Friday, June 2, 2017

World Food Programme,Programme Assistant Jobs in Rwanda

World Food Programme - Rwanda Country Office
Programme Assistant (Farm to Market Alliance), SC-5
Title:                                Programme Assistant
Level:                               SC-5
Type of Appointment:    Service Contract
Duration:                         1 year (renewable b
ased on level of performance and availability of funding)
Unit:             Programme/FTAM
Duty Station:                   Kigali
Date of issue:                   02 June 2017
Date of closure:              16 June 2017

WFP has joined a consortium of public and private institutions, known as the Farm to Market Alliance (FTMA), to help smallholder farmers unlock new opportunities. The Alliance works by supporting smallholder farmers to move from subsistence farming to market-oriented agriculture by connecting demand for their crops with commercial markets, and further by helping them to access formal contracts. These contracts can help farmers to access the credit, resources and services necessary to plant and harvest quality crops, which in turn can boost incomes and build long-term resilience. The Alliance is today operating in a pilot phase in Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia.
 In Rwanda, the Alliance currently supports 81 cooperatives with a membership of 22,000 farmers during the 2016/17 season. These cooperatives signed forward delivery contracts with three private-sector off-takers to deliver 5,200 tons of maize. WFP takes the lead in coordinating this market access support for smallholder farmers through an extensive partnership with value chain stakeholders. WFP is looking for an individual to push forward these efforts.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties, reporting to the National Officer- FTMA:
  • Facilitate farmer organizations and farmer-friendly aggregation entities to access quality markets through forward delivery contracts offered by institutional buyers.
  • Facilitate participating farmer organizations and farmer-friendly aggregation entities to access agricultural services by coordinating with key value chain stakeholders on the ground. 
  • Monitor and assist cooperatives and other aggregation entities to adhere to terms of forward delivery contracts facilitated under FTMA.
  • Conduct field missions to collect detailed needs assessments of target farmer organizations and assist in the identification of opportunities to build further partnerships with other key value chain players on the ground.
  • Conduct regular field monitoring and proactive troubleshooting visits to FTMA cooperatives, and submit timely back-to-office reports.
  • Provide advisory support to cooperating partner field staff in the execution of their duties, as well as coordinate closely during field visits.
  • Support in the identification of target farmers, aggregation models and appropriate risk mitigation tools.
  • Assist in maintaining a database of FTMA-supported farmer organizations and aggregation entities while tracking progress in post-harvest handling and aggregation activities.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • University degree in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, agriculture, business administration, or a field relevant to agricultural value chain management.
  • At least three years of experience in agricultural value chain related-projects, with a strong focus on the private sector.
  • Fluency in English and Kinyarwanda with a working knowledge of French; proficiency in both oral and written communication in both French and English will be an added value.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of SMEs, pro-smallholder procurement and commercial agriculture models.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide consistent and timely client service to meet the changing needs and expectations of clients, allowing clients to actively participate in and contribute to decisions that are relevant to their needs. Makes adjustments to services as required.
  • Ability to work independently, establish priorities and monitor own work plan with minimum supervision in close coordination with the geographically diversified FTMA team.
  • Ability to work in a team, and establish effective working relations with results-oriented private sector partners as well as internal WFP clients.
  • Good analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact, and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to perform and deliver results under time pressure.
  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to frequently travel within the country.
  • Knowledge of various aspects of financial services and business modelling is a bonus.
  • Relevant experience in development and agricultural fields, with emphasis on pro-smallholder approaches; Experience in agriculture commercialization approaches; and strong understanding of policy analysis, regional trade and marketing.
  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Helps teammates articulate WFP’s Strategic Objectives.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Suggests potential improvements to team’s work processes to supervisor.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Explains the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities to teammates.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Articulates how own unit’s responsibilities will serve WFP’s mission.
  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Trains junior teammates on new skills and capabilities.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Seeks opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Serves as a peer coach for colleagues in same area of work.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Tracks progress toward goals and shares this information on a regular basis with supervisor.
  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Explores ways to consistently be more efficient and accurate in own areas of work and shares new methods of work with colleagues.
  •  Focus on getting results: Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own tasks to identify opportunities for efficiency.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes responsibility for own tasks and notifies supervisor as soon as possible of potential delays in meeting deadlines or commitments.
  •  Be Decisive: Independently decides what action to take when faced with critical choices in the workplace or in dangerous situations in the field.
  • Connect and share across WFP units: Suggests opportunities for partnering with other units to supervisor.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Identifies opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field towards common goals.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Develops an understanding of the value of WFP’s teams and external partners in fulfilling team’s goals and objectives.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Aligns own activities with supervisor’s priorities to fulfill internal and external partner needs.
This vacancy is open to both male and female national candidates. Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
In order to apply:
Applicants should follow application process below and submit their CV.
Application procedures:
Step 1: Create your online CV
Step 2: Click on “Description” to read the position requirements and “Apply” to submit your application.
NOTE: You must complete Step 2 in order for your application to be considered for this vacancy.
16 June 2017

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