ECD Officer Job in Rwanda


Rwanda Country Programme, Kigali Rwanda
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We work together, with partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children works in thirteen districts in Rwanda with a current staff complement of approximately 94 staff.
SC Rwanda Country Office seeks to hire qualified, committed and experienced nationals to fill the following position.
1. ECD Officer – First Read and First Steps

Place of Work: Kigali, with frequent travel to Ngororero Districts
Reports to:
Staff directly reporting to this post: ECD Coordinator – Family Learning

Tentative start date: Mid – August 2015.


To support the implementation and monitoring of the First Read and First Steps projects in Ngororero District and lead on scale up and sustainability planning for the Parenting Component, including engagement with ARR parenting trainings in Ngororero District.


Program management
l Lead on the day to day implementation of the health program at the field location
l Work with the health advisor and develop health response plans, staffing structure and budget for the field location and contribute to Save the Children’s overall health response strategy as needed.
l Lead and manage the health team including ensuring that appropriate performance management of the team is done.

l Prepare and oversee programme implementation to ensure timely delivery of programme activities (for example, monthly/weekly data report, supervision check lists, etc).
l Prepare timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
l Working closely with the HR team and Health Advisor to rapidly recruit, induct and train new staff.
l Identify programme supplies needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place a sensible phased procurement plan, as well as advising the logistics team on drug management including planning, procurement, storage, transport and stock management of medicines.
l Ensure the integration of appropriate HIV activities into the health programmes, with a particular focus on PMTCT
l Working closely with the MEAL team put in place a sector MEAL plan ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build health field staff in carrying out the work.
l To ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere
Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
l Work in close coordination with other health partners in the field including attending and contributing to sector meetings and processes.

HMIS – Health Information System
l Lead on setting up health data collection systems based on donor and internal agency indicator list relevant for the response
l Initiate, design, and scale-up the data collection system to cover all programming components: mobile health, nd Save the Children members.
• community health, and facility health services
• Ensure the integration of the MISP (Minimum Initial Service Package), FP and PAC reproductive health indicators in to the emergency response
• With the health advisor coordinate the sharing of SC response data with the Ministry of Health, the Health Cluster and other relevant stakeholders
• Ensure that the data from the health programs is accurately profiled and shared across stakeholders internally
• Analyse program data and any secondary data to better inform program design and implementation
• Set-up HMIS database or similar system to consolidate and analyse data
• Lead trainings to improve understanding of indicators, to establish uniform data collection system (uniform case definitions), data analysis and translation and using data for programmatic action
Capacity Building:
• Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children health staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.
• Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

Understanding humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles:
• Able to assess and analyse key issues in the humanitarian situation and formulate actions around them
• Actively engages in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperation
• Leads on the development of an organisational response based on an understanding of the contexts
Achieving results effectively:
• Ensures beneficiary and partner feedback is incorporated into programme design, planning and learning
• Demonstrates flexibility to adapt plans and make decisions in rapidly changing environments
• Actively manages risk and takes action to reduce risk
• Makes changes to improve performance as a result of information received
• Documents lessons learned and applies them to future projects
Maintaining and developing collaborative relationships:
• Develops strategies for teams to work across traditional boundaries, working in diverse environments
• Establishes clear objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance
• Fosters collaborative, transparent and accountable relationships through partners
• Uses negotiation and conflict resolution skills to support positive outcomes
Operating safely and securely:
• Demonstrates an understanding of wider UN/NGO security coordination and how the organisation can benefit from, and contribute to, those mechanisms
• Undertakes effective risk assessments and develops contingency plans
• Takes appropriate, coordinated and consistent action to handle situations of personal risk and risk for others
• Reduces vulnerability by complying with safety and security protocols set by the organisation
Managing yourself in a pressured and changing environment:
• Helps team members to practise stress management through prioritisation of workloads and modelling of appropriate self-care
• Remains focused on the objectives and goals in a rapidly changing environment
• Remains effective and retains perspective in the face of difficult or demanding situations

Person Specification

• Significant management experience working in an emergency response contexts or fragile states, including in health programmes
• Previous first phase emergency response experience
• Health professional with Masters in public health, Medical degree and/or equivalent field experience
• Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
• Demonstrated monitoring and evaluation skills
• Ability to work a hands on implementation capacity
• Excellent communication skills
• Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
• A high level of written and spoken English
• The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
• Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
• Language skills in Kinyarwanda, French and Swahili
• An area of particular expertise within humanitarian health
• Experience of working on HIV programmes
• Specific experience of working in consortia projects.

Interested candidates should send an application letter plus an updated Curriculum Vitae in English, including 3 names of professional referees to mailto: [email protected] The deadline for receiving applications is 21st August 2015.