Senior MEL Expert – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

Senior MEL Expert – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 7+ years of progressively responsible work experience in managing complex projects of similar size;
  • 5 years of monitoring and evaluation work at the supervisory level preferred;
  • Experience designing and overseeing M&E data collection and reporting for finance and/or capacity building projects;
  • Demonstrated research design and analytical skills with 5 years of financial research or monitoring and evaluation experience in Rwanda preferred; USAID or other international donor experience is highly-preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to implement, operationalize, and manage information collection and assessment systems;
  • Demonstrated ability to create and manage information data bases using appropriate software applications;
  • Ability to work in team environment and work with and train non-direct reports to implement programs;
  • Strong writing, reporting, and presentation skills.

Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis

Employment / Workforce Development Specialist – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience in SME workforce development is required, private sector work is preferred;
  • Experience with firm-level capacity building preferred;
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Experience working with business service providers is an asset;
  • Experience designing and implementing internship and apprenticeship programs is an asset;
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred, regional experience is also an asset;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required; Knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or French is an asset.

Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Director of Business Development and Investment Services – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience leading business development and/or investment promotion activities is required;
  • Firm-level capacity-building of investment institutions and/or businesses is preferred; 
  • Experience working with private investors, including angel investors, private equity firms, and venture capital firms, is preferred;
  • Experience working with investment promotion or entrepreneurship support agencies in Rwanda is preferred;
  • Demonstrated success improving lenders’ ability to assess risks/returns of new investments is a distinct asset;
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred, regional experience also an asset;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required; Knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or French is an asset

Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Director of Finance and Operations – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 8+ years of experience in the day-to-day management of financial and operations processes, including accounts payable, payroll, general ledger and financial reporting, as well as general financial administration, grants and cash management, and budgets is required;
  • 5+ years of experience working on donor-funded projects is required, USAID experience is strongly preferred;
  • 2+ years of experience in managing the personnel recruitment cycle, employee handbooks, personnel files, and strengthening moral of employees is required;
  • 2+ years of relevant supervisory experience is required;
  • Familiarity of USAID operations rules and regulations is a plus;
  • Familiarity with Rwanda’s economic sector is preferred;
  • A track record in grants management; a comprehensive training program to educate employees regarding staff tools, policies, and procedures is required;
  • A track record of working closely and transparently with external partners including third-party vendors and consultants is required;
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the CNFA and USAID missions;
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English is required, knowledge of French and/or Kinyarwanda is strongly preferred

Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Director of Financial Institution Strengthening – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 10 years of professional experience supporting financial sector inclusion of agriculture participants, 5+ years of experience in private sector work is preferred;
  • Firm-level capacity-building of investment institutions is preferred; 
  • Experience working with private investors, including angel investors, private equity firms, and venture capital firms, is preferred;
  • Experience working with investment promotion agencies in Rwanda is preferred;
  • Demonstrated success improving lenders’ ability to assess risks/returns of new investments is a distinct asset;
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred, regional experience also an asset;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required; Knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or French is an asset.

Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Business Liaison – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Brief Project Overview:

 

The USAID Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity seeks to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that add value to agricultural commodities, such as firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farm implements. This activity will support these SMEs by strengthening their capacity to access finance, catalyzing a vibrant business development service sector, and removing barriers to investment and finance for banks, microfinance institutions, and private investors interested in working with these SMEs.

Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience cultivating cross-sector partnerships required, private sector experience preferred;
  • Strong professional network with connections across sectors;
  • Experience in communications, journalism, or similar area an asset; 
  • Experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required; Knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or French is an asset.

Women and Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Regional Manager: Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze

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CNFA

CNFA is a US-based nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to stimulate economic growth and improve rural livelihoods in the developing world 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.

Program Description Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze:

The primary objective of the Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze activity is to sustainably increase the income of smallholder farmers, improve the 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 Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/Senior agronomist, the Regional Manager will assist with the management of the district teams and coordination of subcontractors. He/she will be responsible for overseeing all Feed the future Rwanda Hinga Weze interventions in the assigned districts.

Job location

The Regional Manager will be based at Kigali but with frequent travel to the Districts.

Duties and Responsibilities:

    §  Manage and oversee the technical implementation of Hinga Weze activities in targeted districts;

    §  Ensure project activities align with the project implementation plans and calendar;

    §  Collaborate with district authorities and other stakeholders for smooth implementation of Feed the future Rwanda Hinga Weze;

    §  Assist the DCOP/Senior Agronomist with the coordination of subcontractors;

    §  Represent Hinga Weze in meetings about agricultural productivity, market development and nutrition with implementing partners;

    §  Provide overall and technical support to Hinga Weze District Managers, ensuring compliance with Hinga Weze guidelines for activity implementation;

    §  Organize follow-up with partner sites where Hinga Weze activities are being implemented on regular basis;

    §  Establish schedules for Hinga Weze District Managers, and monitor activity implementation;

    §  In collaboration with the Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, the Regional Manager should critically analyze reports made by Hinga Weze District Managers to ensure that quality standards are being met and contributing to the achievement of Hinga Weze objectives;

    §  Prepare and consolidate weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports;

    §  Serve as a member of the grant selection committee;

    §  Actively participate in the planning process to consolidate all district work plans

Qualifications:

    §  Rwandan citizen with at a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, agricultural economics and agribusiness, crop production, rural development, business management, or related fields;

    §  5 years’ experience in agricultural development, program evaluation, agricultural extension, and advising local government officials on agriculture project development, program implementation, agricultural extension services, and integration of nutrition-sensitive agriculture and pro-poor finance into agricultural policy in Rwanda;

    §  Experience in collaborating with districts and local organizations;

    §  Minimum five years’ experience with international NGOs, with at least 3 years’ experience in managerial positions;

    §  Experience working with USAID-funded programs would be an advantage;

    §  Demonstrated skills in leadership, community mobilization, agricultural extension, and management;

    §  Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders, both verbally and in writing;

    §  Effective collaborator, with willingness to innovate and ability to think systematically;

    §  Proven experience in managing multiple and competing tasks while maintaining quality deliverables within deadlines;

    §  Capable of working under pressure;

    §  Excellent communication skills, with a good command of English and Kinyarwanda; knowledge of French would be an advantage;

    §  Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point

DISTRICT MANAGERS (10): Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze

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CNFA:

CNFA is a US-based nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to stimulate economic growth and improve rural livelihoods in the developing world 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.

Program Description Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze:

The primary objective of the Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze activity is to sustainably increase the income of smallholder farmers, improve the 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 DCOP and Senior Agronomist or designee, the District Manager will oversee all interventions of Feed the future Rwanda Hinga Weze in each assigned district.

Job Location:

The District Managers will be based in the following ten districts targeted by Feed the future Rwanda Hinga Weze: Gatsibo, Kayonza, Ngoma, Bugesera, Nyamagabe, Nyabihu, Ngororero, Rutsiro, Karongi and Nyamasheke.

Duties and Responsibilities:

    §  Manage and oversee the technical implementation of Hinga Weze activities at the district office;

    §  Manage and supervise the following district staff: District Agriculture and Productivity Officer; District Business, Market and Finance Development Officer; District Nutrition and Gender Officer; District Outreach Officer, and District Monitoring and Evaluation Officer.

    §  Liaise with RDO, Imbaraga and other subcontractors to discuss how the above mentioned technical staff is involved in the implementation of Hinga Weze activities at the district level.

    §  Ensure adherence to the proposed work plan and completion of district-level activities and collaboration in accordance with CNFA and USG policies and regulations;

    §  Ensure that project activities align with project implementation plans and calendar;

    §  Liaise with the District Coordination Committee to ensure that Hinga Weze activities align with district mission and development objectives;

    §  Supervise respective district-level staff and ensure that they liaise with district authorities to coordinate activities and work planning by participating in Joint Action Development Forums, the elaboration of District Development Plans, and other district-level planning activities with national and international donors, as appropriate, to ensure an integrated approach between Hinga Weze activities and those at the local level.

    §  Collaborate with district authorities and other stakeholders for smooth implementation of Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze activities;

    §  Oversee day-to-day management of Hinga Weze field operations in the district;

    §  Serve as district liaison between Hinga Weze and implementing partners;

    §  Represent Hinga Weze in meetings regarding the implementation of Hinga Weze activities in the district;

    §  Provide overall and technical support to Hinga Weze district staff, ensuring compliance with Hinga Weze guidelines for activity implementation, including visiting sites where Hinga Weze activities are being implemented on regular basis;

    §  Establish schedules for Hinga Weze district staff and monitor implementation of activities;

    §  In collaboration with the Hinga Weze District Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, critically analyze reports of Hinga Weze district staff to ensure that they are meeting quality standards and contributing to the achievement of Hinga Weze objectives and targets;

    §  Serve as a member of the grant selection committee;

    §  Coordinate monthly, quarterly and annual work plans;

    §  Prepare weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports, and other reports as needed

Qualifications:

    §  A Rwandan citizen with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, agricultural economics and agribusiness, or rural development and business administration;

    §  Minimum five years’ experience in project planning, project evaluation, agricultural extension, background in improving farmer incomes and market and finance access, experience working with local financial institutions, agriculture extension services, and nutrition-sensitive agriculture;

    §  Experience in collaborating with the districts;

    §  Minimum five years’ experience working with international NGOs, with at least two years’ experience in a managerial position;

    §  Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders, both verbally and in writing;

    §  Effective collaborator, with willingness to innovate and ability to think systematically;

    §  Proven experience in managing multiple and competing tasks while maintaining quality deliverables within deadlines;

    §  Possession of a motorcycle driving license would be an advantage;

    §  Fluency in Kinyarwanda and English, and working French, would provide additional value.

Local Consultant (Facilitator) – Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

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Project Summary:

The Rwanda Nguriza Nshore activity seeks to facilitate the emergence of a dynamic off-farm sector that can generate more and higher wage employment for the broad majority of Rwandans who are currently engaged in subsistence agriculture and other marginal economic activities. The activity’s goal is to encourage the creation and growth of productive off-farm businesses that can generate productive off-farm employment for rural populations in order to reduce poverty. It will achieve this by alleviating constraints to entrepreneurship, in particular but not exclusively, constraints to finance.

Position Description:

The Local Facilitator will support field research for ongoing capture efforts and technical design on the Rwanda Nguriza Nshore project. He/she will set up meetings with local organizations/partners/agencies/experts according to project needs (including translation if necessary), identify and recommend candidates for proposed positions, and provide logistical support as needed to the CNFA proposal team. 

Preferred Experience:

  • Significant experience managing logistics and administrative tasks and facilitating business relationships in Rwanda
  • Familiarity with the investment and political climate in Rwanda;
  • Strong research experience and demonstrated ability to capture and articulate in writing salient points from business meetings.