Advert – Chief Of Party

About the Role: This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly. Save the Children is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated five-years USAID-funded Teaching and Learning Materials Supply Chain (TLMSC) program in Rwanda. The Activity aims to strengthen the book supply chain to increase the quantity, quality, affordability, and accessibility of books and other physical and digital reading materials in schools, homes, and communities. By working to improve the capacity and systems of key actors along the book chain, such as the Rwandan Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) and the private sector, while simultaneously strengthening linkages between these actors, this Activity will improve the sustainability of the Rwandan book supply chain.

This senior leadership position will provide overall strategic direction in the design, management, implementation and overall quality assurance of the project. The COP will be Save the Children’s primary point of contact with USAID and all relevant stakeholders. This position will collaborate with MINEDUC and other critical partners to provide high-level support for effective capacity building at the local level and sustainability of the project interventions. The COP will oversee a team of experts and support staff, prepare reports and annual operating plans, align project initiatives with in-country priorities, and ensure the program’s compliance with USAID and Save the Children regulations. The project must be designed to align closely with the current objectives of the Government of Rwanda so that activities are complementary and create sustainability.

Qualifications and experience

Bachelor’s Degree in education, international development, business administration, or another social science is required.

Minimum 7-10 years of professional experience designing, managing and implementing programs in the fields of literacy, international education, and/or supply chain management.

At least five years of senior program experience working and living in a developing country, especially in Rwanda or another Central African country.

Prior experience as Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, or other similar role.

In-depth knowledge of USAID approaches and regulations.

Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations.

Creative problem solving skills with the ability to work effectively in resource-constrained environments.

Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Master’s degree in education, business administration, or international development.

Experience working with public-private partnerships.

Knowledge of Kinyarwanda will be considered an asset.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday

All children learn from a quality basic education and that,

Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued


This position is on Child Safeguarding- Level 3:  The post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs. Or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


We are committed to ensuring a safe working environment for all those who work for us and for all those who come into contact with our staff and representatives, including children and members of the communities with whom we work.

SCI takes a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment and any other conduct that is discriminatory or disrespectful to others.

Application Information:

Deadline for receiving applications is 25th October 2022.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

*Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. *

*Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process*


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