BRAC Program Director, Rwanda - Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative Jobs in Rwanda

BRAC Program Director, Rwanda - Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative Jobs in Rwanda

  • BRAC is an award-winning international non-governmental development organization, with the vision of a world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination, where everyone has the opportunity to realize their potential.

  • BRAC is a leader in developing and implementing cost-effective, evidence-based programs to assist poor and disadvantaged communities in low-income countries, including in conflict-prone and post-disaster settings. It is an organization of and for the people of the Global South, pioneering new development and social enterprise approaches to equip communities to achieve prosperity.

  • BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972 by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. It started its first program outside of Bangladesh in Afghanistan in 2002 and has since reached more than 6.5 million people in 11 countries in Africa and Asia. BRAC has a holistic approach to development that uses a wide array of programs that include microfinance, education, health, agriculture, gender, and human rights. BRAC invests in communities’ own human and material resources, catalyzing lasting change and creating an ecosystem in which the poor have the chance to seize control of their own lives.

    About the Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative

  • The Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (“UPGI”) is a global unit of BRAC that was founded in 2016 to build off the success of BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation program in Bangladesh. BRAC UPGI aims to position the Graduation approach as a key driver to eradicate extreme poverty worldwide. It does this by:

  • Advocating for uptake of the Graduation approach by policymakers, national governments, multilateral institutions, and non-governmental organizations; and

  • Effective adaptation and implementation of the Graduation approach in countries around the world, supported through technical assistance and capacity strengthening for external stakeholders.

  • In 2002, BRAC pioneered the Ultra-Poor Graduation (“Graduation”) approach in Bangladesh - a holistic intervention to help people lift themselves from extreme poverty - after recognizing that existing poverty alleviation programs were not reaching the poorest people. Through the provision of livelihood assets, cash transfers, and continued mentoring and training, the Graduation approach addresses participants’ multidimensional needs within the local context and ‘graduates’ people from extreme poverty into sustainable livelihoods.

  • Graduation is an evidence-based, scalable intervention proven to break the poverty trap for the long term. So far, BRAC’s flagship Graduation program has impacted over 2 million Bangladeshi households—totaling over 9 million people. To help eradicate extreme poverty, BRAC UPGI is working to scale globally by integrating Graduation into existing government programs and help 21 million more people lift themselves from extreme poverty by 2026.

    About the Position

  • The BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI) seeks to hire a Program Director to spearhead BRAC UPGI’s efforts to scale the Graduation approach in Rwanda. The Program Director will drive sustained impact on extreme poverty through engaging and influencing governments, local partners, and other key stakeholders to adopt, implement, and scale Graduation programs and policies.

  • Reporting to the Director of Country Portfolio, the Program Director for Rwanda will lead and implement BRAC UPGI’s country strategy for Rwanda, oversee technical assistance engagements to partner organizations including governments, multilateral and bilateral institutions, develop and maintain close working relationships with civil society organization and development actors engaged in programs or advocacy initiatives designed to assist people in extreme poverty; create and leverage opportunities for policy reforms that address extreme poverty; and work closely with BRAC UPGI’s global support units to embed the Graduation approach to extreme poverty alleviation into the Government of Rwanda’s social safety net programs.


    Strategy Development

  • Develop a detailed strategy and work plan for BRAC UPGI’s engagement in Rwanda, building on the UPGI’s initial country
    entry strategy.

  • Conduct needs assessments in coordination with national/local civil society groups and government actors.

  • Conduct strategic stakeholder meetings and workshops and share learnings and evidence with partners to drive influence.

  • Cultivate and manage partnerships with the government (at multiple levels), multi/bi-laterals, donors, and private sector actors.

  • Create stakeholder engagement strategies in coordination with the overarching country strategy with technical, communication, and advocacy colleagues.

  • According to UPGI’s Diversity Equity Inclusion & Belonging principles, build and manage an effective country engagement team to implement the strategy and work plan.

    Country Engagement

  • Actively engage in government consultations and working groups, multi- and bi-lateral working groups, and civil society working groups related to poverty reduction, economic inclusion, and social protection.

  • Identify policy asks for governments and develop policy briefs to support national scale-up of Graduation, including where and how the Graduation can be integrated into new or existing government policies/programs.

  • Identify, explore, and pursue partnership opportunities and entry points for scaling the Graduation approach within Rwanda more broadly with many potential stakeholders, including government, CSOs, media, peer agencies, think tanks, and other research organizations.

  • Drive strategy and action plan for civil society engagement and strengthening by conducting ongoing monitoring of the civil society landscape, including developing partnerships agreements with strong actors.

  • Develop training for local government service providers on crucial Graduation topics to address skills and capacity gaps (monitoring, evaluation, livelihood development, and beneficiary targeting, for example). Plan and lead immersion visits for key government partners to Bangladesh or other countries to experience the impact of the Graduation program firsthand.

  • Support country engagement team members liaising with and advising national and local government and multilateral institution partners such as the World Bank, African Development Bank, and various UN agencies on the design, delivery, evaluation, and promotion of impactful Graduation and other economic inclusion approaches integrated into social protection systems nationally.

  • Design, plan and oversee government Graduation programming and implementation with the support of UPGI.

  • Conduct assessments to inform program design and policy.

  • Identify implementing partners for engagement, develop operational plans, tools, and processes for execution of Graduation programming and

  • Review program progress with in-country and global colleagues, including developing Rwanda-specific KPIs to measure progress, chairing quarterly strategy review sessions with global team members, and adjusting strategy in response to new developments/opportunities and challenges.

    Other (Safeguarding Responsibilities)

  • Establish a safeguarding culture across all level of the programme by implementing the safeguarding policy. Act as a key source of support, guidance and expertise on safeguarding for establishing a safe working environment.

  • Responsible to ensure team members are appropriately trained, supported and have access to resources regarding issues that are identified and actioned in accordance with the safeguarding policy and procedure.

  • Follow the safeguarding reporting procedure in case any reportable incident takes place, encourage others to do so.


  • A proven track record in developing strong relationships with partners, governments, civil society actors, multilateral institutions, or peer agencies

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, international development, or other related fields required

  • 7 - 10 years of experience in international development, government service, NGOs, or civil society organizations required

  • Sector expertise in livelihoods and economic inclusion, social protection, gender, or financial inclusion; Graduation, cash-plus, or similar experience preferred.

  • Proactive leader with the ability to prioritize and effectively manage competing work streams

  • Diplomatic, with strong interpersonal skills and a high degree of political sensitivity

  • Strong English skills and fluency in Kinyarwanda are required. French language skills are a plus.

  • Exceptional communication and representational skills.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; BRAC Program Director, Rwanda - Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative Jobs in Rwanda

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