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Program Director, ReGenerate Rwanda

Published on 24.11.2022


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Position : Program Director, ReGenerate Rwanda

About TechnoServe:

TechnoServe is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty. A nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries, we work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. By linking people to information, capital and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting prosperity for their families and communities.

Program Overview:

TechnoServe is working with a significant bilateral donor to design and implement a multi-year program that aims to break the cycle of vulnerability, poverty, and gender inequality in Rwanda’s poorest and environmentally fragile districts in the Western and Southern Provinces. The program will use a market systems approach to catalyze systemic changes that result in sustainable, increased incomes for tens of thousands of poor people, particularly women, living in Western and Southwestern Rwanda. ReGenerate Rwanda will apply an environmentally sustainable/ regenerative business lens to reduce economic, environmental, and social barriers that keep poor women, youth, and men trapped in poverty and unlock opportunities for their full engagement in and benefit from economic opportunities.

To achieve its objective, ReGenerate Rwanda will work in close partnership with a diverse range of market actors to support a portfolio of interventions within priority sectors or cross-cutting market functions. The focus of these portfolios will be identified throughout a six-month Inception Phase, expected to begin in early 2022.

Job Summary:

TechnoServe seeks a highly qualified Program Director to lead the overall implementation and management of the anticipated program. Based in Kigali with frequent travel to Western and Southern Rwanda, s/he will be responsible for providing strategic direction of the overall program; oversight of activities; developing work plans; overseeing the program budget, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL); and donor reporting. S/he will continuously create operational efficiencies and drive innovations in delivery and will serve as the primary point of contact with the donor, ensuring that the program meets established objectives and targets. Please note that this opportunity is contingent upon final donor approval

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Lead overall program strategy and adaptive management to ensure highest-impact interventions.
  • Lead the six-month Inception Phase process ensuring robust analysis and strategy development to inform program implementation.
  • Maintain collaborative solid and working relationships with donors, partners, and key stakeholders.
  • Ensure that program objectives, outcomes, and deliverables are met on time and within budget and that financial, operational, and reporting requirements of the donor and TechnoServe are adhered to.
  • Guide team to develop effective MEL plans, turn data into actionable insights to guide implementation, and disseminate results and learning.
  • Develop and share internal and external program performance metrics.
  • Manage the activities and performance of program staff, sub partner, internal short-term technical assistance personnel, and consultants, ensuring high-quality execution and delivery of program targets by the program work plan.
  • Identity staff, partner, and stakeholder training needs and oversee staff capacity development, as required and appropriate.
  • Supervise, mentor, and develop staff capacity to ensure program delivery, staff performance, and retention while overseeing the recruitment of new staff as needed.
  • Manage budget for respective program work-streams, ensuring operational plans are aligned with program budgets.
  • Monitor program expenditures and manage budget variances, realigning as required.
  • Manage sub-partner relationships and program contributions and deliverables; provide ongoing staff performance feedback.
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Essential Qualifications and Competencies:

  • A Masters Degree +8 years of experience or Bachelor's Degree + 12 years experience in development, business administration, economics, marketing, or related discipline.
  • At least five years of post-graduate experience coordinating projects/programs that deliver multiple interventions that combine to stimulate sustained system change.
  • Experience in implementing private sector or micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) development assistance programs; knowledge of the personal sector/MSME landscape in Rwanda and East/Central Africa is strongly preferred.
  • Experience and knowledge in the area of environment and climate-linked to economic growth and livelihoods
  • Good understanding of the political climate and constraints faced by interventions, including some base knowledge and interest in learning more about MSME stakeholder priorities and business practices; the successful candidates will have practical experience navigating different organizational priorities and perspectives and effectively communicating programmatic decisions.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and coordinating consultative planning processes that involve input from a range of experts and stakeholders toward strengthened evidence-based programming and decision-making.
  • Strong adaptive management skills, including critical thinking, foresight, and vision to actively analyze program activities, challenge assumptions and make decisions.
  • Demonstrated understanding of - and commitment to challenging - barriers that disadvantage the vulnerable, women, and youth and exclude them from economic opportunities.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills in a multicultural environment, including experience building relationships and managing conflict with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Proven experience managing, influencing, and motivating teams and stakeholders (e.g., performance improvement, developing new and innovative business partnerships).
  • Ability to work with tight deadlines while managing multiple tasks and programs.
  • Ability to develop well-written, cohesive analyses and reports.
  • Experience in leading/managing donor-funded programs required.
  • Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree or MBA preferred
  • Experience in managing market systems development program preferred

Required Languages:

  • Fluency in English with excellent oral and written communication skills required.
  • Proficiency in Kinyarwanda or French preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Detail orientation, including strong organizational, analytical, and quantitative skills.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other administrative applications.
  • Strong private sector market orientation, entrepreneurial and innovative thinker.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervise mid-and 7 mid-and senior-level staff and strategically deployed internal and external short-term technical assistance. Experience working with multi-disciplinary teams desired.
Job criteria for job ad : Program Director, ReGenerate Rwanda
Job category :
Industries :
Associative activities
Social, public and human services
Employment type :
Permanent contract - Fixed-term contract
Region :
Eastern Province - Kigali Province - Northern Province - Southern Province - Western Province
Experience level :
More than 10 years
Educational level :
Number of Position(s) : 1
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