Save the Children is seeking a Chief of Party for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Inclusive Nutrition and Early Childhood Development (INECD) activity in Rwanda. The proposed project will focus on promoting nurturing and responsive care practices, especially in the areas of health, functioning, nutrition, and early childhood development (ECD) for caregivers and children. Specifically, the activity aims to improve health and nutrition outcomes among women of reproductive age and adolescents and infant and young child feeding practices (IYCF). It also aims to address child development gaps and specifically unmet physical rehabilitation and assistive technology (rehab/AT), and social inclusion needs for infants and children. The activity will focus on community-level service delivery, community-health facility linkages and district level capacity development, as well as address issues of inclusion and participation, including access to programs and services for children and adults with disabilities, in line with Government of Rwanda (GoR) priorities.
The Chief of Party reports directly to Rwanda Country Director, with technical/dotted line Supervision of the SCUS Senior Nutrition Director and ensures implementation of high impact, quality programming, and proven interventions that meet stated goals and reporting requirements. The Chief of Party manages the implementation of key project activities throughout the targeted provinces, oversees the work of the technical team, and provides efficient project and operational support for the project team. The Chief of Party will be responsible for overall project leadership and interaction with USAID, key stakeholders, partners, and the GoR.
This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
The Chief of Party is responsible for providing strategic direction, delivering quality and timely project outputs and results, and managing project human and financial resources as per Save the Children policy and procedures, agreement requirements of USAID and the GoR. The COP will liaise with USAID, SCUS and SCI management, and GoR. The Chief of Party communicates project strategy and achievements to key stakeholders, advocates for nutrition and ECD, and coordinates project activities with other partners and GoR.
Key Areas of Accountability
- Coordinate and oversee all strategic and programmatic aspects and ensure project integration, documentation, learning, and adaptation between early childhood development, health, nutrition, functioning, and inclusion and participation.
- Provide strategic leadership and quality excellence across the project in community-based programming, district level capacity building, and collaboration with government and other key stakeholders in the first five years of a child’s life, including children with disabilities.
- Responsible for the overall management and ultimately accountable for the delivery of desired project results, effective adaptive management, relationships with USAID, GoR and other stakeholders, and management of the project team and consortium.
- Build and maintain a strong relationship and communication lines with USAID and GoR.
- Lead overall project planning, putting in place team structures, technical and operational approaches, infrastructure, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and feedback loops required for project delivery and success and submission of quality, timely deliverables.
- Monitor country-level activities, identify challenges and develop appropriate reporting and results of project activities with the project team.
- Lead partnerships and coordination within the project consortium, as well as with external stakeholders as needed, to create the teamwork required for project success.
- Empower and build organizational and technical capacity of local partners to manage and implement an integrated ECD and nutrition program.
- Represent the project to donor officials, host government officials, partner representatives, local stakeholders, and team members.
- Demonstrate a commitment to gender and disability integration in both the programmatic and operational aspects of the project.
- Ensure that efficient logistics and operational systems are in place to support all aspects of project activities, including financial, grant management, and project monitoring and evaluation, and that they support the effective use of project resources in compliance with USAID regulations.
- Oversee the preparation and revision of a realistic budget, authorizing and monitoring expenditures in line with the budget, donor guidelines and Save the Children’s grant management and financial regulations.
- Ensure sound project financial management and timely reporting, and compliance with donor, host government and Save the Children policies and procedures.
- Lead the preparation and ensure submission of annual work plans, quarterly and annual reports, and all other deliverables to USAID in a timely and quality manner.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)
- Lead annual planning processes and associated donor resource requests, monitoring implementation progress as compared to these plans.
- Review, approve and contribute to major project strategies such as the M&E Plan, the Learning Strategy, the Gender Equality Strategy, and technical or thematic strategies. Provide oversight and quality control to the project’s thematic approaches and implementation, leading course corrections as required.
- Follow USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) framework and set of practices to help improve development effectiveness throughout the project life cycle, valuing and using all forms of knowledge—tacit, experiential and contextual—for design and adaptive management.
- Work with MEAL staff and technical team to ensure that project is monitored and delivers against developed standards and indicators.
- Oversee knowledge management for the project and share project materials, successes, evidence, and lessons learned, with both external and internal audiences.
- Manage and motivate team to achieve their work plan objectives, and to contribute to the achievement of the overall project goals.
- Supervise senior project team leadership.
- Recruit, develop and manage the project team, ensuring that appropriate professional development plans are in place to support team retention and high performance.
- Ensure the project team remains up-to date with best practices.
- Ensure clear objectives for and effective supervision of the project team.
- Master’s degree in early childhood development/human development, nutrition, international development, public health or related field.
- Minimum of ten years of professional experience in managing and implementing complex integrated community-based programs of similar size and scope in a development context, with a minimum of five years’ field experience.
- Substantial leadership expertise in at least one of the integrated programming areas – inclusive early childhood development and
- Professional experience should include community-based programming, integrated or multi-sectoral programming, and SBC.
- At least five years of demonstrated experience in managing and supervising a technical team and in project design.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government representatives, private sector entities, local community organizations, donors and other stakeholders, particularly at the sub-national level.
- Experience managing USAID projects and in-depth knowledge of USAID approaches and regulations.
- Experience managing a consortium of international and local partners.
- Strengths in inspiring and enabling others through teamwork, training, and capacity building to realize organizational objectives.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
- Experience implementing development projects in Rwanda.
- Strong knowledge of nurturing care or early childhood care system and government structure in Rwanda.
- Knowledge of Kinyarwanda preferred.
- Familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of Rwanda.
- Experience with quantitative and/or qualitative surveys.
What’s In It for You
- Meaningful work, with a knowledge that you are changing the lives of children all around the world;
- A family friendly work environment;
- Highly collaborative and innovative teams;
- Generous paid vacation days, holidays, family leave days, and sick time;
- Healthcare plans including medical, dental, and life insurance;
- Retirement savings account with matching company contributions;
- Structured and formalized management development and coaching programs for mid and senior level managers;
- Extensive e-learning opportunities on a variety of topics offered through our affiliation with several prestigious universities and with the American Management Association, as well as language learning opportunities.
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