Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Field Programme Coordinator Jobs in Rwanda

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Field Programme Coordinator Jobs in Rwanda

Based in Kigali, the Field Programme Coordinator will work closely with the Rwanda Paediatric Association (RPA) and directly under the RCPCH Programme Manager to ensure that the programme is efficiently and effectively delivered, in line with programmatic forecast and budget plans in order to reach the intended objectives and outcomes. The Field Programme Coordinator will report to the RCPCH Programme Manager based in London.

The principal role of the Field Programme Coordinator is to provide coordination and oversight with the project teams and liaison with the RPA programme manager to ensure delivery of the RCPCH-RPA Rwanda Perinatal Improvement Programme (RPIP) and the Rwanda Perinatal Systems Strengthening Programme (RPSSP) projects.

The Field Programme Coordinator will be recruited initially on a 12-months consultancy contract (including a 3-months’ probation period), with possible extension.

Coordination and support to RPIP international volunteers and local mentors

  • Providing support and oversight to UK volunteers working in Rwanda, including regular in-person visits to programme hospitals to consult with volunteers, local champions and project Hub teams, as well as hospital administrators, to review progress and address challenges.

  • Supporting RPA in the delivery of the in-country induction for UK volunteers arriving in Rwanda.

  • Providing regular clinical and practical operational advice and support (by phone/email or supervision visits) to UK volunteers working in Rwanda to support them in the delivery of the programme training package, quality improvement initiatives, mentoring of local staff and data collection at district hospital level.

  • Engaging with, supporting and advising local mentors in their posts throughout the programme period, helping them engage with their assigned hospitals whilst volunteers are in post; planning and facilitating the handover process from international volunteer placement to mentor-led support,and continuing to work with mentors to sustain positive change made in hospitals after UK volunteers departure; and ensuring continuity of the implementation of each hospital’s RPIP Hospital Improvement Plan.

  • Supporting RPA in ensuring local mentors’ monthly visit to assigned hospitals and coordinating the review of mentor monthly reports (with mentors, local champions, senior UK consultant QA team, RPA and RCPCH).

    Supporting RPA & RCPCH in joint programme implementation

  • Supporting RPA in engagement process with participating district and provincial hospitals – ensuring timely contact with hospitals in each new phase of the programme and ensuring senior hospital administrators are well-informed and supportive of project aims and approach.

  • Agreeing monthly deliverables against the overall programme implementation plan, and supporting RPA to monitor progress, identifying delays or obstacles and finding solutions to enable continuing delivery.

  • Working closely with the RPA team (Programme manager, Admin/finance assistant and Data manager) to help build their capacity to implement major component activities of large programme delivery (e.g. in close consultation with RCPCH Programme Manager to ensure timely completion of standard programme functions in finance, logistics, procurement etc).

  • Supporting the RCPCH Programme Manager in the reporting process to UNICEF to collect all necessary information and identify gaps, successes and way forward.

    Partner liaison and external representation

  • Ensuring smooth and regular communication between RCPCH, RPA and other in-country partners/stakeholders (UNICEF, RBC, technical working groups) to communicate and gather information on other MNCH activities in the country.

  • Liaising with RPA to engage with the MoH (Maternal & Child Health team), other external stakeholders in neonatal care in Rwanda, and related national neonatal groups to promote RPIP/RPSSP and raise issues relevant to neonatal and maternal care improvement in the country.

  • Liaising with the 21 hospitals involved in
    the RPIP/RPSSP projects, and facilitating communication and learning between hospitals (volunteers, mentors, champions, administrators) on common barriers and solutions in improving neonatal care, including through regional or national RPIP/RPSSP events.

    Monitoring and Evaluation of the programme

  • Supporting and overseeing the application of the RPIP/RPSSP monitoring and evaluation tools, including liaising with data manager, volunteers, champions and mentors to assess ongoing data collection.

  • Ensuring smooth and continuous uploading of hospital data to RPIP/RPSSP master spreadsheet.

  • Reviewing quality of data being collected and providing analytical input.

  • Liaising regularly with volunteers and district hospital teams on baseline and follow-up data collection process and work closely with RPIP Data manager, RPA and RCPCH Programme Managers and Senior clinical UK consultants to ensure accurate record and interpretation of the data.

  • Safeguarding confidentially of all data.

    Additional activities

  • Developing/supporting on-the-ground and/or remote RPIP communication platform(s) for volunteers, mentors, champions, administrators, RPA, RCPCH and others to share evidence of progress/challenges in improving neonatal care in Rwanda, and collective problem-solving approaches.

  • Perform other related duties as required to ensure the effectiveness of the RPIP/RPSSP programmes.

  • Attend conferences and events related to the programme when relevant (including RCPCH annual conference).

  • The Field Programme Coordinator is based in Kigali and will be available to travel on a regular basis to selected referral, provincial and district hospital sites.

    Person specification


  • Suitable qualification at graduate or masters level in international development, public health, international & global health, health systems strengthening & child health, or equivalent work experience.

  • Significant experience in programme/project management in an NGO setting and with complex multi-stakeholders programmes.

  • Knowledge and experience working on Child and Maternal health-focused programmes, specifically in Africa.

  • Ability to prioritise competing demands and meeting deadlines.

  • Proven leadership and management skills, including remotely.

  • Knowledge and experience of monitoring and evaluation.

  • Sound knowledge and understanding of financial management.

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills demonstrating the ability to understand and discuss complex issues around international development and/or health.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to correspond with a variety of different stakeholders, including funding partners, international NGOs and government officials.

  • Self-motivation and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

  • Proven experience with Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint and data collection and analysis applications.

  • Fluent written and spoken English.


  • Substantial experience in delivering/supporting clinical quality improvement and system strengthening in perinatal and advanced neonatal care

  • French speaking and/or Kinyarwanda


    The position is full-time (approximately 40 hours per week) with a salary of £1,000 per month and attractive benefits such as monthly communication fees, accommodation, and transportation costs (car rental) covered in Kigali, and one return flight to country of origin covered by the programme.

    Additional work-based expenses will also be provided on the presentation of appropriate receipts including travel and accommodation costs whilst away from normal duty station.

    How to Apply

    All interested candidates should submit a CV and cover letter to by January 26th, 2023. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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