Re-Advert - Provincial Graduation Coordinator - Rwanda

Kigali, Kigali City, Rwanda | Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative | Full-time | Partially remote

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In partnership with the Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC), BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI) is supporting the establishment of the graduation secretariat, the office that will be responsible for the coordination of the implementation of the National Strategy for Sustainable Graduation (NSSG). The Provincial Graduation Coordinator role will be seconded at the Province Headquarters to support the coordination of graduation committees at the district level. Number of positions (5)

About the National Strategy for Sustainable Graduation

Rwanda aims to achieve high quality standards of living for all as set out in the trajectory laid out in the Vision 2020. Significant progress has already been made in reducing poverty with levels of poverty falling from 58.9% in 2001 to 38.2% in 2016/17 and more than 1 million people successfully lifted out of poverty. 

A clear conceptual framework for promoting graduation is articulated within several key Government documents, including the Vision 2050 which sets out the ambition of achieving high standards of living - without leaving anyone behind, the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1), and the National Social Protection Policy and its strategy. The Government of Rwanda seeks to build on the strong progress made in reducing poverty levels and is now working towards reducing the number of people living in extreme poverty to  below 1% by 2024 and eliminating poverty by 2030. The ultimate objective is to enhance the living standards of all Rwandans. 

In order to achieve these ambitious targets, there is a need to ensure that policies and programs are put in place to effectively promote sustainable graduation out of poverty. The NST1 Priority Area 1, focuses on “Graduation from Poverty and Extreme Poverty and Promoting Resilience”. In addition, outcome 6 and 7 of the ‘National Social Protection Strategy (2017-2024)’ set the target that extremely poor households have increased access to livelihood support services for economic empowerment (outcome 6)  and strengthened values of self-reliance, respect for rights and community-based support for the vulnerable (outcome 7). The aim is to support the operationalization of the strategic approach to graduation articulated within NST1 and the Social Protection Policy (June, 2020) as well as the National Social Protection Strategy (2017-24).

 

About the Position

The Ministry of Local Government and BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI) seek to hire Provincial Graduation Coordinators at each province to drive the implementation of the National Strategy for Sustainable Graduation at the province level with coordination responsibilities at all districts.  The position will be embedded in MINALOC with core responsibilities to analyze and keep track of the implementation of the strategy.   

Reporting to the Graduation Secretariat and the UPGI Program Manager, the Provincial Graduation Coordinators will work closely with the technical graduation staff at the Ministry level to ensure the smooth implementation of the graduation strategy as well as supporting the district graduation committees. The position is for a one-year with possibility for renewal. 

Responsibilities

Programmatic:

        Work closely with the graduation technical teams to organize the smooth implementation of the National Strategy for Sustainable Graduation (NSSG)

        Facilitate the development of graduation materials

        Coordinate development partners contributing to graduation programs

        Liaise with districts to set up and strengthen the graduation committees

        Align graduation programs to provincial development portfolios.

        Ensure traction and visibility of the National Strategy for Sustainable Graduation in provincial development discourse.

        Provide capacity building to employees working on social protection programs

        Report to the graduation secretariat about progress, success and challenges in the implementation of the strategy.

        Support the Province officials to streamline graduation work in their existing monthly plans, 

Communication:

      Support the development of communication messaging for the visibility of the strategy

      Work closely with districts and provinces to raise awareness around the graduation strategy.

      Identify communication channels that are relevant to the graduation strategy.

      Prepare and organize meetings for the province officials to attract buy-in from development stakeholders 

Monitoring and Evaluation:

      Facilitate data collection exercises to ensure accurate data for the graduation regular monitoring framework.

      Update the tracking system to record progress in the implementation of the graduation strategy for Secretariat meetings. 

Research:

        Conduct regular assessment to track new and existing interventions leading to the success of the graduation strategy.

        Assess and advise on potential issues affecting specific graduation pillars. 

Other (Safeguarding Responsibilities)

        Ensure the safety of team members from any harm, abuse, neglect, harassment, and exploitation to achieve the program’s goals of safeguarding implementation.

        Practice, promote and endorse the issues of safeguarding policy among team members and ensure the implementation of safeguarding standards in every course of action. 

        Follow the safeguarding reporting procedure in case any reportable incident takes place, and encourage others to do so.

Qualifications

        A proven track record in developing strong relationships with government institutions, civil society actors, and local communities.

        Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, community development or other related fields required

        3 - 5 years of experience in community development, government service, NGOs, or civil society organizations required

        Sector expertise in livelihoods and economic inclusion, social protection, gender, or financial inclusion; Graduation, cash-plus, or similar experience preferred.

        Proactive leader with the ability to prioritize and effectively manage competing work streams

        Organizational and Monitoring and Evaluation skills

      Strong English skills and fluency in Kinyarwanda are required.  French language skills are a plus.

How to Apply

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with BRAC UPGI and MINALOC and If you feel you are the right match for the position mentioned above, please follow the application instructions accordingly:

Please apply for the role using the below link

Re-advert : Graduation Provincial Coordinator 

Only complete applications will be accepted, and short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Application deadline: 17th February, 2024

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