Programme Officer Rwanda and Burundi

Reporting to: Great Lakes Coordinator
Location: Nairobi, Kenya with extensive travel to the field
Application closing: This position will remain open until filled


Interpeace is an independent, international peacebuilding organization. We were initially established in 1994 by the United Nations to develop innovative solutions to build peace. We have a proven and recognized approach to enable people to build lasting peace.

History shows us that peace is possible. From more than 20 years of experience in peacebuilding, we know that peace cannot be imported from the outside and must be built from within a society. This is why Interpeace tailors its approach to each society and ensures that the work is locally driven. Interpeace believes that every society has what it needs to build peace. Our role is to support societies to harness their strengths. Together with local partners, we jointly develop peacebuilding programmes. We help establish processes of change that connect local communities, civil society, government and the international community through our Track 6 approach.

As a strategic partner of the United Nations, Interpeace is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Brussels, Belgium; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Nairobi, Kenya; New York, USA and Stockholm, Sweden. The Regional Officer for Eastern and Central Africa in Nairobi provides support to the Interpeace programme in the Somali and Great Lakes regions as well as in Kenya.

We support locally led peacebuilding initiatives in more than 21 countries in Central America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

General Position Summary

Interpeace has been implementing a peacebuilding programme in Burundi since 2007 and in Rwanda since 2002. In addition, starting from 2011, Interpeace has been supporting a regional peacebuilding programme involving Burundi, Rwanda and DR Congo’s North and South Kivu provinces. Interpeace is currently looking to fill the Programme Officer Rwanda – Burundi (PO-RB) position. This Programme Officer will focus on the Rwanda and Burundi country-specific programmes. A Great Lakes Coordinator is currently managing the regional programme.

The PO-RB is a member of the core programmatic team for Interpeace’s work in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. He / she will report to the Great Lakes Coordinator and will collaborate closely with the other members of the team in the overall management of the Rwanda and Burundi programmes: the Regional Director, the Regional Programme Advisor and the Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DM&E) Officer. In this capacity, he / she will also be the key conduit for shaping and disseminating Interpeace’s reconciliation and peacebuilding work to key stakeholders.

The PO-RB is responsible for working with the local partners – Never Again Rwanda (NAR) in Rwanda and Conflict Alert and Prevention Centre (CENAP) in Burundi – to ensure that the work of Interpeace is well planned in its content, captured throughout its delivery and strategically disseminated to donors and other key stakeholders to optimize its impact.

The PO-RB serves as the key focal point between Interpeace and external actors in relation to the programme. The post of PO-RB is based in Nairobi and involves extensive travel to the field.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the general guidance and supervision of the Great Lakes Coordinator, and in close collaboration with the Regional Programme Advisor, the DM&E Officer and the Regional Communication Officer, the PO-RB will be responsible for the following duties:

Programmatic Support
• Provide programmatic guidance and operational support for field activities by Interpeace and its partners, specifically with respect to the content and methodology of the work. This includes, but is not limited to, collaboratively developing and nurturing a clear understanding of Interpeace’s programmes of work throughout Rwanda and Burundi;
• Play a strong supporting role in the development of programme strategy and work plans for all field components of the programmes; thereby closely work together with the Great Lakes team to harmonize planning and ensuring efficient use of resources in the implementation of the two programmes;
• Monitor and respond to the implementation of work plans and revise them in collaboration with the partners and others within the Interpeace team;
• Ensure reflection and learning as a continuous and integral part of the programme with regard to programme development, methodological adaptations and generally on the topics under study, and support cross-fertilization and sharing of lessons learned within Interpeace globally;
• Oversee and support the collection, compilation and dissemination of both contractual and strategic reporting;
• Review written products of the Interpeace Rwanda and Burundi programmes and provide quality control through a mentoring approach to ensure the continuous development of writing capacities within the local partners;
• Support the technical development of the field teams in the areas of methodology, writing and communications; support continuous capacity building of the field teams;
• Develop emerging thematic competences that can be used not only for programmes in the region but could also be incorporated into the work of Interpeace in its other programmes of work;
• Constitute the link between the Rwanda and Burundi programmes and the broader Great Lakes Interpeace team within Interpeace; participate in the Great Lakes programme meetings as required.

Interpeace Information about the Great Lakes Region
• Remain abreast of the political, economic and social context in Rwanda and Burundi through coordinated updates with the field teams and other networks developed;
• Monitor substantive developments and provide regular briefings to the Regional Director; engage in a regular exchange and analysis about context dynamics with the Programme Advisor and the Great Lakes Coordinator and prepare written context analyses as required;
• Maintain close liaison with team members to ensure that all Interpeace staff are regularly briefed on Rwanda and Burundi programme activities.

Financial Activities
• Support the fundraising initiatives of Interpeace and the local partners that ensure the financial sustainability of the Interpeace Rwanda and Burundi programmes;
• Ensure monthly financial reviews and expenditure forecast in collaboration with the Interpeace Finance Officer; prepare budgets, monitor programme expenditures versus budget and available funds, ensuring that programme expenditures are within approved budgets and available funds;
• Review and approve partner’s activity reports before payments are authorized.

• Utilize substantive relations vis-à-vis key Rwanda and Burundi stakeholders, in both informing and disseminating Interpeace’s programmes of work;
• Establish new and maintain existing relations with key international actors in Rwanda, Burundi and Nairobi, including donor relations, and strategically engage these actors as stakeholders of the work of Interpeace.

Knowledge and Experience
• Master’s degree in peace-related studies, social or political science or other relevant fields;
• At least three years of field experience in peacebuilding, political and / or developmental work;
• Knowledge of and experience in Rwanda, Burundi or the wider Great Lakes region;
• Demonstrated experience in conflict resolution / peacebuilding, external relations, proposal writing, and training;
• Strong writing and communications skills in English and French required; ability to write in clear, concise manner and to communicate effectively
• Strong computer skills in MS Office applications;
• Good interpersonal skills; be a team player while being able to work independently and to meet set deadlines;
• Ability to work in a multi-cultural ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
• Strong commitment to supporting local peacebuilding initiatives and to the values and working principles of Interpeace;
• Local language knowledge in Kinyarwanda/Kirundi and/or Kiswahili a bonus.

Success Factors
• Excellent social and inter-cultural skills, outstanding communication skills to a variety of stakeholders from different backgrounds;
• Creative team player with a commitment to inclusiveness and consensus building;
• Exceptional skills in coordinating complex and sensitive processes and designing participatory processes;
• Balanced and calm personality with tact and a good sense of humour.

How to Apply:
Qualified candidates are invited to submit their application, including a letter of interest and complete CV, via email to “Programme Officer – Rwanda and Burundi” must be included in the subject line of the application email to be considered.

Interpeace is an equal opportunity employer. Please note that only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified. The position will remain open until filled.

For more information about Interpeace, its values and working principles, please visit its website.

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