Thursday, July 21, 2016

Catholic Relief Services,Market Development Specialist, Rwanda Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP)

Closing date: 15 Aug 2016
Position Title: Market Development Specialist, Rwanda Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP)
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Band: D
FLSA: Exempt
Reports To: Rwanda Youth Entrepr

eneurship Project’s Chief of Party
Length of Assignment: 5 years
Note: This position is contingent upon grant and candidate approvals by the donor
**CRS offers competitive salaries and benefits, commensurate with other INGOs and private sector development organizations priming highly technical development programs**
About CRS:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)/Rwanda and partners will be submitting a proposal in response to an anticipated USAID Request for Applications (RFA) Youth Employment Project (YEP). YEP’s objectives is to increase stable employment opportunities, including self-employment, for male and female vulnerable youth, and to improve youth training and employment systems and increase investment in skills for vulnerable youth. The estimated timeframe for this program is five years.
Qualified Rwanda nationals, and other nationalities, particularly those residing in East Africa are strongly encouraged to apply.
Job Summary:
CRS/Rwanda seeks a qualified candidate for the Market Development Specialist position to lead implementation of the activities focusing on the development of employment and self-employment opportunities for youth in rural areas through the use of market development principles. The Market Development Specialist will be responsible for ensuring high quality, result-oriented program implementation and timely achievement of project milestones and objectives related to Results 2: Increased viable self-employment among vulnerable youth. The result focuses on helping rural Rwandan male and female youth to be able to become self-employed, largely in value-added activities in agro-processing and other rural micro-enterprises.
Specific Job Responsibilities:
  • Leads and supports all programmatic activities related to employment and livelihoods for youth, income generation, and youth entrepreneurship; oversee the implementation of entrepreneurship support programs and market facilitation support services for vulnerable male and female youth, especially in rural areas.
  • Promote alignment of program’s strategies and activities with the priorities outlined in relevant national and local strategies and policies related to youth, employment, and agriculture.
  • Link male and female youth entrepreneurs to private sector opportunities, including to relevant USAID Feed the Future projects, private sector firms working in relevant value chains, and youth networks.
  • Support male and female youths’ access to finance, including through partnerships with financial institutions, mobilizations of savings and loans groups, expansion of financial literacy, and identification of policy impediments that are limiting access to credit by male and female youth.
  • In collaboration with program staff, provide guidance and technical oversight to partners and other collaborating agencies to ensure that lessons of sound practice for youth livelihoods and market development are documented and disseminated.
  • In collaboration with program staff, coordinate closely on data collection to measure impacts for all programmatic activities related to market development for youth.
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning
Direct Supervisory Responsibilities: To be determined
Key Working Relationships:
Internal- CRS/Rwanda: Country Representative – Rwanda & Burundi, Rwanda Head of Programs, Operations Manager, Team Leaders, Program Staff
CRS/HQ/Region: Central Africa Regional Office Staff (RTAs/ DRDs) and CRS/HQ departments.
External: Consortium Member and Implementing Partner Staff, Government Officials, USAID, UN Agencies.
Qualifications and Skills:
  • Master’s Degree in economics, business, international development, public policy, education, or other relevant field; A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with 8 years of experience may be substituted for a Master’s degree.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in the development of markets, value chains, and enterprises in rural contexts, including experience working with and targeting youth populations.
  • At least 4 years management experience on projects that boost the performance of rural micro and small enterprises through the use of market development principles.
  • Experience working successfully with national and local government ministries and private sector to promote improved livelihoods for youth.
  • Excellent track record of achieving results in similar rural market development activities, demonstrated high level leadership, interpersonal, technical, and analytical skills.
  • Proven leadership and inter-personal skills and ability to build and motivate diverse and talented teams.
  • Flexibility to work both in a team and independently.
  • Cultural sensitivity, patience and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated personal accountability and driven to serve others.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally as required.
  • Excellent English and French language oral and written communication skills required; Kinyarwanda language skills a plus.
  • Experience working in a variety of developing environments required; knowledge of the Rwandan context desired, particularly knowledge of youth employment issues and challenges/opportunities for youth entry.
  • Experience managing integrated US Government programs and budget preferred.
Major Responsibilities of Position:
Project Management and implementation; Staff Supervision; Monitoring/Evaluation; Mentoring/Training
Disclaimer Clause:
This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
How to apply:
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