Sunday, February 26, 2017

Access To Finance Rwanda,Head of Communications and Market Development Jobs in Rwanda

Job Opportunity: Head of Communications and Market Development
AFR was launched in March 2010 at the request of the GoR (Government of Rwanda) and with support from DFID, the UK Department for International Development and the World Bank. Currently, the funders to AFR include DFID, SIDA, The MasterCard Foundation and KfW. The core objective of AFR is to remove systemic barriers to financial services by putting the poor at the centre of its interventions in Rwanda. Improving access to financial services for the rural p
oor and women is a particular focus. AFR’s objectives also include t improving the depth and quality or usage of digital financial services through facilitating deepening of the financial sector ecosystem and investing in innovation.
AFR focuseson stimulating financial sector development by partnering with financial institutions and other stakeholders to increase access to and use of financial services. AFR identifies and addresses constraints that prevent the financial market from reaching Rwanda’s low-income population, and promotes innovations and learning that result in sustainable change in the financial sector.
The organization commenced its Phase 2 operations (2016-20) the activities of which include:
  1. Development of Umurenge Savings and Credit Cooperatives (U-SACCOs);
  2. Supporting access and usage of value chain finance by smallholder farmers engaged in maize, coffee, tea, dairy and Irish potatoes;
  3. Promotion of insurance and informal sector pension scheme;
  4. Promotion of Digital Financial Services and Innovation Fund including the micro finance challenge fund; and
  5. Knowledge brokerage and market facilitation with focus to increase access and use of information and coordination within the financial sector.
AFR seeks to recruit a qualified and competent individualto fill the Head of Communicationsand Market Development position.
The position
The Head of Communication and Market Development’s role is to lead the AFR team in developing and implementing a communication strategy that is effective in influencing key stakeholders towards enhanced financial inclusion for poor people; this includes supporting implementing partners with marketing strategies aimed at low income groups and overseeing AFR’s research agenda.
Specific responsibilities for the position include:
  • To develop and manage AFR’s financial sector and market research activities; ensuring that the results are suitable to inform the development of program strategy and the communications plan;
  • As a member of the Management team, support the development and implementation of AFR’s strategic & operational plans by contributing expertise in market development and communications;
  • Lead the development and implementation of AFR’s communication strategy; ensuring that it is effective in meeting the organisation’s needs for influence and mindset change;
  • Support implementing partners with marketing strategies & development of financial inclusion products;
  • Ensure the existence of an exciting and informative online presence through highly visible Website and Social Media platforms;
  • To lead and manage the Market Development & Communications team, including consultants, in a manner that empowers them to deliver AFR’s goals and objectives.
The ideal candidate should have the following:
Educational Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication, Journalism, or Development Studies;
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Development Economics (added advantage); and
  • Master’s in Business Administration (added advantage).
Experience and knowledge:
  • 6-10 years’ post-graduation experience in a Technical Communication Specialist or similar role;
  • At least 3 years regional and national experience in Financial services and Financial inclusion;
  • Knowledge and understanding ofthe local and regional context in Financial services sector;
  • Experience in working with international development organizations in a local or regional context
  • Fluency in English and Kinyarwanda;
  • Proven track record indeveloping and implementing Communication and Advocacy strategies including developing key messages for advocacy and lobbying;
  • Proven track record in developing media relations and strategic partnerships;
  • Demonstrable skills and experience in using new media (social media) to cause mindset change;
  • Demonstrated experience in content development for various media platforms ( Radio, TV, website, Social media);
  • Demonstrable experience inthe application ofknowledge management techniques in both managing and disseminating information;
  • Ability to effectively manage the production of reports andpublications;
  • Proven track record in managing teams and consultants / service providers including development of terms of reference where required; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
How to apply
  • If your qualifications and experience match the requirements for this role, please email your application to Executive Selection Division, KPMG at the following email address: Please state the title of the positionas the subject of your email. All applications should be sent via email.
  • Please attach yourCVcontaining your e-mail address, daytime telephone contact, qualifications, achievements, experience, present position and names &addresses of three referees together with a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) summarising why you consider yourself particularly well suited for the position.Do not attach any other documents at this point.
  • Closing date for receipt of applications will be10March 2017.
  • All applications will be selected on merit and only short listed candidates will be invited for interviews. For any questions regarding the application process please contact Executive Selection Division, KPMG on +256 414 347833, +256 414346294 or +256 414 340 315.             

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