Paid and unpaid internships at CNFA Rwanda (Deadline: April 27,2018)

Position: Intern       

Industry :Non-profit/Agriculture.

Employer :Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture

Location of Position  :Kigali and districts

Award :AID-696-C-17-00001

Project Timeframe  : June 2017 – June 2022

Deadline: 27th April 2018

I.Introduction and Background

Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze is a five-year, USAID-funded Activity, implemented by CNFA – Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture-. Its objective is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve the nutritional status of women and children, and increase the resilience of agriculture and food systems to the changing climate. The Activity is being implemented in the following ten districts of Rwanda: Gatsibo, Kayonza, Bugesera, Ngoma (Eastern Province); Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero Nyamasheke, Karongi (Western Province); and Nyamagabe (Southern Province). Led by CNFA, the consortium is comprised of a diverse range of international and Rwandan partners including Plan International, HarvestPlus, Souktel, Rwanda Development Organization (RDO) and the Imbaraga Farmers’ Union.

The primary beneficiaries are the smallholder farming households in these target districts. Hinga Weze is expected to produce results by effecting behavior change at the household and community levels using cost-effective interventions and a systems approach that prioritizes collaboration with local partners, including the Government of Rwanda and its relevant agencies, and the wider development community, including USAID and other donor-funded projects. The objectives will be attained through sustainable intensification of Rwandan smallholder farming systems, with specific emphasis on climate-smart, nutrition-sensitive approaches to agriculture production. Hinga Weze interventions specifically focus on farming systems including high-iron beans, orange flesh sweet potato (OFSP), Irish potato, maize and horticulture.

CNFA endeavors to facilitate an immersive experience for interns, ensuring a well-rounded experience that builds specific skills.  As such, interns are expected to make substantive contributions to our work. CNFA offers both of paid and unpaid internship. The internship period will not exceed six months. Each internship will fit in with HINGA Weze’s needs and will be initiated by CNFA to perform a specific activity.  In this regard, CNFA would like to hire interns with different skills: Irrigation, Land Husbandry, Crop production Procurement, Agriculture, Monitoring and Evaluation, IT and Value Chain.

II.Duties and responsibilities for needed interns

1.Duties and Responsibilities of Support Intern to District Manager (to be based at the District office):

  • Consolidate schedules for Hinga Weze District staff and follow up implementation of activities.
  • Help conduct and consolidate a joint training-needs assessment of Partners’ staff or/and beneficiaries to identify priority areas for trainings.
  • Participate in the implementation of trainings/workshops and meetings and assure the quality of trainings delivered.
  • Assist in preparation of district meetings in providing secretarial, logistical and administrative support.
  • Contribute to the Customer care and checkup of the wellbeing of participants.
  • Responsible for collecting, organizing, and analyzing data, related to the District’s actions/achievements.
  • Provide IT related technical support to staff (Where required, install, configure, test, maintain, monitor, and correct troubleshoot associated end user workstation software and networking software products).
  • Assist in maintaining Internet services.
  • Managing stationery for the office.
  • Update the office assets register, help tagging procured equipment and insurance of the same if applicable.
  • Coordinate staff travel needs.
  • Coordinate cleaners ‘daily work to ensure general cleanliness of the office premises.
  • Receive and guide Office’s visitors.
  • Receive, record and direct all invoices submitted to HW.
  • Receive and digitalize any incoming mail.
  • Photocopy and printing all materials required.
  • Assist the district manager in minor procurement for the District office.

2.Duties and Responsibilities of IT Logistics & Admin Intern (to be based in Kigali Office):

  • Assist in building and executing high level procurement systems to reduce waste and improve efficiency.
  • Prepare requests for payments for necessary goods and services as need arises.
  • Assist in developing sourcing strategies aimed at working with high quality suppliers through market research, regular supplier assessment, and supplier relationship building.
  • Assist in forecasting major purchases, ensure requests are submitted on time.
  • Follow up with suppliers and clients to ensure goods are delivered on time and at the right specifications.
  • Assist on track payments and all team expenditures.
  • Put in place a strong and easy to follow quality assurance process to ensure quality of all delivered goods.
  • Maintain CNFA relations with outside visitors, receive all visitors who come to the office.
  • Conduct physical verification of all available office fixed assets.
  • Assist on updating the list of CNFA Rwanda fixed assets.
  • Verify and audit office supplies stores.
  • Assist on auditing purchase orders, vehicle logbooks and contracts files.

3.Duties and Responsibilities of Monitoring and Evaluation Intern (To be based at the District):

  • Working with the MEL Unit to assist in producing resource materials, deliver training, make presentations and organize events/other activities to ensure development and maintenance of sound monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment.
  • Undertake regular visits together with district monitoring and evaluation officer to programs to support monitoring, evaluation, impact assessment processes and accountability processes.
  • Assist the district monitoring and evaluation officer to monitor and document the progress of program activities against agreed indicators including Real Time Evaluation in area of jurisdiction.
  • Work with the MEL Unit to monitor and document the impact of programs to inform overall program strategy.
  • Undertake other assignments or tasks at the request of the MEL team.
  • Assist in assessing the environmental impact of project activities.

4.Duties and Responsibilities of Agribusiness/Value Chain Intern (To be based at the District or Kigali Office):

  • Carry out an inventory of agriculture-based value chains.
  • Assist in identifying new technologies for post-harvest and agricultural products value addition to be tested and specification of Agriculture based value chain in which they can be tested and promoted.
  • Research and analyze policy issues at local and national levels affecting the country’s agricultural sector.
  • Help on the identification and cultivation of effective BDS providers, including traditional and non-traditional entities that are positioned to support emerging enterprises.
  • Assist the Agriculture Productivity Unit to develop strategies that promote smallholder uptake of improved inputs, practices, and post-harvest technologies that increase market competitiveness and reduce labor and costs.
  • Work with the project’s targeted value chain stakeholders, including local-level farmer groups to advance program objectives and activities.

5.Duties and responsibilities for Land husbandry interns (To be based at the district)

  • Collaborate with HW district technical staff to oversee terraces construction and rehabilitation activities and ensure that activities are correctly done in accordance with the agreement between Hinga Weze and service provider.
  • To ensure the quality-based implementation of different land husbandry technologies by providing a timely advice and support to the service provider.
  • To inform HW management any challenge which may require particular attention for further improvement for achieving on time terracing activities.
  • Collaborate with HW district staff to crosscheck payrolls prepared by service providers.
  • Collect soil samples on various sites where HW activities are implemented and make sure that samples are well prepared and kept in good conditions for analysis in the future.
  • To organize a weekly site meeting to evaluate the work progress and hand in the minutes to the district manager.
  • Check on quality of inputs mainly compost and lime supplied by the service provider to make sure that these inputs meet minimum quality standards set out in the agreement between HW and service provider.

6.Duties and responsibilities for irrigation interns (to be based in the district)

  • Train HW beneficiaries on the use of irrigation equipment.
  • In collaboration with HW district staff, support HW beneficiaries especially irrigation grantees to effectively implement irrigation technologies.
  • In collaboration with HW district staff and HW beneficiaries, elaborate management plan for irrigation equipment, check on the performance of irrigation equipment and advise on maintenance needs.
  • Support HW beneficiaries to establish irrigation schedules.
  • Support HW beneficiaries to develop profitability of irrigation technologies (with focus on production cost versus value of farm produce).

7.Duties and responsibilities for the Interns in Crop Protection, Climate Smart Agriculture, Seed production and Horticulture Intern

  • Assist in training, coaching, monitoring the application of practices/technologies related to: Crop Protection / Climate Smart Agriculture / Seed production / Horticulture, by HW grantees, HW beneficiaries, cooperatives of Farmer Promoters/FFS Facilitators/Farmers that are working with Hinga Weze.
  • Assist in the development of extension materials for farmers related to crop protection, climate smart agriculture, seed production and horticulture.
  • Assist in testing and monitoring the usefulness of extension materials with farmers, frontline extension agents and stakeholders.
  • Taking care of the quality of all operations related to: Crop Protection / Climate Smart Agriculture / Seed production / Horticulture.
  • Organizing and keeping records of crop protection equipment in stock, and in use

III.Requirements. 

All interns should meet the requirements below:

  • Youth between from 19 to 30 years old (for academic purposes the age limit may be ignored).
  • Be a Rwandan by nationality.
  • Be enrolled in a university and is in the final academic year for (unpaid internship). For paid internship; interns should have Bachelor’s degree in hydrology, IT, soil & water management, crop production, plant production, plant protection, agribusiness, agroforestry, development studies, agriculture economics rural engineering and related fields.
  • No conflict of interest with CNFA.
  • Acceptance of internship is subject to a satisfactory reference check.
  • Professional development goal matching internship opportunity.
  • Excellent attention to detail skills.
  • Leadership experience at work, or outside of work.
  • Excellent command of English.
  • Good knowledge in Word, Microsoft Excel and Data Analysis skills.
  • Willingness and ability to working with farmers on the field.
  • May be required to travel on a motorbike.

Application Procedure

Qualified interested candidates should submit online their application letter, Curriculum Vitae (CV) to Email: hingaweze@cnfarwanda.org. The deadline for submitting applications is on 27th April 2018 at 5pm local time. Applications should be addressed to the Chief of Party of the Hinga Weze Activity.

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