regardless of religion, colour, ethnic, tribute or something else rather than the image of God that everyone embeds. Caritas Gikongoro is and has been working geographically in the coverage of former Gikongoro province. Nowadays it covers Nyamagabe District, a big part of Nyaruguru district and the small parts of Huye, Nyanza and Karongi districts.

Caritas Gikongoro has three main departments such as Socio-charitable Department, Development Department and Health Department. It has been working for the successful and improved life in terms of social, economic and ultimately spiritual dimension of life. As incorporated in Roman Catholic beliefs, the human being is not only made of body but also the church recognizes and attaches capital importance on the dimension of spirit.

All those departments implement different projects sponsored by main donors like Trocaire, Secours Catholique France, Catholic Relief Service (CRS), Missio Autsria, Caritas Italiana, Italian Episcopal Conference, etc.

The Vision of Caritas Gikongoro is to promote the human dignity and evangelical values such as love, solidarity, transparency, honesty, justice, truth and charity.

While its mission is to assist needy people (Poor, vulnerable and oppressed) by increasing revenues, health improvement, accomplishment of social charitable deeds (Oeuvres Socio-Caritatives) and promoting the culture of peace.

2.    Background and scope of the Field Officer role

Caritas Gikongoro has secured funding for the implementation of a project title “Enhancing the capacity and participation of small-scale farmers and civil society organisations in decision making and governance processes related to sustainable agriculture and food security in Rwanda”, focusing on the formulation, implementation and monitoring/evaluation of policies, programmes and budgets related to the agriculture sector. The project will be implemented over three years from 1st August 2018 in 3 districts (Nyamagabe, Nyaruguru and Nyagatare). Caritas Gikongoro will implement the project in Nyaruguru District.

The two needed field Officers will lead on the implementation of the project activities and budget execution. They will report directly to Development Department Coordinator (project officer) and interact closely with the rest of the organisation, including the finance department.  They will work closely with Trócaire’s programme staff working on the project, and will keep working relationships with other organisations implementing the same project (CCOAIB and IPFG) in other districts to deliver on anticipated results.

3.    Qualifications and experience

  • At least a Graduate degree in agriculture, development, project management, political sciences, social sciences or any other related field;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in policy analysis, policy monitoring, enhancing citizen participation in decision making,  and/or policy development projects in Rwanda;
  • Understanding of Technology for development in particular use of ICTs in social accountability/citizen participation.

4.    Skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of agricultural policies and programmes in Rwanda;
  • Experience of managing institutional donor funded programs with proof of in-depth knowledge of EC grant management guidelines;
  • Experience of working in partnership organisations; and
  • Experience of working together with Civil Society Organisations, Local NGO’s and/or farmer cooperatives.

The field officer will be a team player with excellent communication skills (oral and written) with fluency in Kinyarwanda and minimum capacity to work in English and French; excellent report writing and presentation skills; demonstrated analytical skills; understanding of IT applications including Microsoft word, Power- point and Excel, having a driving licence Category A.

5.    Travel

The Project officer will be based in Nyamagabe District and should have the ability and willingness to travel in the field frequently, and outside the project area as required, sometimes within a short notice.

6.    Salary and benefits

Salary and benefits will depend on qualifications and experience. The salary will be based on the organizational salary scale.

7.    Application process

Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, with names and contact details of three referees, together with a cover letter explaining why they are interested in the post and summarising the particular personal attributes which make them ideally suited for the role.

Successful candidates will be expected to comply with country labor law and various organisational policies, including those that the organisation has signed up to according the donor guidelines, such as Safeguarding Programme Participants, and Child Protection Policy. Caritas Gikongoro is committed to gender equality and suitably qualified women candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applications should be sent by email to caritasgik@yahoo.fr  or delivered to Caritas Gikongoro Office located in Nyamagabe district, Gasaka Sector (Nyamagabe city). If you do not hear from us by 29 June 2018, consider your application unsuccessful.  Only qualified candidates as outlined above will be considered.

Closing date for applications: 26th June 2018 at 5 pm.

Done at Gikongoro, on 28th May 2018

Father Joseph NAYIGIZIKI

Director of caritas Gikongoro