PAJER Economic Strengthening and Agriculture Officer Job Vacancy in Rwanda

USAID Higa Ubeho Programme
PAJER - Parlement des Jeunes Rwandais

PAJER, founded in 2000, is a local Kigali based NGO working with community based groups across Rwanda, on the development of youth empowerment and activities, business development and micro finance activities and humanitarian activities in Refugee Camps.

PAJER have recently entered into a new partnership with CHF to deliver the USAID funded Higa Ubeho Programme in Musanze and Ngoma. The program aims to support some of Rwanda’s most vulnerable households by –increasing their access to health and social services and providing economic, nutritional and educational support. Key to the programme will be developing Savings and Lending Schemes, Farmer Field Schools and Nutritional advice through Positive Deviance Hearth Groups.

This recruitment programme is still subject to final grant approval

USAID Higa Ubeho – Economic Strengthening and Agriculture Officer

Duties and Responsibilities:
• To develop Internal and Savings Groups and Farmer Field Schools with targeted beneficiaries in the USAID Higa Ubeho programme areas of Musanze and Ngoma
• To conduct local need assessments and identity beneficiaries for membership in ISLGs
• To sensitize and promote a savings culture among community members to promote ISLGs
• To provide training and support to ISLGs on their efficient and effective implementation
• To provide business training, advice and support to promote the development of sustainable businesses emerging from the ISLGs
• To facilitate  linkages and relationship between the beneficiaries and financial institutions (MFIs) and Umurenge Sacco
• To develop adult and  junior Farmer Field Schools
• To organize the training of Farmer Field School leaders on the Farmer Field School approach and on bio-intensive agriculture techniques including:  water and soil conservation, composting, preparation of the soil, control of pests and disease etc.
• To support groups to increase and enhance their food security through demonstration activities, linkages to input distributors and through the sharing and learning of good practice.
• To share new technologies on fortified seed varieties and other seeds of high nutritional value among beneficiaries and follow multiplication activities of fortified seeds and other seeds of high nutritional value.
• To work closely with district and sector agronomists, leaders of groups (cooperatives, associations, field schools) in the identification of crops adapted to the region, having great nutritional or economic value for production in identified markets.
• To collaborate with the staff responsible for nutritional education to improve food security at the household level
• To be responsible for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the programme activities and impact

Qualifications and Experience
• University Degree (A1) in agriculture,
• Diploma holders in above fields should have three to five years’ experience of progressively working with vulnerable groups, HIV/AIDS affected associations or cooperatives.  Training or experience in participatory approach is desirable.
• Have at least 2 years of agriculture, economic strengthening and/or community development experience.
• Be highly motivated, keen to learn and have a real interest in field work
• Be familiar with adult learning methodologies.
• Be familiar with field experimentation.
• Must be willing to be based / work in the field on a regular basis.
• Has knowledge and familiarity dealing with information tools, writing reports and creating tables.

Interested applicants should submit the following:
(1) A letter of interest, describing specific qualifications for the position;
(2) A current CV, detailing experience, education, and current and previous salaries;
(3) Letters of recommendation from three professional references with current telephone numbers and e-mail addresses;

BY July 11th  2013

The Chief Executive
Parlement des JeunesRwandais (PAJER)
Remera- Avenue Rukiri II – Kigali
P.O Box 1022
Kigali, Rwanda
Mob  (+250) 0788308577 or (+250) 0788625140


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