Ongoing Graduates Recruitment at Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) (December, 2019 Recommended Jobs)

By | December 11, 2019

Background

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 transformation of agricultural business landscape with courage, determination and positive attitude. It is a platform of young entrepreneurs operating in any sub-sectors of 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.

AGRITERRA

Agriterra is a Dutch agri-agency that provides business development services to ambitious
cooperatives and farmer organizations in developing and emerging economies. Agritrerra assists them with advice and training through locally based business advisors and by deploying practitioners from the Dutch international farmer organizations and (cooperatives) companies, the so-called Agripool experts. Agriterra applies a three-track approach: making cooperatives bankable and create real farmer-led companies, supporting organizations to improve extension services to their members and enhancing farmers government dialogues. Agriterra advisory practice covers the full range of  services on management and organization, financial management, Governance, Business Development and Lobby & Advocacy.

In Rwanda, Agriterra is operating in 14 districts of Rwanda, supporting approximately 70 cooperatives within the value chains of maize, rice, coffee, Irish potato, daily, horticulture and sugar cane with the intent to expand its portfolio through collaboration with other sector

Recently Agriterra has initiated a new program aiming at creating jobs for young professionals. Ambitious young professionals will be offered the opportunity to gain work experience in rural  farmer-led businesses at known Agriterra partners. Agriterra will co-finance the salary costs of the cooperatives that have enrolled into the program and will guide the young professional and the cooperative in the development, implementation and evaluation of the personal development plan of the young professionals.

 

TERMS OF REFERENCES

Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Form(RYAF) partnering with AGRITERAA, are working in empowering farmers association and cooperatives to have a positive influence on rural development by contributing to more equal distribution of income and enhance democratic decision-making and relations.

It is with this background that RYAF partnering with AGRITERRA wish to recruit highly motivated individuals that will collaborate with the cooperative management to support cooperative’s farmers under the position specified below

 

1. Accountant

Number of Position: 1

Responsibilities of Accountant are the following:

    • Compile and analyze financial information to prepare financial statements including monthly and annual accounts and Ensure compliance with financial rules and regulations
    • Ensure financial records are maintained in compliance with accepted policies and procedures
    • Review entries and corrects errors and inconsistencies in financial entries, documents and reports.
    • Determines proper handling of financial transactions and approves transactions within designated limits.
    • Ensure accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and annually financial reports to the Manager and the board of the cooperative and explain them in an understandable manner.
    • Be responsible for tax obligations
    • Review of accounts payables and weekly check runs
    • Daily and monthly report and reconciliations
    • Reports, analyses and ensure integrity of all financial information.
    • Participating in quality assurance and quality improvement of the cooperative.
    • Perform any other duties as assigned by the cooperative.

Selection Criteria

    • A1 or A2 In Accounting, Finances
    • Experience for supporting agricultural cooperatives + Communication skills;
    • Strong IT skills, particularly in Financial software
    • Judgment & Decision-Making Skills;
    • Interpersonal skills;
    • Time management Skills;
    • Fluent in Kinyarwanda, English and/ or French; knowledge of all is an advantage
    • Ability to work in Nyagatare District.

2. Cooperative Manager in Agricultural cooperatives

Number of Position: 3

Responsibilities of Accountant are the following:

    • Coordinate all the activities of the cooperative. These will include activity planning and coordination, monitoring and reporting.
    • Provide advice to the cooperative
    • Build a network among farmers, cooperatives, agri-businesses, development partners, and government officials.
    • Ability to work under pressure, live and travel in countryside and provide outstanding results in limited time
    • Ensure accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and annually reports to the board of the cooperative explaining them in an understandable manner including Quantity of goods sold; Turnover realized, and Activities done.
    • Supporting the cooperative in becoming small medium enterprise and becoming a Hub
    • Market attraction and negotiation
    • Be responsible to further all operations of the cooperative and increase the turnover.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in management, agribusiness or any other related agricultural development field/subject.
    • Ability to work in this District (Ngororero ,Gicumbi, Kigali)
    • Strong practical experience in working with farmers and cooperatives at production and marketing level with a proof of service
    • Strong communication, management, and interpersonal skills required. + Result oriented and problem-solving capacity.
    • Excellent English and Kinyarwanda writing and oral communication skills. + Experience in working with farmers’ cooperative in agriculture sector
    • Good teamwork and leadership skills.

3. Cooperative Manager in Dairy cooperatives

Number of Positions: 5

Responsibilities of Accountant are the following:

    • Undertake the cooperative capacity organization and assessments;
    • Draw the responsive mechanisms of the assessed problems and provide advice to executive committee;
    • Mobilization of farmers to supply milk to Dairy cooperative
    • To prepare projects that are aimed in transforming Dairy cooperative into a business hub
    • To support the marketing of cooperative activities
    • To make follow-up on the implementation of different contracts that the cooperatives signed with different partners.
    • Support to increase raw milk supplied to Dairy cooperative;
    • Establish the contracts and agreements with milk suppliers to Dairy cooperative and monitor their implementation;
    • In collaboration with the cooperative’s management committee, preparing five years strategic plan, annual work plan, budget and reports;
    • In collaboration with the cooperative’s management committee, to prepare the progress report of cooperative development and presented to the cooperative general assembly
    • To ensure the proper record keeping of milk records, farmers records and book of accounts at Diary cooperatives
    • Mobilization of farmers to join the cooperative
    • To act as supervisor of other cooperative employee
    • Undertaking any other assignments or relevant duties in the field of his/her competences as may be assigned by cooperative

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Management, Livestock, Animal production, Agribusiness or any other related Livestock development field/subject.
    • Ability to work in this District (Nyagatare )
    • Strong practical experience in working with farmers and cooperatives at production and marketing level with a proof of service
    • Strong communication, management, and interpersonal skills required. + Result oriented and problem-solving capacity.
    • Excellent English and Kinyarwanda writing and oral communication skills.
    • Experience in working with farmers’ in Dairy cooperatives ,teamwork and leaders

4. Agronomist

Number of Position: 2

Responsibilities of Accountant are the following:

    • Proximity coaching of farmers
    • Establishments of farmer field school (FFS) in each farmers group
    • Mobilization of farmers toward good agricultural practices
    • Assist Farmer to farmer mobilization
    • To increase production and productivity with irrigation scheme
    • To increase usage of fertilizers in irrigation scheme
    • Ensure accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and annually reports to the Manager  and the board of the cooperative explaining them in an understandable manner.
    • Evaluate the best quality of seeds to plant
    • Deliver different agronomic advice to cooperative itself and members
    • Coordinate field activities in the cooperative
    • Provide trainings to members of cooperative on soil and crop management issues
    • Create strategies in strengthening crop production and crop management
    • Develop innovative research-based techniques in agronomist functions and programs
    • Identify the gaps in training cycle and assess the required technics in trainings and include them in updated manuals.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

    • A0 or A1 in Agriculture with 1 year of working experience in a related field. + Knowledge of existing and innovative agronomy practices;
    • Computer skills; Excellent communication skills, Interpersonal and writing skills, Organizational Skills; Judgment & Decision-Making Skills; Complex -Problem Solving skills; Time management Skills; High analytical Skills; Team working Skills; Fluent in Kinyarwanda, English and/ or French; knowledge of all is an advantage
    • Ability to work in Nyagatare District.

5. Veterinary

Number of Position: 1

Responsibilities of Accountant are the following:

    • Prescribe medication
    • Disease treatment in dairy cows
    • Test for and vaccinate against diseases
    • Advise cow owners about general care, animal welfare and disease prevention
    • Responsible for milk quality testing at MCC and assurance of milk quality control + Assisting farmers in Artificial insemination
    • Monitoring and reporting the flow of drugs in cooperative pharmacy + Perform any other duties as assigned by the cooperative.

Qualifications and experience

    • At least A2 in Veterinary Sciences.
    • Having a certificates of artificial insemination
    • Having a proof of registration in Rwanda council of Veterinary Doctors
    • Have basic knowledge on Computer skills; excellent communication skills, Interpersonal and writing skills, Organizational Skills.
    • Ability to work in Nyagatare District

6. Communication Officer

Number of Position: 1

    • Be able to take a minute in meetings.
    • Regularly capture success stories, data, news, updates, pictures, etc. that can be used in reports and on social media.
    • Develop communication materials
    • Manage public relations and promote opportunities and activities through local media
    • Be able to use social media presence and continuously providing appropriate content on social media outlets such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, WordPress blogs, etc
    • Enhance the visibility of the cooperative through the website, e.g., best practice of agriculture; publicity…etc

Qualifications and experience

    • A0 in communication or journalism or working experience in a similar domain.
    • Have basic knowledge on Computer skills; excellent communication skills, Interpersonal and writing skills, Organizational Skills.
    • Ability to work in Nyagatare District

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