Project Director, ACHIEVE Rwanda

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 15 June 2020
  • Kigali, Rwanda
  • Closing on 15 July 2020
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Job Description

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.

Department

Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

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.

Key Responsibilities

  • 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

Basic Requirements

  • MPH/MPA/MBA or masters in 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

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

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 or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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