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Rwanda: _Blank Vacancy Announcement Template (Consultancy)

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Rwanda
Closing date: 29 Nov 2017

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Assignment

Despite its impressive record in development and economic growth, Rwanda continues to face some challenges linked to the first critical years of children’s lives, including high prevalence of stunting and low developmental achievements among young children. Close to 800,000 children under five (38 per cent) are stunted. Stunting increases with the age of the child, from 18 per cent among children aged 6-8 months to a peak of 49 per cent among children aged 18-23 months, which highlights the importance of investing in children’s nutrition as early as possible. Stunting is more prevalent among boys (43 per cent) than girls (33 per cent); and it is highest in Western Province (45 per cent), among children living in the poorest households (49 per cent) and in rural areas (41 per cent).

In order to address the above challenges, UNICEF has modelled and implemented integrated approaches to delivery of programmes addressing the needs and rights of young children in Rwanda.

In collaboration with the Embassy of the Netherlands, UNICEF Rwanda is currently implementing the programme titled Developing Human Capital in Rwanda - Harnessing the Power of Integrated Programming for Nutrition and ECD Programme. The four-year programme prioritizes improvement in developmental outcomes of children 0-6 in 14 Districts in Rwanda. The programme focuses on improving the selected nutrition and development outcomes of children achieved through integrated nutrition-specific, nutrition-sensitive, ECD, WASH and Social Protection interventions.

The responsibilities and tasks to be undertaken by the EPW consultant are additional to UNICEF’s regular staff responsibilities and outside the current capacity of in-house personnel. The EPW consultant will be based full time within LODA, to directly work with, and complement/strengthen the capacity of LODA/VUP EPW team in planning and budgeting, coordinating, monitoring and reporting on the implementation of expanded public works activities as well as supporting LODA team in building capacities of local government officials in the 14 districts funded by UNICEF/EKN. While the UNICEF SPR team works closely with LODA/VUP, there is currently insufficient UNICEF in-house human resources to second an EPW officer full-time to LODA for the required amount of time (12 months) on a renewable basis in line with UNICEF Rules and Regulations. The contract renewal will depend on a discussion between LODA, UNICEF and other various donors supporting expanded public works programme to assess the continuing need for these services.

Assignment Tasks

The overall objective of the consultancy is to provide support to LODA in their coordination and monitoring for the implementation of the expanded public works. The following key tasks are expected to be achieved by the consultant:

Planning and targeting Expanded Public Works activities

  • Assist with the planning of the expanded public works programme with a focus on providing support to families with young children;
  • Provide guidance for the implementation of expanded public works programme by the Districts in the selected sectors covering targeting, selection of suitable projects, provision of benefits, monitoring and reporting;
  • Provide technical inputs to assist in the selection of appropriate beneficiaries for participation in expanded public works who meet the criteria agreed between LODA and UNICEF;
  • Collection of targeting data, including timeframes, training, and data collection tool design;
  • Provide technical inputs to ensure accurate and timely targeting data which will be used to drive the scale up of SP programmes and the establishment of systems to support this;
  • Support the establishment of a baseline status of households selected to receive benefits under the programme;
  • Support the design and implementation process of expanded public works projects periodic reviews to ensure it is on track;

Monitoring, Impact Evaluation and lesson learning

  • Develop necessary tools to ensure routine monitoring of EPW implementation activities
  • Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the EPW component as it relates to the benefits provided and prepare recommendations and guidelines for discussion and adoption on related technical fields;
  • Co-ordinate lesson learning and support the planning for subsequent scale up in close collaboration with the entities involved in SP
  • Monitor and coordinate research carried out by LODA and external collaborators;

Capacity Building

  • Based on the identify capacity building needs (training and administrative support), coordinate community capacity development initiatives to support successful implementation of the programme;
  • Contribute to the capacity-building activities of the LODA in the area of the EPW component and the provision of benefits to households with young children and supervise the drafting of manuals and user guides;
  • Disseminate information on action programmes through publications as well as ensuring representation with Head of SP Division at donor’s meetings, regional and national fora and advocacy campaigns, as necessary.

Expected Deliverables

  • Approved targeting list for all EPW beneficiaries selected to receive benefits from EKN funds, demonstrating compliance with the selection criteria agreement with UNICEF – by end of September 2017 and annually thereafter
  • Production of guidelines for the selection of beneficiaries to be incorporated in the FY2018-19 MTEF planning cycle;
  • Establishment of a logframe and targets for the programme interventions in each District;
  • Production of quarterly and annual reports showing (i) physical progress against target in each sector (ii) financial progress of benefits to each selected household against budget (iii) transfers received/disbursed to Districts
  • Production of a baseline report by end of December 2017 and of a report of the impact of the programme benefits on the targeted households by end of September 2018
  • Ensure timely reporting on utilization of UNICEF funds

Monthly progress reports

Qualifications and experienceof Successful Candidate

  • Master’s degree in social sciences or engineering discipline plus at least 5 years’ experience of working in the social protection sector in Rwanda with public works programmes, OR a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences plus 15 years of experience in the related fields;

Areas of relevant experience

  • Experience in working on poverty reduction/social protection programmes, (including poverty targeting, child protection and equity issues) in Rwanda or elsewhere;
  • In depth knowledge of local government policy and operations in Rwanda, preferably gained from having worked in a District;
  • Knowledge of working with different development partners (experience working with UNICEF an asset) and their planning, monitoring and results-based reporting requirements;
  • Experience in conducting monitoring and evaluation activities;
  • Technical expertise and experience in participatory planning processes at national and local levels;
  • Capacity to understand Rwanda’s Local government priorities based on EDPRS II and linking it with District’s potentialities; Experience in designing capacity building activities; IT literate, excellent skills in Excel and Word
  • Experience of developing and delivering training to Government officials an asset;
  • Capacity to work in a team and to keep the projects aligned with the entire intra-Government social protection sectors;

Competencies of Successful Candidate

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Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

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How to apply:

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