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Team Leader (Rwanda)

FHI 360

FHI 360

Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2023

FHI 360 is a global organization that mobilizes research, resources and relationships so people everywhere can access the opportunities they need to lead full, healthy lives. With collaborations in over 60 countries, we work directly with local leaders to advance social and economic equity, improve health and well-being, respond to humanitarian crises and strengthen community resilience.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Team Leader for an upcoming Education Activity: Girls in Rwanda Learn (GIRL).

This position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda and is contingent upon award.

Project Description

Girls in Rwanda Learn (GIRL) (2023 – 2030) is the FCDO’s new bilateral education program in Rwanda. The programme will support marginalized girls and children with disabilities to return to school, stay in school and learn. It will improve teaching pedagogy, which will in turn improve foundational learning outcomes in English and math for girls and boys. The programme will reduce drop out and improve transition to lower secondary/other learning opportunities, particularly for girls and children with disabilities.

Position Description

The Team Leader will be responsible for providing overall leadership, management oversight, partner coordination, and technical direction for the programme, ensuring an integrated vision across components and actors, with a focus on achieving the results defined in the award. The Team Leader will be the primary liaison with FCDO, key stakeholders, and other implementing partners. The Team Leader’s responsibilities include technical direction setting and leading on the planning, management and monitoring of program strategies, activities, financial expenditure and costed workplans; leading and managing an effective program delivery team to achieve results; relationship management with key stakeholders, and overseeing an effective monitoring, evaluation and learning system. The Team Leader will be expected to identify programme delivery issues and risks in a timely manner and suggest appropriate programme adjustments. They will supervise activity implementation and ensure activities meet stated goals and reporting requirements. The Team Leader will have a deep understanding of the education sector and will have experience leading similar projects. They will have a track record of working effectively in complex and sophisticated environments, across different cultures, and managing diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines.

Job Summary/Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to the project team on technical and operational aspects of the project, including planning and implementation of the project; ensuring clarity over plans and priorities, and models and facilitates effective collaboration.

  • Provide technical and managerial leadership, including capacity building to the project.

  • Oversee the development and implementation of programme work plans and strategies aligned with FCDO and Government of Rwanda priorities.

  • Manage the relationship and communications with relevant FCDO representatives.

  • Manage relationships with relevant external stakeholders and partners.

  • Oversee development and application of a robust monitoring, evaluation research and learning framework.

  • Hold accountability for overall financial and operational compliance including safeguarding procedures.

  • Ensure international best practice and standards are used to guide the technical and programmatic aspects of work plans and activities.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or comparable level of professional experience in education, public administration, international development, or related field; Masters, Ph.D. or Ed. D. is preferred.

  • Minimum 12 years of related experience in increasingly senior roles; at least eight years leading large and complex education programmes at a senior level working in a non-governmental organisation (NGO) or commercial consulting firm.

  • Knowledge and expertise in the design of education interventions and in driving improved learning outcomes in low- and middle- income country education systems.


  • Proven track record of managing complex education programs that are of a similar scope and scale to this program.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of FCDO programming and operating procedures.

  • Proven track record in forming and managing partner relationships to improve education outcomes.

  • Demonstrated experience of improving learning outcomes, driving systems level change, and delivering high performing programmes.

  • Solid understanding of, and commitment to, gender and social equity issues in education; expertise in gender equality and social inclusion preferred.

  • Experience of developing and using adaptive approaches in education program delivery and coordinating with multiple key stake

  • holders preferred.

  • Demonstrated leadership, strategic planning, effective organizational development, partnership-building, capacity-building, managerial, teambuilding and communication skills.

  • Staff and financial management experience, with experience in leading and motivating individuals and teams to deliver high quality products and achieve program outcomes1.

  • Proven ability to coordinate and oversee local partner capacity building activities, including technical, managerial and governance capacities.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in complex environments with multiple interventions/collaborators, across different cultures, and lead diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines across a broad geographic area.

  • Experience in leading/delivering FCDO-funded programming.

  • Experience in the education sector in Rwanda or the region.

  • Oral and written fluency required in English and Kinyarwanda.

  • Oral fluency preferred in French.

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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