20 Sep 2021

Senior Capacity Building Specialist 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 Senior Capacity Building Specialist

 Position: Senior Capacity Building Specialist


  • Conduct desk review of existing organizational and project documents to gain more understanding of NAR and its partners’ program
  • Lead the design of the capacity-building strategy in line with NAR’s capacity building plan
  • Design and operationalize quality capacity assessment tools and processes
  • Conduct capacity needs assessments among CSO partners
  • Convene consultation meetings with CSO partners and other key stakeholders to identify, update and consolidate capacity building needs for CSO
  • Lead the design of quality capacity-building materials and methodology based on identified gaps and needs
  • Propose and implement out of the box and innovative capacity-building strategies, initiatives, and approaches to enhance CSO partners’ capacities
  • Train and provide accompaniment to CSO partners in documentation, policy analysis, and advocacy
  • Organize and facilitate learning sessions and experience sharing sessions to support CSO partners review, reflect and support advocacy initiatives to adopt collective policy recommendations for advocacy
  • Conduct follow up assessments (post-capacity building assessments) to document the capacity building outcomes, good practices, and impact across community-based CSO partners and suggest areas of improvement


  • At least 5 years progressive working experience in providing quality capacity building to organizations in areas of governance, advocacy, policy influencing, participatory approaches, research, documentation, data analysis, reporting, and learning
  • Strong experience in development projects
  • Prior experience in conducting capacity gaps and needs assessments
  • Experience in designing and providing technical accompaniment including job training, learning by doing, etc
  • Strong capacities and experiences in designing quality capacity building materials
  • Demonstrated experience in developing training curricula, including workshop agendas, presentations, and training exercises, games, and drills
  • Conversant with innovative approaches and strategies for capacity building of adult people
  • Experiences in conducting out of the box thinking sessions and facilitate high-level cross-learning, policy dialogues, and experience sharing
  • Strong experience in producing and disseminating knowledge management products
  • Strong experience in the use of participatory approaches and expert knowledge in Participatory Action Research (PAR)
  • Experience and skills in scientific data collection, analysis, and reporting
  • Significant experience in NGO capacity building, training, and facilitation in Rwanda and the region
  • Technical expertise in and experience in facilitation of coalition building and thematic working groups for advocacy and policy influencing
  • Strong written and oral communication skills for high-level policy audiences
  • Strong facilitation and training skills required
  • Prior experience working with civil society organizations, preferably in a management capacity
  • Familiarity with a wide range of capacity building techniques
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and build consensus across diverse sets of stakeholders
  • 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

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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