Policy Analysis and Advocacy Expert Job at Never Again Rwanda (NAR) - Career Opportunity in Rwanda
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Vacancy title:
Policy Analysis and Advocacy Expert

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Professional Services , Category: Management ]

Jobs at:

Never Again Rwanda (NAR)

Deadline of this Job:
16 April 2021  

Duty Station:
Within Rwanda , Kigali , East Africa

Date Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

Policy Analysis and Advocacy Expert
Duty Station: Kigali, Rwanda with frequent travel to different districts of operation
Type of Appointment: Fixed term contract (One Year)
Report to: NAR Director of Programs
Never Again Rwanda (NAR) is a peace building and social justice non-government organization that arose in response to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Guided by a vision of a society that enjoys sustainable peace and social justice, NAR aims to engage society to embrace sustainable peace and social justice. NAR has five core pillars: Peacebuilding, Governance & Human Rights, Youth Engagement, Research, and Strategic Partnerships.
As part of its governance and rights pillar, Never Again Rwanda is implementing different programmes and projects aimed to promote participatory governance. Recently, NAR received funding from the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) through its Public Policy - Information, Monitoring, and Advocacy (PPIMA) project to implement the programme advocacy component at national level. The role of Never Again Rwanda under PPIMA project is to contribute to policy change through evidence-based advocacy, and empowering PPIMA partners to participate and vibrantly engage with policy makers (policy process) on issues that affect citizen’s lives as they arise from the Community Score Card (CSC) process and other public spaces and fora. NAR will work with all PPIMA partners for a collective consolidation and analysis of the issues raised by citizens across project Districts through Community Score Card, translate its results into complementary advocacy tools and resources and deeper investigate lingering challenges through the Participatory Action Research process as means to elaborate evidence-based conclusions and recommendations to better elevate and advocate for citizen priorities that require attention of national policy-makers.

NAR is expected to assess the policy influencing readiness of PPIMA partner CSOs and help design a joint policy advocacy strategy and action plan that will guide PPIMA policy influencing work through the period 2021-2024. It is against this background that Never Again Rwanda wishes to recruit a Policy Analysis and Advocacy Expert to support NAR’s team in this process. .

Purpose of the assignment
The overall purpose of the assignment is to conduct a policy influencing preparedness/ readiness analysis and empower PPIMA CSO partners in that regard and draw an evidence-based policy advocacy/influencing strategy and plan. In addition, the expert will lead and oversee NAR advocacy and policy influencing efforts through PPIMA program, produce the detailed report of advocacy efforts and its impact, design and update the PPIMA Advocacy tracking tool.

Scope of work, roles, and responsibilities
The consultant will do the following:
Preparatory groundwork
• Conduct a quick desk review of programmatic documentation and related reports to garner an understanding of PPIMA design and particularly its new direction towards national policy influencing;
• Review organizational documents (corporate policies, strategies, action plans and activity reports) of PPIMA partner CSOs to make sense of their policy influencing mainstreaming practices or approaches and take stock of pending advocacy issues that arose from the CSC process over the last PPIMA phase;
• Conduct and facilitate a methodology workshop with NAR & other PPIMA partner CSOs.

Conduct a participatory assessment of PPIMA partners’ organizational policy influencing readiness:
• Collect primary data from key resource persons through individual and group interviews (FGDs) with the core staff and management of NAR and other exiting and or new PPIMA beneficiaries as well as relevant programme boundary partners;
• Take stock of unaddressed key issues of concern to citizens which arose from CSC process in previous years;
• Organize and facilitate cross-learning workshops for partner CSOs to share, prioritize & discuss most pressing yet pending citizens’ issues that arose from the CSC process in past years and explore collaboration and coalition opportunities to advocate citizens’ interests with one voice;
• Assess partners’ organizational capacities in (evidence-based) policy advocacy and process documentation.

Conduct a participatory development of PPIMA policy influencing instruments:
• Design and develop a joint advocacy strategy to guide partners’ engagement efforts through the duration of the 4th generation of PPIMA i.e between 2021 and 2024;
• Develop a detailed action plan for the implementation of the joint advocacy strategy;
• Present both the draft joint advocacy strategy and action plan during pre-validation and validation workshops with partners.

Advocacy and policy influencing
The expert will lead and oversee all advocacy efforts and policy influencing efforts for PPIMA program, produce detailed report of advocacy efforts and its impact, design and update the PPIMA Advocacy tracking tool on regular basis. In addition, the expert will also provide technical leadership in design and implementation, monitoring, and reporting of advocacy activities under this program. The expert will provide NAR management with advice on how to better influence policy change through strategic advocacy and coalitions.

Supervision and Working relationships
The consultant will be an integral part of a team of NAR Policy Analysts who will report to the Director of programs and will work closely with program and research teams.

The desired skills and experience of the expert include the following:
• At least 8-10 progressive working experience in a policy making or policy analysis and or policy advisory role;
• A strong understanding of the Government machinery including national policy-making process and key moments of planning;
• A strong knowledge and understanding of post-genocide Rwanda’s political culture, rules of government system engagement, and governance principles;
• Strong understanding of the Rwandan governance context and policy landscape;
• Previous experience with Civil society Organizations and development partners
• Strong knowledge and understanding the drivers of future growth in Rwanda as well as national vision policies (e.g. Vision 2020, NST1, blueprint Vision 2050) and their relationships;
• Expert skills in policy analysis and issue-based stakeholders’ relationships analysis;
• Sensitivity to details and inclusion issues;
• Ability to write up powerful change influencing materials (policy notes, issue-based policy briefs, background papers, discussion documents, human interest stories, etc.) and to engage high-ranking government policy-makers;
• PhD or Master’s degree in Governance studies, political sciences, development studies, law or other relevant field in social sciences;
• Extensive working experience with civil society or international cooperation in a policy influencing or advisory role;
• Proven record of delivering high-quality professional outputs
• Excellent speaking and writing skills in English
• An ability to work within tight deadlines.

Job Experience: No Requirements

Work Hours: 8

Level of Education:
Postgraduate Degree


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Job application procedure
For interested candidates, please send your cover letter, updated CV and other supporting documents electronically via email to: job@neveragainrwanda.org by April 30th, 2021 not later than 5:00 pm. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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Job Info
Job Category: Accounting/ Finance jobs in Rwanda
Job Type: Full-time
Deadline of this Job: 30 April 2021
Duty Station: Rwanda
Posted: 16-04-2021
No of Jobs: 1
Start Publishing: 16-04-2021
Stop Publishing (Put date of 2030): 16-04-2051
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