Program Assistant -Agribusiness Incubation Job at Kilimo Trust – Career Opportunity in Rwanda

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Vacancy title:
Program Assistant -Agribusiness Incubation

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources , Category: Admin & Office ]

Jobs at:

Kilimo Trust

Deadline of this Job:
19 March 2021  

Duty Station:
Within Rwanda , Rwanda , East Africa

Date Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

In January 2021, Rwanda Polytechnic signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kilimo Trust to collaborate on the implementation of a project titled: Rural Youth Employment Support (R-YES) Project to create employment opportunities for youth in Rwanda through Integrated Agribusiness Hub. R-YES is a 5-year project (2020-2024) implemented in Rwanda by a consortium led by Kilimo Trust with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). R-YES project is part of a larger IFAD program that focuses on the creation of employment opportunities for rural youth in Africa through support to integrated agribusiness hubs. The project targets to create new opportunities for youth in agribusiness as wage earners or commercial providers of services. R-YES interventions include vocational training, incubation, internships, apprenticeship, work-based learning, and business development for increased business acumen and enhanced market access. To operationalize this MoU, Kilimo Trust is seeking to hire an Agribusiness Incubation Assistant to provide technical support to Rwanda Polytechnic in the implementation of the R-YES Project

To support Rwanda Polytechnic and R-YES project team to mobilize and engage selected Integrated Polytechnic Regional Colleges (IPRCs), TVETs, incubation centers, agribusiness companies, and other relevant stakeholders to build technical and entrepreneurial capacities of rural youth for wage and self-employment .

1) Identify and recommend required upgrades/improvements at selected Rwanda Polytechnic (RP) training centers (IPRCs /TVETs) to enable them to provide required training in agribusiness.
2) Support in the development, review, and certification of developed /revised curriculums.
3) Support youth recruitment and enrollment process in partnership with selected RP colleges and other R-YES partners.
4) Support selected RP colleges to train engaged youth and build their technical and entrepreneurial capacities for wage and self-employment.
5) Coordinate capacity-building activities at selected RP colleges including assessing the availability of classrooms and other required facilities.
6) Coordinate activities related to graduation and certificates award for R-YES project graduates.
7) Recommend youth with innovative/ promising agribusiness ideas to be supported under the R-YES agribusiness starter pack.
8) Participate in post hub support and monitoring activities for youth graduates from their localities.
9) Work with the R-YES project team to link youth to the larger farming community (agribusiness companies, farmers, providers of business development services, relevant Government agencies, providers of digital solutions, etc) for an internship, apprenticeship, and work-based learning and employment opportunities.
10) Support the project team in preparation of quarterly and annual plans and reports to be submitted to the donor

h) Demonstrated ability to collaborate, willingness to innovate, and ability to think systematically.
i) Proven experience in managing multiple and competing tasks while maintaining the quality of deliverables within deadlines.
j) Advanced oral and written communication skills in English, French, and Kinyarwanda.
k) Ability to take on assignments that require travel to field locations

Job Qualifications Required:
a) Minimum a university degree in Agribusiness, Business studies, Development Economics, Agriculture, Food Science, or relevant qualification,
d) Demonstrated experience in product development and nurturing of new enterprises.
e) Understanding of quality management systems is an added advantage.
f) Demonstrated experience in implementing rural agricultural and youth development projects.

Educational QualificationsRequired:
a) Minimum a university degree in Agribusiness, Business studies, Development Economics, Agriculture, Food Science, or relevant qualification,

Experience Required:
b) At least three (3) years of experience in performing similar tasks.

Work Hours: 8


Job application procedure

How to Apply
If you are the right candidate, please send your application letter plus the following:
An up-to-date CV, highlighting relevant skills and experience (presented in relation to each of the responsibilities and each of the experience areas listed above).
The names and contacts of three referees, and a daytime contact telephone number of each of them.
Copies of Academic Certificate and Transcripts for O’ level, A’ level – where applicable, Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate qualifications
The names and contacts of your immediate supervisor(s) in the current job and two of your immediate previous jobs.
Your daytime contact telephone number; and
A statement and proof of the current remuneration package.
Please submit your application documents electronically to [email protected]  
Address your application to the Human Resource Manager, Kilimo Trust.
Deadline for application: Friday, March 19, 2021 .
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted