Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Winrock International,Market Development Specialist Jobs in Rwanda

Rwanda YEP Project
Closing date: 15 Jul 2016
Market Development Specialist, Rwanda YEP Project
Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is recruiting local Rwandan applicants for the position of Market Development Specialist for the anticipated USAID-funde
d “Youth Employment Project (YEP)” project in Rwanda. The proposed objective of the project is to increase stable employment for vulnerable youth in Rwanda. The nation-wide project will align with USAID’s Feed the Future and have a focus on workforce readiness and youth entrepreneurship.
The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.
Applicants should go to the ‘Jobs’ link at and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing Rwanda YEP Market Development Specialist by July 15, 2016. Qualified Rwanda nationals, and other nationalities, especially those residing in Central/East Africa are strongly encouraged to apply.
Winrock would like to thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.
Position Description
POSITION TITLE: Market Development Specialist, Rwanda Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP)
DEPARTMENT: Civil Society & Education
REPORTS TO: Chief of Party (COP)
Position Summary:
The Market Development Specialist will be responsible for providing leadership in developing the technical aspects of the program related to workforce readiness training, youth entrepreneurship, and connecting youth to current employment opportunities in Rwanda. The position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
·         Provide strategic leadership of all programmatic activities concerned with employment and livelihoods for youth, income generation programs/opportunities, youth entrepreneurship, and internships.
·         In coordination with a team, develop and oversee implementation of youth workforce readiness and entrepreneurship work plans/targets, budgets, and reports.
·         Coordinate strategy and activities with any implementing partners, national and local government authorities involved in and responsible for education and economic development.
·         Serve as liaison with private sector employers as well as youth-oriented organizations to facilitate relationships with youth.
·         Manage and mentor staff in workforce readiness, youth entrepreneurship trainings, and connecting youth to market opportunities and networks.
·         Coordinate closely on data collection to measure impacts as well as track program graduates and employment opportunities.
·         Serve as technical lead in at least four of the following areas and supervise staff and/or consultants in the remaining areas: workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, leadership, workforce development service delivery system, youth apprenticeships, internships, youth-serving organization capacity building, job placement support, labor market analysis, microfinance, non-agriculture and agricultural off-farm market opportunities.
·         Master’s degree in economics, business, international development, public policy, education or other related field; Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with 8 years of experience may be substituted for a Master’s degree.
·         Supplemental training in workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, monitoring and evaluation, gender analysis/mainstreaming, microfinance preferred.
Work Experience:
·         Minimum seven years’ experience working in projects promoting stable employment for youth interventions in areas including skills training, micro-lending, micro-savings, employment generation, alternative/additional income generation for youth, youth employment, community mobilization for donor-funded development programs required.
·         Experience in the development of markets, value chains, and enterprises in rural contexts, including experience working with and targeting youth populations.
·         Experience working successfully with government ministries engaged in promoting improved livelihoods and education for youth, as well as experience working with the private sector, employers’ organizations, trade unions, or comparable entities.
·         Management experience on projects that boost the performance of rural micro and small enterprises through the use of market development principles.
·         Experience managing and monitoring integrated US Government programs and budgets strongly preferred.
·         Excellent track record of achieving results in similar rural market development activities, demonstrated high level leadership, interpersonal, technical, and analytical skills.
·         Demonstrated technical expertise in four of the following areas: non-agriculture and off-farm agricultural activities, public-private partnerships, enterprise development and incubation, vocational education/training, microfinance access, youth and women’s empowerment, NGO capacity building, and market-oriented workforce readiness.
·         Experience with public-private partnership building, working with labor unions, farmers associations, and youth.
·         Experience with skills training and apprenticeships for legally working youth 15-17 preferred
·         Knowledge of youth employment issues in Rwanda is required.
·         Strong skills in financial management, writing, monitoring and evaluation required.
·         Excellent written and oral communication skill in English is required. Proficiency in French and/or Kinyarwanda is preferred.
How to apply:
Applicants should go to the ‘Jobs’ link at and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing Rwanda YEP Market Development Specialist by July 15, 2016. Qualified Rwanda nationals, and other nationalities, especially those residing in Central/East Africa are strongly encouraged to apply.

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