SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship to empower young, ambitious people to lead their fragile and conflict-affected societies into prosperity. SPARK is a dynamic and growing, international not-for-profit development organisation with 80+ staff members, in more than 14 offices around the world. SPARK supports refugees in the Middle-East by providing them with scholarships in universities and higher education institutions in the region. SPARK also supports young entrepreneurs in fragile states, to start or grow their own businesses.
SPARK Rwanda is currently implementing Irish Potato Value Chain Financing project (IPoVAF), with the aim of supporting smallholder farmers to increase access to financial services to enhance productivity, income and job opportunities for Irish Potato smallholder farmers. The project is implemented in partnership and collaboration with different partners including financial institutions, service providers, and the Rwanda federation of Irish potato farmers (FECOPORWA) to impact 50,000 smallholder farmers in Western and Northern provinces from 4 districts including Nyabihu, Rubavu, Musanze and Burera.
- New and increased effective, affordable, cost efficient and client centric financial and informational services offered by Financial Institutions (FIs) to Irish Potato small holder farmers (SHFs) to ensure financial inclusion for the poor;
- Enhanced market position, efficiency and managerial competencies for Irish Potato SFHs and sustained relations with other chain operators (market players);
- Increased financial literacy, changed positive mind-set towards digitalisation, access and use of digital information, communication, payments, savings and credits (and potential additional services) of SHFs.
It is in this regards that SPARK is hiring Agri Business Coaches to support in empowering the Irish Potato SHF organizations (primary cooperatives, unions and Federation).
Main Tasks and Responsibilities
- The responsibilities and tasks include, but are not limited to:
- Coordinating field activities in the areas of operations.
- Responsible and accountable for the cooperatives members and farmers capacities development plans.
- Help with MEL primary data collection through field visits and needs assessment of selected cooperatives.
- Deliver trainings and coaching plans on the areas of Cooperative Management, Financial Management, Entrepreneurship & Marketing and Access to Finance for cooperatives leaders and all members.
- Conduct regular proximity coaching session for cooperative members focusing on membership responsibilities and accountability among others topics.
- Help in the promotion and use of a newly introduced business informational system through mobile phones (USSD) that will be developed to assist farmers to get regular information on the potato business and market dynamics, prices, inputs availability and prices among other relevant information to inform / guise business decisions.
- Serve as focal point to assist the target cooperatives with the market linkages with other key chain operators to ensure sustained fair relations and business performances (i.e.: supply contracts).
- Conduct field visits to promote financial literacy and access to digital financing solutions by potato farmers.
- Ensure a maximum uptake of the digital financing solutions through an intensive promotion and mobilization campaign as well as proximity coaching activities.
- Submit monthly report which will be reviewed and validated by the project management team (PO, PM) a week before the quarterly planning meeting.
- Participate to consultation meetings with the project implementation partners or services providers when required.
- Be the focal points of Spark in the target districts and attend district meetings (I.e.: JADF, Open days) and ensure regular consultations with other local development stakeholders.
Requirements and Skills
- Experience in project management with international development organisation,
- Project design, implementation, operations, and organisational restructuring;
- Bachelor’s degree preferably in a field related to Agriculture, agribusiness, agri financing, international development or business administration;
- Good knowledge and experience in Irish Potato sector value chain development including agri capacity development, agri business development services, rural agri financing and business environment in Rwanda;
- In-depth understanding and knowledge of cooperatives and NGOs operating in agriculture sector in Rwanda;
- Good oral, written and reporting skills;
- Knowledge of English and Kinyarwanda;
- Rwandan Nationality or in possession of work permit.
- A dynamic and exciting position in an international environment;
- A fulltime appointment of 40 hours;
- A gross monthly salary between RWF 600.000 and RWF 1.050.000 depending on professional experience;
- Professional capacity building, training, exposure and networking opportunities.
If you are interested, please apply with your motivation letter and your CV (both in English) on https://vacancy.spark-online.org. The deadline for application is on the 28 May 2018. Reference: Agri Business Coach – Rwanda. Please include two references in your application (phone number and email) which we can contact during the selection process.
All applications will be assessed on rolling basis; interviews can, therefore, take place before the application deadline. However, due to the large volume of applications we receive, we cannot respond to every applicant. There may be a delay between the deadline and the moment we contact selected applicants.
If you have not received a reply we regret to inform that we have continued with other candidates.