Team Leader - Rwanda (Proposal contingent on award)

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 18 March 2019

Job Description

Plan International is preparing to tender for an upcoming DFID-funded project called ‘Investing in Adolescent Girls in Rwanda (IAG-R). As such, we are looking for a Team Leader to provide technical leadership for this project, based in Kigali, Rwanda.

The Opportunity

Plan International seeks a dynamic leader and project strategist to fill the role of Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated DFID-funded project ‘Investing in Adolescent Girls in Rwanda (IAG-R), over Ten million pound project to be implemented over four years as a second phase of the 12+ programme supporting adolescent girls in Rwanda.

The project will provide up to 200,000 adolescents with the knowledge and capabilities needed to achieve their full potential, make better choices, take advantage of opportunities and better manage risk.

This will be delivered through three components:

  1. A consortium of implementing partners that will work together to implement the project on the ground, sharing their expertise and experiences and working closely with local authorities to ensure effective implementation;
  2. A technical assistance (TA) facility that will provide expertise and guidance to the implementing partners, as well as providing technical assistance to the Government of Rwanda’s Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF);
  3. A monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) unit, complementing the work of a centrally-managed research programme (Gender and Adolescence - Global Evidence (GAGE)) about what works for adolescents and ensuring that learning feeds into the programme and contributes to building the evidence base.

The Team Leader will lead and oversee all aspects of this high-profile project, including directing strategic planning and decision making, providing technical guidance, managing the activities of sub-recipients, and supervising staff. Serving as the key liaison with DFID, the Government of Rwanda, implementing partners, and other stakeholders, the COP will also establish and maintain an integrated vision among different actors while ensuring adherence to all project objectives, performance requirements, and donor regulations.

Consideration for this pivotal role will be given to professionals with 1) a clear understanding of adolescent girls programming in Rwanda or a similar context; 2) experience in DFID project management and administration policies, procedures, and reporting requirements; and 3) the ability to meet rigorous timelines, track results, effectively manage staff and multi-stakeholder relationships, and influence decision-making at the local and national level to create positive change.


  • Provide overall technical and managerial oversight and leadership for the project.
  • Ensure efficient management of financial resources, including the review and approval of programme budgets and monitoring expenditures.
  • Supervise field operations, project administration, logistics and procurement.
  • Oversee the delivery and monitoring of sub-grants.
  • Supervise programme monitoring, evaluation, and reporting and ensure quality control and timeliness of all deliverables as required by the grant and donors.
  • Ensure full compliance with all DFID, Plan, and other fiduciary regulations.Serve as the principal liaison with the Government of Rwanda; DFID and other donors; and project partners and stakeholders to ensure effective programme implementation and build lasting relationships

The Person:

In order to succeed in the challenging and varied role, you will have extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Possess at least a master’s degree in international development or a related field.
  • Strong knowledge of adolescent girls programming in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Experience managing a large child-focused programme for an international NGO
  • Significant experience managing large-scale, multi-year UK government-funded programmes, with a strong track record of successfully managing DFID-funded programmes including previously serving as COP in Rwanda or East Africa more broadly.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of DFID project management, including DFID rules, regulations, and reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of gender and proficiency in managing development projects that mainstream gender.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement projects with rigorous timelines and deliverables and to track programme quality through donor-approved monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Ability to work under pressure, as part of a team or independently, and meet deadlines consistently.
  • Experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders, such as local NGOs, government officials, donor representatives, and local and international staff.
  • Ability to respond to requests on short notice and simultaneously plan and execute several activities.
  • Proven experience hiring, training, and supervising teams of international and local staff.
  • Proven leadership, interpersonal, and cross-cultural skills, with the ability to build and motivate diverse teams.
  • Excellent command of English, with strong verbal and written communication skills; knowledge of French is also useful.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.Please click on the below link, for further information regarding the full job description.

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Type of Role: Two year fixed term contract – contingent on award of fundingSalary:

Competitive salary and benefits available

Closing Date: 14th April 2019

Reports to: Plan International Rwanda Country Director and Plan International UK Project Director

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.A

s an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse.

That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

Our organisation is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.

About the Organization

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

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