Capacity Building Director | Kigali, Rwanda | 2023

Chemonics seeks a Capacity Building Director for USAID’s anticipated Teaching and Learning Materials Market Systems Development Activity in Rwanda.  This three-year, $6 million cooperative agreement uses a market systems development approach to bring together stakeholders, identify points of leverage, and optimize the market’s functionality to strengthen the book supply chain in Rwanda and address the “business side of literacy”. To become literate, children and families need access to reading materials; yet there is limited availability and irregular supply of reading materials in Rwandan schools and communities.

This Activity builds upon evidence and experience from USAID, the Global Book Alliance in Action (GBAIA), and the World Bank’s Results in Education for All Children (REACH) Trust Fund projects at the country level. By addressing inefficiencies, leveraging opportunities along the book supply chain and within the entire market system , and engaging stakeholders in government, the private sector, 1 2 and communities, this TLM Market System Development Activity will strengthen the market system for teaching and learning materials and increase the quantity, quality, affordability, and accessibility of books and other reading materials (physical and digital) in schools, homes, and communities, contributing to improved reading outcomes.

The Capacity Building Director reports directly to the chief of party and will provide technical leadership on capacity building and training with government and private sector stakeholders. This position will be based in Rwanda.

Chemonics International Inc. is a US-based international development consulting company, operating in over 95 countries. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities:

  • ​​Provide strategic leadership and guidance for all organizational capacity development activities, including developing assessment tools, establishing capacity building performance standards, and developing strategic approaches to capacity building​ 
  • ​​Design and oversee the development and implementation of key capacity building systems, including local partner assessments and action plans​ 
  • ​​Provide technical direction for all capacity development deliverables, and support on-going quality assurance and quality improvement​ 
  • Create and maintain a comprehensive knowledge base for capacity development within the mechanism 
  • Contribute to USAID’s efforts to establish a sustainable book supply chain in Rwanda
  • Work closely with the COP and Book Supply Chain Technical Advisor to respond to USAID and GoR requests
  • Liaise and build capacity with Rwanda’s Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), the Rwanda Basic Education Board (REB), and the Ministry of Youth and Culture (MYCULTURE)

Qualifications:

  • ​​10 years’ experience in business management, capacity building, supply chain, international development, or a related field​ 
  • Experience providing technical leadership, program management, strategic planning, policy support, and problem solving on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment
  • Demonstrated understanding of the social, economic, and cultural determinants that influence supply chain outcomes in Rwanda, including a good knowledge of services, logistics, and existing supply chain systems within the country
  • ​Demonstrated experience working on capacity building and development for TLM supply chain programs, including work plan preparation, and the implementation of institutional assessments and training activities
  • ​​Demonstrated ability to establish strong working relationships with government officials, non-governmental organizations and other donors
  • ​Strong technology skills, including virtual meeting platforms​
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and persuasively both orally and in writing, and deliver presentations, training, and facilitate meetings effectively
  • Experience within Rwanda/Central Africa strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, and technical skills
  • Ability to work in complex, politically charged, unstable environments, as well as work across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines
  • Knowledge of participatory track and trace book distribution systems desired
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, book and education material provision, or other related discipline. Master’s degree preferred
  • Advanced professional proficiency in reading, speaking, listening, and writing in English required; Kinyarwanda, French, and/or Swahili preferred.

Application Instructions:

Please complete an application via this link by February 15, 2023. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

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