Business, Market, and Finance Development (BMFD) Specialist

Business, Market, and Finance Development (BMFD) Specialist

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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.

Position Description

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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Manager

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Program Description Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze

The primary objective of the Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze activity is to sustainable 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.

Position Description

Reporting to the M&E Director, the M&E Manager will support all Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) activities. S/he will be responsible for implementing M&E systems including indicator targeting, tracking and reporting according to USAID and CNFA standards, managing a data collection systems, leading impact assessments and a learning strategy. The M&E Manager will serve in the MEL unit as the intermediary between the M&E Director and Provincial M&E Coordinators.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the development and implementation an MEL strategy (per the approved MEL Plan) outlining M&E systems for data collection, targeting and tracking custom and USAID/FTF indicators, knowledge management, impact assessments, learning activities and reporting in compliance with the requirements provided in the Activity contract, USAID regulations and CNFA standards;
  • Support the M&E Director in working closely with other technical units in establishing and managing a GIS referencing, cloud-based MEL system and ensure data requirements are integrated into project management processes;
  • Provide oversight to Provincial M&E Coordinators and District M&E Officers on data collection and analysis, and to ensure the timely completion of M&E activities;
  • Facilitate Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) strategies to support the use of data and information from the M&E system for real-time decision-making to improve project implementation
  •  Regularly review monitoring data and help organize periodic learning days and annual learning summits with district staff to help managers identify successes and make decisions about adapting activities and approaches to achieve results.
  • Collaborate with the Finance, Operations, and Compliance Unit to help develop a system to track and report cost-related data for each program element to reinforce financial and budgetary strategies and allocations during planning periods;
  • Ensure compliance with all USAID, CNFA, and, if/where applicable, host country government reporting requirements;
  • Complete other duties as necessary and assigned by M&E Director and Chief of Party.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years of experience working on monitoring, evaluation and learning for donor funded projects; USAID experience is highly desirable;
  • Master’s degree required in relevant field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience in a relevant competency area, including statistics, international development, economics or other;
  • Experience using monitoring and evaluation systems with USAID-supported indicators, including Feed the Future and nutrition indicators;
  • Willingness to collaborate, innovate and ability to think systematically;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate with wide range of stakeholders both verbally and in writing;
  • Proven experience in managing multiple and competing tasks while maintaining quality of deliverables within deadlines;
  • Strong communication skills and ability to write clear and concise reports in English;
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills in English required.

Environmental Officer

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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.

Position Description

Reporting to the Senior M&E Specialist, the Environmental Officer is responsible for ensuring compliance on all environmental-related project activities. The Environmental Officer, in conjunction with the Chief of Party, will design project activities that mitigate the negative effects of climate change. The Environmental Officer is based in Kigali.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Update on a regular basis and implement the Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP) in accordance with USAID and CNFA guidelines;
  • Lead the monitoring and evaluation team in assessing the environmental impact of project activities;
  • Provide regular updates to Chief of Party on the environmental implications of project activities;
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance and leading compliance for all grant activities and asset development activities, such as terrace rehabilitation and irrigation;
  • Ensure project’s activities are in compliance with the PERSUAP, IEE, EMMP and USAID and GOR environmental regulations;
  • Contribute technical guidance to the design and implementation of activities aiming to increase resilience of local food systems and agricultural production to climate change (e.g. terracing, small-scale irrigation, climate smart agriculture techniques)
  • Coordinate with relevant technical leads in the field and the Kigali-based Agriculture Productivity Unit and Provincial offices to ensure smooth implementation of environmental compliance activities;
  • Produce environmental review forms and mitigation plans for project-use and as required by USAID or GOR regulations;
  • Conduct environmental training and ensure relevant records, reports, and audits are effectively implemented;
  • Responsible for contributing training modules related to agriculture, and safe use of pesticides;
  • Contribute as appropriate to report preparation, and participate and assist in the project’s workshops and seminars as needed;
  • Undertake other assignments or tasks at the request of the Chief of Party.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, or relevant field is required.
  • Minimum of 5 years working in natural resource management on donor funded projects.
  • Demonstrated ability advising on the environmental implications of development activities.
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Proven knowledge of USAID regulations regarding environmental monitoring and mitigation is added advantage.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills in English required; Kinyarwanda and French considered an asset.

This position is open only to Rwandan Nationals.

 

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for submission is September 15, 2017

CNFA is a US-based nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to stimulate economic growth and improve rural livelihoods by empowering the private sector through five core capabilities: (1) Productivity, Food Security and Nutrition; (2) Input Supply and Farm Services; (3) Economic Resilience and Rapid Recovery; (4) Value Chain Development; and (5) Volunteer Technical Assistance. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations (FBOs) and strengthened linkages to markets. 

Learning Advisor

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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.

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Senior M&E Specialist, the Learning Advisor will be responsible fordesigning and implementing the Hinga Weze learning agenda and evaluating project data to identify successful approaches and trends at the field level. S/he will also assist the MEL Unit in developing MEL systems and plans. This position is based in Kigali.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.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Senior M&E Specialist to design and implement a program-wide Learning Agenda that embeds program-wide collaboration, coordination, learning, and adaptation to help maximize program results through evidence-based decision making;
  • Lead learning activities outside the program’s formal M&E data collection and reporting structure, including surveys to determine adoption rates for nutrition practices; longitudinal household tracking; work with the Communications Officer to develop success stories.
  • Facilitate meetings of relevant stakeholders; conduct literature reviews; Identify and prioritize the right questions to improve program effectiveness; develop a plan for answering those questions; implement ad-hoc surveys and analyses with technical staff, program participants, and/or key stakeholders; and act on the findings through dissemination and diffusion of evidence around what works, for whom, and under what circumstances to program managers, USAID and key stakeholders;
  • Create learning tools, and organize learning exchanges between Hinga Weze staff, other implementing partners, USAID, and GOR stakeholders.
  • Lead activities and bring learning from ongoing program activities to flexibly respond to results, successes, challenges, data, etc.
  • Collaborate with technical staff and program managers to determine how training outcomes will be used to implement the Hinga Weze learning agenda.
  • Work closely with the SBCC Specialist and other technical staff to ensure that training content development, testing of materials, training type, and the ways training will be delivered will align with the learning agenda.
  • Be knowledgeable of the Geographic Information System (GIS) to be able to develop, manage, and maintain a GIS Mapping Database and develop data collection tools to geographically map program interventions and project management indicators. 
  • Undertake other assignments or tasks at the request of the Chief of Party.

Qualifications:

  • At least 7 years of experience in the design and implementation of learning agendas, evaluation of project data to identify successful approaches and trends at the field level, the development of MEL systems and plans;
  • Demonstrated experience working with and managing Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • BSc or higher in data management, information technology, or a related field;
  • Fluency in English and advanced level of French and Kinyarwanda Fluent speaker of French and Kinyarwanda; and advanced speaker of English;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Experience working on USAID or other international donor-funded programs a plus;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills;
  • Advanced proficiency with M&E related technologies.

This position is open only to Rwandan Nationals.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for submission is September 15, 2017.

CNFA is a US-based nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to stimulate economic growth and improve rural livelihoods by empowering the private sector through five core capabilities: (1) Productivity, Food Security and Nutrition; (2) Input Supply and Farm Services; (3) Economic Resilience and Rapid Recovery; (4) Value Chain Development; and (5) Volunteer Technical Assistance. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations (FBOs) and strengthened linkages to markets

GIS/IT Officer

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Position Description

Under the supervision of the Senior Agronomist/Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP), the Geographic Information System (GIS)/Officer will be responsible for managing all significant and relevant data required by the program to inform annual reports and communications documents; and provide quantitative results that will feed into analysis, evaluations, performance monitoring, and more. S/he will also develop, manage, and maintain a GIS Mapping Database and develop data collection tools to geographically map program interventions and project management indicators.  In addition, s/he will be cross-cutting office IT and programmatic ICT duties.

Qualifications:

  • At least 7 years of experience in the design and implementation of learning agendas, evaluation of project data to identify successful approaches and trends at the field level, the development of MEL systems and plans;
  • BSc or higher in data management, information technology, or a related field;
  • Fluency in English and advanced level of French and Kinyarwanda Fluent speaker of French and Kinyarwanda; and advanced speaker of English;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Experience working on USAID or other international donor-funded programs a plus;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills. 

This position is open only to Rwandan Nationals. 

Communications Officer

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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.

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Senior M&E Specialist, the Communications Officer will be responsible for developing and overseeing the project communications strategy and activities, including developing marketing materials that comply with the USAID approved Branding and Marking Plan. S/he will also be responsible for quality control on all reports, project branding and marking, supporting the Hinga Weze training agenda, and development of success stories, press releases and marketing materials.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and oversee communications materials including but not limited to success stories, press releases, brochures, presentations, speeches, talking points and additional marketing materials.
  • Regularly communicate the project’s activities and impacts to CNFA headquarters and stakeholders.  This includes submitting Quarterly Deliverables to CNFA HQ and participating in bi-monthly phone calls to HQ;
  • Take the lead role in the development of weekly, monthly and quarterly reports/updates to USAID and to CNFA headquarters. Coordinate written inputs of the program team into a consolidated report document;
  • Ensure Project’s compliance with USAID and CNFA’s Branding and Marking Plan;
  • In close collaboration with the Operations and Procurement Manager, respond to short notice and ad hoc communication requests from USAID;
  • Assist execution of office photography and documentation of the Hinga Weze brochure, workshops and publications and distribution of printed materials;;
  • Lead logistical support and ensure proper coordination for the preparation of high-level meetings and workshops and public events;
  • Continue to develop and manage an extensive library of videos, photography, and project documents.  Later stages will include short Project videos; 
  • Support the production of high-quality reports including the Feed the Future biweekly, monthly and quarterly reports to be submitted to USAID;
  • Support the development and contribute of success stories;
  • Undertake other assignments or tasks at the request of the Chief of Party.

Qualifications:

  • 5 years of experience in communications and media, including managing and launching promotional events and materials for donor-funded projects;
  • Bachelors or higher in Media, Communication, and Development;
  • Fluency in English and advanced level of French and Kinyarwanda Fluent speaker of French and Kinyarwanda; and advanced speaker of English;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Experience working on USAID branding and marking strategy, including the development of one-pagers, sector-specific fact sheets, and success stories, a plus;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills. 

This position is open only to Rwandan Nationals. 

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for submission is September 15, 2017.

CNFA is a US-based nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to stimulate economic growth and improve rural livelihoods by empowering the private sector through five core capabilities: (1) Productivity, Food Security and Nutrition; (2) Input Supply and Farm Services; (3) Economic Resilience and Rapid Recovery; (4) Value Chain Development; and (5) Volunteer Technical Assistance. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations (FBOs) and strengthened linkages to markets

Administrative/Human Resources Assistant

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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.

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Operations and Procurement Manager, the ICT Officer/Administrative Assistant will be responsible for ensuring reliable local communications and connectivity between the provincial-level and home offices. S/he will be required to support the adoption and rollout of any new technology required to implement program activities in the target provinces and districts. S/he will also provide overall administrative support to the Hinga Weze program.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and troubleshoot all network and computer related issues;
  • Integrate security, physical control solutions for all confidential data and systems;
  • Monitor performance and manage parameters to provide fast responses to front-end users;
  • Integrate and configure computer networking for best performance;
  • Troubleshoot and repair of hardware, operating systems and applications;
  • Monitor and maintain computer systems and networks;
  • Identify security gaps and provide relevant solutions in consultation with the Operations manager;
  • Test and evaluate all new technology including M&E systems e.g. database systems, websites etc.;
  • In collaboration with ICT Partner and MEL Unit, develop participatory strategies and tools for monitoring and evaluating the project;
  • Conduct electrical safety checks on computer equipment;
  • Enhance office IT system through appropriate upgrades and advise Operations Unit on changes or improvements required;
  • Help install and support of all ICT hardware and software;
  • Provide overall administrative support to the Hinga Weze program.

Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of experience providing information communications technology (ICT) and administrative support in a development context;
  • Bachelors in information technology or a relevant field required;
  • Fluency in English and advanced level of French and Kinyarwanda Fluent speaker of French and Kinyarwanda; and advanced speaker of English;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Experience working on USAID or other international donor-funded programs a plus;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills. 

We are looking to fill this position immediately and will be interviewing qualified candidates on a rolling basis.

This position is open only to Rwandan Nationals.

Senior Accountant

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Program Description Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze

The primary objective of the Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze activity is to sustainably increase smallholders farmers income, improve nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food systems to the changing climate.

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Director of Finance and Operations, the Senior Accountant will lead preparation of the program’s expenditures and reporting system. S/he will be responsible for monitoring the overall financial reporting system. The Accountant will also prepare and present financial reports, analysis, and recommendations concerning relevant financial issues. Additionally, the Accountant will maintain the Accounts Payable Ledger and Check Register.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Maintain Accounts Payable Ledger and Check Register;
  • Monitor bank account balances (money market & operating accounts);
  • Verify accuracy of expenses and expense reporting from sub-contractors;
  • Verify vendor invoices for accuracy and run checks twice a week;
  • Verify cash balance on a monthly basis;
  • Review work on collections and advance repayments;
  • Verify petty cash register;
  • Review invoices for rent and other expenses;
  • Maintenance of all equipment contracts and insurance policies;
  • Prepare payroll processing;
  • Develop, enhance, and maintain automated financial reporting systems to track financial performance of CNFA and its affiliates;
  • Prepare the accounting functions in closing the books and reports;
  • Work directly with external auditors on a variety of technical accounting issues
  • Providing assistance with internal or external audit requirements.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of Bachelors’ degree required in accounting or a relevant  field;
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in accounting with at least 3 year within the International Non-Governmental Organization’s (NGO) sector;
  • Proficiency in Excel and other relevant accounting software;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Experience working on USAID or other donor-funded programs a plus;
  • Strong attention to details and high degree of integrity, accountability, energy and flexibility.

We are looking to fill this position immediately and will be interviewing qualified candidates on a rolling basis.

This position is open only to Rwandan Nationals.