Senior Programme Manager – Rwanda

Reporting to: Senior Regional Representative for Eastern and Central Africa

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Application closing: 12 December, 2019

Job start date: As soon as possible


Interpeace is an international organisation for peacebuilding that strengthens the ability of societies to manage conflict themselves in sustainable and non-violent ways. Interpeace designs and delivers its work tailored to each situation in partnership with local partners and communities, based on extensive consultation and research. Interpeace also ensures that the processes of conflict management and change that it supports are integrated at all levels of society including local communities, civil society, government and the international community (we call it a ‘Track 6’ approach).

Interpeace was originally established by the United Nations and remains its strategic partner. Beyond field-based peacebuilding, Interpeace also assists the international community – particularly the UN – to be more effective in supporting peacebuilding efforts worldwide. This includes contributing innovative thought leadership on peacebuilding policies and practices.

Interpeace is headquartered in Geneva and has offices around the world.

For more information about Interpeace, please visit

Position within the Organisation

The position manages the Rwanda programme and contributes to the work of the larger Great Lakes team working on regional programmes. The rest of that team consists of the Senior Regional Representative of Eastern and Central Africa (ECA), the Regional Representative for the Great Lakes, a Great Lakes Programme Officer, the Burundi Senior Programme Manager, and the DRC Country Representative.

The Senior Programme Manager is a member of the Programme Management Unit which manages and implements Interpeace’s active and ongoing programmes around the world. The Programme Management Unit is led from the Headquarters office in Geneva, although team members are based in various locations including in Eastern and Central Africa, West Africa, Europe and the MENA region.

The Senior Programme Manager reports to the Senior Regional Representative for ECA. For this position to be effective, the Senior Programme Manager will draw on support from Programme Management Unit colleagues in the region and at Headquarters as well as working closely with the Programme Development and Operations teams.

Purpose and General Overview

The Senior Programme Manager is responsible for the effective and timely delivery of Interpeace’s peacebuilding programme in Rwanda. S/he provides overall leadership and strategic direction to the programme necessary to enable Interpeace to implement its mandate through relationships and activities that are implemented either by Interpeace itself or by Interpeace working collaboratively with partners..

The Senior Programme Manager represents Interpeace and is responsible for the management of relations with government agencies at senior and working level, donors, international and local organisations, networks and the media.

S/he is also responsible for managing the programmatic activities within the pre-agreed programme budget and funding allocation, and is expected to pursue opportunities to grow and sustain the programme further.

Duties and responsibilities

Strategic Engagement:

  • Provides strategic direction of Interpeace’s programmes in Rwanda in line with the organisational change framework and in collaboration with line-manager and other relevant colleagues
  • Identifies and develops opportunities to expand the programme within the country, in collaboration with the country programme team, implementing partners as well as the Programme Development Unit
  • Monitors openings for funding, in particular from new and diverse sources, and advises Interpeace colleagues of relevant opportun
  • Builds and maintains good relations with current and future partners and is responsible for actor mapping to expand Interpeace’s partnerships.
  • Captures and communicates the impact of Interpeace’s work, including nurturing a strong Monitoring and Evaluation capacity in the programme, in order to promote the programme and create positive momentum.
  • Maintains an acute awareness and analysis of political and social dynamics in the Rwanda context which are relevant to Interpeace’s mandate, and produces briefing notes for colleagues and other relevant stakeholders.

Programme Management

  • Provides effective leadership over the implementation of current programmes within agreed timetabling, budgetary and financial management parameters to ensure the highest level of project delivery, quality and accountabilit
  • Provides leadership and management of programme staff.
  • Leads the country programme annual planning and budgeting processes as per organisational guidelines and local context
  • Ensures effective implementation and compliance with Finance and other Interpeace governance manuals, policies and procedures, and complies with procedures required by grant or contract agreements
  • Oversees the programme portfolio to ensure the highest level of project quality and accountability
  • Produces preparatory and summary notes for country visits and meetings with stakeholders aimed at programme development and innovation.
  • Accountable for budget of up to circa US$2 million per annum (or more), and responsible for the financial health of the country programme portfolio


  • Focuses on Tracks One and Two engagement, and Three as required at country level
  • Engages and builds relationships with partners, diplomatic representatives and other organisations
  • Develops and strengthens relationships with local organisations and networks and establishes national and regional strategic relations and alliances with partners and civil society working in common cause with Interpeace objectives.
  • Represents Interpeace in meetings, conferences, forums and other public events and contributes towards consolidating and raising the profile of Interpeace
  • Manages and contributes to media engagement when required and in line with

Interpeace communication policy

Management – institutional coherence

  • Ensures compliance of programmatic work at activity level with internal controls
  • Has a close operational coordination at working level with other teams in Interpeace and with partner organisations

Staff Management

  • Creates an enabling work environment that fosters learning and innovation, where programme staff can achieve their potential, demonstrating gender-responsive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes
  • Monitors, evaluates and documents the individual performance of direct reports through a staff development lens


Candidates with relevant qualifications, experience, a tertiary degree, and fluent in English and French, are invited to apply.

Relevant experience and qualifications may include:


  • Tertiary degree in international relations, political science, development, management, or related field


  • Professional experience in programme management (strategy, planning, reflection, implementation, monitoring, evaluation)
  • Field experience in conflict affected contexts
  • Management experience


  • Demonstrates effectiveness and strong experience with short and long-term planning; financial, personnel and program management.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience of project cycle management including using project planning and management tools
  • Knowledge of current thinking on peacebuilding issues and methods; and demonstrable ability to anticipate emerging needs and integrate them swiftly into priority programme setting
  • Developed ability to effectively capture and communicate the impact of practical work and to use this to raise profile.
  • Proven ability to communicate, negotiate and network with high level executives and government officials, donors, international agencies, and media.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment successfully and to demonstrate gender responsive and non-discriminatory behavior and attitudes.
  • Ability to interact with people respectfully and with tact

Interpeace Competencies

  • Collaboration and Weaving
  • Communication
  • Drive for results
  • Adaptability and Continuous Learning
  • Respect for Diversity


How to apply

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a complete curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to

“Senior Programme Manager Rwanda MUST BE included in the subject line of the application email to be considered.

Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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

The deadline to apply is 12 December 2019

Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims to achieve gender equality both through gender parity at all levels of the organisation and promoting a gender dimension in all its work. We welcome applications from women and men, and those with disabilities.