2 Apr 2024

Programme Manager (Pm) at Norwegian People’s Aid (Npa)

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Job Description



DUTY STATION Kigali, Rwanda

START DATE As soon as possible


POST TITLE: Programme Manager (PM).

Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) is an international NGO, founded in Norway as the labour movement’s humanitarian solidarity organization. NPA’s goal is centered on human worth and equal rights for all and strives globally to promote the values of solidarity, unity, equality, human rights, and democracy.

Norwegian People’s Aid in Rwanda supports civil society organisations and citizens to participate in and impact the formulation and implementation of national and local policymaking, planning and governance. While strengthening their internal management systems including financial, and monitoring systems and their advocacy and research capacities, NPA civil society partners support citizens to raise and express their opinions and interests with decision-makers, to seek accountability and to advocate that local government planning and decision-making is influenced by those citizen concerns. The same partners also support citizens’ access to justice and reporting of corruption. Civil society partners work at the national level too to use research, media engagement and advocacy to influence debates and generate dialogue between citizens, CSOs and decision-makers.


NPA is currently seeking a Programme Manager (PM). The Programme Manager (PM) is responsible for Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) activities and projects including but not limited to civic space, media, human rights, CSO strengthening, citizen participation, etc., implemented with the support of EU, Belgian Government and other development partners. The PM is formally responsible for and reports to, the Country Director for NPA Rwanda.

The position is based in Kigali with travel to other areas as required.

Summary of the Position:


  • Be part of the senior management team for NPA Rwanda, contributing to the overall strategic development of the NPA Rwanda programme.
  • Support the CD and management team with relevant context and political analysis, in particular in the sectors in which the programme is active.
  • Contribute to the overall internal controls of NPA Rwanda and ensure the programme adheres to the NPA Anti-Corruption Policy, and secure timely and correct reporting of incidents of mismanagement and corruption.

Policy and relevance:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the Country Programme Strategy.
  • Ensure that the country programme strategy is implemented in line with the NPA global programme strategy, with a focus on relevance, quality, cost efficiency and impact.
  • Liaise with donors, UN agencies, national and international organisations and government bodies relevant to the programme, in coordination with the CD and other colleagues.

Programme and thematic responsibility:

  • Lead the planning and implementation of project activities and set high-quality performance targets ensuring NPA and partner adherence to technical standards, best practices, NPA strategic objectives and donor guidelines.
  • Contribute to the programme strategic reflection and learning and adaptation to learning, in collaboration with the Country Director.
  • Establish, develop and strengthen a framework of partnership with civil society organisations in line with NPA strategic objectives.
  • Ensure adequate procedures for partner relations management, project management and follow-up, and integration of financial management, in line with the NPA Partner Financial Assessment Tool
  • Regularly assess the partnerships and partners in the Programme in order to ensure transparency and compliance with NPA’s Partnership Policy, Partnership Agreement as well as NPA’s strategic objectives.
  • Ensure necessary capacity building of partners and oversee and guide the coordination of technical and financial assistance to partner organisations.
  • Coordination of the design, planning, facilitation, monitoring, implementation and reporting of partner cooperation and projects.
  • Ensure a high standard of project monitoring, evaluation and learning and ensure MEAL is used as a basis for programme planning and decision making, as well as for compilation of reports as required. Ensure the systematic recording and archiving of all essential documents.
  • Identify, assess and approve proposals from existing or potential partners and ensure proposal quality and feasibility of the proposed projects.

Financial Responsibilities:

  • Overall budget and grant responsibility for the projects under direct responsibility, in compliance with NPA’s Financial Handbook and donor requirements.
  • Support the CD and Finance Manager in ensuring that financial and administrative procedures support programme activities in line with NPA Rwanda and HO guidelines.
  • Support the CD and Finance Manager to ensure that findings in audit reports are implemented and lessons learned are incorporated into future programmatic activities.
  • Facilitate good coordination between the Programme and Finance Teams to ensure correct financial procedures are communicated and followed by partners.

Personnel/Human Resources:

  • Responsible for co-management of the programme personnel, coordination, and best use of programme resources with other colleagues.
  • Support identification of programme recruitment needs and standards and participate in recruitment processes.
  • Ensure adequate capacity building of employees in the programme department.

More details are available in the attached Job Description.

Required qualifications:

Must have:

  • Relevant advanced university degree.


Must have:

  • At least five years of relevant experience at a senior-level programme management level preferably with an international NGO
  • Previous experience with and strong interest in civil society engagement and policy issues.
  • Understanding of partnership approach in development work
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the Rwandan governance context.
  • Demonstrated success in project designing, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.
  • Proven skills in budgeting, finance development and risk management
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Excellent communication skills with a high level of proficiency in the English language
  • Experience in fundraising, donor relations and networking.

Desirable (will be an advantage, but are not requirements):

  • Proficiency in French
  • Previous experience working within the civil society sector, particularly in Rwanda
  • Previous international work experience

The position is open to Rwandan nationals only.

Other qualifications:

  • Strong managerial and leadership skills, with the ability to inspire and build the competence of staff and achieve results through others.

Method of Application

Interested candidates should apply; with a letter detailing why they are interested in the position and an updated CV including the contact telephone number, education qualifications and contact details of three professional references,

Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) Rwanda

By email to: [email protected]


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further steps.

By applying, the job applicant confirms that they have no objection to Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) requesting the information specified above. 

*Disclaimer: Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment. 

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