Offer: Program Manager: Girls Economic Empowerment Program, Rwanda
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TechnoServe (TNS) is an international, non-profit economic development organization founded in 1968 out of a conviction that a vibrant private sector is an essential foundation for economic growth and poverty reduction. TechnoServe undertakes targeted, catalytic technical assistance and other programming to increase the competitiveness of entrepreneurs, businesses and industries that in-turn provide sustainable employment, inclusion of the poor and increased incomes. TechnoServe operates in around 30 developing countries with over 1100 employees. Our senior staff/global hires are exceptional professionals from a diverse range of sectors including consulting, agri-business, financial services and development, among others, all with a shared commitment to driving inclusive development through the commercial sector. TechnoServe is committed to furthering the goal of women’s economic and social empowerment in a sustainable fashion using market-based solutions.
Provide overall leadership and management of a Girls Economic Empowerment Pilot Program in Rwanda. The Program Manager will work closely with TechnoServe’s country management, and will be responsible for timely and effective implementation of project activities and achievement of the project’s goal.
Key project outputs will include: (1) facilitating access to formal & informal financial services for girls (2) building community awareness and support of girl’s economic empowerment (3) establishing safe spaces for girls to meet (4) building girl’s life skills (5) improving girl’s capacity in entrepreneurship, financial literacy & management, (6) linking girls to entrepreneurship and employment activities, and (7) implementing a robust M&E and learning system. S/he will thus be responsible for project planning and oversight, managing key stakeholder relationships, quality implementation, and delivery of results and milestones as agreed with the donor and TechnoServe regional/country management team.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
REPORTS TO: TechnoServe Rwanda Country Director
1) Program Management:
Lead the launch of project activities and ensure excellence in execution;
Maintain project work plan and ensure timely project implementation;
Ensure project activities are implemented with sound managerial, technical, financial, human resource, and overall programmatic practices;
Proactively identifying strategies and tactics to achieve the project’s goals and milestones and to address bottlenecks to effective execution of the project objectives; share and address both with the larger project team;
Hold regular team meetings to track implementation progress and share relevant program and administrative data;
2) Staff Management:
Develop and manage a competent TechnoServe project implementation team and coordinating/managing partner inputs;
Provide coaching, direction, and leadership support to country team members to achieve results;
3) Stakeholder Management:
Establish and maintain strong working relationships with local partners in Rwanda; including the donor, government ministries, private sector companies, business associations, and civil society organizations;
Represent the program and TNS at internal and external functions;
4) Financial Management:
Manage a project budget to ensure spending rates are on target;
5) Monitoring & Evaluation Oversight:
Responsible for all deliverables under the program, including specific outputs and outcomes laid out the program logframe;
Manage innovative monitoring and evaluation component, produce reports for internal and external consumption, and disseminate key learnings.
Masters degree in relevant fields;
Minimum of five years field and technical experience with economic development programs for girls, youth, or women;
Strong project management and financial analysis skills;
Personnel management experience required;
Ability to structure complex tasks and translate targets into work plans;
Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills a must;
Excellent problem solving and analytical skills; a self-starter, strong interpersonal/people management and organizational skills
Ability to develop well-written, cohesive analyses and reports;
Track record of building strong client and stakeholder relationships;
Ability to identify and understand issues and opportunities, compare data from different sources to draw conclusions, use effective approaches for developing appropriate solutions, take action that is consistent with available facts and probable consequences;
Ability to generate innovative solutions in work situations;
Willingness to be based in Kigali, ability to travel internationally, and ability to travel to remote rural locations;
Experience in East Africa; Rwanda specific experience preferred;
Proven ability and experience working with teams an added advantage;
Experience with private sector development projects an added advantage;
Experience with DFID-funded program an added advantage;
Fluency in English is a must; Kinyarwanda an added advantage.
Successful candidates will be those who are passionate about success, believe in hard work, have strong communication skills (written and verbal), & effectively leverage the dynamism of creative teams. We are looking for people who are committed to innovation, learning, and timely results. Ability to work with minimum supervision is a requirement. Problem solving skills are a must.
Qualified and interested applicants should submit a Word-formatted single document consisting of cover letter, resume and salary history to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please identify the position for which you are applying in the subject line.
Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications will be considered or contacted. No phone calls please. TechnoServe is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women are encouraged to apply.
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