20 Sep 2021

Policy Analyst and Advocacy Expert 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 Policy Analyst and Advocacy  Expert

 Position: Policy Analyst and Advocacy  Expert


  • Conduct a quick desk review of programmatic documentation and related reports to gain an understanding of CSO design and particularly its new direction towards national policy influencing
  • Review organizational documents (corporate policies, strategies, action plans, and activity reports) of CSOs to make sense of their policy influencing mainstreaming practices or approaches and take stock of pending advocacy issues
  • Conduct and facilitate a methodology workshop with NAR & other CSO’s partners
  • Collect primary data from key resource persons through individual and group interviews (FGDs) with the core staff and management of NAR and other exiting and or new CSO beneficiaries as well as relevant program boundary partners
  • Organize and facilitate cross-learning workshops for partner CSOs to share, prioritize & discuss most pressing yet pending citizens’ issues and explore collaboration and coalition opportunities to advocate citizens’ needs
  • Design and develop a joint advocacy strategy to guide NAR & its partners’ engagement efforts
  • Assess partners’ organizational capacities in (evidence-based) policy advocacy and process documentation
  • Develop a detailed action plan for the implementation of the joint advocacy strategy


  • Ability to write up powerful change influencing materials (policy notes, issue-based policy briefs, background papers, discussion documents, human interest stories, etc.) and to engage high-ranking government policy-makers
  • A Master’s or any other Postgraduate degree in Governance, political sciences, development studies, law, or other relevant fields in social sciences
  • Extensive working experience with civil society or international cooperation in a policy influencing or advisory role
  • Proven record of delivering high-quality professional outputs
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English
  • An ability to work within tight deadlines
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of post-genocide Rwanda’s political culture, rules of government system engagement, and governance principles
  • Strong understanding of the Rwandan governance context and policy landscape
  • Previous experience with Civil Society Organizations and development partners
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the drivers of future growth in Rwanda as well as national vision policies (e.g. Vision 2020, NST1, blueprint Vision 2050) and their relationships
  • Expert skills in policy analysis and issue-based stakeholders’ relationships analysis
  • Sensitivity to details and inclusion issues

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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