Job at RTI International (RTI) : Chief of Party, Rwanda Orora Wihaze,

Job at  RTI International (RTI) :  Chief of Party, Rwanda Orora Wihaze,

Job at RTI International (RTI) : Chief of Party, Rwanda Orora Wihaze,



RTI is looking a Chief of Party for an anticipated is an anticipated USAID-funded 5-year activity – Rwanda Orora Wihaze. The objective of this project is to sustainably increase the availability of, access to, and consumption of animal source foods (ASF) through the development of a profitable market. The project objective will be accomplished through two related intermediate results: 1) Strengthened and inclusive private sector led animal sourced food value chains; and 2) Increased demand for animal sourced foods. The project will work with and through key partnerships including the Government of Rwanda, the private sector, the donor community, and local stakeholders to achieve the project objective.

Position Summary and Primary Responsibilities

The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for the strategic oversight, overall leadership and technical direction to the project. The COP will serve as the main point of contact for USAID, Government of Rwanda, and other stakeholders as necessary and supervising technical and operational leads to ensure smooth implementation. This position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda with frequent travel to local field sites.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Manages client relations and serves as primary liaison and RTI representative with the client and stakeholders regarding overall policy, resource mobilization, and allocation
Provide strategic leadership to the design and implementation of the project activities and oversees program planning, monitoring, reporting evaluation and overall learning;
Holds primary responsibility for project performance and budget management
Leads planning, oversight, and coordination of all project activities and personnel, operational and technical
Responsible for ensuring quality control and responsiveness for all technical deliverables
Oversees all coordination with local government authorities and relevant stakeholders.
Manage relationship with implementing partners;
Ensure that all activities are undertaken in full compliance with RTI’s standard operating procedures, and USAID policies and regulations, and national policies and laws;
Ensure mechanisms are in place to monitor the implementation of projects, including progress toward achieving objectives and targets with high-quality and on-time performance;
Ensure timely, high-quality and complete submission of work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, and any other reports required by the donor;
nsure gender equality approaches are integrated into programming; implement an engendered design, identifying learnings on a regular basis, refining the design as needed to improve gender equality across project activities;
Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening of implementing partners and community-based organizations;
Encourage learning and knowledge sharing as an essential part of doing business and ensure employees own their own learning
Create a collaborative organizational culture and facilitate exchange of knowledge for cross-organizational learning;

Required Skills and Qualifications:


Master’s degree in international development, agriculture, economics or a closely related field is required.
Minimum of ten (10) years of progressive experience designing, implementing and managing projects of similar size and scope in developing countries required; Rwanda or East Africa experience preferred.
At least five (5) years of management experience including direct supervision of professional and support staff and assembling teams working on multi-faceted international development programs required.
Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and lead a multi-disciplinary team.
Strong leadership qualities and depth and breadth of technical and management expertise in nutrition, livestock, and market system development.
Experience in developing capacity building and service delivery through local stakeholders is highly desirable.
Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with host country government personnel, stakeholders, NGO partners, and international donor agencies.
Strong interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills in English required.
Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above. Examples include: remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1.

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.





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