The UN Secretary-General established the UN SDG Action Campaign to inspire people and organizations from all backgrounds and every part of the world to take actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, while holding decision-makers to account for progress society-wide. The UN SDG Action Campaign is hosted and supported by UNDP and is based in Bonn (Germany) with a lean team that marshals rapid support for new initiatives as opportunities arise and provides partners with on-demand strategic creative services that inspire SDG action with an engaged community of activists and concerned individuals.

The UN SDG Action Campaign is working closely with cities and local governments to showcase how they are actively contributing to implement Agenda 2030, accelerating transformative action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for all, and everywhere. The UN SDG Action Campaign, together with the office of UNDP in Rwanda are supporting the City of Kigali to implement the Rainwater Harvesting and Smart Waste Management project in Mpazi and Busanza settlements, one of the winners of the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge.

Within this context, the UN SDG Action Campaign is seeking to recruit a Project Supervisor to support the implementation of the Global Mayors Challenge in Kigali.

The project is addressing the issue of affordable water and smart waste collection in the two recently upgraded neighborhoods, one located in the informal settlement of Mpazi ravine sub-catchment area, Gitega Sector Nyarugenge District, and another in a resettlement of Busanza, populated by people who formerly lived in Kangondo, Nyarutarama.

In order to afford the high cost of water provision, while improving sanitation services, the project focus on promoting the use of rain water collected and distributed into house units, to be used as an alternative affordable water source in addition to commercial (WASAC) water provision. The project also include a new system of waste collection, directly collected from households through segregated waste bins, improving the living conditions of residents.

The project comprises interventions in the two sites located in Mpazi and Busanza and are focused on constructing  rain harvesting systems and smart waste collection systems.  The works will include construction of underground rain water reservoirs with its water distribution mechanism into the already identified buildings, one for each site ( Mpazi & Busanza), and also installation of seven stations of smart waste collection bins in total.

The Project Supervisor will support UNDP in the overall project coordination of the different project work components, liaising with the project team, and monitoring budget resources. The Project Supervisor will ensure the project’s implementation is on time, on budget and within the scope.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Supervisor, under the supervision of the City of Kigali, will work with the UNDP-UN SDG Action Campaign team to ensure effective project implementation in situ.  He/she will be performing the following duties & responsibilities:

  • Coordinate all project  implementation activities  for both sites
  • Coordinate the project team and ensure timely deliverables of the project
  • Together with the team, to review and approve the project technical aspects, including project design and planning
  • Supervise day-to-day management of the projects, including supervising and monitoring the site progress and challenges
  • Analyze requests and documents and ensure timely submission of payment requests by the project consultants, contractors and suppliers;
  • Prepare periodical and situational progress reports on project. Report monthly and quarterly progress to the city of Kigali and for compiling Quarterly Reports to UNDP
  • Prepare and organize user training and workshops
  • Prepare requests to timely engage consultancy and contracting service providers



Achieve Results:                                                     Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact.

Think Innovatively:                                                   Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems.

Learn Continuously:                                                 Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversity experiences.

Adapt with Agility:                                                     Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands.

Act with Determination:                                            Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results.

Engage and Partner:                                                  Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration.

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:                                  Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity.


Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies:

Thematic AreaNameDefinition
Business Direction & StrategyEffective Decision Making
  • Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one's authority, area of expertise and resources.
 Strategic Thinking
  • Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP's objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions.
 Negotiations & Influence
  • Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates 'win-win' situations.
Digital & InnovationGeospatial Analysis
  • Skilled in techniques which study entities using their topological, geometric or geographic properties.
External Relations & AdvocacyEvent Planning & Execution
  • Ability to plan, manage and execute of public and private events to ensure that they support and amplify individual communications and advocacy initiatives, as well as UNDP's overall brand and mandate.
  • The ability to lead efforts to work with others to conclude or settle a matter.


Required Skills and Experience

Min. Education requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, Engineering or Architecture; or a
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Engineering or Architecture with seven (7) years of relevant work experience is required.

Min. years of relevant work experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years with Master’s Degree or seven (7) years with Bachelor’s Degree of relevant working experience in urban projects is required.

Required skills

  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) is required.


Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

  • Excellent analytical and communication skills (written, verbal, interpersonal and intercultural), is highly desirable.
  • Experience focusing on urban upgrading and improving informal settlements is an asset.
  • Knowledge of project management principles and best practices is an asset.
  • Experience in knowledge sharing and advocacy is an advantage.
  • Experience working for local or regional governments is an asset.
  • Proven professional experience focusing n client management and working with diverse team is an asset.
  • Knowledge and understanding of donor supported projects is an asset.


Required Language(s)

  • Proficiency in the English language is required.
  • Working knowledge of Kinyarwanda language is preferred.


Professional Certificates

  • Project Management certification is an advantage.

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

a) Personal CV, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

b) Cover Letter - indicating why the candidate considers him/herself to be suitable for the position.