Access to Finance and Fund Management Expert (Subject to Funding)

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Access to Finance and Fund Management Expert (Subject to Funding)
  • Burundi
Sub-Saharan Africa
Type of job
temporary contract
Financing and Funding
Language of description
Job description
Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies practical knowledge 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 structural change and scale in its programmes, as well as bringing knowledge and initiatives from different programmes together at country level to contribute to systems’ change. We will continue to position ourselves as a learning organisation striving for excellence and invest in making knowledge flow to and from the frontline. For more information on SNV, visit our website: Overview of project In line with the strategic priorities of EKN in Burundi, the project will contribute to improving food and nutrition security for poor rural households. It aims to contribute to increased stability and security in Burundi through inclusive value chain sector development, youth employment, women empowerment, and enhanced food & nutrition security. The project will combine a market-based approach with intrinsic motivations of participating rural households. It will have an impact on employment creation and economic opportunities through (i) the development of inclusive value chains and inclusive finance, (ii) empowering resource poor households, women and youth with improved food and nutrition security, and (iii) promoting climate resilience in market-oriented farming systems, villages and value chains.

Job Description

Under the overall guidance of the Project Manager the “Access to Finance and Fund Management Expert” is responsible for strategic oversight, leadership and advice about value chain design and management, inclusive finance and youth and women employment components of the project. S/he will manage the “Value Chain Advisor” and the “Youth Employment and Gender Expert”.

Key Responsibilities

• Manage an innovation fund and ensure access to finance; • Identify/determine high potential business cases for inclusive agribusiness development in selected value chains which offer promising prospects for employment and entrepreneurship; • Ensure full Technical Assistance (TA) for/to selected business cases; • Develop strategic value chain development intervention plans; • Manage the “Value Chain Advisor” who will be responsible for: - Implementation of Value Chains per approved plans; - Identification and selection of suitable local partners to facilitate the value chain interventions; - Strengthening capacity of local partners on value chain development; - Identifying and coordinating technical back stoppers for the value chains; - Monitoring performance of the value chain activities and local partners to ensure all milestones set in the annual work plan are met; • Account and report to project manager on value chain activities; • Guide knowledge development and documentation on value chain activities. • Manage the “Youth Employment and Gender Expert” responsible for: - Implementation and quality control on youth employment and women empowerment activities; - Selection and oversight on sub-contracts. - Contributing to reporting on youth employment and gender activities; • Account and report to project manager on youth employment and gender activities;

Additional Information

Qualifications & Requirements

• A relevant qualification in Agri economics, Agricultural Economics, Business or related field; • At least 10 years’ experience in value chain/ market development and inclusive business; • Experience implementing projects related to inclusive business, value chain development; • Proven track record in networking and dialogue facilitation with private and public sector actors; • Experience in monitoring and evaluation; • Demonstrated experience in capacity development; • Sound experience in knowledge management; • Able to strategically inspire and energise multi- partner project teams; • Demonstrated experience in managing various stakeholders; • Strong strategic decision-making and communication skills including reporting and presentation skills; • Fluency in both written and spoken French and English is required.

Additional information

Contract Duration: 1 year full -time international employment contract, with strong possibility of extension

Expected Start Date: 1st February 2020

Duty Station: Bujumbura, Burundi, with frequent travel to project area

How to Apply If you believe that your credentials meet the above profile, we invite you to apply by submitting your CV with a cover letter in English via SmartRecruiters before December 21, 2020. We will require that you provide us with full details of three people who are willing to act as a referee. We will not contact these referees without your explicit permission. All information will be in the strictest confidence. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should SNV wish to proceed with your application, two interviews with the Selection Committee will take place. Working at SNV SNV offers a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal and global network of experts. For more information, please visit our website: SNV is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
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