VVOB – education for development is a Belgian non-profit organisation that focuses on improving the quality of education. VVOB has its headquarters in Brussels (Belgium) and is implementing education programmes in 8 partner countries, including in Rwanda.
In cooperation with the University of Rwanda – College of Education (URCE) and Rwanda Education Board (REB), VVOB started in 2017 with a multi-year programme (2017-2021) on “Leading, Teaching and Learning Together”. The programme is currently being upscaled in primary and secondary schools to 17 districts in Rwanda and aims to improve the quality of education through the professional development of school leaders and induction of new teachers.
We aim to gain an improved insight in the cost-efficiency of our interventions in Rwanda, and plan for a further expansion and upscaling of our programme based on detailed financial and economic scenario studies. In this context, we are currently looking for a Financial Advisor / Economist.
With your financial, economic and quantitative knowledge and skills, you do financial prognoses and economic analyses that enable us to further plan and formulate our interventions in Rwanda in the long term. You share your insights with VVOB colleagues and Rwandese cooperation partners, but also with a broader public, including donors. You work in a mixed team of Rwandese and expat colleagues, you are the connecting link between the financial department and the programme department, and you report directly to the Programme Manager.
- In close cooperation with the colleagues of the financial and programme departments, you collect and structure financial data of our activities;
- With this financial data, you calculate cost structures, return and efficiency of our interventions, provide recommendations for improvements and optimisations, and support the colleagues in implementing these;
- You support the financial department and programme department in financial planning, implementation and budget monitoring;
- You prepare and calculate various financial and economic scenarios and models to further expand and upscale our interventions, and you provide advice on this to colleagues, Rwandese partners and (potential) other donors and cooperation partners;
- You develop user-friendly financial formats to further optimise the formulation and planning of new programmes;
- You stay informed on the structure and developments of the Rwandese national budget for education, and signalise tendencies, opportunities and risks for VVOB’s programme interventions;
- You actively contribute to finding new funding opportunities and to developing project proposals;
- You contribute to VVOB’s internal and external communications from a financial and economic point of view;
- You share lessons learned with colleagues in Rwanda but also with the broader organisation.
- You have a Master’s degree in economic sciences, socio-economic sciences, business administration or any other relevant degree;
- You have experience with quantitative research with strong analytical skills and an eye for detail;
- You have experience with doing financial prognoses and economic analyses; preferably in the area of cost-benefit, cost-efficiency and cost-effectiveness analyses;
- You have strong English communication skills, both written and oral, and know how to translate complex financial and economic analyses into clear communication messages and presentations to share with different audiences, and to provide advice based on the local context;
- You have a strong interest in and affinity with international development cooperation;
- EU citizen.
VVOB core competences:
- Result orientation
- Continuous improvement
Function specific competences:
- Analytical and synthesising skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- 360° Empathy
- Development oriented
- A dynamic working environment in an international context; our team in Rwanda consists of a multi-disciplinary team of more than 25 Rwandan and international professionals;
- An exciting job with varied responsibilities and opportunities for professional development;
- A competitive expat salary (salary scale A111 of the Flemish Government with a gross annualsalary between € 43 000 and € 67 000 depending on relevant working experience) plus benefits package (including housing allowance, hardship allowance, an annual flight ticket, insurances, contribution to school fees and professional development budget)
Note that this is a long-term position with secured funding up until 31st December 2021.
As soon as possible.