Program Manager I/ Collaboration and Learning Advisor Job at Catholic Relief Service (CRS) - Career Opportunity in Rwanda

Vacancy title:
Program Manager I/ Collaboration and Learning Advisor

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

Jobs at:

Catholic Relief Service (CRS)

Deadline of this Job:
17 September 2021  

Duty Station:
Within Rwanda , Kigali , East Africa

Date Posted: Monday, September 06, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

You will manage collaboration and learning (CL) programming in the Country Program (CP) for the Inclusive Nutrition and Early Childhood Development (INECD) and ensure collaboration and learning activities are included in the designing and implementing of the projects advancing Catholic Relief Services (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable. Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its programming. The CLA will lead the design, implementation, and use of learning initiatives to improve INECD impact on the Inclusive Nutrition and Early Childhood Development (INECD) in Rwanda. S/he will be responsible for increasing INECD’s positive contribution to donors’ and implementing partners’ evidence-based decision-making.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:
• Manage and implement all CL activities throughout relevant project cycles - project design, start-up, implementation, and close-out - to ensure efficient and effective implementation in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices. Ensure project team and partner staff use the appropriate systems and tools.
• Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of project staff, and complete performance management for direct reports.
• Champion learning with project staff and partner teams. Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy.Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.
• Act as a key resource person in project design and proposal development in collaboration and learning programming area, gap-filling and taking on growth responsibilities, as needed.
• Coordinate the identification of staff capacity and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.
• Help identify, assess and strengthen partnerships relevant to INECD, applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools, and approaches.
• Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project needs. Through planning and oversight ensure efficient use of project resources
• Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
• Identify and share creative, efficient, and effective ways to share learnings and information, engage audiences, and facilitate collaboration.
• Design and facilitate regular, strategic planning sessions and learning events, assisting INECD in a learning journey as well as development of its annual plans.
• Lead the team to create a plan to operationalize and capacity build Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation (CLA) practice across implementing teams and partner organizations, including creating a culture of learning and systems thinking to stimulate an adaptive, iterative management approach.
• Lead and support learning events such as Collaborative Learning and Adaptation workshops at all levels to ensure to review and reflection on the evidence
• Lead and/or collaborate with external researchers and evaluators on the design and rollout of the program assessments, formative research, baseline study, and evaluations, while setting up effective systems for continuous learning, reflection, and adaptive management.
• Lead and support learning events such as Collaborative Learning and Adaptation workshops at all levels to facilitate review and reflection on the evidence
• Produce high-quality learning briefs, white papers, or other reports that showcase key insights from INECD’s research and learning initiatives, as well as recommendations for the program, mission, agency and/or donors, and other implementing partners.
• Concisely communicate key program insights from learning activities with program audiences in a concise and appropriate manner.
• Refine, implement and report on strategic learning initiatives in the program,
• Provide technical assistance to develop and implement high-quality participant-based surveys,
• Support evidence-driven adaptive management through dashboarding and collaborating, learning, and adaptation (CLA) facilitation, Collaborate with UGHE to build the research, learning, and adaptation capacity of the INECD program teams.

Basic Qualifications
• Master's Degree in International Development, International Relations or in the field of research methods, knowledge management, social sciences, or another relevant field required.
• Additional experience may substitute for some education.
• Minimum of 4 years of relevant field-based experience in coordinating or managing light to moderately complex projects required, preferably with an international NGO.
• Required Languages - Oral and written fluency in English and Kinyarwanda. French is a plus.
• Travel – The position is Kigali based. Must be willing and able to travel up to 40 %.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with the ability to make sound judgment.
• Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to write reports
• Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented
• High-quality analysis and report writing skills to write/review consistent high-quality reports and technical briefs that are developed as learning products.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 48

Level of Education:
Bachelor Degree


Job application procedure

How to apply
Interested and qualified candidates should complete the attached application form, Self -Declaration Clause and submit them together with one page Cover letter plus updated CV (maximum three pages) all in/as one document - via email only to:  not later than Friday, September 17, 2021, at 5:00 pm.

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Job Info
Job Category: Administrative
Job Type: Full-Time
Deadline of this Job: 17 September 2021
Duty Station: Kigali
Posted: 06-09-2021
No of Jobs: 2
Start Publishing: 06-09-2021
Stop Publishing (Put date of 2030): 06-09-2065
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