Grants and Stakeholder Engagement Manager
Jobs at:Spark MicroGrants
Deadline of this Job:
21 December 2020
Within Rwanda , Kigali , East Africa
Date Posted: Monday, December 14, 2020 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed
Spark MicroGrants believes in a world where everyone lives with dignity and determines their own positive future. Decades of prescriptive aid have sidelined the poor from the very programs meant to uplift them. For nearly a decade, Spark MicroGrants has been pioneering a new approach to international aid. We believe in local solutions and catalyzing rural villages facing poverty into action. After years of refining a community organizing and seed funding model for rural village action, we are garnering demand from emerging nations and leading civil society organizations to train and support them to adapt and deploy the approach at scale.
At the heart of Spark’s model, the Facilitated Collective Action Process (FCAP), are ‘town-hall’ style weekly meetings, in which women and men, young and old, plan together for their community’s future. Each village democratically elects a leadership committee, establishes a village savings account, and launches a project of their choice. Members receive training on financial management and transparency, leadership, village planning, and advocacy. Each village then receives US$8,000 in seed funds to turn project ideas into reality and receives additional management support. Spark is now active in 320+ villages in 6 countries, benefiting over 230,000 lives. In the next three years, we seek to accelerate the growth of this approach, through i) establishing a global Community of Practice based on cutting edge facilitation and training design, and ii) establishing a national scale program in Rwanda – our flagship program – in partnership with the Government of Rwanda. Spark is seeking an ambitious and impact-driven team member in Rwanda to help scale the program to an additional 300+ villages, and establish a national framework to be incorporated in Government policy and financing. .
About the Role
The Government of Rwanda and Spark have an ambitious strategy to strengthen village level governance and enhance rural livelihoods across the country. As a major step in this strategy, Spark is in the final steps of securing a $6 million World Bank and Comic Relief grant through the Japanese Social Development Fund, for the Advancing Citizen Engagement (ACE) Project. The project is anticipated to kick off in early 2021. The project will improve the livelihoods of 85,000 people across 245 villages in Rwanda, and enhance Local and Central Government capacity for participatory village planning, utilising Spark’s tried and tested model for village development, the Facilitated Collective Action Process (FCAP) and is implemented by a team of around 40 Spark staff and 500 community-based facilitators.
The Grants & Stakeholder Engagement Manager will support the Rwanda Managing Director in bringing the FCAP to scale in Rwanda, coordinating national, multilateral, and global partnership work; and will work closely with Spark’s Rwanda team as well as functional support teams to coordinate our work in Rwanda. You will directly report to the Rwanda Managing Director, play a key role in strengthening government and funding partner relationships, as well as Spark’s policy advisory function to the Government of Rwanda aimed at developing a National Framework for Participatory Village Planning (NFPVP) by 2023.
We are looking for candidates with experience in coordinating and implementing bilateral or multilateral partnerships; who are energized about building a coalition across development partners and the government; and demonstrate operational excellence. The right candidate will not want to do ‘development as usual’ but question ‘how’ aid works and ensure that Spark’s program is ultimately accountable to the villages we serve.
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