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National Consultancy Private Sector Partnerships Officer for Early Childhood Development (ECD) , Kigali, Rwanda


Support the implementation of the MoU between UNICEF Rwanda and the tea sector

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, 

Early Childhood Development has evolved from being a string of luxurious services for the privileged few (those who can afford) to a child rights and national development issue at the centre of Rwanda's national development agenda and as an investment strategy for human capital development, a key factor in national wealth creation.  Rwanda revised its national Early Childhood Development Policy and its Strategic Plan in May 2016, providing an agreed-upon framework to ensure a holistic and integrated approach to the development of young children. The policy calls for multisector collaboration and a community-based approach, involving communities contributing to and leading on the development and management of ECD services at the local level. In 2017, ECD minimum service standards were developed and approved for use as guiding benchmarks for service providers towards provision of inclusive and equitable services of acceptable quality in all ECD settings.

How can you make a difference?

Objectives, Purpose & Expected results

The overall objective of the consultancy is to provide support in the implementation of the NAEB-UNICEF signed MoU.  Specific objectives are as follows:

  1. Develop private sector partnership with the tea industry for provision of integrated ECD services to children in tea plantations
  2. Build capacities of the private sector, local communities and implementing NGO's in providing integrated ECD services
  3. Build consensus around mutual accountability for children's rights to integrated ECD through a shared value approach

Description of the assignment

  1. Elaborate the training plans to scale up capacity building on "care for child development" in the 16 tea companies and 19 tea cooperatives;
  2. Coordinate with NAEB, the tea companies and tea cooperatives to prepare trainings and monitoring activities;
  3. Prepare training materials with the support of the UNICEF ECD and CAP teams and facilitate trainings with the support of UNICEF partners;
  4. Conduct field visits to identify basic needs to establish child friendly workplaces (home based ECD, mobile crèche or centre based ECD services)
  5. Support the establishment of child friendly work places by advising and following up on the minimum requirements;
  6. Provide technical and mentoring support to partners managing the established ECD services to ensure they are in line with the minimum standards;
  7. Support the coordination of different stakeholders (NAEB, Ministries, ECD coordination team, and UNICEF) in implementing the agreed work plan and leveraging all required resources at central and decentralised levels;
  8. Involve the local leaders at district and sector levels in the partnership with tea companies and cooperatives;
  9. Support the documentation and reporting on the status of the MoU implementation.

Involve the local leaders at district and sector levels in the partnership with tea

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Academic qualifications: Advanced university degree in early childhood development, social sciences, education, political sciences or other relevant disciplines.
  • Employment experience: a minimum of four years progressively responsible professional work experience in programme management, and/or advisory support, in Early Childhood Development, resulting in expertise in the technical area.
  • Good analytical, negotiating and advocacy skills. Effective oral and written communication skills, and good writing skills.
  • Good programme planning and monitoring skills, applying results-based management approach.
  • Knowledge of children's rights, gender equality and human rights based frameworks, and understanding of an equity-based approach.
  • Computer literacy: MS Office
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of  French and Kinyarwanda is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…Download File TOR capacity building on ECD Private sector partnership SSA NOB (002).doc

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Kigail
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Trade and Development
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-06

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