Horticulture District Coordinators

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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.

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

Are you interested in joining an Organisation with a long-term commitment to fighting poverty? Would you like to work in a challenging environment and develop an international career focused on demonstrating shared core values that achieve results?

SNV Rwanda is looking for:

Horticulture district coordinators

To be based in Rubavu, Korongi, or Muhanga

HortInvest / National contract

SNV is an international not-for-profit development organisation. Founded in the Netherlands more than 50 years ago, SNV has built a long-term, local presence in many countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. SNV’s global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organizations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development. SNV has much experience in making agriculture more sustainable by developing knowledge, tools, and solutions that maximise the benefits while minimising the negative impacts of agriculture in the face of a changing climate. SNV has worked on horticulture sector development – including quality and safety improvements and certification – in 15 different countries.

SNV in Rwanda supports producer organisations, processors and agro-businesses in coffee, potato, value chains, food & nutrition security and advocacy (Voice4Change) in order to increase income and employment opportunities and as such contribute to food and nutrition security. SNV experts apply a value chain development approach, promote market-based solutions to increase overall competitiveness and tap into opportunities while protecting the environment. SNV also strengthens business service providers within the agriculture value chains.

Project Overview

The HortInvest project is funded by the Netherlands Embassy in Kigali and will contribute towards the attainment of the mission of the Rwanda National Horticulture Policy in terms of fast economic growth and rapid reduction in poverty and malnutrition in Rwanda and the objectives of the Rwanda-Dutch bilateral programme aimed at enhanced food security and private sector development. The expected impact will be primarily noticeable in six target districts: Rubavu, Nyabihu, Karongi, Rutsiro, Muhanga, and Ngororero.

The main areas of intervention of the HortInvest project are;

  1. Improving market-led horticultural production and supplies for domestic and regional markets
  2. Enhancing food and nutrition security of rural households involved in horticulture and urban consumers
  3. Developing high-value horticultural exports
  4. Creating an enabling environment for commercial horticultural developments

The Netherlands has a world-renowned horticulture that is very active internationally and is able to provide technologies and services that are considered to be beneficial to Rwandan farmers and on which the HortInvest project can build. Linking up with the private sector (Dutch, local and international companies) is a key element of the Netherlands Embassy’s horticultural development support programme, which is aimed at stimulating economic development and food security in Rwanda. The triple helix – comprising private sector, government agencies and civil society and knowledge organisations – is one of the strengths of the Dutch implementation strategy, which will also underpin the HortInvest project approach.

After its completion, the HortInvest project is expected to have contributed to the following two impacts:

  1. The horticultural sector’s relative contribution to the regional rural economy in the six target districts will have significantly increased.
  2. Improved food and nutrition security of poor households in North-west Rwanda.

Position Summary

Reporting to the HortInvest team leader, the horticulture district coordinators will have sufficient all-round skills and flexibility to support the HortInvest project in the development of domestic and regional fresh fruits & vegetable value chains that are inclusive of small and medium size entrepreneurial (SME) farmers. At the same time the development of such fruit and vegetable value chains will improve food and nutrition security by addressing the growing demand for fruits and vegetables in a cost-effective manner. The horticulture district coordinators will work closely with farmers, cooperatives, agri-businesses, development partners, and local government officials to achieve HortInvest objectives. This will require coordination and monitoring of the implementation of various kinds of project activities. Understanding fruit and vegetable production, value chains, and market linkages is important in performing these tasks successfully.

Responsibilities of the district horticulture coordinators

  1. Coordinate the activities of HortInvest at district level. These will include activity planning and coordination, data collection, monitoring, and reporting.
  2. Build capacities with and provide technical advice to companies, farmers, and producer organisations.
  3. Build a network among farmers, cooperatives, agri-businesses, development partners, and government officials in the selected districts
  4. Support farmers and farmer organisations to develop improved market linkages and business to business cooperation.
  5. Support the introduction of innovative horticulture technologies and expertise that would benefit horticulture value chain development and SME farmers in target districts.
  6. Contribute to the identification of high potential areas for project activities related to fruits and vegetables within districts
  7. Provide support in the organization and delivery of technical workshops, consultations, seminars and training session.
  8. Support farmer promotors and farmer facilitators in the establishment and management of demonstration plots/farmer field schools to learn the necessary techniques on producing quality horticulture produce.
  9. Support and coordinate with lead farmers in the establishment of collection centers.
  10. Work in close coordination with the rest of the team HortInvest team.
  11. Undertake additional HortInvest assignments as requested by the team leader.

Candidate profile

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Development, Agriculture, Agronomy, Agribusiness, or Agriculture Economics.
  2. At least 3 years of professional working experience in fields relevant and related to this scope of work.
  3. Strong practical experience in working with farmers and cooperatives at production and marketing level
  4. Up to date knowledge on existing and innovative agronomy practices of fruit and vegetable production
  5. Has an extensive network among horticulture sector companies in the districts of Rubavu and Nyabihu, Karongi and Rutsiro, or Muhanga and Ngororero.
  6. Experience in linking horticulture farmers and farmer cooperatives to markets, input suppliers, financial service providers, and other service providers.
  7. Has a network among and experience in working with district government staff for agriculture.
  8. Experience in implementing development projects and a proven ability to develop and maintain relationships with other programs and stakeholders.
  9. Strong communication, management, and interpersonal skills required.
  10. Result oriented and problem-solving capacity.
  11. Prepared to travel widely and undertake substantial fieldwork within Rwanda.
  12. Excellent English and Kinyarwanda writing and oral communication skills.
  13. Experience in working with farmers and producer groups in the districts of Rubavu and Nyabihu, Karongi and Rutsiro, or Muhanga and Ngororero. Experience in working with sector organisations and youth will be an advantage.

Contract duration

Indefinite contract length, linked to the duration of the project

Expected start date

1st of July 2018

How to apply?

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to directly submit your motivation letter and CV (both in English) to the Country Director of SNV Rwanda by following the link below: http://smrtr.io/c8POmw

Please send your application letter and CV with position title as subject. Providing up to three referees will be an advantage as you apply.

Deadline: Monday 18th June 2018.