Rural Women Economic Empowerment National Coordinator at World Food Program (WFP)

By | December 13, 2019

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The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


This position is based in WFP Rwanda Country Office, duty Station Kigali with travel to the field and the job holder will work under the direct supervision of the head of the Smallholder Agricultural Market Support Unit (SAMS). This position requires an experienced individual with a high degree of independence, coordination and communication skills.


As part of a 5-year global joint initiative launched by the Executive Heads of UN Women, FAO, IFAD, and WFP in October 2012, the project ” Acceleration of Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment ” focuses on rural women’s economic empowerment in Rwanda. The Programme uses a Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) modality to ensure transparency, accountability, and efficiency.

Together, this partnership between UN Women, FAO, IFAD and WFP is expected to generate synergies that capitalize on each agency’s mandate, comparative advantage, and institutional strength to generate more lasting and wider scale results. Project Objectives: promoting rural women’s economic empowerment in Rwanda corresponds with the Global Programme goal to secure rural women’s livelihoods and rights in the context of sustainable development and the post-MDGs agenda. The agencies aim to provide a harmonized, political, and institutional framework for complex programme interventions aiming at overcoming deep-rooted inequalities in rural areas. The current programme will be premised on the experience of a successful partnership between UN Women, FAO and WFP from previous joint projects. The new joint programme details are presented in the Case Study on Successful Partnership between UNW-FAO-WFP-WB. Efforts will be made to build support for the programme within the UN country teams and to link it with existing relevant joint programmes.

The programme links to on-going specialized large programmes on land rights, animal husbandry seed & vegetable production, food security, pesticide management, irrigation, pasture management, agricultural value chains, etc. implemented by the four participating agencies. The partnership of four UN agencies, each having a specialized mandate is premised on a successful support model provided by UN Women, FAO, IFAD  and WFP during their joint Delivering as One programme. This proved to be effective and mutually reinforcing. Group solidarity and membership discipline in self-help groups mobilized by the four agencies ensured accurate use of seeds, fertilizers, and food, as well as the consistent and systematic application of new knowledge on agricultural technologies and food security. Following this model, the programme will utilize the comparative advantages of four agencies: FAO’s police assistance on agriculture, nutrition and food security, value chain training and normative work; IFAD’s rural investment programmes; WFP’s food assistance innovations; and UN Women’s technical expertise on women’s economic empowerment and its mandate to promote accountability for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The job holder will be expected to deliver on the following results:

1.Effective coordination for the implementation of joint activities
2.Timely submission of periodic reports, including effective coordination of participating agency technical focal points
3.Active engagement with Government, including regular participation in NSC meetings
4. High level of engagement with the JPRWEE global coordination office and other stakeholders involved;
5.Visibility of the results achieved by the JP RWEE, both at the national and global levels.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Within delegated authority, and under the general supervision of the Representative of WFP as Lead Agency for this programme and direct supervision of the Smallholder Agricultural Market Support Unit (SAMS), the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  1. Provide technical coordination of the programme and substantive advice to all stakeholders;
    2. Act as the point of contact with the JP RWEE Global coordination office (WFP Rome)
    3. Engage with and mobilize the relevant units within the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) to ensure JPRWEE’s national ownership;
    4. Support the joint evaluation of the JP RWEE and the preparation of any other knowledge product developed at the global level;
    5. Ensure synergies and complementarities between the different activities and outputs for the effective achievement of the envisaged outcomes of the joint programme;
    7. Prepare quarterly, bi-annual and annual joint programme progress reports, funds, requisition, financial reports, and any other reports as requested by the participating agencies;
    8. Coordinate and follow up with the UN Agencies involved in the joint programme to follow up on progress, proactive identification of joint programme issues and risks and reporting on any foreseen problems that could affect joint programme overall progress or delivery;
    9. Serves as the Secretariat for the Programme National Steering Committee (NSC) including managing the preparation for the NSC meetings and follow up on the NSC meetings decisions to ensure compliance;
    10. Convene quarterly Joint technical coordination meeting or other technical meetings when it is necessary  in collaboration of RWEE focal point at agencies level and circulate minutes of the meetings to all members;
    11. Act as a focal point of contact for JP RWEE at district level (JADAF) and facilitate coordination of all activities at the district level
    12. Organize joint programme events to ensure integration among the various programme components, including the design and performance of pulse surveys, awareness-raising, advocacy and networking activities amongst various constituents;
    13. Act as a focal point for Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) for the programme, as well as ensure the integrity of the joint programme and information sharing among the main stakeholders of the programme, including facilitation of M&E missions;
    14. Document success stories and lessons learned and share them with the NSC and other relevant stakeholders, including the Global Coordination team;
    15. Ensure that funds are mobilized by soliciting donor interest and preparing proposals for funding in close coordination with participating agencies;
    16. If additional funding opportunities arise, prepare and compile an integrated operational and financial Annual Work Plan (AWP) in coordination with all involved stakeholders adopting a results-based management approach;
    17. Provide such information as may be requested by national authorities. Global coordination team and the RCO;
    18. Perform other duties as required


Education: University degree in Development Studies, Gender, Political Science, Social Sciences or another field relevant to the nature of the programme
Language: Fluency in English and Kinyarwanda language; proficiency in French desirable

Experience: At least 3 years of experience in project and/or programme management and implementation of development projects preferably in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment;


  1. Good knowledge of gender and women issues in Rwanda, key players both at the institutional as well as grassroots levels;
  2. Demonstrated skills in results-based programme planning and management;
  3. Self-starter and proactive;
  4. Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  5. Strong software application skills including MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
  6. Previous work experience with UN Agencies, government agencies and international development partners-highly desirable;


  • Has deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.
    • Has taken leadership in implementing programmes.
    • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in your own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates the ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate the needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantify and demonstrate WFP’s unique value as a partner.


Eligibility: This position is open to Rwandan National only and all candidates are required to send online applications

Duration of Post: 1-year renewable, subject to successful performance and availability of funds

Contract Type: Service Contract, Level 9

WFP offers a competitive compensation package that will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

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