Sunday, February 12, 2017

SNV Rwanda,Business Advisor Jobs in Rwanda

SNV Rwanda/Agriterra program is looking for a Business Advisor Based in Kigali, Rwanda
National Contract
Agriterra aims to professionalize farmers' organizations and cooperatives worldwide, with advice from experts from the Dutch agricultural sector. Our opinion is that strong farmers' organizations and cooperatives lead to more participation, economic growth and a better distribution of income. W
e focus on economic development and work closely together with the Dutch agribusiness.
Agriterra Rwanda is registered as a program under SNV Rwanda and our team cooperates with farmers’ organizations and cooperatives, in the value chains of coffee, dairy, maize, rice, Irish potato and SACCOs. We aim to professionalize their functioning and service provision to their members, where the members want to increase their productivity and income, their position in the markets, access to finance and to add value to their products.
Agriterra offers services to cooperatives to enhance business development and improve entrepreneurial skills. Connections between cooperatives and other kinds of agribusinesses and the financial sector are made, creating access to knowledge & finance.
Famer organizations and cooperatives that want to improve the service provision to their members e.g. on extension, can count on Agriterra. Furthermore,Agriterra supports farmer organizations in developing effective lobby which results in a more favorable business climate for farmers
The Agriterra team offers advice, training and study tours to farmer organizations and cooperatives. Most trainings are provided by professionals from the Dutch agricultural sector and agribusiness. These are farmer specialists, members and employees from farmer organizations and cooperative companies, as well as Agriterra staff.
Agriterra program is seeking qualified candidate for the position of Business Advisor to offer advisory expertise, trainings and study tours to farmer organizations and cooperatives. S/he will work closely with professionals from the Dutch agricultural sector and agribusiness. These are farmer specialists, members and employees from farmer organizations and cooperative companies, as well as Agriterra staff.
  • To facilitate and accompany peer-to-peer advisory assignments conducted by experts stemming from the Dutch agribusiness in support to farmers’ organizations and cooperatives in Rwanda, DRC and abroad
  • To monitor developments and progress of Agriterra clients based among others on jointly established yearly targets and key performance indicators written down in yearly action plans
  • To give follow-up and advise to clients on at least three of the following topics:
    • Governance and internal management
    • Financial management
    • General proper recording (membership, volumes produce, minutes, etc)
    • Communication and reporting
    • Extension services
    • Marketingand input provision
    • Business practices
    • Value chain development
  • To conduct scoping and company/organization assessments of potential clients
  • To conduct relevant sectorial studies and update existing documents;
  • To keep updated Agriterrainformation systems on clients and contribute to knowledge management of Agriterra:
    • each client: action plans, missions, field visits, communication
    • potential loan providers
    • legal and tax framework
    • potential local experts/consultants
  • Master degree in MBA, Business Law, Finance, Economics or related studies
  • Fluent in English, French and Kinyarwanda, preferably able to speak Kiswahili
  • Flexible (no 9-5 mentality), able and willing to frequently travel to rural places in Rwanda and DRC and incidentally to The Netherlands and other East African countries
  • Experience as project manager or business advisor for cooperatives
  • Knowledge of the functioning of farmer-led enterprises and organizations
  • Computer literate ( SharePoint , MS Office, preferably Accounting software)
  • Diplomatic skills to develop partnership with governmental and business entities
  • Committed to smallholder farmers’ economic development
  • Appreciative communication skills and attitude
  • Respectful and patient attitude, pro-active, convincing and target-driven
  • Self-geared (able and willing to work independently)
  • Generalist: eager to learn other topics and expand skills
  • Having specific knowledge of a particular value chain or a specialization in financial management or business law will be of added value
Expected Start Date: As soon as possible
Interested candidates are invited to submit their motivation letter and CV (in English)  to the Country Director of SNV Rwanda at SNV office, 563 ST Queen’s Land House, 4th Floor , Kacyiru, by email to;; by the 24th February, 2017.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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