Job Title:Agriculture Specialist
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: 2012 - 020
NOTE: All applicants must be RESIDING IN COUNTRY and have the required work and/or residency permits to be eligible for consideration.
OPEN TO:All interested Candidates.
POSITION:Agriculture Specialist, Grade level: FSN-11
BASIC SALARY: From FRW 14,230,851 to FRW 24,192,452 per year
OPENING DATE:July 09, 2012
CLOSING DATE:July 29, 2012
WORK HOURS:Full-time; 40 hours/week.
USAID/Rwanda is seeking an Ordinarily Resident citizen or individual with the required work permit for employment as an Agriculture Specialist.
BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION
As an integral member of the Economic Growth (EG) Team,, the Senior Agriculture Advisor will be the technical expert for USAID/Rwanda's agricultural development programs and projects within the Economic Growth (EG) portfolio. The incumbent will provide technical leadership to the development and implementation of programs within the Mission's core investment areas where USAID/Rwanda can contribute to the development of the agriculture sector while working closely with other development partners and stakeholders. S/he serves as a key advisor in developing and managing interventions to promote increased agriculture productivity, agribusiness development, improved research capacity, extension services, input supply systems and technology development and transfer. Furthermore, s/he will support.the strengthening of higher education systems and building Government capacity in agriculture and economic growth fields to ensure a solid foundation supporting research and technology development. The incumbent will maintain an active and dynamic policy dialogue with the Government of Rwanda (GOR), local, regional and international private sector, non-government organizations (NGO), other U.S. Government (USG) agencies, multilateral donors, and implementing partners to facilitate technical discussions and engage in effective policy development and change in public sector agriculture. S/he will be entrepreneurial, resourceful, and innovative to identify and conceptualize promising initiatives and leverage USG, GOR, and other donor funds.
A copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available on the link: http://transition.usaid.gov/rw
NOTE: All applicants must address each selection criteria detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
A minimum of a Master's degree in a field of Agriculture such as Agronomy, Soil Science, Agriculture Economics, Agribusiness, or related subject is required with a specialization in an area such as staple/cash
crop production, soil science, agribusiness and/or marketing.
Prior Work Experience (35Pts):
The incumbent should have eight (8) to*ten (10) years post-graduate, progressively responsible experience in program design and management, strategy development, and/or agriculture value chain development and management within the agriculture sector, including four (4) to five (5) years at a senior level. At least three (3) of those years of experience should have been in Rwanda. Prior experience as a program manager and/or grant or contract manager with a government or large international organization and/or in a similar level of complexity is highly desirable. Equivalent experience may be considered at the discretion of the hiring committee.
Language Proficiency (10Pts):
The incumbent should have a high degree of proficiency in written and spoken English and spoken Kinyarwanda.
The incumbent is expected to have expert, professional knowledge of technical agriculture areas, including plant and soil science, best practices for improving productivity and post-harvest storage and handling. In depth knowledge of staple crop and cash crop production and processing as well as dairy value-chains is highly desirable. A strong working knowledge of Rwanda's agriculture policy environment, including the Crop Intensification Program, the Land Consolidation Program, and
Rwanda's Strategic Plan for the Transformation of Agriculture (PSTA II) is essential, as is a strong understanding of the GoR and private sector institutions and personnel associated with the agriculture sector. Knowledge of the host country's economic, political, social and cultural history and characteristics is also important. An understanding of USAID project development, management, performance monitoring and reporting, and procurement policies and procedures are highly beneficial.
Skills and Abilities (1 Opts):
The position requires entrepreneurial, results-oriented approach to assistance and the ability to diplomatically and tactfully confront and resolve institutional and interagency bureaucratic challenges while maintaining collaborative relations. Demonstrated ability to initiate and broker dialogue and bring such dialogue with senior government officials, policy makers, NGOs and private sector representatives to closure is required.
Proven, demonstrated ability to work independently within agreed upon parameters with minimal supervision or guidance and while exercising sound judgment is required and demonstrated communication skills are
The incumbent must have a proven ability to communicate quickly, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, including in preparation of technical reports and presentations and briefings. The advisor must be
able to explain USAID agricultural program policies, objectives and procedures as well as U.S. Government legislation relating to agricultural development to technical and non-technical audiences and should have
demonstrated ability to produce professional quality analytical pieces and deliver authoritative, persuasive oral presentations to senior USG officials from multiple agencies, other donors, foreign government, and local
governments. The incumbent must demonstrate ability to write quality reports and constructively edit work of others, including foreign service nationals.
The incumbent must also have a high degree of technical, analytical, and quantitative skill in the analysis of statistical data, public policy, and market-related data for decision-making. Successful candidates must
demonstrate the ability to manage a complex portfolio of multiple development activities.
The following skills and abilities are also sought: interpersonal skills, operational and management skills; computer skills, including ease and skill in using word processing and power point programs, email, databases and spreadsheets; and the ability to conceptualize both strategically and programmatically.
An understanding of cultural systems/norms and business practices in Rwanda or the region is critical.
Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants for this position must submit all of the following or their applications won't be considered:
1. Application for employment as locally employed staff or family member form (DS-174) which is provided at the link: http://transition,usaid.gov/rw
2. A current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information as in the DS-174;
3. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, and copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.
SUBMIT APPLICATION BY E-MAIL TO:
Human Resources Office,
Tel: 0252-596800, Ext. # 2694 and # 2693
CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POSITION: July 29, 2012
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
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