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Monday, 23 January 2017

Senior Agriculture/Livelihoods Officer

Posted By on Monday, January 23, 2017

JOB TITLE: Senior Agriculture/Livelihoods Officer

REPORTS TO: Market Development Specialist


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in around 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. The primary goal of CRS/Rwanda programming is to ensure that vulnerable households in Rwanda achieve full, integral human development.

CRS is seeking a Senior Agriculture/Livelihoods Officer for the USAID-funded HugukaDukore Youth Employment Activity (HD).  The program seeks to increase stable employment opportunities, including self-employment, for male and female vulnerable youth, and to improve youth training systems, and to increase investment in skills for vulnerable youth.  Intermediate Result 2 focuses on rural youth to help them to improve their skills to be able to become self-employed, largely in value-added activities in agro-processing and other rural micro-enterprises.

The Senior Agriculture/Livelihoods Officer will lead entrepreneurship and agro-enterprise trainings to implementing partners (IPs) and provide technical supervision as IPs train youth farmers. The Senior Agriculture/Livelihoods Officer is also responsible for supporting the Market Development Specialist in analyzing agricultural value chains to identify employment and business opportunities for youth.

Primary Function
The Senior Agriculture/Livelihoods Officer will be responsible to lead trainings on agro-enterprise principles and practice, training implementing partner staff and then conducting technical supervision as implementing partners train youth.  The Senior Agriculture/Livelihoods Officer will contribute to entrepreneurship trainings and will provide technical oversight to implementing partners as they support youth farmers to form groups.  In addition, the Senior Agriculture/Livelihoods Officer will support the Market Development Specialist in identifying gaps in agricultural value chains as potential niches for youth to establish income-generating activities providing specialized services in transport, packaging, etc., as well as identifying opportunities for youth to be hired by agro-dealers, processors and other private sector actors.

Specific Responsibilities

  •     Lead trainings for implementing partners on agro-enterprise principles and practice.
  •     Conduct technical supervision as implementing partners train youth beneficiaries.
  •     Contribute to entrepreneurship trainings.
  •     Provide technical oversight to implementing partners as they support youth farmers to form groups.
  •     Support Market Development Specialist to identify gaps in agricultural value chains as potential niches for youth entrepreneurship or employment.
  •     Establish and maintain sound relationships and work effectively and creatively with consortium and private sector partners.
  •     Support relationship building between farmer group leadership and other actors, including buyers, material/service providers, and various other private sector actors.
  •     Work with consortium members and implementing partners to document results and lessons learned during implementation of project activities.
  •     Prepare inputs to and conduct reviews of technical reports.
  •     Other tasks as may be assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  •     Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, business or other relevant field; Master’s degree an advantage
  •     Minimum of five years’ experience working on agro-enterprise programming, including value chain development, cooperative development and employment/business creation.
  •     Minimum of two years’ experience in youth-oriented programming
  •     Strong technical background in agriculture and in agricultural value chains
  •     Experience as a trainer and demonstrated success in knowledge transfer of agro-enterprise approaches and interventions
  •     Experience in conducting technical supervision, including in mentoring and coaching.
  •     Ability to transfer knowledge to people with a variety of interests and educational backgrounds through both formal and informal training
  •     Demonstrated commitment to gender-responsive programming
  •     Leadership skills with self-initiative and ability to make sound programmatic decisions
  •     Experience in budget monitoring and reporting for large publicly-funded projects desirable
  •     Excellent organizational skills, team work and ability to prioritize tasks in a timely manner
  •     Sound coordination skills and a demonstrated ability to multi-task
  •     Demonstrated skills in diplomacy, flexibility, and resourcefulness
  •     Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills
  •     Knowledge of USAID programming preferred
  •     Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  •     Excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to work well with people, good judgment and commitment to CRS’ mission
  •     Willingness to travel to rural project districts around the country
  •     Fluent spoken and written English or French, and Kinyarwanda, required.
  •     Rwandan nationality

Electronic applications including a motivation letter and a currentdetailed CV should be addressed to the CRS Country Representative exclusively at and copy on or before Friday February 3, 2017 at 5pm.

Due to anticipated high interest in this post and the expected number of applicants, only short-listed candidates will get feedback.

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