Business Advisor


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About SNV

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization. We have built a long-term, local presence in 38 developing nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, providing innovative solutions in Agriculture, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Renewable Energy. SNV has been working in Rwanda for more than 35 years to improve people’s livelihoods by strengthening the capacities of public and private sector organisations. SNV works in full alignment with Rwanda’s development agenda. It does so by helping to realize the national development goals in three sectors above mentioned.


SNV Rwanda/Agriterra program is looking for a Business Advisor

Based in Musanze, 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. We 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, sugar cane, horticulture and Irish potato. 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 Rwanda is part of Agriterra’s Great Lakes team, which hence is part of Agriterra’s East Africa team.

Agriterra offers business advisory services to cooperatives with its international Business Advisory Team, while tapping into the competences of Dutch cooperative experts, called Agripoolers, derived from Agriterra’s constituency of various agricultural cooperatives in The Netherlands.

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 training is 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 is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Business Advisor to offer business advisory services to cooperatives that have been selected as Agriterra clients. The Business Advisor will be based at Agriterra’s office in Musanze, under the wings of farmer’s organization Imbaraga, but will work closely with his/her colleagues in Kigali. Agriterra and Imbaraga’s Cooperative Development in Irish Potato project will be managed by the Business Advisor, in close collaboration with Imbaraga’s Junior Business Advisor who will be in an implementing role. In addition to the Irish Potato project, the Business Advisor will have his/her own portfolio of Agriterra clients, notably in the value chains of horticulture, ware and seed potato and coffee. In the execution of cooperative action plans, the Business Advisor will work closely with professionals from the Dutch agricultural sector. 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 advice 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
  • Marketing and 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 Agriterra information 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 Business Administration, 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;
  • A can-do mentality;
  • 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 experience in working within a farmers’ organization will be of added value.

Expected Start Date: January 2018


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 4th of November 2017.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

About SNV:

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation with long-term, local presence in over 30 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our team of advisors works with local partners to equip communities and businesses with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services. SNV works across three sectors: Agriculture, Energy and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene.

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