Background and Rationale of the Programme
One in every four people in Rwanda is an adolescent (10-19 years old). Adolescent girls have particularly limited prospects: 40% of women under 20 have experienced sexual or physical violence; only 12% of girls complete secondary school; and 80% of women work in agriculture but between 2005-2010 only 14% of new commercial agriculture jobs went to women.
Research has shown that each extra year of girls’ education is correlated with a 5-10% reduction in infant mortality and a child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to live past age five. Providing girls with one extra year of education beyond the average also increases their eventual wages by 10-20%, while a 1% increase in the share of women completing secondary education boosts economic growth by 0.3% per capita.
Objective of the Programme
The DFID funded project – Investing in Adolescent Girls in Rwanda (IAG-R) – will provide up to 200,000 11-year-old adolescent girls and boys with the knowledge and capabilities needed to achieve their full potential, make better choices, take advantage of opportunities and better manage risk. This programme will build on the completed first phrase of work, which focused on 12-year-old adolescents girls, and will be delivered through three components:
- A consortium of implementing partners that will work together to implement the project on the ground, sharing their expertise and experiences and working closely with local authorities to ensure effective implementation;
- A technical assistance (TA) facility that will provide expertise and guidance to the implementing partners, as well as providing technical assistance to the Government of Rwanda’s Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF);
- A monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) unit, complementing the work of a centrally-managed research programme (Gender and Adolescence – Global Evidence (GAGE)) about what works for adolescents and ensuring that learning feeds into the programme and contributes to building the evidence base.
Scope of Work
The Team Leader will provide high quality technical and strategic leadership, managerial oversight, and administration of the project across all three components, with overall responsibility for the efficient and effective delivery of project results. The Team Leader will oversee effective systems for monitoring, learning and results reporting. Heading up a team comprising of local and international staff, he/she will develop and maintain strong working relationships with partners and stakeholders and be accountable for communicating effectively about the project to a range of different audiences. The Team Leader will also provide oversight in ensuring that the project is implemented as per agreed requirements and in compliance with donor regulations.
Specific responsibilities will include:
Technical and Strategic Leadership
- Accountable for the achievement of results, ensuring that all objectives and deliverables are met;
- Demonstrate and support effective cross-team working and skills-building;
- Facilitate project review and planning, training and learning events for the team and partners;
- Provide clarity in linking monitoring, evaluation and learning with broader project objectives and strategy; periodic analysis and review of theory of change, political economy and overall portfolio profile, and capacity to apply these to the overall direction of the project;
- Support the development of a coherent consortium strategy with all partners and facilitate learning/sharing opportunities within the consortium;
- Oversee safeguarding processes for working with children and adolescents, applying ‘do not harm’ principles
- ‘experience working with children and adolescents, and experience and ability to apply appropriate safeguarding, ethics, and do no harm principles on such programmes.’
Project and Financial Management
- Ensure appropriate management systems with standard operating procedures are in place and adhered to for all activities funded by the project, in accordance with the DFID contract;
- Provide financial managerial oversight to the Finance & Operations Lead, including the preparation of project expenditure financial reports for submission to the donor and overall financial oversight of the consortium budget and expenditure;