Team: New Business | Commitment: Career | Location: Rwanda

Chief of Party–Rwanda Nguriza Nshore

Brief Project Overview

The Rwanda Nguriza Nshore activity aims to drive rural economic growth through facilitating the emergence of a dynamic agribusiness sector by alleviating constraints to investment and by increasing access  to financing, Nguriza Nshore will facilitate the creation and growth of small to medium agribusinesses, as an entry point for broader growth, to provide productive employment for rural populations and to reduce poverty. 

Duties & Responsibilities

The Chief of Party will be responsible for the overall management of the activity to achieve following anticipated objectives: (1) Increase rural employment through expanded investment in non-farm SMEs across Rwanda, (2) Expand capacity of financial institutions to lend to small to medium agribusiness, (3) Increase private and commercial investment in small to medium agribusinesses in Rwanda , and (4) Strengthen and enable environment for expansion of small to medium agribusiness and firms supporting the agribusiness sector

  • Provide overall leadership, management, and general technical direction of the activity, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the contract
  • Lead, coordinate, and advise the technical units to achieve program objectives throughout Rwanda
  • Act as key liaison between USAID and all other counterparts, implementing partners, and Government of Rwanda officials involved in the program
  • Oversee and approve work plans, budgets, reports, and other deliverables, ensuring quality and compliance
  • Guide the Finance, Operations, and Compliance unit to ensure the alignment of technical, security, financial, and administrative requirements
  • Ensure adherence to local laws, USAID rules and regulations, and CNFA policies and procedures
  • Communicate regularly with the home office CNFA Program Director about activity progress against technical and financial objectives
  • Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning unit to integrate findings and promote thought leadership and learning on off-farm agribusiness finance, investment, business development services, policy, and other relevant topics
  • Manage local and international subcontractors to meet or exceed technical and financial contractual requirements
  • Represent the Nguriza Nshore activity at related meetings and events

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • Fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience in the area of agribusiness, banking, business development service management, policy-making, or private sector development.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of management experience of projects of similar complexity with experience with direct supervision of professional managing teams and support staff
  • Demonstrated experience in Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) fund management, transaction facilitation, investment banking, financial modeling, public private partnerships facilitation, and public-private dialogue in the sub-Saharan Africa context.
  • Strong technical expertise in agricultural finance or development finance, experience in private sector work preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules and regulations required, experience managing a USAID funded program highly preferred, experience with other large donor programs an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to engage senior level country counterparts, donor representatives, and senior-level staff to identify and resolve key barriers to progress
  • Master’s degree or higher in a related field
  • 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