Business Development Services (BDS) Specialist


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Finance and investment

Connexus Corporation is dedicated to providing high quality international development consulting services in support of financial services and enterprise development. Since 2007, Connexus has completed numerous initiatives, specializing in rural and agricultural finance and impact investment. In particular, Connexus acts as a bridge builder between the public and private sector; finance and funding needs; technology and the user; and funds and markets. Connexus is organizer of the Cracking the Nut learning events and co-organized the 2014 Cracking the Nut Africa conference held in Kigali, Rwanda which focused on improving rural livelihoods and food security

About the Organization:

Connexus Corporation is an international development consulting firm that provides consulting services in the areas of finance and enterprise development. Connexus’ mission is to provide high quality global consulting services to transform international development and build local capacity. Connexus is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.

About the Job:

Connexus is seeking a Business Development Services (BDS) Specialist for Nguriza Nshore, an anticipated USAID-funded projects, which aims to facilitate the emergence of a dynamic off-farm sector that can generate greater employment at a higher wage for the broad majority of Rwandans who are currently engaged in subsistence agriculture and other marginal economic activities. The BDS Specialist will oversee the implementation of activities aimed at building the capacity of business development services providers in Rwanda. Specifically, the BDS Specialist will work to ensure quality control and appropriateness of these activities pursuing the following objectives: 1) expand capacity of business advisors to accurately assess risk and return; 2) increase the reach of entrepreneurship support organizations; 3) increase the capacity of firms to attract and use finance; 4) reduce barriers to entry for new financial institutions and investment flows. 

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical and management support to the implementation of business development services capacity building components of Nguriza Nshore
  • Conduct assessments of current business development services, identify current market realities and services delivery gaps
  • Work closely with the Chief of Party to develop strategic approaches and work plans that address the needs of the business development service delivery market
  • Coordinate training local BDS providers in feasibility studies, business plan development, business modeling, fund management, report systems and processes, as well as other identified needs
  • Develop a network of BDS providers that can help to facilitate finance for off-farm, rural micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)
  • Oversee activities that improve the availability and accessibility of effective and efficient business development services, to ensure quality


  • Master's degree in business, finance, economics, or related field, and 5-7 year relevant experience.
  • Experience in programs related to off-farm activities, and especially aimed at strengthening MSMEs
  • Experience implementing entrepreneurship and enterprise development programs in Rwanda, preferably including for USAID
  • Prior experience in senior management positions, preferably for a program of comparable complexity.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with institutional and private sector partners and stakeholders, including the national government.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including ability to produce high-quality project reports.
  • Fluency in English and Kinyarwanda required, French desired.
  • Must be authorized to work in Rwanda

Deadline: June 30, 2017

How to Apply:

Interested candidates can send their resume and cover letter to with “Local BDS Specialist– Nguriza Nshore” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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