Farmer-to-Farmer Country Director: Rwanda

Job Location:

Kigali, Rwanda

Job Description:

Job Description

Farmer-to-Farmer Country Director: Rwanda

Start Date: Contingent upon award; anticipated start date is September 2018.

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Program Summary:  As part of the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program, SNV will provide short-term technical assistance through highly qualified volunteers to support agricultural development activities in Rwanda with an emphasis on improving private agricultural operations. Activities may relate to all aspects of chosen sectors from production, processing, range management, marketing, credit, and input supply, as well as improved agribusiness management, environmental conservation, and improved policy and regulatory issues. Flexible volunteer assignments outside of the core sub-sectors may also be utilized as targeted opportunities to expand F2F outreach. The project’s primary goal is to generate rapid, sustained, and broad-based economic growth in the agricultural sector. A secondary goal is to increase the American public's understanding of international development issues and international understanding of the United States and U.S. development programs.

Position Summary:  This position plans, develops, and manages all aspects of the F2F Program in Rwanda.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: 

  • Responsible for overall administration and implementation of F2F program in Rwanda including identifying potential partners and hosts; developing volunteer scopes of work; facilitating volunteer assignments; ensuring sound systems for monitoring and assessing impact from program activities; and coordinating work with other stakeholders.
  • Develop and draft terms of reference for volunteer assignments.
  • Act as SNV’s F2F representative to donors and in-country agencies.
  • Develop strategies and priorities in accordance with SNV’s and donors’ strategic objectives. 
  • Develop and maintain constructive contacts with USAID and other donors.
  • Reports to F2F headquarters project management staff on corporate and project matters.
  • Initiates contact with Rwandan organizations to assess need for short-term technical assistance through volunteer specialists.
  • Provides advice and guidance to requesting host country organizations to (1) define their immediate and longer-term needs for short-term, technical assistance from agricultural and environmental specialists, and (2) complete applications in detail, and accurately define and writes scopes of work for volunteer assignments.
  • Assesses viability of host organization requests made to SNV, taking into account priority of development needs, terms of reference and scopes of work for the proposed assignments, necessary background of potential volunteers, and willingness and ability of requesting organizations to provide necessary substantive staff and logistical support to the volunteer.
  • Secures commitment to in-kind and/or cash contributions on the part of requesting organizations.
  • Assesses results of work and recommendations of volunteers through interviews with officials of organizations that requested the project’s assistance.
  • Monitors project budget to ensure that expenditures are within approved budget parameters and assists F2F HQ management team in ensuring that all appropriate financial reporting requirements are met. 
  • Establishes own travel schedule required to carry out duties. 
  • Recruits, develops, and manages host country project staff in accordance with good management practices and in compliance with host country labor laws.
  • Contributes to the professional development and training of project staff. 
  • Contributes to project reporting, public affairs and coordination of activities. 
  • Recommends the appropriate contact to the donor/client for specific technical requests, questions and concerns.

Job Requirements:


  • Proven leadership and management skills, including strong communication, planning, negotiating, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Strong writing skills; ability to put complex terms of reference and scopes of work into clear written instructions for volunteers.
  • Ability to represent SNV before large audiences, build effective management and program teams, and negotiate with other donors, contractors, and host country organizations. 
  • Ability to understand macro development issues and develop strategic policy recommendations. 
  • Ability to analyze complex interrelated issues and develop project-specific recommendations. 
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university in agriculture, international development or other relevant field; preferably an advanced degree in a subject relevant to one of the major F2F Project areas.
  • Minimum eight years of relevant experience in assignments relevant to the F2F Program in Rwanda are required.
  • Extensive experience in Rwanda (local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply).
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of local languages is highly desired.
  • Working knowledge of PC-based word processing and spreadsheets are required.

Additional Information

Contract Duration:

2 years with possibility of extension

Start date:

This position is contingent on award; anticipated start date is September 2018.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter, your CV, and three references all in English before January 31st, 2018.

SNV is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SNV encourages applications from qualified persons of every race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and disability.

We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Contact Information:

Contact: Human Resources


December 28, 2017
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