JOB AT RWANDA YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS FORUM ( RYAF ): SCOPE OF WORK BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER : ( DEADLINE: 24 December 2018)
The Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) is a nationwide platform whose purpose is to change the current perception among the youths vis-à-vis the agriculture sector in Rwanda while orienting them to seize investment opportunities through awareness creation, skills development, and advocacy support services. The idea is to create a critical mass of change agents to influence the transformation of the agricultural business landscape with courage, determination and positive attitude.
It is a platform of young entrepreneurs operating in any sub-sectors of the agribusiness value chain (crop and/or livestock production, agro-processing, inputs, and other agro-services as well as ICT in Agriculture). Officially launched in May 2016 with the aim to rejuvenate the sector here in Rwanda, RYAF strive to change and challenge youth mindset vis-à-vis agribusiness opportunities for food and nutritional security and sustainable job creation. The forum is officially legalized in the official gazette number 50 of 11th December 2017. RYAF currently serves a membership more than 4,300 young agripreneurs.
In November 2018, RYAF has signed a MoU with CNFA Hinga Weze and through this cooperation, received support to widely create opportunities for youth in agribusiness, starting from the internship program, continuously challenge the mindset of the youth vis-à-vis agribusiness and reaching available opportunities, grants and markets through Hinga Weze interventions.
To be able to deliver services that meet members and partners’ expectation, RYAF is looking for a dedicated 2 staffs to carry out responsibilities related to day-to-day operations of the Forum as follow:
Business Development Manager
Mobilization and supporting RYAF members to develop their grant concepts and full proposals and applying in clusters targeting youth from Hinga Weze districts of operations.
Oversees the HW/RYAF MoU activities implementation and monitoring and be the point of contact for periodic reporting that include; Bi-Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, annual reports and success stories using reporting formats provided by HW,
Developing and implementing RYAF’s framework for delivering integrated business development services to youth in agribusiness,
Searching for opportunities that link Hinga Weze supported initiatives and to RYAF member businesses community and regularly share the information to eligible members in a timely manner.
Developing proposals for submission to potential partners to collaborate on the development RYAF member businesses,
Work with the other technical and, managerial programs within RYAF to develop and propose ongoing technical and managerial training programs for RYAF members,
Maintaining and developing strong relationships with current members to encourage participation in RYAF activities, and other like-minded professional Forums and organizations to promote RYAF and Hinga Weze business interests,
Responsible for acting as the main point of contact for member-related services and inquiries,
Coordinating all member-centered events including event planning, participants and guests invitations and overall publicity and visibility.
Governance and Financial Administration
Identify and analyze emerging membership and historical issues for the staff and Board.
Coordinates and receives reports from all cluster leaders,
Monitors and reports on key metrics related to membership and generate reports to inform engagement strategy including monthly membership status update/reports for each cluster,
Minimum Qualifications for the Business Development Manager:
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness, Business Administration, Management, Agriculture economics
Vast experience in business development (Minimum 5 years)
3-5 years of professional experience working with entrepreneurs of various sizes, especially SMEs.
Demonstrate attention to detail.
Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
Experience and demonstrated proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and openness to learning and working with new technology.
Ability to exercise the highest level of discretion on both internal and external confidential matters related to RYAF member businesses and to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
Experience developing and implementing membership programs.
Experience setting and achieving annual membership targets.
Strong verbal and written, listening and communication skills.
Superior management and analytical skills.
Ability to strategically solve problems and make effective decisions.
Ability to travel countrywide, especially in rural areas
Reporting to Chairman of RYAF Board.
Change Management, Organizational Support, Strategic Thinking, Innovation, Motivation, Judgment, Dependability, Strong Written and Oral Communication skills, Interpersonal skills, High levels of Ethics and Professionalism.
All interested and qualified candidates are invited to send their applications with Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, copies of degrees and Certificates sent in PDF or Word Document to [email protected] with Subject: Business Development Manager by 24th December 2018 at 5:00 pm.