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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Business Extension Agent (1 Post)

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The American Refugee Committee is an international nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that has provided humanitarian assistance and training to millions of beneficiaries over the last 35 years. ARC works with refugee communities in 11 countries around the world, helping people regain control of their lives. The people ARC serves have lost everything to events completely beyond their control. ARC provides shelter, clean water and sanitation, health care, skills training, microcredit education, protection and whatever support we can to let people begin again.

Job Opportunity
The overall goal of ARC’s program in Rwanda is to build increased resilience and self-reliance of communities affected by displacement and their host communities using innovation, social-entrepreneurship, co-creation and increased country ownership through continued protection, stronger economic empowerment, improved food security & nutrition, and environmental protection.

ARC is looking for suitable Rwandan candidate to fill the position below:

Position: Business Extension Agent (1 Post) 

RESPONSIBLE TO:  Livelihood and Economics Recovery Coordinator

Site: Mugombwa Refugee Camp  

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The Stepped Approach to Improved Livelihood (SAIL) project aims at supporting small business development among vulnerable refugee groups through micro grants and loans, trainings and business developments services. The BEA is responsible for all SAIL customer services in the camp including:
  •     Organize marketing activities to promote the SAIL project among the refugee population and help identify and generate viable small business projects;
  •     Identify client groups to begin the grant and loan application process and conduct the pre-grant and loan interviews;
  •     Work with and advise potential client groups on their business including identification of business strategic location and financial plans;
  •     Complete and submit grant and loan applications and business plans to the Livelihood Coordinator;
  •     Assist the Livelihood Coordinator in the disbursement and repayment process;
  •     Provide weekly support and business advice to clients on an individual and group basis to collect, support and enforce the repayment policy;
  •     Assist the M&E Officer and Livelihood Coordinator with interviews, market studies, and other monitoring and evaluation activities;
  •     Support all business projects to maximize their viability with a strong market based approach;
  •     Ensure that repayment schedules are not punitive but rather support business success and are based on projected income flows, seasonality of products (when appropriate) and realistic business development and growth.
  •  Monitor loan recipients regularly to ensure that:
  1.  they control the loan and business;
  2.  their new or expanded business does not cause an increase in the labor of their children;
  3.  And that they are not entering into a cycle of debt by accepting multiple loans from different service providers.
  •     Train clients and hold workshops on business and financial management;
  •     Provide weekly follow-up with grant groups to assure proper trainee behavior, record keeping, money management, material use and full participation of all members to ensure they can meet expenses and track income streams.
  •     Ensure business owners have emergency procedures in place, including police contacts for robberies, theft, break-ins and harassment, where possible.
  •     Ensure business owners have access to a variety of financial service available in the camps, including savings in VSLA
  •     Ensure that the identified groups that do not qualify for the SAIL program are at least involved in other livelihood programs i.e. cash for work, vocational training
  •     Other duties as maybe assigned by the Livelihood Coordinator and/or Technical Advisor Livelihood and Economic Recovery, as well as Project Coordinator Enterprise Development and Innovations.

  •     Minimum Bachelor degree in business administration, marketing, entrepreneurship or other related fields;
  •     Demonstrated entrepreneurship and business development skills;
  •     Minimum 2 years of a valuable combination of work experiences in the private and/or non-profit sectors with demonstrated exposure to building livelihood, improving income and/or building the economic capacities of the poor.
  •     Previous exposure to VSLA, SME development, Cash for work, Microcredit intervention and TVET an advantage;
  •     Ability to communicate in English and Kinyarwanda. Knowledge of French an advantage
  •     Computer skills;
  •     Ability to live and work in isolated areas in Rwanda.

To apply for this position:

Please submit your application letter and curriculum vitae (3 pages maximum) by email to: or deliver them to ARC Country Head office in Kimihurura after Lemigo Hotel before Friday October 21st, 2016.

NB: Please apply only if you fulfill the requirements. Only selected candidates will be contacted.


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