Monday, October 24, 2016

Catholic Relief Services,Value Chain Professionalization Specialist Jobs in Rwanda

Catholic Relief Services – United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in around 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or
nationality. The primary goal of CRS’ Rwanda programming is to ensure that vulnerable households in Rwanda achieve full, integral human development.
CRS is seeking a Value Chain Professionalization Specialist for the USAID-funded Private Sector-Driven Agricultural Growth (PSDAG) program.  The program focuses on increasing private sector investment in Rwandan agricultural value chains.  With the aim of increasing market linkages, the program engages a wide array of partners including cooperatives, aggregators, processors, entrepreneurs, microfinance institutions, and various private sector actors.  A key theme of the program is the integration of social inclusion, to ensure integration of and maximum program impact for women, youth and people with disabilities
Primary Function
The role of the Value Chain Professionalization Specialist is to deliver programming that strengthens the professionalization of cooperatives, supporting them through tailored capacity-building plans to become registered (if not already), manage cash flows, deliver based on buyers’ terms, provide access to finance for farmer members as well as for marketing, and to manage data collection systems.  Increased professionalization will enable cooperatives to enter into and respect terms of their contracts with buyers and delivering their product on time and according to buyer specifications.  The Value Chain Professionalization Specialist will adhere to high standards of programmatic and management quality in providing technical guidance to program stakeholders in the area of cooperative professionalization, drawing on national and global best practices.
Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, business or other relevant field; Master’s degree an advantage.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working on agro-enterprise programming.
  • Experience as a trainer and demonstrated success in knowledge transfer of value chain professionalization approaches and interventions.
  • Ability to transfer knowledge to people with a variety of interests and educational backgrounds through both formal and informal training.
  • Knowledge of USAID programming preferred; experience in USAID contracting is an advantage.
  • Excellent organizational skills, team work and ability to prioritize tasks in a timely manner.
  • Sound coordination skills and a demonstrated ability to multi-task.
  • Demonstrated skills in diplomacy, flexibility, and resourcefulness.
  • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to work well with people, good judgment and commitment to CRS’ mission.
  • Willingness to travel to rural project districts around the country.
  • Fluent spoken and written English or French, and Kinyarwanda, required.
  • Rwandan nationality.
Electronic applications-including a motivation letter and a current detailed CV should be addressed to the CRS Country Representative exclusively at and copy on or before Wednesday November 2, 2016at 5:00pm. Due to anticipated high interest in this post and the expected number of applicants, only short-listed candidates will get feedback.
Kigali,October20, 2016
Charlotte Batanage
Acting Country Representative

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