Job at Oxfam Rwanda: Thematic Manager (TM) – Women’s Right (Deadline: 12 December 2017)

Job at Oxfam Rwanda: Thematic Manager (TM) – Women’s Right (Deadline: 12 December 2017)

Job at Oxfam Rwanda: Thematic Manager (TM) – Women’s Right (Deadline: 12 December 2017)

Oxfam’s vision is a just world without poverty. We are a confederation of 17 Oxfam affiliates working in over 90 countries, all working as one Oxfam on goals that support our shared vision. We want a world where people are valued and treated equally, enjoy their rights as full citizens, and can influence decisions affecting their lives.

Oxfam was established in Rwanda in the 1960s. Its reputation and expertise in Rwanda puts it in a strong position to take forward a strategy that contributes to its overall vision – a just Rwanda without poverty – and to stage interventions in line with its mission – to ensure that poor men, women and youth enjoy equal rights and benefit from fair and inclusive development.

Oxfam’s Country Strategy (OCS) launched in 2015 for implementation until 2020, identifies four key pillar programmes to attain the set objectives: Humanitarian response and preparedness, Sustainable Livelihood, Participatory Governance and Gender Justice.

We are currently recruiting for experienced Rwandan national for the position of:

Thematic Manager (TM) – Women’s Right

Location         : Based in Kigali – with travels countrywide

Salary             :  Competitive

Duration        : One year renewable

Availability    : Immediately

Level               : National C2


Gender inequality is the most serious and pervasive form of discrimination in the world. While this affects everyone, it is women and girls who face the most discrimination because of gender inequality. This is a key driver of poverty and a fundamental denial of women’s rights. Women form the majority of those living in poverty. They have fewer resources, less power and less influence in decision making when compared to men. They are exposed to various forms of violence and exploitation and experience further inequality because of their ethnicity, age, race, class, marital status, sexual orientation and (dis)ability. Oxfam believe that transforming gender and power relations, and the structures, norms and values that underpin them, is critical to ending poverty and challenging inequality. We believe that women taking control and taking collective action are the most important driver of sustained improvements in women’s rights, and are a powerful force to end poverty not only for women and girls, but for others too. This ispart of Oxfam in Rwanda integrated theme of Women’s Rights including voice, participation, economic and leadership.

Job purpose

The TM, in close coordination with the Head of Programmes and country program team- will catalyze thegrowth and development of the women’s rights and gender justice in Rwanda and provide hands on support togender mainstreaming across One programming and policy influencing areas. The position also providesthought leadership, effective coordination in policy influencing initiatives as well as resource mobilization inline with Oxfam in Rwanda’s country strategy.

Key responsibilities

  • Coordinate the existing project portfolio in the country; making direct visits and working with other staff, local partners and constituent communities in planning, implementing and tracking progress against plans and milestones;
  • Provide thematic leadership and direction to the projects and ensure that targets and objectivesare achieved in line with project proposals, donor rules and regulations and guidelines;
  • Plan and oversee the lobby and advocacy components of the Oxfam’s women’s’ rights programme with partners, including through outreach to (international) stakeholders and ensure linkages and synergies with global campaigns;
  • Build pro-active and positive relationships with donors, government officials and academia to promote the Women’s Rights including voice, participation, economic and leadership work of Oxfam.
  • Identify opportunities and resources to grow the portfolio and its impact and be involved in the development of new proposals for donor funding as well as establish excellent working relationships with Oxfam Partner affiliates who invest or plan to invest in Rwanda.
  • Manage the budget for Women’s Rights including voice, participation, economic and leadership projects including overseeing Oxfam’s systems (i.e. OPAL) and liaising with finance teams to meet Oxfam standards.
  • Provide overall substantive and strategic guidance and operational management of Women’s Rights including voice, participation, economic and leadership including planning, approval, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
  • Develop, implement and review quarterly/annual work programmes and project activities that contribute to achievement of programme outcomes at thematic and project level, in association with relevant partners, enterprise and other stakeholders.

Required Technical skills, knowledge and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in relevant field i.e. Gender development studies, International Development, Social Work, Public Health.
  • Minimum five years of experience in delivering similar health, women’s rights, Claim Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights (CRHR) in Rwanda, gender equality, women empowerment, including working in contexts of addressing VAWG and SGBV issues.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and writing skills and expertise in providing compassionate care to SGBV victims in community settings.
  • Ability to contribute to the development of programme policy and quality policy brief papers to enhance the impact of SRHR services and women’s rights work.
  • Demonstrate experience with project management (the entire project cycle from concept to closure/exit) and capacity to monitor implementation of project activities.
  • Demonstrate experiencein campaigning, advocacy and influencing work, ideally with experience in women’s rights issues, including ending CGBV and VAWG.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, together with the capacity to remain calm under pressure and not lose sight of strategic priorities.
  • Ability to coordinate project activities and multi-task under pressure and to deadlines.
  • Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members from different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • English, French and Kinyarwanda proficiency strongly preferred.

How to apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their applications including recent curriculum vitae (CV) with contact details (phone and email address) of your most recent line manager as part of your referees

 and motivation letter to: The closing date for this vacancy is 12th December 2017

N.B: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.


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