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Rwanda Program Manager

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Global Health Corps

Global Health Corps (GHC) mobilizes a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity. GHC believes young leaders with diverse backgrounds and a  deep  commitment to  collaboration, innovation, and social justice are going to revolutionize how the world tackles its toughest health challenges.

Through a competitive recruitment process, we identify daring and innovative university graduates and early- to mid-career professionals from around the world and pair them with  amazing partner  organizations  and government agencies in the US, East Africa, and Southern Africa. Our fellows spend a year in their placement devoting their unstoppable energy to making the world a healthier place for all people, everywhere.

Fellows convene throughout the year for additional training, community building, leadership development, and mentorship in order to become audacious, resilient, and highly-networked changemakers. Since its founding in 2009, GHC has supported over 1000 fellows working at various levels of the health system, across issue areas, and across continents.

The Candidate:

The Rwanda Program Manager is a passionate and organized leader in our growing global team. The past 12 years have been full of exciting and rapid growth for GHC, and we need a Rwanda Program Manager to provide dedicated support to our fellows, alumni, and partner organizations in-country. This position reports to the Rwanda Country Director and requires an exceptional passion for our work. You will be thinking through the most effective way to leverage the talent of our fellows and alumni as an influential community of diverse leaders. Your tireless commitment to their success and the knack for optimistic problem-solving is an absolute must.

The ideal candidate thrives in a dynamic, global, collaborative, and fast-paced environment where we are passionate about what we do, care deeply for our greater mission, and is result oriented. As a community of leaders, including the GHC staff, we’re undeterred, we are adaptable, we are steadfast in our commitments, we are resilient. At GHC, we thrive in challenging situations, where our task is to do what hasn’t been done and where we must dismantle or rebuild systems that propagate inefficiency and inequity. We have the vision to think big, but we have the humility and the can-do attitude to get our hands dirty in order to get it done. You should too. We work daily across country borders and time zones, so being an excellent, thoughtful, and strategic communicator is essential. You will bring a solutions-oriented and client service mindset, demonstrating excellent attention to detail and a value for collaboration across a range of teams, cultures, and working styles. 


Fellow Programming and Support:

  • Support on-boarding of all new fellows in both the programmatic and logistical preparations to start the GHC fellowship
  • Serve as a key point of contact for fellows in Rwanda throughout the year, coordinating general fellowship program logistics; ensure fellows complete program commitments such as community project, public engagement, blogging and professional development activities
  • In conjunction with Rwanda Country Director, conduct regular check-ins with fellows, offering supportive accompaniment through professional and personal development during the fellowship year
  • Organize country-based activities and events for fellows, including quarterly workshops, attendance at a mid-year retreat, and locally-based events and opportunities to foster community building and leadership development

Placement Organization Relationship Management:

  • Work with the Rwanda Country Director to maintain and cultivate a portfolio of placement organizations
  • Participate in annual partner recruiting and selection process; work with new and existing placement organizations to develop fellow position descriptions, coordinate contracts, and make logistical preparations for hosting fellows
  • Foster relationship building and support with placement organization supervisors/staff contacts during fellowship year through site visits, pre-or post- fellow workshops, formal evaluations, and ad hoc requests.

Alumni Engagement:

  • Work closely with Rwanda Country Director and Community Impact team to help design and expand alumni activities that build upon the leadership training from the fellowship year and align with the GHC alumni program strategy
  • Build and maintain strong professional relationships with GHC alumni in Rwanda to support the mobilization of community members including, but not limited to, mapping alumni efforts, identifying alumni for external or professional development opportunities, supporting program iteration to meet alumni needs, and showcase alumni contributions to the global health sector.
  • Identify, organize and execute opportunities for public engagement, professional development, and knowledge sharing in order to foster and support the leadership development of the Rwanda alumni community
  • Cultivate, support, and facilitate initiatives led by sub-groups within the Rwanda Alumni community to address Health System needs.
  • Coordinate and support Rwanda alumni chapter efforts to implement the national strategy, cultivate community engagement, conduct community activities, and lead collective impact
  • Support planning and implementation of Country, Regional and Global Alumni Leadership Summits

Fellow Recruiting and Selection:

  • Support the Country team on new fellow recruitment, managing the development and execution of a countrywide outreach strategy
  • Support efforts to recruit and select future fellows, including in-country interview coordination
  • Co-represent GHC at strategic recruiting events


  • Serve as communications point person for the country team, joining regular global communications calls and providing ad hoc support
  • Support efforts on design and branding, key messages, photography of country-level activities, and fellow and alumni writing on GHC’s online publication, AMPLIFY

Country office compliance and Representation:

  • Support the Rwanda Country Team to complete GHC’s obligations to the Rwanda Governance Board, the Network of International NGOs, and other fora
  • Support the Rwanda Country Team on completing the requirements for INGO midyear and Annual registration in Rwanda.
  • Work with the Rwanda Country Team to securing work permits for international fellows
  • Represent GHC in Fora linked to the Alumni engagement initiatives.


We’re seeking candidates who excel in building trusting relationshipsestablishing effective processes, and having strong project management skills.

You should have: 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (required)
  • A minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience and at least four (4) years of program management experience
  • Experience coaching and/or mentoring; preferably in developing early-career professionals
  • Cross-cultural competency; experience working in another country or in a cross-cultural environment strongly preferred
  • Strong project and logistics management skills and excellent attention to detail
  • A proven track record of delivering high-quality work products on time and providing strategic insight into how to develop efficiencies in work processes
  • Experience with budgeting, contract negotiation, vendor and compliance management


  • High level of emotional intelligence
  • Strong relationship building skills
  • Experience managing operational needs
  • A love for innovation is a plus!

You should be:

  • A high-initiative self-starter attitude with a willingness and desire to work as part of a dynamic and collaborative team
  • Comfortable working under frequent, tight timelines
  • An active listener and honest and supportive coach and/or mentor
  • Committed to health and social justice issues and understanding of global health and development landscape

How to apply

Candidates should submit a CV and a cover letter detailing their interest and aptitude for this position by the link:

The deadline: 31st October 2021