Monday, January 23, 2017

The USAID/Rwanda Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth Project (PSDAG),Private Sector Partnerships Internship in Rwanda

Internship opportunity
Internship Title:
Private Sector Partnerships Internship
Estimated Level of Effort (LOE):
Up to 130 days (6 months), February to July 2017
Location of Service:
Kigali, with some travel to the field
Project background:

The USAID/Rwanda Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth Project (PSDAG) is a five-year feed the Future (FtF) activity implemented by ENGILITY Corporation/IRG. The project was created in line with Government of Rwanda (GoR) targets and aims to develop a strategic partnership between the Rwandan public and private sectors to improve investment mobilization and create economic opportunity for smallholder farmers through increased value chain market integration. The project’s principle objectives are:
Objective 1: Assisting the GoR to attract and increase private sector investment; and
Objective 2: Facilitating increased private sector investment by upgrading agricultural value chains.
PSDAG is offering a 6 -month internship program to recent college/ advanced degree graduates, or to those who have completed at least two years of university coursework. The program is intended to give graduates and students practical experience that will enable them to enter more professional, long-term employment. 
The Private Sector Partnerships Intern will support PSDAG Objective 2 staff in the efforts to:
  • Increase private sector investment in agriculture to transform agriculture into a market-oriented, competitive, and high value sector by supporting agro-processing industries, mechanization and modernization of agriculture; and provide a risk management program;
  • Identify end market opportunities and link value chain actors to identified opportunities;
  • Strengthen vertical and horizontal value chain linkages and build capacity in selected value chains;
  • Strengthen input supply and other supporting services and improve smallholder access to these interconnected markets;
  • Improve the enabling environment for local and regional private sector investment through public/private dialogue (link to Objective 1).
  • Support the Objective 2 team in designing and implementing value chain upgrading strategies, addressing production, post-harvest, processing and marketing priorities through market-driven sustainable approaches.
  • Provide support to production and review of partner deliverables.
  • Contribute to Requests for Applications (RFAs), grantee vetting, and other work products under the Value Chain Competitiveness Fund.
  • Provide administrative and technical support to the Objective 2 team for assigned projects. This may entail drafting meeting notes, technical aspects of scopes of work and other project documents; coordinating technical review committeesand other multi-stakeholder events; and reviewing technical deliverables, among others.
  • Contribute to primary and secondary research to inform the analysis of policy and regulatory constraints to agriculture and agribusiness investment profitability, competitiveness and attractiveness.
  • Contribute to Objective 2 team development of annual work plans, monthly, quarterly and annual reports, discreet analytical documents, performance monitoring, presentations, success stories and other strategic and operational reporting.  
  • Perform any other task as assigned by the Chief of Party or her designee.
The Intern will report directly to the Senior Value Chain Specialist or her designee, and will work collaboratively with other PSDAG staff in contributing to the achievement of project objectives.
Qualifications and Eligibility
  • Recent college/ advanced degree graduates with less than 1 year of professional work experience in related field are eligible.
  • Strong coursework in the field of agricultural development/ policy/ economic growth or related area is required.
  • Proficiency in Word and basic skills in Excel are required.
  • Fluency in English and Kinyarwanda is required.
  • High-performing educational background (based on GPA) is preferred.
  • Strong desire for personal and professional growth is preferred.
  • Self-starter with the demonstrated ability to work independently or as part of a team to assist the project achieve its objectives is preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in work, volunteer positions, clubs, etc. is a plus
  • Knowledge of Information Communication Technology (ICT) applications is a plus.
How to Apply:
Applicants should submit CVs and application letters electronically to the following email address:, with copy to , indicating in subject line the internship title for which the candidate applies, not later than February3, 2017 at 5:00 pm Kigali time.Hard copies will be rejected. 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the tests. If you are not contacted within one month from the deadline date, please consider that your application was not successful.

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