Irish Potato and Dairy Value Chain


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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 is looking for:

  1. Irish Potato and Dairy Value Chain Coordinator - Duty Location: Musanze


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

Background and Purpose

SNV Rwanda in Dutch consortia led by BMB Mott MacDonald, and Capacity Development and Employment Services Board (CESB) of Rwanda are implementing the project “Strengthening Education for Agricultural Development” (SEAD), contributing to sustainable food security in Rwanda (running until mid-2021). The project is funded through a grant from the Kingdom of the Netherlands under the NICHE 2 program (Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education) which is managed by NUFFIC. The primary beneficiaries of SEAD project are the relevant universities of Rwanda and polytechnics/IPRCs and, ultimately, the private sector (farmers, cooperatives and agribusinesses).

As a regional value chain coordinator, s/he will support the project management team in Kigali to strengthen linkages between stakeholders within the respective value chains and enhance strong coordination of project activities in relevant value chain regions, bringing together all direct and indirect stakeholders in the SEAD project -

The project is focusing on four agricultural value chains, in three distinct regions:

  1. Irish potato and dairy and value chains are located in the Northern Province,
  2. The Horticulture value chain in the Southern Province ,
  3. The Poultry value chain is located in the Eastern Province.

For each of these three regions one regional value chain coordinator is needed to support the project management team in decentralising project management and implementation.

These job positions are fulltime, require stationing in the three regions where the project has main activities and fall under joint supervision of the Program Manager of CESB and international project coordinator of BMB Mott MacDonald, hereinafter referred to as the SEAD Project Management Team.

Key Responsibilities

Under the general guidance and immediate supervision of the SEAD Project Management Team, the regional value chain coordinators will:

  • Take overall responsibilities for coordinating the implementation of SEAD project activities in regions at value chain level as defined in the project scope.
  • Support the project team with planning, organizing and monitoring all activities within the respective value chain.
  • Facilitate and submit, for their respective regions/value chain(s), monthly and quarterly activity reports, share success stories through the newsletter and other means of communication; and provide updates (telephone, e-mail) on capacity building/knowledge transfer to CESB.
  • Support the SEAD project team in ensuring regular monitoring and evaluation of activities for interventions delivering clear results and impact based on robust data.
  • Establish, maintain and expand the relationship between the Value Chain stakeholders (i.e. education & training institutions, private sector and public sector/GoR)
  • Work closely with value chain heads, local project coordinators within the beneficiary institutions.
  • Play a central role in advising, guiding and identifying strategic networks within value chain regions
  • Actively supporting the initial conceptualization and eventual establishment of the Service Training & Innovation Centres in the respective regions
  • Provide secretarial & logistical support to meetings of the SEAD project including but not limited to PMT meetings, Value Chain technical meetings, SEAD workshops & training events.
  • Plays an active role in the facilitation of workshops and training of the SEAD project.
  • Provide relevant recommendations to SEAD project team on spending of SEAD resources, and suggestions for effective and efficient use of the project resources.

Candidate Profile

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree related to the following fields: Agriculture, animal sciences, Veterinary medicine, Agribusiness/economics, Economics, Management)
  • 3-5 years’ work experience relevant to the scope of the SEAD project (e.g. as project manager in the agricultural/education sector, within both public and private sector domain)
  • Good knowledge of one of the SEAD project value chains, Horticulture, Poultry, Irish potatoes and Dairy. Experience with (agricultural) value chain management is an asset.
  • The position requires high levels of proactiveness, initiative the ability to work under minimal supervision
  • Experience working in skills development projects and the competency based education & training concept
  • Understanding of the education sector in Rwanda, preferably evidenced through working experience in TVET and/or Universities.
  • Experience in working with farmers, cooperatives and farmer field schools is an added advantage
  • Experience in project management, coordinating project components and/or programme management
  • Experience in Monitoring & Evaluation activities, the use of data bases for M&E purposes
  • Excellent communications skills in English (both oral and written); command of the French language is an asset
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Strong presentation and computer skills including use of Microsoft office applications
  • Clean driving license
  • Living in, or willing to locate to, the region to which the value chain coordinator is assigned to (respectively Northern Province/Musanze, Southern Province/Huye, Eastern province/Nyagatare-Ngoma)


The duration of this position is one-year renewable and conditional to performance and availability of funds.

How to apply

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to directly summit your motivation letter and CV (both in English) to the Country Director of SNV Rwanda by email to by the 20th October 2017. Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

SNV is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to building a culturally diverse organisation and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.

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