Position Title: Project Director, ACHIEVE Rwanda
Office Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Supervisor Name: Jen Mulik
Supervisor Title: ACHIEVE Global Project Director
New or Replacement: New Position
Full or Part-Time: Full-Time
Expected Project End Date: 9/30/2022
Date of Submission: 9/11/2020
JOB DESCRIPTION (Please complete all sections)
At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant.
Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance, and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance, and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.
ACHIEVE is a five-year, USAID-funded global cooperative agreement with the dual objectives of attaining and sustaining HIV epidemic control among at-risk and hard to reach pregnant and breastfeeding (PBF) women, infants, children, and youth, as well as to mitigate the impact of HIV/ AIDS and prevent HIV transmission among these populations; and supporting the transition of prime funding and implementation to capable local partners in order to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners.
The aim of ACHIEVE Rwanda is to prevent new HIV infections and reduce vulnerability among orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in selected high burden districts in Rwanda. The strategic objectives support GOR strategies and priorities for HIV mitigation and prevention, with an emphasis on minimizing negative impacts of HIV on OVC and AGYW; addressing social, behavioral, and structural drivers of HIV, and improving access to comprehensive SRH and violence response services to prevent new infections. The project supports OVC services in two districts and DREAMS activities in two districts. The project also provides capacity development to two local implementing partners to coordinate and support OVC and DREAMS service delivery programming and for USAID and PEPFAR project implementation.
The Project Director will be responsible for the overall management and operations of the project. S/he will supervise project implementation to ensure the project meets stated goals and reporting requirements. The Project Director will provide technical and strategic leadership of all aspects of the project. S/he will take a leadership role in coordination among USAID and key stakeholders and other implementing partners.
Project Management and Leadership
- Represent Pact and the ACHIEVE program and act as the main point of contact in Rwanda for USAID’s Activity Manager
- Manage all project planning responsibilities, including the production of annual workplans; guide and oversee the alignment of the budget to expected results, as well as review annual budgets and biannual reports
- Manage a team of up to 15 technical and administrative staff
- Ensure compliance with Pact HQ and USAID requirements, policies, and regulations.
- Act as a liaison to USAID and relevant ministries within the Government of Rwanda to ensure smooth implementation of the project while laying the groundwork for sustainability
- Recruit, supervise and provide guidance and support to program management and administrative staff
- Coordinate with ACHIEVE HQ staff in the successful programmatic and technical implementation of the project including the timely completion of high-quality work plans, accurate reports, and other mandated deliverables
- Monitor project progress vis-a-vis expected objectives, ensuring efficient use of resources and compliance with donor requirements.
- Technical Leadership
- As needed, provide or ensure availability of high-quality technical assistance in OVC and DREAMS programming through hands-on guidance and support grounded in the program’s objectives and targets and adhering to expected technical quality for OVC and DREAMS programs and reporting requirements
- Provide and/or ensure availability of mentoring to local partners to strengthen their capacity for service delivery, compliance with donor rules and regulations, and USAID relationship and agreement management, as appropriate
- Coordinate and as needed conduct monitoring visits to local implementing partners
- Utilize a participatory approach to developing and updating the project work plans, ensuring programmatic directions are technically sound, evidence-based, and consistent with USAID and international standards
- MPH/MPA/MBA or Masters in a relevant field and a minimum of 10 years of professional experience or a BA/BS with 15 years of professional experience.
- Demonstrated successful experience as a senior manager of USAID-funded programs including those involving OVC and/or DREAMS activities
- Eight years prior experience in managing OVC and/or DREAMS programs funded by PEPFAR
- Demonstrated ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID Mission, Government of Rwanda, implementing partners, and local NGOs
- Proven skills in building organizational capacity in OVC, DREAMS, HIV/AIDS, and/or financial and operations management
- Experience with child welfare and protection programs, systems strengthening, capacity building, economic strengthening, service delivery, quality improvement, or policy development
- Strong writing and oral presentation skills, including fluency in English and French
- Demonstrated success implementing programming at the community level
- Expertise in and sensitivity to the socio-cultural barriers facing intended beneficiaries for this program
- Local candidates preferred
Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
How to apply
- All applications with a motivation letter and CV shall be sent through the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org not later than September 25, 2020, mentioning the position title as a subject to email.