Program Manager: REALMS Project (Contingent to Donor Funding)at SNV: (Deadline 25 August 2020)

Program Manager: REALMS Project (Contingent to Donor Funding)at SNV: (Deadline 25 August 2020)
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Program Manager: REALMS Project (Contingent to Donor Funding)at SNV: (Deadline 25 August 2020)

Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has over 1250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.

In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change during project preparation and implementation – by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. We will continue to position ourselves as a premium organisation and invest in making knowledge flow to and from the front line.

For more information on our operations in Rwanda and SNV, visit our website:

Job Description


The Project Manager of the Regenerative Agricultural practices for improved Livelihoods and Markets: Creating conditions for successful adoption in Western Kenya and Western Rwanda is part of an SNV Rwanda Country Organisation. With a primary duty station in Rwanda with some travel to Kenya, The Project Manager will head the REALMS Project in Agriculture sector of both SNV Rwanda and Kenya.

The Project Manager leads a multi-country project (Rwanda & Kenya) and manages the planning, inception, implementation, closing and the workforce of the project, within scope, budget, timeline and acceptable quality levels along the commitments specified in the contracts signed with the donor(s) and other relevant stakeholders. The Project Manager works in line with SNV standards, SNV`s approach to project management and donor regulations, in order to achieve high quality and achieve the agreed results and deliverables of the project.


  • Project set-up and design: Initiates contract handover from the Business Development Team. Sets up and communicates administrative, governance, accounting, HR, M&E structures and procedures for the project. Initiates implementation of the project plan upon approval of donor(s) and sector leader and/or country director, in accordance to the SNV project management procedures, relevant SNV structures and procedures, accounting principles, donor requirements and contracted commitments.
  • Project Management: Leads, manages and motivates the project team, partners and relevant stakeholders. Plans and assigns deliverables and activities, reviews their progress and addresses deviations in terms of timelines and quality, based on project planning, deliverables agreed and budget set. Manages project closure and evaluation process including hand-over of complete and up-to-date project file to the Sector Leader, Country Director and Business Development unit based on project management procedures.
  • Project quality assurance: Takes responsibility for the (technical) content of a project, ensures quality of the deliverables and ensures sufficient technical input to meet the quality standards.
  • Contract Management & Project Accounting: Manages and accounts for full compliance of administrative, finance and HR components of the project with SNV internal procedures and requirements specified in the donor-, sub-grant-, sub-consultancy-, partner-, consortium- and Local Capacity Builders contracts.Ensures that approval for, coding and booking of all expenditures is done according to the relevant procedures and authorisation levels. Prepares, accounts for, manages and reports on project budget (and revisions thereof). Discusses and obtains approval of donor for contract / budget deviations. Ensures security and (financial risk) mitigation (incl. due diligence). Fully understands procurement and comply with requirements and contracts.
  • People Management & Team Leadership: Guides, develops, coaches and motivates team members and prepares resource estimation based on forecast in order to attract and recruit (SNV staff, consultants and/or Local Capacity Builders).Advises HR and country management on contract conditions for consultants and Local Capacity Builders, within guidelines and project budget.
  • Business development: Builds and maintains effective relationships, with team, external partners and the donor(s) by ensuring a high level of SNV visibility and branding. Signals and acts on potential for positioning, innovation, upscaling and potential follow up on projects. Timely recognises and analyses threats and makes sure relevant colleagues are informed.
  • Analysis & Reporting: Ensures collection, consolidation and review of project information, according to SNV’s monitoring and evaluation guidelines. Analyses and provides advice to management how to incorporate the new insights/best practices into the organisation’s policies and practices.
  • Knowledge Development: Contributes to internal and external knowledge development, by full documentation and sharing of project insights and results. Develops knowledge by attending workshops and conferences. Ensures lessons learned are shared and applied in daily practice. When applicable can be appointed as (national) focal point of an expertise network.


Basic requirements

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture or relevant discipline (Proficiency level equivalent to).
  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience in development work, project management and sector(s) in an international, multiple country context.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Understanding of Rwandan agriculture sector.
  • Experience managing a multi-country team.  Effective remote management.
  • Strong understanding of regenerative agriculture principles.
  • Experience working with agribusiness entrepreneurs with a strong understanding of the agribusiness sector in Rwanda.

Additional Information

Application Deadline: August 25, 2020.

Contract Duration : 4 years

Contract Type: Open to Locals and Internationals

Duty Stations: Kigali, Rwanda (with periodic travel to Kenya)

Desired Start Date: October 1, 2020





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