Placement Organization: Gardens for Health International
Placement Location: Ndera, Rwanda
Eligible Citizenship: Rwandan
About: Founded in 2007, Gardens for Health International (GHI) provides agricultural solutions to health problems. GHI partners with health centers to equip families facing malnutrition with resources and know-how for greater self-sufficiency.
Through our core program, Family Food Security, health centers can prescribe seeds, livestock, agricultural training, and nutrition education—just as they would medication. GHI’s agricultural agents help vulnerable families establish and sustain home gardens. Our start-up package includes a diverse array of fruits, vegetables, and staple crops, as well as animal livestock, like chickens or rabbits.
What sets our model apart is our training curriculum: families gain the skills to sustain improvements in agriculture and chart paths towards better health. Our ongoing commitment to families ensures that they remain healthy, and that one bad growing season doesn’t push them back into chronic malnutrition.
The Family Food Security Program operates within existing local healthy systems to strengthen the prevention and long-term treatment of malnutrition. Agricultural assistance is not only effective, but also cost-effective — a $1 investment in agriculture this year saves an estimated $10 in food aid next year.
The Family Food Security Program currently operates in three health centers in Rwanda’s Gasabo District and serves an estimated 450 families. We plan to add at least one additional health center in August 2012.
Position Overview: The Program Coordinator will work closely with the program management team to oversee the day-to-day activities of our program with health centers. 2013-2014 marks a critical period for the program as GHI plans to expand to new health centers. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for devising operational systems and best practices to ensure that the program runs smoothly at current and future health center partners.
- Liaise with health center partners to coordinate activities
- Jointly supervise field staff
- Jointly manage the program budget
- Participate in training field staff
- Coordinate scheduling for field staff
- Hold regular program meetings and gather feedback
- Report to Country Director on program activities
- Participate in strategic planning
Required Skills and Experience:
- Experience with program coordination
- Experience with budget management
- Excellent English, French, and Kinyarwanda
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- Experience working with an international organization
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively
- Organizational skills and attention to detail
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Patience, flexibility, resiliency, and community spirit
- Background knowledge in health, agriculture, and nutrition are preferred
Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $650/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included. Fellows will live at the Gardens for Health office and farm just outside of Kigali, Rwanda.