Wednesday, August 16, 2017

USAID,Business Ecosystem Development Leader Jobs in Rwanda



This posting is for four positions: One team leader and up to three team members to provide support. 
BACKGROUND:
USAID is planning to implement Nguriza Nshore (NN) in Rwanda, a program to facilitate the emergence of a dynamic off-farm sector that can generate employment at a higher wage for the broad majority of Rwandans who are currently engaged in subsistence agriculture and ot
her marginal economic activities. By alleviating constraints to entrepreneurship and increasing access to financing, off-farm businesses will be created and will grow to provide productive employment for rural populations to reduce poverty.
JOB SUMMARY:
The Business Ecosystem Development Lead is responsible for guiding and implementing program objectives that will expand and strengthen Rwanda’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and expand access to finance. S/he will provide technical assistance and strategic advice to build the capacity of Rwanda’s business service centers and other enterprise support organizations for the duration of the project. S/he will also manage the project’s Enterprise and Ecosystem development staff, and work closely with the rest of the NN team.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS:
Supervisory and Project Support                                                  
  • Provide technical leadership and work with and support the team on project activities related to enterprise development and entrepreneurship
  • Inform and collaborate with project activities directed towards improved access to finance
  • Supervise Enterprise and Ecosystem development personnel and project subcontractors
  • Contribute to project strategy and annual work planning
  • Coordinate with other development initiatives in Rwanda working with entrepreneurship support organizations (ESOs) to ensure maximum results from Nguriza Nshore
Improve and Develop Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
  • Build the capacity of Rwanda’s business service centers and other enterprise support organizations to identify promising businesses and offer quality services along a continuum of business services – from business planning, marketing, governance, and understanding and utilizing finance
  • Assist Rwandan ESOs to provide a quality, sustainable enabling environment and ecosystem that is supportive of SME growth
  • Provide guidance to SMEs to demonstrate growth potential
Increase Ability of Firms to Attract and Use Finance                 
  • Work with ESOs and finance providers to improve Rwandan SMEs’ ability to develop funding-ready proposals/business models and earn/attract appropriate financing
  • Support initiatives to attract domestic and foreign investment in Rwandan enterprises with the potential to generate off-farm employment in sectors including agricultural processing and tourism
Qualifications (Team Leader)
Education: Master's degree in business, development, or related field
Work Experience: A minimum of ten years' workng with business service organization developing marketing, finance, or other growth strategies designed to strengthen the business enabling environment.
Skills: Excellent organizaitonal skills and an ability to communicate clearly and effectively. Good supervisory and management skills. Excellent organization and time management skills. Ability to multi-task and capable fo efficiently responding collaboratively to the needs of the project. Ability to identify and effectvely respond to continuously evolving technical and strategic priorities.
Languages: Excellent language proficiency in spoken and written English and French. Proficiency in Kinyarwanda is an asset. 
Qualifications (Team Member)
Education: Bachelor's degree in business, development, or a related field; Master's preferred. 
Work Experience: A minimum of three years' working with business service organizations developing marketing, finance, or other growth strategies designed to strengthen the business enabling environment.
Skills: Excellent organizaitonal skills and an ability to communicate clearly and effectively.  Excellent organization and time management skills. Ability to multi-task and capable fo efficiently responding collaboratively to the needs of the project. Ability to identify and effectvely respond to continuously evolving technical and strategic priorities.
Languages: Excellent language proficiency in spoken and written English and French. Proficiency in Kinyarwanda is an asset. 
How to apply:
Cover letters in English AND French should be submitted along with CVs in English by email:recruitment@jeaustin.com not later than 10/09/2017.

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