Programme Manager, Public Health at WaterAid Rwanda:( Deadline 6 May, 2024) –



Programme Manager, Public Health at WaterAid Rwanda:( Deadline 6 May, 2024)



Job Description for Programme Manager Public Health


WaterAid’s Vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. Our mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities, WaterAid works with partners to maximize its impacts for policy change/influence.

WaterAid Rwanda (WARw) works through supporting local organizations and government to plan and implement inclusive and sustainable services of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). WARw also seeks to influence the policy change through government and other key WASH stakeholders to secure and protect the right of poor people to safe, affordable water and sanitation services. Occupying the position of Programme Manager, Public Health in WaterAid is an exciting opportunity to work with WaterAid and contribute to the achievement of the national and global goals towards realizing the WASH access for everyone everywhere.

WaterAid is fully committed to protecting those with whom it comes into contact. WaterAid is committed to ensuring that wherever we work in the world there is no tolerance for the abuse of power, privilege or trust. WaterAid reinforces a culture of zero tolerance towards any form of inappropriate behavior, abuse, harassment, or exploitation of any kind. The safeguarding of our beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf, is our top priority, and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously. All staff and volunteers are required to share in this commitment through our Global Code of Conduct. We will conduct the most appropriate pre- employment references and checks to ensure high standards are maintained.

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About the role

Job Title

Programme Manager, Public Health

Place of work:

Kigali, Rwanda



Contract type:

Fixed term (3 years renewable)

Reports to:

Head of Programmes

Direct Report (s)

Project Managers

Work Relationships

Internal: SMT Members, PMEAL Manager, Management Accountant, Research & Knowledge Management Specialist, Communication and Campaign Specialist, Grant Specialist, .

External: Development Partners, MoH, MoI, RBC, Other Government officials and District Leaders, HCFs and municipalities, Health professional Councils and Associations, Women organisazions, donors, CSO networks and platforms, communities, private sector.

Job Purpose

Job Purpose

The Programme Manager Public Health will provide thought leadership, strategic advice and support on WASH for Public Health improvement programming. S/he will work collaboratively with other specialists across the wider WaterAid Rwanda Country Program and beyond to embed knowledge and approaches on WASH and Public Health. S/He will develop a Public Health and WASH policy and programme concepts to inform the design of projects to deliver WARw’s Public Health Aim; identify and ensure delivery of relevant research, advocacy and campaign initiatives for Health and WASH; provide technical support for programme development and fund raising; and ensure PMER core procedures are followed in all relevant and related areas of public health and WASH work including

periodic reflection, review and learning.

Main Responsibilities and Duties Technical Programme Leadership

  • Provide leadership in the development of the technical approach of WaterAid Rwanda in Public Health Programmes.
  • Develop health and WASH policy and programme concepts to inform the design of such initiatives to deliver WARW strategic priorities.
  • Provide technical support for programme development and
  • Contribute to strategic planning processes for developing and reviewing programme strategies and the country strategy.
  • Provide leadership in the implementation of the Public Health programme, setting the technical standards to be adhered to by all implementing staff and
  • Review and approve all the technical reports prepared from the
  • Prepare and produce technical programme reports for dissemination to various
  • Cultivate and maintain functional relationships and network with relevant stakeholders including government, civil society and private sector to influence integration of WASH in the Health sector.
  • Lead innovations and adapt to required context to ensure an effective and meaningful response.
  • Develop practical tools for evaluation and monitoring the technical
  • Ensure PMER core procedures are followed in all relevant and related areas of public health and WASH work including high quality PPRs for periodic reflection, review and learning.
  • Develop operating business plan for the technical area in collaboration with the other technical leads and departments.
  • Provide Public Health technical and strategic input into the development of the

Country Strategy. Responsible to provide technical input and support to relevant teams to ensure effective integration and monitoring of WASH in Health activities working closely with the planning and monitoring team.

  • Provide and coordinate targeted technical support to regional offices on WASH and health programming.
  • Support specific WASH and health
  • Facilitate organisational learning in WASH and health

Programme Development and Grants acquisition

  • Develop and execute in collaboration with grants team, a strategy to increase funding portfolio for technical programme.
  • Actively support the roll out of WARw’s Resource Mobilization and Grants Acquisition plan.
  • Provide advice on donor management (government/private donors and institutions) ensuring proper resolutions.
  • Productively manage donor concerns (government/private donors and institutions) ensuring proper resolutions for both parties have been reached
  • Participate in proposal development processes for Pre-proposal, Proposal development, Post-submission.
  • Research new proposals in close coordination with other teams in order to ensure high quality proposals that meet the requirements of the donors.
  • Actively participate in the “Go / No-go” decision making process and ensure that all risks are addressed consistently.
  • Research and draft resources in preparation for grant bidding activities, such as capability statements, project summaries, partner profiles, etc.

Accountability, learning and innovation

  • To ensure quality programming, innovative designs, evaluation, reflection, learning and dissemination and reporting of all projects in the Public Health
  • Ensure that findings and recommendations from various accountability mechanisms such as Reviews, Operational and Finance Audits, Programme evaluations, external and internal evaluations, are acted upon in a timely and effective manner.
  • In close collaboration with Head of People & OD participate in recruitment and selection processes to ensure skilled programme staff are recruited, retained, and provided with, mentoring and coaching for development.
  • Support the recruitment of implementing partners

Policy and Advocacy

  • Provide technical advice on WaterAid Rwanda policy influencing and advocacy strategies that aim to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of the sector to deliver sustainable WASH services for all.
  • Identify and ensure delivery of relevant research, advocacy and campaign initiatives for Health and WASH.
  • Ensure adequate documentation of WASH in Health policy and advocacy initiatives and learning from programme/ project interventions.
  • Identify and lead key policy initiatives on WASH in health in close collaboration with WARW policy team.
  • Generate evidence and advocate for the conditions necessary for strengthened institutions, policies and sector performance at national and sub-national levels.
  • Provide sector leadership and acting as a recognised authority in sector debates on WASH sector governance.
  • Provide leadership and guidance in shaping national WASH in Public Health sector planning processes, and bottlenecks preventing the development of an effective and functioning WASH sector in collaboration with the International Programs Department.

Networking and Coordination

  • Manage, coordinate and enable strategic partnerships and engagements for effective relation with Government institutions, international, local, and collaborative organisations.
  • Maintain effective communications and pro-active relationships with donors and government partners, including visits by donors.
  • In coordination with Director of Programs and others develop and maintain pro- active relationships with bilateral and multilateral representatives in country.
  • In coordination with the Director of Programmes, develop and maintain good relationships with national government ministries, other NGOs and the development sector in general.
  • In coordination other members of the Technical Services team work closely with field staff on capacity building of national office staff and knowledge sharing within the region.

Safeguarding & Safety & Security

  • Ensures that Safeguarding, Child Protection, and Gender Equality policies are fully embedded in project design, during implementation and as principles applied in day-to-day work of Program team.
  • Ensures that comprehensive health, safety and security measures (e.g. risk management plans, local security protocols) have been put in place when designing programs / project and are consistently upheld during their
  • Ensures that any partner agencies that WARw works with are adopting the same health, safety and security standards (as defined in any applicable WARw health, safety and security policies), and arrange for capacity building support where gaps or weaknesses are identified.
  • Understands and puts into practice the responsibilities under Safeguarding, Child Protection and Gender policies and Code of Conduct (CoC).
  • Adheres to any local security protocols that have been put in place when working in the office, travelling to the field or undertaking project / program

Key Competences, Skills, Experience, and Knowledge

Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience


  • Master’s in Public Health/ Environmental Health with background of Medicine, Medical Sanitation Engineering or related discipline
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in similar managerial roles
  • Experience in WASH or public health program delivery and coordination of programs /projects; and understanding of working modality of the Health sector
  • Ability to create networks between central government ministries, local governments and stakeholders that further sustain behavioural change interventions.
  • Competency in WaterAid common approaches to work including partnerships, convening, inclusion, systems strengthening, creating behavioral change, and mainstreaming gender and inclusion of youth.
  • Good communication skills in written and verbal English, with good interpersonal, negotiating and persuasive skills and experience


  • Experience in research in public health and WASH development issues.
  • Excellent skill in community consultation, group discussions with different and diverse group of people, field observation, interviewing with people and facilitating meetings internally and externally.
  • Ability to work flexibly, manage competing priorities and meet strict deadlines.
  • Ability to design, manage and evaluate behavioural change interventions.
  • Experience of managing and supporting staff and partners.
  • Experience of working effectively within a culturally diverse and matrix organization.

Behavioural competencies

  • Extensive commitment, experience and demonstrable knowledge and skills in the area of the integration of WASH and health, WASH and health systems thinking, public health, environmental health, sustainable WASH in developing countries, demonstrated through a progressive career record with at least the most recent significant experience being in a similar level role.
  • Very strong analytical ability and writing ability in English.
  • Experienced in producing practical knowledge products targeting needs of diverse audiences.
  • Proven success in offering technical assistance, consulting, and/or advisory services to empower and to develop capacities.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive tasks forward to completion in a timely manner while maintaining high quality.
  • A team player, able to work responsibly, under pressure, and collaboratively across diverse groups and culture.
  • Working style that reflects WaterAid’s values.

Interested candidates should fill the application form attached here below and send it to the following email no later than 6th May 2024.



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