Job Opportunity: We are looking for a Country Programme Coordinator in Rwanda

Job Opportunity: We are looking for a Country Programme Coordinator in Rwanda

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Country Programme Coordinator - Rwanda

1. Strategy development and programme design (incl. fundraising)

a. Contribute to the development of the Good Food for Cities (GF4C) programme, goals, and strategy in Rwanda, in collaboration with the GF4C Programme Director for East Africa (EA).

b. Contribute to the development of the Good Food for Cities (GF4C) programme, vision, and strategy for East Africa in line with Rikolto's mission, global framework, and values.

2. Programme management

a. Manage the implementation of the Good Food for Cities (GF4C) programme and partnerships in Rwanda.

b. Ensure coherence and promote synergies and collaboration within the GF4C programme and with other country programmes teams (rice, cocoa/coffee (incl. exchanging experiences and implementation strategies, and support others on their areas of expertise)

c. Actively connect with other Country GF4C Programme Managers in other East African countries to exchange experiences, discuss implementation strategies and synergies, and provide support to other Country Managers in their area of expertise.

d. Ensure shared resources are employed efficiently in support of the programme, with support from GF4C Regional Director.

e. Regularly monitor, evaluate, and report on programme implementation at the country level. This includes drawing lessons learned to adjust and improve performance to achieve the goals and targets at country level.

f. Coordinate and provide guidance and support to GF4C team members and partners in Rwanda in the implementation of the programme, monitoring & evaluation system and strategies (Evidence for Impact, Inclusive Business, multistakeholder facilitation, etc.)

g. Implement the knowledge management process in the country and lead the implementation of Evidence for Impact (E4I) strategy

h. Ensure donor reports and periodical country reports are delivered on time with maximum quality. Some of these reports are contributing to regional and global reporting.

3. Team management and learning

a. Motivate, advise and coach team members to achieve a high performance, provide regular feedback and discuss a growth plan for the Country GF4C Team, including personal year goals

b. Together with the GF4C director, ensure the wellbeing of all staff (programme and operations), foster a good, motivating and trusting atmosphere and ensure that Rikolto’s values are translated in practice at the country level.

c. Ensure that the GF4C programme at all levels implements the core business of Rikolto (= Inclusive Business) in an efficient and effective way and develop and extend our expertise further

4. Budgeting and financial reporting

a. Support the Regional GF4C Director to prepare and monitor the 5-year global financial ambitions.

b. Support the Country Finance Manager (or Regional Finance Manager when appropriate) in the preparation of programme and partner budgets and forecast and monitor the budget use

5. Networking, fundraising and communication.

a. Network and position Rikolto at the Country level (incl. for fundraising: donor intelligence, relationship building, maintenance)

b. Collect donor and partner intelligence for Rwanda

c. Co-design criteria to select proposals and review calls together with the Regional GF4C Director

d. Draft quality concept notes and proposals, including managing consultants, if any

e. Develop budgets for concept notes and proposals together with the Finance Manager (or Finance Manager when appropriate)

f. Ensure that regional agreed fundraising processes are implemented at country level and that Salesforce is used to track partner and donor information and fundraising processes, with support from Rikolto’s Global Support Team

g. Ensure evidence building and documentation to build the GF4C programme’s track record in Rwanda

h. Identify topics for strategic communication, and ensure that communication materials are produced and disseminated, together with the communication team.

6. Country Representative in Rwanda

a. Develop and coordinate annual country reports based on the goals and objectives at country level for the different programmes.

b. Contribute to the annual country audit in Rwanda, together with the Finance Manager.

c. Ensure adequate financial management and resource management in the country.

d. Ensure that all activities are compliant with Rwanda’s policies and procedures,

e. Act as the representative of Rikolto for all legal matters in Rwanda, including with government, donors and other international organisations.

f. Connect Rikolto with important networks in the country and ensure its registration/ membership, strategic positioning, visibility and influence, in collaboration with the GF4C Regional Director and other GF4C Country Coordinators.

g. Contribute to organizational learning through liaison with other organizations and sharing lessons learned.

h. Provide update on the progress of programs implementation in Rwanda and strategic information to the Regional Management Team to support decision making.

i. Ensure that the country policies and norms are reviewed periodically, standard operating procedures (SOPs) are updated, and staff are aware of security procedures and fully comply with them.

j. Perform any other related duties as assigned by the the East Africa Regional GF4C Director.

7. Education and experience

a. Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field such as agri-Economics, agri-Business, economics, development studies, (urban) food systems, food science, processing and technology, agriculture, urban planning, or another relevant field.

b. Experience leading food systems or market systems development programmes

c. Minimum five years of relevant working experience preferably in (food related) advocacy and influencing strategies.

d. Minimum five years of project management experience, including project design & implementation, donor compliance, budget management and increasing ownership of stakeholders.

e. Experience in managing EU funded programmes and projects is an asset.

f. Good experience and understanding of the multi-stakeholder approach.

g. Experience overseeing projects to ensure the effective design, implementation, and ownership by beneficiaries.

h. Experience working in or with East African cities, or similar contexts.

8. Skills and knowledge

a. Excellent networking, relationship building and negotiation skills.

b. Good understanding of urban food and agriculture issues – including the food system approach, food governance, youth engagement in food system, and gender mainstreaming.

c. High level of verbal and written fluency in English and Kinyarwanda. Knowledge of French can be an asset

d. Driver license for manual car is an asset

9. Attitude

a. Is able to work autonomously with minimum supervision

b. Has a positive attitude and focuses on win-win situations

c. Acts with integrity and respects others

d. Constructively challenges self and others

e. Can be relied on to deliver commitments by the agreed deadline (accountable)

f. Is accurate and has an eye for detail

g. Has a creative and inspiring personality

h. Inspires people to act in accordance with the vision / plan of Rikolto East Africa

i. Is willing to learn and share lessons learnt

j. Can be trusted with confidential information.

k. Is willing to cooperate with various actors and communicate clearly in variety of setting and styles

l. Uncompromisingly adheres to Rikolto's ethical values

What we offer

We offer a stimulating work environment in a professional international organization with very dedicated staff. We offer a 3-year contract based on Rikolto’s local labour conditions, with remuneration commensurate with their experience and expertise. Contract is renewable depending on performance.

Reports to: East Africa Programme Director - Good Food for Cities

Geographic scope: Country Regional Level

Duty Station: Kigali, Rwanda

Rikolto is an equal opportunity employer, and we actively encourage WOMEN to submit their applications.

How to apply?

Interested candidates can submit their CV, copy of the last diploma and application letter to eastafrica.recruitment [at] by 30th October. Successful candidates will be informed about the date of the interview which will take place during the week of 6th November 2023.