Deputy Chief of Party

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Deputy Chief of Party, USAID/Rwanda NgurizaNshore

Grade I/11

The goal of the USAID Rwanda NgurizaNshore program is to increase off-farm employment opportunities for rural Rwandans by alleviating constraints to entrepreneurship and increasing access to finance. NgurizaNshore specifically aims to invest in small to medium SMEs that support the agricultural sector and add value to agricultural commodities, such as those firms that provide storage, processing, transportation, or leasing of farming implements. To unlock private investment and create off-farm jobs, it is anticipated that NgurizaNshore will focus on four areas of opportunity: 1) Expanding the capacity of the financial sector to accurately assess risk and return; 2) Increasing the reach of entrepreneurship support organizations; 3) Increasing the capacity of firms to attract and use finance; and 4) Reducing barriers to entry for new financial institutions and investment flows. This will be a five-year program (3-year base plus one 2-year option period) operating across Rwanda’s Feed the Future zones of influence.

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) provides technical management and supports the overall management of the activity. S/he also provides technical expertise in identifying and designing key interventions in the three objectives of the NgurizaNshore activity.

Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with the Chief of Party (COP) to manage the day-to-day operations of the activity. In the absence of the COP, theDCOP assumes responsibility for the activity.
  • Serve as RTI’s alternate liaison to USAID, government counterparts, private partnerships, local organizations, and program partners when COP is unavailable. Ensures a high level of communication and close working relationships with USAID.
  • Assist the Chief of Party to ensure timely project implementation and technical reliability, monitor project activities, and ensure quality.
  • Provide technical and/or operational guidance and serve as a subject matter expert in assigned area or responsibility
  • Coordinate the development, implementation and reporting on detailed management plans that may include implementation plans, deliverable tracking, etc., in assigned area of responsibility.
  • Track and report quarterly on programmatic achievements as required for project deliverable reporting.Produces technical and/or operational reports and updates for deliverable reporting and project success stories.
  • Ensure effective coordination and synergies between policy –level, market level, and community based activities, while managing heavy procurements, deliveries and other related logistical actions.
  • May coordinate and oversee the operation of other project offices.

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s business or other related field of study such as economics, finance, international development, or agricultural sciences; Master’s degree preferred.
  • 9 years of demonstrable knowledge and experience in private sector development, engaging withhost government partners in private sector policymaking, or SME promotion in Sub-Saharan Africa is desired and experience in SME development is preferred.
  • 7 years or more of progressively responsible work experience in managing andimplementing multi-faceted private investments, job creation and agribusiness development programs is preferred.
  • Experience that demonstrates a solid foundation in financial sector development ispreferred, including areas such as banking, financial instrument development, investmentmanagement, transaction facilitation, and market development.
  • Knowledge of and experience in business development service provision and investoraftercare concepts is desirable.
  • Demonstrated, excellent writing and spoken English skills are required. Knowledge ofKinyarwanda as well as in-depth knowledge of the local operating environment inRwanda is preferred.

To Respond: Individuals are invited to submit curriculum vitae (CV) with current contact information and details (including achievements) of relevant experience to F_Agrecruit@rti.org.

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Job summary

This job has been viewed 1,160 times
Location:
Kigali
Rwanda
Sector:
Agriculture, Business, Economics, Finance and investment
Education level:
Bachelor
Desired experience:
Senior (5+ years of experience)
Contrat type:
Full-time
Apply before:
30-12-2017
Number of positions:
1

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