20 Sep 2021

Deputy Program Manager at Never Again Rwanda (NAR)

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Job Description

With the support from USAID Rwanda, Never Again Rwanda will be implementing a citizen participation Program “Dufatanye Kwiyubakira Igihugu” (DKI). It is a three-year intervention targeting 8 districts (5 sectors per district) of Huye, Nyanza, Kayonza, Nyagatare, Ngororero, Rusizi, Musanze, and Burera. The program intends to build upon previous and current work led by Never Again Rwanda on policy engagement and building the capacity of its partners to interact effectively with the government, private sector, media, and the public, at both National and local levels. In order to oversee the delivery of its implementation effectively, NAR is recruiting for the following positions.


Terms of reference for recruiting Deputy Program Manager

 Position: Deputy Program Manager


  • Serve as the project’s lead technical specialist, providing overall technical leadership with a focus on social and behavioral norms changes
  • Serve as the Deputy Program Manager of the Dufatanye Kwiyubakira Igihugu-Citizen Participation  project, where he/she will spearhead the design, development, and planning of technical assistance activities, program implementation, and  technical leadership products and processes
  • Lead the formulation of the project- and district-level work plans for the implementation of programs that address citizen Participation, and strengthening existing  partnerships with districts and government institutions
  • Ensure the integration of gender and youth and other cross-cutting issues  across DKI project workstreams
  • Coordinate and oversee timely technical support from all partners and internal teams to ensure appropriate coverage of activities
  • Lead technical assistance responses based on requests from USAID missions, DKI  project partners, and other stakeholders
  • Collaborate across the DKI partners to develop and apply research to inform new DKI program interventions, to adapt current interventions, and overcome identified gaps or challenges
  • Facilitate the co-creation and dissemination of tools and guidelines with a diverse group of experts to support national and local partners in the design and implementation of impactful citizen participation activities
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of research agendas to generate evidence to identify promising citizen participation approaches and interventions
  • Responsible for planning and scheduling own workflow and timetable
  • Support  NAR’s broader organizational  Strategic Plan  Implementation


  • A Master’s Degree  in Development or related Social Sciences, Conflict and Reconciliation, or Peacebuilding with 5 years of professional work experience in senior management for the not-for-profit sector, preferably within a peacebuilding, governance, rights-based, or research organization (s)
  • At least 5 years of experience with three of those in a senior management role
  • Excellent track record in program design, development, and program/ project implementation
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of Rwanda’s civil society and of smaller organizations and community groups working for social change
  • Experience in negotiating and securing funding towards major projects and/or contracts or funding agreements
  • Experience in developing grant-making policy
  • Ability to manage a high volume of grant-funded programs and operating to tight deadlines
  • Demonstrating leadership within an organization that is seeking to build transformational growth
  • Experience in leading and managing a team to develop and maintain a high performing culture
  • Strategic thinker with a creative and innovative approach. An exceptional ability to communicate, inspire and enthuse others
  • Ability to build relationships, and influence, a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong project management skills, managing complex, multifaceted projects resulting in measurable successes and program growth
  • Experience of having worked with a high-performance, collaborative, constructive senior management team
  • Strengths in hiring, recruiting, managing, developing, coaching, and retaining individuals and teams, empowering them to elevate their levels of responsibility and performance
  • Demonstrated results in managing complex program systems and proven experience negotiating with back donors and international NGO’s
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail in English and Kinyarwanda

Method of Application

Interested candidates should send a motivational letter, a curriculum vitae with 2 references, a copy of degrees, and other relevant certificates to [email protected]

The deadline is 30th September 2021

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applications from women candidates are strongly encouraged.

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