Advert – Programme Manager

About the Role:

Kumwe (Kinyarwanda for ‘together’) Hub is an African focused innovative finance and impact investment arm within Save the Children. We support the growth, success and sustainability of local businesses who are having a positive impact on children. We back these businesses through an array of technical support, resources, and services. These include providing a safe space for start-ups to pilot new approaches within Save the Children’s existing programmes, providing advice to businesses on their operations and impact, and providing finance through grants, loans and investments.

To further support local businesses, we take active steps creating market ecosystems which can benefit children, for example by setting up businesses in refugee settings, and helping vulnerable groups to pool resources and procure services for their community.

 The Programmes Manager will play a crucial role in leading Kumwe Hub’s largest single project to date (over $500K). This is not a standard development project; instead it is a heavily innovative programme. There is only a very limited project plan in place, and the role holder will need to liaise with key programme stakeholders before building and delivering a plan based on their thoughts and suggestions.

The title of the programme is ‘Bridging the Digital Divide’. It aims to address challenges that refugees are largely left behind in the digital revolution. This lack of connectivity is a key barrier to accessing livelihoods opportunities as refugees are effectively barred from finding work in the digital economy. The role holder will be responsible for developing a plan to deliver internet services to refugee settings in a sustainable way – possibly through creating a market-based system where refugees group together to pay for services from local private sector actors.

The programme will involve a great deal of refugee community interaction, buy-in and collaboration, working hard to understand the needs in the community and possible opportunities to address those needs. While the programme is highly agile in nature it will roughly follow the key stages below:

Phase 1

  • In-depth needs assessment with refugees (approx. 3 months).
  • Market dialogue with possible providers (3 months).
  • Call(s) for applications to interested parties (2 months).
  • Contracting and customization of solutions (4 months)

Phase 2

  • Piloting the solution (10 months).

Phase 3

  • Dissemination and close-out phase (2 months).

There will be a significant emphasis on Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL), with the role holder expected to conduct research themselves and liaise very closely with MEAL colleagues in the camps settings, in Kigali and remotely with colleagues in Norway.

In helping Kumwe Hub deliver this project, the role holder will be helping to build sustainable business led eco-systems which could transform refugees’ access to the web (and the associated benefits therein). More broadly they will be helping Kumwe Hub achieve its vision of delivering a transformational new approach across Save the Children. They will be ‘shaking up traditional aid delivery’ and showing how a more locally-led, sustainable approach to development can be implemented.

Qualifications and experience

  • Degree in project management, international development, innovation or:
  • Other related field, or equivalent experience.
  •  Minimum 6 years’ work experience in a project management capacity.
  • An individual with experience designing international development interventions.
  • A self-starter who is capable of working in flexible and agile manner with limited guidelines.
  • Evidence of strong inter-personal skills, a good listener who can translate feedback and information from key programme stakeholders into deliverables.
  • Results oriented, with excellent ability to work under pressure. The position requires effective time management, multi-tasking and strong coordination and planning skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Kinyarwanda.
  • A conceptual and theoretical understanding of innovation and agile project management.
  • Experience working with tech and internet sector in Rwanda.
  • Experience working with the UNHCR.
  • Conversational (or better) spoken Swahili, French and/or Kirundi (for interactions with refugees).

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 30th November 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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