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Business Development Services Component Lead, – ACDI/VOCA – Rwanda

  • Kigali, Kigali City, Rwanda
  • Contrat

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Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 49 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of $151 million.
Business Development Services Component Lead, Rwanda
The anticipated Nguirza Nshore project in Rwanda will facilitate emergence of a dynamic off-farm sector and will strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem, business development services and access to finance. By alleviating constraints to entrepreneurship, off-farm businesses will be expanded in both urban and rural environments and will stimulate employment opportunities for rural populations. Nguirza Nshore is a forward-thinking project which is designed for flexibility in response to learning and dynamism in the environment. The project is funded by USAID and is envisioned to start in 2018.
ACDI/VOCA seeks a dynamic, progressive, and private-sector oriented technical component lead who brings proven experience in Rwanda working on BDS initiatives to grow SMEs. The BDS Lead will be responsible for project’s engagement with a range of BDS providers and other similar ecosystem actors, both private and public. S/he will provide a balance of component management and strategy development, oversight of a small team of technical staff, grantee/ challenge fund support, and direct technical assistance.
The ideal candidate will be familiar with a variety of business models for BDS providers to support SMEs across a range of growth stages and sub-sectors. The individual will have exposure to marketplace realities which include off-farm agriculture and non-farm industries.
Responsibilities
• Provide technical leadership and strategy development for the project’s support to BDS providers and other actors in Rwanda’s entrepreneurial ecosystem
• Oversee a small technical team of technical experts and facilitators – which in turn will engage through a diverse set of activities with a larger number of BDS providers, networking organizations, and other stakeholders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem – to achieve the project’s goals and outcomes
• Provide direct technical assistance and advisory services as needed
• Track progress towards core component indicators and learning objectives, and propose strategic adaptations in response to market shifts
• Engage, coordinate, and collaborate with other donors and implementing partners active in the BDS focus areas.
Qualifications
• Master’s degree or equivalent in business, economics, finance, marketing, or related area.
• A minimum of 5 years of experience in technical advisory initiatives targeting BDS providers, entrepreneurs, ecosystem development, or a combination of the above
• Expertise in business planning and strategy development; various business models for BDS provision, product pricing, investment, and entrepreneurship development
• Demonstrated passion for using innovative approaches to solve complex development problems, with practical experience mobilizing and working with diverse teams
• Knowledge of the landscape of ecosystem actors and understand a range of BDS models and SME services in Rwanda
• Previous experience working in Rwanda required, with some exposure to other countries in the region preferred
• Some prior experience managing small teams preferred, with technical strategy development, activity planning, and relationship building with public and private stakeholders
• Excellent networking and communication skills
• Fluency in French and/or Kinyarwanda, as well as English, required.

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Please apply online at https://internationaljobs-acdivoca.icims.com/jobs/5068/business-developm.... No phone calls please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.

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