Program Description Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze
The primary objective of the Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze activity is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food systems to the changing climate.
Reporting to the Chief of Party, the Business, Market, and Finance Development (BMFD) Specialist leads the Business, Market, and Finance Development (BMFD) Unit, which will provide mentoring and coaching for cooperatives and agrodealers, including in areas such as access to credit and other financial products, and organizational development. The BMFD Specialist will lead a team to facilitate linkages to suppliers of agricultural equipment, processors, other value chain actors, and price and market information. S/he is responsible for liaising with the Agricultural Productivity and Nutrition and Social Behavior Chance Communication (SBCC) technical units in order to design mutually reinforcing interventions and oversee field implementation across technical areas. The Business, Market, and Finance Development (BMFD) Specialist is based in Kigali.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Responsible for the overall design, implementation, oversight, and reporting of the activity’s objectives around business and financial services and farmers’ access to markets;
- Directly supervise the Senior Access to Finance Advisor, the Value Chain Development Advisor, the Post-Harvest Handling Advisor, the Business Development Services Advisor, and the Extension Advisor;
- Will collaborate with local partners and conduct regular site visits to ensure effective implementation while coordinating closely with other technical team leaders to increase impact of program interventions;
- Ensure the smooth implementation of all market and financial development activities to promote productivity and sales and improve household-level consumption of nutritious foods and collaboratively plan activities to ensure interventions stimulate and support results;
- Coordinate with the Agriculture Productivity Unit to develop strategies that promote smallholder uptake of improved inputs, practices, and post-harvest technologies that increase market competitiveness and reduce labor and costs;
- Facilitate multiple sub-components of Activity Component 2: Improved Market Access;
- Coordinate with the MEL unit to participate in M&E, learning, and programmatic reporting activities;
- Undertake other assignments or tasks at the request of the Chief of Party.
- Master’s degree in business administration and management or related area of study or equivalent work experience;
- At least ten years progressively responsible work experience in managing complex donor-funded project(s) related to agricultural finance, value chain development, agricultural investment, private sector investment management and/or access to finance;
- Minimum of seven years of experience in USAID-funded program(s), preferably in East Africa;
- At least 5-7 years in a supervisory capacity or experience managing teams of at least eight direct reports;
- Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate with wide range of stakeholders both verbally and in writing;
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate, willingness to innovate and ability to think systematically;
- Proven experience in managing multiple and competing tasks while maintaining quality of deliverables within deadlines;
- Advanced oral and written communication skills in English required; Kinyarwanda and French also preferred.