UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Agriculture remains central to the Rwandan economy. More than 30% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and nearly 50% of all exports are generated from Agriculture sector. The Sector is a priority in the government’s long-term vision to transition to a Lower middle -Income Country by 2030 and Higher Middle-Income Country by 2050. The strategy of the Government of Rwanda intends to move away from a low production, subsistence based to a market -oriented agriculture that increases rural income, improves livelihood security and quality of life of all rural population. Agriculture sector employs the majority of Rwandan workers (68%), with women representing 79% of the total agricultural labor Force. There is however a big gender gap in agriculture in terms of access to extension services, access to market and other agriculture driven income opportunities which remain more accessible for men than women.
Despite legal rights to land and property in Rwanda, negative attitudes towards women’s land rights meant that women still face difficulties in exercising their land rights and still suffer from limited use of land to access further income and productive opportunities. Similarly, though there are no legal restrictions to Rwandan women accessing credit, in reality that access is limited by factors such as their limited financial literacy skills and lack of collaterals.
In response to these problems and persistent inequalities between men and women particularly in rural economy, special programmes have been formulated and implemented to address poverty with gender considerations ensuring that women benefit from these interventions. The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) has developed a five years Strategic Plan for the Transformation of Agriculture (PSTA4) as part of implementation of the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1). A new Gender Strategy for agriculture sector is also under development to ensure adequate gender mainstreaming of the PSTA4.
The UN System in Rwanda through UNDAP 1(2013-2018) has been part of the national development journey supporting
Rwanda alongside other Development Partners in achieving national development goals through the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction (EDPRS 2). Besides other UN Programmes supporting rural economy, the Joint Programme entitled ‘’Accelerating Progress Towards Economic Empowerment of Rural Women ‘’ (RWEE ) has been and will continue to be key component even throughout the new UNDAP (2018-2023). The Joint Programme implemented by 4 agencies including FAO, IFAD, UNWOMEN and WFP Is a global programme which aims to accelerate the economic empowerment of rural women by leveraging Joint action and capitalize on each agency’s mandate, comparative advantage and institutional strength in order to generate more lasting and wider scale of improvements in the livelihoods and rights of rural women, including young women, in line with sustainable development goals.
- Rural women’s improved food and nutrition security;
- Rural women’s increased income opportunities to sustain their livelihoods;
- Rural women’s enhanced leadership and participation in rural institutions and in shaping laws, policies and programmes;
- Improved gender responsive policy environment for the economic empowerment of rural women.
The structure of implementation of the Joint Programme entails that each participating agency designate a focal person who regularly follows up on the planning, implementation and day to day monitoring of the life of the Joint Programme. It is against this backdrop that UN Women Rwanda Country Office would like to recruit a competent Programme Analyst for its Economic empowerment portfolio and particularly the RWEE Joint programme.
About the Position
Reporting to the National Programme Specialist, the Programme Analyst contributes to the effective management of UN Women programmes promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment particularly the Rural Women through the Joint Programme ‘’Accelerating Progress Towards Economic Empowerment of Rural Women in RWANDA’’ by providing substantive inputs to programme design, formulation, implementation , monitoring and evaluation. S/he guides and facilitates the delivery of UN Women programmes by monitoring results achieved during implementation and ensuring appropriate application of systems and procedures and develops enhancements if necessary. She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ staff, other One UN participating Agencies (WFP, FAO and IFAD), Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.
- Provide technical inputs to the annual workplan and budget;
- Lead the implementation of programme activities responsible to UN Women;
- Review, coordinate and monitor the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
- Advise partners on Results Based Management and monitor implementation.
- Monitor budget implementation and make budget re-alignments/ revisions, as necessary;
- Provide inputs to the design and formulation of programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
- Identify areas for support and interventions related to the WEE portfolio.
- Maintain relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the WEE portfolio
- Monitor implementation progress of programme activities and finances using results -based management tools;
- Maintain and update UN Women Corporate monitoring and evaluation and reporting platforms;
- Draft reports on monitoring missions, programme results, outputs and outcomes;
- Provide substantive inputs to the preparation of donor and UN Women reports.
- Provide technical support to the Senior Management on inter-agency coordination related activities by drafting background reports and briefs.
- Participate in all relevant Results Groups meetings as delegated by the Head Of office or immediate supervisor;
- Provide substantive inputs to resource mobilization strategies; analyze and maintain information and databases
- Key parformnace indicator
- Timely and quality substantive inputs programme strategies and activities;
- Timely and quality substantive inputs to workplans and budgets;
- Adherence to UN Women standards and rules;
- Timely monitoring and tracking of programme results and finances;
- Relationship with partners and stakeholders;
- Timely organization of events;
- Quality of knowledge and advocacy products
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
- Good programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
- Good knowledge of Results Based Management
- Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations
- Good analytical skills
- Good knowledge of women’s economic empowerment as a technical area as well as familiarity with the national development agendas and gender equality
- Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising
- Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, development economics, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required
- A first-level university degree in combination with 3 additional years of qualifying experience on Gender Equality and Women’s empowerment may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- At least 4 years of progressively responsible work experience in development programme/project implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building;
- Experience in the area of Women’s Economic Empowerment in access to finance, entrepreneurship etc. is an asset;
- Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors;
- Experience in handling web-based monitoring and reporting platforms is an added advantage;
- Prior experience working with UN Agencies is an asset.
- Fluency in English and Kinyarwanda is required
- Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset;
Contract Duration: one year