5 Positions at TechnoServe: (Deadline 1 December 2020)

5 Positions at TechnoServe: (Deadline 1 December 2020)

5 Positions at TechnoServe: (Deadline 1 December 2020)

Senior Business Advisor at TechnoServe: (Deadline 1 December 2020)

Job Details

Description

TechnoServe is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty. A nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries, we work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. By linking people to information, capital, and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting prosperity for their families and communities.

Founded over 50 years ago, TechnoServe has been named the #1 nonprofit for fighting poverty by the ImpactMatters charity ratings agency.

Program Description

The Rwanda Ikawa Nziza Cyane (INC) project seeks to equip coffee washing stations (CWS), exporters, and government agencies with new tools, strategies, and policies to drive greater efficiencies and unlock new market opportunities in specialty coffee. Funded by the European Union in conjunction with Rwanda’s MINECOFIN, the Rwanda INC project will run for 4 years. Some of the primary project components include
(1) digital tools for CWS business management and farm extension monitoring;

(2) new mechanisms for
input financing and distribution (e.g., fertilizer, lime, new varieties); and

(3) a strengthened coffee value chain through industry briefs, strategies, and proposed quality standards for uptake by government and
exporters.

Job Summary:
TechnoServe seeks a Senior Business Advisor to support the successful implementation of Rwanda INC’s ambitious impact agenda. The Senior Business Advisor will provide technical and managerial support needed to ensure excellence in program design and delivery with partners throughout the value chain.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

  •  Lead strategy and implementation of efforts to support development of an updated national strategy on coffee inputs, managing a Fellow (pro bono consultant) who will carry out related market analyses to inform the recommended strategy and models.
  •  Develop and deploy improved input sales and distribution models to enhance farmer access lime, fertilizer, and high-yielding cultivars. Co-design and manage the small grants fund for coffee washing station reward schemes.
  • Lead interventions to facilitate increased agricultural lending to Rwanda’s coffee sector, including managing a Fellow (pro bono consultant) who will carry out a case study on collateral requirements.
  •  Work with local exporters to improve knowledge and systems around managing risks associated with price fluctuations and coffee financing.
  • Provide support and leadership as needed on all elements of the Rwanda INC program, including digital tools for CWS management and extension monitoring.
  • Support development, buy-in, and roll-out of minimum quality and sustainability standards for Rwandan coffee. Work with CWS, exporters, training partners, and relevant regulatory bodies to enable a system of audits.
  •  Work collaboratively with stakeholders across the coffee value chain – farmers, CWS managers, exporters, government agencies, financial institutions, other NGOs, and allies throughout the
  • sector.

Basic Qualifications:

  •  Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field – Business, Agriculture, Economics with a minimum of 4 years of related work experience.
  •  Strong coffee and agricultural expertise especially in regard to the development of coffee
  • production systems.

 Solid private sector strategy and management experience, including in several of the following key skills areas – coffee yield improvements, training, ICT for development.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Business strategy
  • Financial & Resource management
  • Program management
  • People management
  •  Coffee industry knowledge (esp. CWS familiarity)
  •  Familiarity w/ ICT a plus

Required Languages

  •  Fluency in Kinyarwanda and English is required.

Travel

  • Ability to travel to remote rural locations.
  • 100% Domestic

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 

  • Entrepreneurial and innovative mindset
  • High integrity and honesty
  • Flexible and able to maintain effective relationships and networks – including Donor/Partnership Management
  • Proactively takes advantage of opportunities to learn
  • Demonstrates an understanding and appreciation for diversity and supports diversity efforts
  • Expresses ideas effectively in individual and group situations, both verbally and in written communication
  • Strong decision making and problem-solving skills
  • Results-oriented
  • Effective time management and planning
  • Strong business acumen – including Analysis, Research, and Report writing

We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe’s vision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply.

We recognize that maximizing inclusive economic growth requires the full and unencumbered participation of women. This requires us to not only systematically integrate gender in our project participation but also within all levels of our staffing. For more information, visit www.technoserve.org

With our commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and affirmative action employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability, and all other protected classes.

We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff, partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks.

If you have a disability that affects your ability to use our online system to apply for a position at TechnoServe please contact the Human Resources at [email protected] or call +1 202 785 4515.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND APPLY

 

Digital Specialist at TechnoServe: (Deadline 1 December 2020)

Job Details

Description

TechnoServe is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty. A nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries, we work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. By linking people to information, capital, and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting prosperity for their families and communities.

Founded over 50 years ago, TechnoServe has been named the #1 nonprofit for fighting poverty by the ImpactMatters charity ratings agency.

Program Description:
The Rwanda Ikawa Nziza Cyane (INC) project seeks to equip coffee washing stations (CWS), exporters, and government agencies with new tools, strategies, and policies to drive greater efficiencies and unlock new market opportunities in specialty coffee. Funded by the European Union in conjunction with Rwanda’s MINECOFIN, the Rwanda INC project will run for 4 years. Some of the primary project components include (1) digital tools for CWS business management and farm extension monitoring; (2) new mechanisms for input financing and distribution (e.g., fertilizer, lime, new varieties); and (3) new market research, quality
standards, and policy recommendations to strengthen Rwanda’s positioning as a preferred origin for specialty coffee.

Job Summary:
TechnoServe seeks a Digital Specialist to support the successful implementation of Rwanda INC’s ambitious impact agenda. The Digital Specialist will support the selection, integration, and implementation of tools and technologies used in the Rwanda INC program. These platforms perform a range of functions, from providing extension services to farmers, to creating the ability for working capital lenders in Rwanda to better monitor coffee washing station working capital loans, to providing washing station managers themselves the tools needed to improve the operational efficiencies and quality of the coffee they produce – all with the ultimate goal of contributing to lift smallholder farmers out of poverty.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Manage the, selection, adaptation, testing, pilot, and evaluation of all ICT tools and platforms used in the Rwanda INC program, including but not limited to:
  • Tablet and phone-based digital tools used to deliver agronomic extension services
  • Virtual Business Advisor digital solution to the Rwandan coffee context (e.g., dashboard for coffee washing station managers)
  • Loan portfolio management tools for financial institutions, exporters, and coffee washing stations.
  • Evaluate technologies already in use by different stakeholders in the coffee value chain (e.g., exporters, government agencies, lenders) to identify challenges and solutions for greater alignment.
  • Create “heat maps” and dashboards from these digital tools to be shared with key stakeholders for the purpose of strengthening the Rwandan coffee sector.
  • Identify opportunities to pilot both new and existing technologies for the Rwanda INC program to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the program implementation model.
  • Develop internal knowledge materials; support internal knowledge sharing activities and the development of TechnoServe innovations frameworks and initiatives.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Finance, Business Administration, computer programming, or other relevant fields.
  • At least five years relevant IT project management and delivery experience including systems
    support, implementation, operations, maintenance, and support activities within a relevant field (e.g. Access to finance, Microfinance, Farmer outreach, mobile payments).
  • Experience developing digital strategies and business cases for technology investment.
  • Comfort with data analysis and visualization (e.g., via dashboards).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Database management; back-end integration of mobile platforms and/or software development
    experience
  • ICT program management (especially ICT4D)
  • Proven communication skills (presentation and writing skills)
  • Coffee industry knowledge (esp. coffee washing station familiarity)

Required Languages – Fluency English

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong market orientation, entrepreneurial, and innovative thinker.
  • Proven ability to work independently, delivering high-quality end products.
  • Ability to structure and manage complex tasks
  • High integrity and honesty
  • Flexible and able to maintain effective relationships and networks
  • Proactively takes advantage of opportunities to learn
  • Demonstrates an understanding and appreciation for diversity and supports diversity efforts
  • Expresses ideas effectively in individual and group situations, both verbally and in written communication including Analysis, Research and Report Writing
  • Strong decision making and problem solving skills, including internal client focus
  • Results oriented
  • Effective time management and planning
    Strong business acumen

We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe’s vision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply.

We recognize that maximizing the inclusive economic growth requires the full and unencumbered participation of women. This requires us to not only systematically integrate gender in our project participation but also within all levels of our staffing. For more information, visit www.technoserve.org

With our commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and affirmative action employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability, and all other protected classes.

We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff, partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks.

If you have a disability that affects your ability to use our online system to apply for a position at TechnoServe please contact the Human Resources at [email protected] or call +1 202 785 4515.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND APPLY

 

Business Advisor Operations and Sustainability at TechnoServe: (Deadline 1 December 2020)

Job Details

Description

TechnoServe is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty. A nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries, we work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. By linking people to information, capital, and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting prosperity for their families and communities.

Founded over 50 years ago, TechnoServe has been named the #1 nonprofit for fighting poverty by the ImpactMatters charity ratings agency.

Program Description

The Rwanda Ikawa Nziza Cyane (INC) project seeks to equip coffee washing stations (CWS), exporters, and government agencies with new tools, strategies, and policies to drive greater efficiencies and unlock new market opportunities in specialty coffee.  Funded by the European Union in conjunction with Rwanda’s MINECOFIN, the Rwanda INC project will run for 4 years beginning in November, 2020. Some of the primary project components include (1) digital tools for CWS business management and farm extension monitoring; (2) new mechanisms for input financing and distribution (e.g., fertilizer, lime, new varieties); and (3) a strengthened coffee value chain through industry briefs, strategies, and proposed quality standards for uptake by government and exporters.

Job Summary:

TechnoServe seeks a Business Advisor Operations and Sustainability to support the successful implementation of Rwanda INC’s ambitious impact agenda.  This role will provide technical and advisory support to extension agents, CWS managers, exporters, and allies throughout the value chain to create value for farmers and coffee businesses, alike.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Engage farmers, CWS managers, and cooperative leadership in identifying challenges associated with farm inputs – particularly fertilizer, lime, and improved cultivars.
  • Co-design and support the roll-out of new input sales, financing, and distribution models.
  • Work with financial institutions to help address challenges facing farmer credit for inputs.
  • Work with coffee nursery partners to support production and commercialization of improved varieties.
  • Lead needs assessments at CWS to determine environmental compliance gaps.
  • Work with a wetlands engineering partner to design and lead the construction of vetiver grass wetlands at coffee washing stations to improve compliance with environmental standards.
  • Support roll-out of digital tools for CWS seeking (1) enhanced extension services monitoring and management; and (2) improved business analytics for management and reporting.
  • Support development, buy-in, and roll-out of minimum quality and sustainability standards for Rwandan coffee. Work with CWS, exporters, training partners, and relevant regulatory bodies to enable a system of audits.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture or a related field with strong business acumen.
  • Minimum of 3 years field and technical experience with agribusiness development, ideally in training capacity.
  • Experience in the coffee sector with expertise in coffee washing station operations.
  • Strong project management and financial analysis skills.
  • Track record of building strong client and stakeholder relationships.
  • Technical skills required to do this job.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with coffee value chain actors (especially coffee washing stations)
  • Comfortable translating data analysis into business insights
  • Familiarity with ICT tools a plus
  • Familiarity with plant nutritional needs
  • Familiarity with environmental impacts of CWS and mitigation efforts
  • Ability to generate innovative solutions in work situations that require minimal supervision.
  • Strong networking skills

Required Languages

  • Fluency in Kinyarwanda and English

Travel

  • Ability to travel to remote rural locations.
  • 100% Domestic

Knowledge Skills and Abilities: 

  • High integrity and honesty
  • Flexible and able to maintain effective relationships and networks
  • Proactively takes advantage of opportunities to learn
  • Demonstrates an understanding and appreciation for diversity and supports diversity efforts
  • Expresses ideas effectively in individual and group situations, both verbally and in written communication
  • Strong decision making and problem solving skills
  • Results oriented
  • Effective time management and planning
  • Strong business acumen

We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe’s vision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply.

We recognize that maximizing the inclusive economic growth requires the full and unencumbered participation of women. This requires us to not only systematically integrate gender in our project participation, but also within all levels of our staffing. For more information, visit www.technoserve.org

With our commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and affirmative action employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability, and all other protected classes.

We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff, partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks.

If you have a disability that affects your ability to use our online system to apply for a position at TechnoServe please contact the Human Resources at [email protected] or call +1 202 785 4515.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND APPLY

 

Business Advisor Digital Farm and CWS Support at TechnoServe: (Deadline 1 December 2020)

Job Details

Description

TechnoServe is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty. A nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries, we work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. By linking people to information, capital, and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting prosperity for their families and communities.

Founded over 50 years ago, TechnoServe has been named the #1 nonprofit for fighting poverty by the ImpactMatters charity ratings agency.

Program Description

The Rwanda Ikawa Nziza Cyane (INC) project seeks to equip coffee washing stations (CWS), exporters, and government agencies with new tools, strategies, and policies to drive greater efficiencies and unlock new market opportunities in specialty coffee.  Funded by the European Union in conjunction with Rwanda’s MINECOFIN, the Rwanda INC project will run for 4 years beginning in November, 2020. Some of the primary project components include (1) digital tools for CWS business management and farm extension monitoring; (2) new mechanisms for input financing and distribution (e.g., fertilizer, lime, new varieties); and (3) a strengthened coffee value chain through industry briefs, strategies, and proposed quality standards for uptake by government and exporters.

Job Summary:

TechnoServe seeks two (2) Business Advisors: Digital Farm and CWS Support to support the successful implementation of Rwanda INC’s ambitious impact agenda.  This role will provide technical and advisory support to extension agents, CWS managers, exporters, and allies throughout the value chain to create value for farmers and coffee businesses, alike.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Engage CWS and cooperative leadership in identifying challenges associated with farm records, farmer extension services, CWS operations, business planning and strategy, and general management.
  • Work with the TechnoServe Digital Specialist to identify and assess relevant tools and technologies delivering value to farmers, cooperative leadership, CWS managers, exporters, and government agencies.
  • Co-design and support the roll out of relevant digital tools to enable (1) enhanced extension services monitoring and management; and (2) improved business analytics for management and reporting.
  • Lead training sessions for all interested players (e.g., exporters, CWS, youth sustainability interns) for a menu of digital tools.
  • Manage subsequent follow-up, trouble-shooting support, and ongoing enhancements of the digital offerings.
  • Support development, buy-in, and roll-out of minimum quality and sustainability standards for Rwandan coffee. Work with CWS, exporters, training partners, and relevant regulatory bodies to enable a system of audits.
  • Support the development and roll-out of new input sales and distribution models.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, business, or a related field.
  • At least three years’ professional experience in one or more of the following areas: agriculture, small and medium enterprise development, project management, community development
  • Strong project management and financial analysis skills.
  • Experience providing technical training and support in a related field.
  • Track record of building strong client and stakeholder relationships
  • Technical skills required to do this job.
  • Strong planning abilities; prior experience working to tight and strict deadlines

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with coffee value chain actors (especially coffee washing stations)
  • Comfortable translating data analysis into business insights
  • Familiarity with ICT tools
  • Ability to generate innovative solutions in work situations that require minimal supervision.
  • Strong networking skills

Required Languages

  • Fluency in Kinyarwanda and English preferred

Travel

  • Ability to travel to remote rural locations.
  • 100% Domestic

Knowledge Skills and Abilities: 

  • High integrity and honesty
  • Flexible and able to maintain effective relationships and networks
  • Proactively takes advantage of opportunities to learn
  • Demonstrates an understanding and appreciation for diversity and supports diversity efforts
  • Expresses ideas effectively in individual and group situations, both verbally and in written communication
  • Strong decision making and problem solving skills
  • Results oriented
  • Effective time management and planning
  • Strong business acumen

We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe’s vision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply.

We recognize that maximizing the inclusive economic growth requires the full and unencumbered participation of women. This requires us to not only systematically integrate gender in our project participation, but also within all levels of our staffing. For more information, visit www.technoserve.org

With our commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and affirmative action employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other protected classes.

We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff, partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks.

If you have a disability that affects your ability to use our online system to apply for a position at TechnoServe please contact the Human Resources at [email protected] or call +1 202 785 4515.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND APPLY

 

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at TechnoServe: (Deadline 1 December 2020)

Job Details

Description

TechnoServe is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty. A nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries, we work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. By linking people to information, capital, and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting prosperity for their families and communities.

Founded over 50 years ago, TechnoServe has been named the #1 nonprofit for fighting poverty by the ImpactMatters charity rating agency.

Program Description

The Rwanda Ikawa Nziza Cyane (INC) project seeks to equip coffee washing stations (CWS), exporters, and government agencies with new tools, strategies, and policies to drive greater efficiencies and unlock new market opportunities in specialty coffee.  Funded by the European Union in conjunction with Rwanda’s MINECOFIN, the Rwanda INC project will run for 4 years beginning in November, 2020. Some of the primary project components include (1) digital tools for CWS business management and farm extension monitoring; (2) new mechanisms for input financing and distribution (e.g., fertilizer, lime, new varieties); and (3) a strengthened coffee value chain through industry briefs, strategies, and proposed quality standards for uptake by government and exporters.

 Job Summary:

TechnoServe seeks a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer to manage all aspects of monitoring and evaluation (M&E). The M&E Officer shall implement strategies designed to assure the quality of data collection, collation, entry, analysis, and reporting through consistent application of the existing monitoring and evaluation Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other guidelines.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for monitoring and evaluation program performance in accordance with the logical framework and reporting requirements.
  • Receive, review, analyze, validate, enter/code, and store various program data streams as submitted by field operations staff. Prepare and collate these into relevant formats for preparing reports and feedback for decision support.
  • Share analyses and trends with program team members to help synchronize program decision-making processes with M&E results.
  • Ensure M&E information is shared and flows transparently within the program team and to other organizational levels as appropriate.
  • Work closely with the Program Manager and Regional MEL Advisor to help ensure that program work plans are on target to meet deliverables in a timely and effective manner.
  • Contribute to TechnoServe’s understanding of the effectiveness of technical training packages.

 Basic Qualifications:

  • Qualifications at degree level in business management, economics, statistics, development studies, or other relevant area of study.
  • At least 3 years of experience with M&E methods and approaches, including designing, planning, and implementing M&E systems, analyzing and reporting using a logical framework and other strategic planning approaches.
  • Proven ability to work with various M&E methods and approaches.
  • Experience working with agricultural programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills are a must.
  • Ability to generate innovative solutions in work situations.
  • Ability to manipulate data using quantitative software such as SPSS and STATA preferred.

Required Languages

  • Fluency in both Kinyarwanda and English is required.

Travel

  • Undertake visits to the field as necessary to enforce and validate data collection techniques and to identify where adaptations might be needed so as to ensure continuous quality of program data.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong planning skills and ability to work independently within agreed workplans and timelines and generate solutions to changing situations.
  • Good communication skills that allow regular interface with a diverse team both in the field and in back room operations.
  • Willingness to spend time working and travelling in project sites located in rural areas.

We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe’s vision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply.

We recognize that maximizing the inclusive economic growth requires the full and unencumbered participation of women. This requires us to not only systematically integrate gender in our project participation, but also within all levels of our staffing. For more information, visit www.technoserve.org

With our commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and affirmative action employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability, and all other protected classes.

We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff, partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks.

If you have a disability that affects your ability to use our online system to apply for a position at TechnoServe please contact the Human Resources at [email protected] or call +1 202 785 4515.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND APPLY

 






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