Help a Child (Red een Kind) is currently recruiting a

MEAL Coordinator (Bujumbura, Burundi)

Organization
Help a Child is a Christian, international relief and development organization, founded in 1968 in the Netherlands and operating in Burundi since 2009. Help a Child provides a future for children in need, their family and their entire community. By empowering vulnerable communities, we help them to change their own living conditions and opportunities in a sustainable way. Help a Child works in areas with a high incidence of poverty or in places where children and families are extra vulnerable due to disasters or (imminent) conflicts. Help a Child develops innovative programs, for example about youth & work, child development and the transition of relief help towards sustainable development. We work together with various Dutch, international and local partners. Help a Child works across India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Burundi, Rwanda, DRC, Uganda and South Sudan.

Position
The MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) Coordinator assumes the general coordination of the BBB program MEAL system at the country level and provide technical support to the consortium partner organizations. Within the BBB program MEAL strategy, he/she coordinates data collection, analyses as well as monitors and shares lessons learned internally and externally. The MEAL Coordinator is also responsible for the operational success of the consortium’s activities regarding Monitoring, Evaluations, Accountability and Learning of the BBB Program. He/she is responsible for overseeing all activities on MEAL of the implementing partners, coordinating their work, training & coaching them and consolidating their MEAL input for planning, evaluation and reporting requirements of the back donor. Under direct supervision of the BBB Program Manager, the MEAL Coordinator supports partner organization’s staff in data consolidation and management and quality management; undertakes MEAL related activities and implements an appropriate system for successful delivery and attainment of BBB program outcomes, goals and objectives.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Responsible for the fine-tuning and operationalization of the developed MEAL framework together with the MEAL Focal Points of the consortium partners;
  • Facilitation of the in-country MEAL platform, which consists of the MEAL Focal Points of the of implementing and consortium partners;
  • Responsible for the coordination of MEAL framework related activities of implementing partners;
  • Responsible for the training and coaching of the implementing partners, to ensure that they build capacity to collect, analyze, reflect and use the monitoring data for quality improvement of the program;
  • Responsible for aggregating the monitoring data and reporting to the HaC Program Manager;
  • Responsible for facilitation of use of monitoring information and evaluations for learning and accountability on consortium level in learning events;
  • In collaboration with the Help a Child Program Manager, responsible for the coordination of the work of both internal consortium staff and external consultants involved in the baseline, mid-term and final evaluations, to ensure consistent, high-quality monitoring and evaluation that enables learning, accountability and visibility;
  • Responsible for making MEAL results visible via brochures, consortium members’ websites, stakeholder meetings, and other relevant visibility/communication channels;
  • Represent Help a Child and the BBB consortium partners at key (inter)national events as appropriate.
  • We offer an attractive financial package and a challenging working environment in an international setting. You will be offered a fixed term contract for the first year with a probation period of 3 months. Depending on your performance and fit with the program and staff involved, the first year contract will be extended till the end of 2021.

Qualifications and competences

This is an excellent opportunity for an individual with MEAL experience to grow and develop the program. The successful candidate will facilitate MEAL activities in the BBB program and partner with the consortium members of the BBB program. Specific requirements include:

  • Be a Burundi national;
  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Development Studies, Research Methods, Statistics, Economics, Social Sciences, Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Management or other relevant field;
  • At least 4 years of experience in Monitoring, Evaluations, Accountability and Learning;
  • Experience in working in a fragile context, ideally in Burundi;
  • Experience in working with a Theory of Change and Result Based Management as frame work, and developing indicator frameworks based on it;
  • Ability to coordinate a large group of persons, motivating them and setting clear roles and responsibilities;
  • Ability to facilitate training and provide coaching on MEAL to implementing partners;
  • Strong MEAL management skills to manage complex, multifaceted projects aggregating results in measurable successes and program development;
  • Strong skills in analyzing and reflecting on M&E results, making sure that learning on various levels takes place in the consortium;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention for details;
  • Fluency in English and French;
  • Excellent MS Excel skills;
  • Capacity to propose a Data Management Information System for the BBB Program;
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, interpersonal and cross cultural sensitivity;
  • Adhering to the Christian character of the organizations in the consortium;
  • Full support for the vision and mission of Help a Child, Mensen met een Missie, AFSC, and Cord.

How to apply?
Interested and qualified candidates are kindly invited to send a cover letter and resume (both in English) at the latest on August 30th, 2019 to vacancies@hacburundi.org. In your cover letter please reflect on your motivation for wanting to become part of HaC, being a child centred and Christian organization. An (e-) assessment will be part of the selection process. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For more information, please contact Mr. Clement Nkubizi, Country Program Director, at info@hacburundi.org.

Help a Child expects its staff to behave with integrity; to do no harm and to carefully take into account the rights and interests of others. All staff are required to sign and adhere to the Help a Child’s Code of Conduct and recruitment is subject to successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks.

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Help a Child Burundi is looking for a

Program Manager Youth & Work (Bujumbura, Burundi)

Organization
Help a Child is a Christian, international relief and development organization, founded in 1968 in the Netherlands and operating in Burundi since 2009. Help a Child provides a future for children in need, their family and their entire community. By empowering vulnerable communities, we help them to change their own living conditions and opportunities in a sustainable way. Help a Child works in areas with a high incidence of poverty or in places where children and families are extra vulnerable due to disasters or (imminent) conflicts. Help a Child develops innovative programs, for example about youth & work, child development and the transition of relief help towards sustainable development. We work together with various Dutch, international and local partners. Help a Child works across India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Burundi, Rwanda, DRC, Uganda and South Sudan.

Position
Help a Child Burundi is currently recruiting a Program Manager Youth & Work. He/she will manage the Youth & Work and Economic Development program of HaC Burundi and to - within the Help a Child policy frameworks – develop strategy and plans for the program, to execute program plans, to monitor progress and to evaluate results. The Program Manager is responsible for managing and overseeing the Youth and Work and Economic Development component of the country program. This include the Youth & Work component of the Building Bridges in Burundi (BBB) program and the Child Centred Community Development (CCCD) program. He/she will also support the development of new programs in the country, as well as building the capacity of local partners. Further, the Program Manager will represent the organization in professional networks, towards donors and relevant government departments, and play a role in proposal development, fundraising, lobbying and advocacy. The successful candidate will be passionate about youth development with a strong understanding of how markets can work for young people especially within rural areas.

Job Responsibilities

Program management

  • Develop Youth & Work and Economic Development program plans and implement these plans in close cooperation with other Help a Child Burundi staff and local implementing partners;
  • Monitor and evaluate implementation of partners/field activities to ensure that interventions are compliant with the standards and principles of not only the organization, but also of the government and (back) donors;
  • Contribute to developing and reviewing of Youth & Work/Economic Development program Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) Systems.
  • Contribute to the implementation of BBB and CCCD programs in relation to the Youth & Work and Economic Development component
  • Actively coordinate with other agencies/organizations, implementing youth and work and economic empowerment projects;
  • Ensure adequate number of target youths within BBB and CCCD programs are identified and linked with different skills development/ employment sources/ financial institutions/markets as per both program proposals;
  • Identify needs for specific trainings and skills strengthening required by unemployed youth within both programs.

Networking and partnership management

  • Develop and maintain good relations with the government at central, provincial and district levels;
  • Identify, develop and recommend programs for potential partnerships. This includes attending learning workshops, organizing joint field visits with other parties and participating in professional events;
  • Maintain strategic partnerships with relevant skills development service providers, corporate and industries for job placement, business development, market and value chains networks, micro finance institutes and companies involved in agro-processing;
  • Develop a local resource map to identify and analyze existing skills development service providers, corporate houses and industries to heightened of their value and potential for playing a major role in helping youth engage and re-engage in skills development, job placement, entrepreneurship including TVET/AVET.

Capacity building, organizational learning, advocacy and lobbying

  • Build knowledge and technical capacity of implementing partners to deliver and monitor quality interventions in relation to the Youth and Work and Economic Development component;
  • Conduct capacity assessments, providing training and coaching to partners on youth entrepreneurship, agribusiness, private sector engagement, innovative use of ICT in youth programming among other areas;
  • Build capacity of implementing partner staff on technical aspects of Youth and Work and economic empowerment as well as community mobilization to ensure increased participation of local leaders, community members, parents of the marginalized households to enhance the participation of youth in Economic Empowerment services;
  • Lead Help a Child advocacy and lobbying in relation to Youth and Work and Economic Development.

Resources mobilization (including Institutional Fundraising)

  • Identify, create and capitalize on funding opportunities for further growth of the Help a Child program;
  • Project design and proposal development which may include conducting needs assessments, market surveys, youth assessments and value chain analysis;
  • Develop a Help a Child Burundi detailed donor mapping in close collaboration with the Country Program Director and other staff.

Program monitoring and reporting

  • Monitor implementation of activities and budget expenditure of the CCCD program for implementing partner organizations;
  • Prepare quarterly monitoring plan and shares with concerned partners and Country Program Director;
  • Prepare periodic and annual progress report on CCCD program activities.

Qualifications and experience
We are a looking for a candidate with the following qualifications and experience:

  • University level degree in Development studies, Agribusiness, Economics, Project Management or other relevant field; an advanced degree will be an added advantage;
  • 3-5 years of progressive experience managing multi-year programs in the area of youth employment;
  • Minimum of 5 years of agribusiness experience (engaging the private sector would be an asset);
  • Significant experience and strong technical skills in the field of entrepreneurship, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and job creation;
  • Experience working with youth would be an asset;
  • Experience in advocacy and lobbying will be an added advantage;
  • Strong understanding of value chains and workshop/job based youth technical vocation;
  • Experience with proposal development and fundraising;
  • Ability to set and achieve clear objectives and deadlines;
  • Passion for innovation, research, technology and entrepreneurship;
  • Self-starter, results driven and motivated by a sense of performance excellence;
  • Strong communication and networking skills;
  • Excellent command of the French and English language;
  • Full support of Help a Child’s vision, mission and Christian core values.

How to apply?
Interested candidates are kindly invited to send a cover letter and resume (both in English) before August 30th 2019 to vacancies@hacburundi.org. In your cover letter please reflect on your motivation for wanting to become part of the Help a Child organization. This includes a reflection on Help a Child being a Child centred and Christian organization.

For more information please contact Mr. Clement Nkubizi, Country Program Director at info@hacburundi.org. An (e-) assessment will be part of the recruitment process. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Help a Child expects its staff to behave with integrity; to do no harm and to carefully take into account the rights and interests of others. All staff are required to sign and adhere to the Help a Child’s Code of Conduct and recruitment is subject to successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks.