Deputy Chief of Party at Research Triangle Institute, Kigali – Rwanda Job Vacancy

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 of 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 fields 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 with host 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 and implementing multi-faceted private investments, job creation and agribusiness development programs is preferred.
  • Experience that demonstrates a solid foundation in financial sector development is preferred, including areas such as banking, financial instrument development, investment management, transaction facilitation, and market development.
  • Knowledge of and experience in business development service providers and investor aftercare concepts is desirable.
  • Demonstrated, excellent writing and spoken English skills are required. Knowledge of Kinyarwanda, as well as in-depth knowledge of the local operating environment in Rwanda, is preferred.

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