Rwanda Compliance and Communication Associate
About One Acre Fund
Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund supplies smallholder farmers with the agricultural services they need to make their farms vastly more productive. We provide quality farm supplies on credit, delivered within walking distance of farmer's homes, and agricultural training to improve harvests. We measure our success by our ability to make farmers more prosperous: On average, farmers harvest 50 percent more food after working with One Acre Fund.
We are growing quickly. We currently serve more than 800,000 farm families in Eastern and Southern Africa, with more than 7,500 full-time staff, and we aim to serve 1 million farm families by 2020.
We are looking for a highly capable project manager with proven experience in stakeholder management and grant funding compliance.
Rwanda will be reducing and eventually eliminating seed imports in the near future and is, therefore, investing heavily in domestic seed production. One Acre Fund is excited to be part of this initiative and is partnering with three Rwandan Seed Production Companies, an international seed company, and the Rwandan government to quickly scale up domestic production of hybrid maize varieties through forming a consortium of seed players. This program has the potential to provide hybrid seed access to one million farmers and generate tens of millions of dollars of impact via increased harvest for Rwandan farm households.
The Compliance & Communication Associate will bring a wealth of stakeholder management and grant funding management to this consortium of seed actors in the Rwanda market. You will ensure that our activities are compliant with our funding agents and are reported in a timeline and effective manner. You will also be responsible for the success of the consortium through managing effective intercompany communications.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Biannual partnership meetings for core partnership
- Organizing a farm visitor calendar for key stakeholders
- Responsible for overall coordination and management of project activities implemented by partners in support of the project objectives
- Work closely with the consortium members and sub-grantee project coordinators for day to day implementation of the project activities and implementation modalities.
- Ensure activities are implemented according to work-plans and budgets and are executed in line with donor requirements and compliance regulations
- Coordinate/facilitate and manage the day-to-day implementation of the Seed project
- Work closely with seed partnerships team, business development and implementing partner staff in setting out clear and transparent reporting criteria and schedules; and ensure they are achieved
- Participate in coordination forums, meetings, networks, and ensure project operations are aligned and coordinated with similar efforts of the consortium partners
- Provide regular updates on project implementation status to the seed partnerships team and business development team,
- Regularly monitor potential risks and project implementation challenges and work towards proactively seeking solutions in collaboration with all project staff and consortium members
- Promote experience sharing and cross-learning among the implementation partners;
- Take responsibility for compiling monthly, quarterly and annual reports and action plans of the project as per grant award letter, in collaboration with sub-grantee representatives
- Represent OAF at national and district forums; seed task force meetings; sectoral coordination meetings; and other relevant engagements and update the rest of the team on the outcomes of such meetings;
- Promote and maintain a good partnership with stakeholders in the spirit of mutual respect, equity, transparency, and complementarity;
- Ensure adherence to donor guidelines, OAF internal control procedures as well as financial management guidelines in the course of the utilization and management of organizational resources;
- Ensure project resources are used only for the intended purpose with maximum possible efficiency;
- Manage and regularly monitor the budget utilization status of the seed project, and make sure prior authorization is secured from relevant authorities in the case of over and under expenditure
Career Growth and Development
We have a strong culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people. Youll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on your performance. We hold career reviews every six months and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals. Youll have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.
Specific qualifications include, but are not limited to:
- Strong work experiences: Minimum of 4 years of work experience in international development with a good understanding of project management and coordination. A proven track record of grant funding management or coordination would be considered a great asset.
Excellent interpersonal skills build good relationships with internal and external stakeholders and maintain effective collaboration with all staff,
Excellent written & presentation skills
Knowledge and understanding of Rwanda seed sector policies and standards,
- Excellent computer skills: Microsoft Office, MS Project,
- Fluency in Kinyarwanda and English is vital,
- Ability to manage a complex and demanding workload
- Previous experience in grants management or budget management & administration would be ideal
- Project management - including experience organizing and running stakeholder meetings
- Outstanding responsiveness to feedback: We firmly believe that the ability to act on both reinforcing and redirecting feedback is the fastest way to grow. As a team, we give and expect to receive open and frank feedback, both to our reports and to our managers. Candidates should exhibit an ability to take feedback as a chance to improve and know how to give feedback in a constructive manner.
- Humility: In everything One Acre Fund does, we put farmers first. We do this by approaching our work and individual growth with humility, efficiency, and compassion.
- Language: Fluency in Kinyarwanda and English is vital
Preferred Start Date
As soon as possible
50% Kigali, Rwanda; 50% Nyagatare, Rwanda
Commensurate with experience
Health insurance paid time off
Sponsor International Candidates
Yes; Rwanda Country Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
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