Project Director, Kigali, Rwanda

By | March 20, 2018

Project Director, Kigali, Rwanda


Project Director

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

Role Purpose:

The Project Director will provide leadership, strategic direction and operational management and oversight for a large scale and complex programme *. They will be responsible for the coordination and oversight of the project consortium (led by Save the Children) and accountable for its performance and delivery of results.

They will ensure the quality of the programme, including through capacity building and development of staff and partners, the oversight of technical assistance, effective monitoring and evaluation and the establishment of a culture of accountability, learning and continual improvement. They will ensure effective partnerships and relationships with relevant Line ministries and a wide range of actors at National level and will represent the project and consortium externally. They will ensure direct accountability to the donor, including satisfying all contractual obligations to ensure work is delivered on time and within budget.

The post holder should have significant experience and a proven record of accomplishment in leading and managing large scale and complex development programmes in similar contexts, including experience of consortia and partner management, contract management and staff development.

Contract Duration: Approximately 4 Years

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Qualifications and Experience

  • Masters or PhD in Education or related field
  • Proven ability to manage large and complex contracts from institutional donors with substantial experience of managing multi-agency/ partner programmes. Experience with DFID funding preferable.
  • Demonstrable track record of meeting or exceeding programme targets, while maintaining technical quality.
  • Ability to represent Save the Children and the project at a strategic level and engage and influence key stakeholders at all levels.
  • Demonstrated experience of working with national level government structures, national NGO’s, and/or local communities
  • Self-motivated and results orientated.
  • Highly numerate with demonstrable experience of data analysis and reporting tools.
  • Experience in management of finance and budget monitoring and risk management.
  • Highly diplomatic and emotionally intelligent with strong oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Substantial experience of guiding and leading strong teams in a multicultural context with a focus on coaching and mentoring
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s aims, values and principles



  • Substantial experience of working and living in the region, ideally with professional experience in Rwanda
  • Fluency in Kinyarwanda

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role. To see a full a job description, please visit our website at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents


Find out more about this role by downloading the job description here  Job description

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Contract – Full-Time

Closing date: Tuesday 27 March 2018

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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