Chief of Party (COP), USAID/Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity

Apply by 22 December 2017
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 27 November 2017

Job Description

Job Description for Chief of Party (COP), USAID/Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity

The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), the apex association for global financial cooperatives, seeks a COP to support the USAID/Rwanda Nguriza Nshore Activity. The purpose of this activity is to drive rural economic growth in Rwanda through facilitating the emergence of a dynamic agribusiness sector. By alleviating constraints to investment and by increasing access to financing, Nguriza Nshore will facilitate the creation and growth of small to medium agribusinesses, as an entry point for broader growth, to provide productive employment for rural populations and to reduce poverty.

Scope of Work:

The COP will provide overall leadership, management, and general technical direction for the entire activity, ensuring an integrated vision among different component and actors. He/she will focus on achieving the results defined in the contract and will be responsible for ensuring the activity achieves the following three objectives:

  • Expand the capacity of financial institutions to lend to small to medium agribusinesses.
  • Increase the amount of private and commercial investment in small to medium agribusinesses.
  • Strengthen the enabling environment for the expansion of small to medium agribusinesses and those firms supporting the agribusiness sector.

The COP is also responsible for:

  • Leading, coordinating, and advising the technical units to achieve program objectives throughout Rwanda.
  • Overseeing and approving work plans, budgets, reports, and other deliverables, ensuring quality and compliance.
  • Ensuring adherence to local laws, USAID rules and regulations, and WOCCU policies and procedures.
  • Communicating regularly with the home office WOCCU Program Manager about activity progress against technical and financial objectives.
  • Managing local and international subcontractors to meet or exceed technical and financial contractual requirements.
  • Representing the Nguriza Nshore activity at related meetings and events.
  • Acting as the key liaison between USAID/Rwanda and all other counterparts, implementing partners, and Government of Rwanda officials involved with the activity.

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience:

  • Fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience in the area of agribusiness, banking, business development service management, policy-making, or private sector development.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of management experience of projects of similar complexity with demonstrated experience in managing a diverse team/s of professionals, and with administrative, procurement, hiring, recruitment, financial, and logistical aspects of implementing donor-funded projects.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant technical area such as business, economics, agricultural sciences, or rural and economic development is required. A master’s degree is desired.
  • Demonstrated experience in Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) fund management, transaction facilitation, investment banking, financial modeling, public private partnerships facilitation, and public-private dialogue in the sub-Saharan Africa context.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules and regulations required, experience with other large donor programs an asset.
  • Excellent and interpersonal and communication skills to develop a communicate a common vision to partners from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds and the ability to lead multidisciplinary teams is desirable.
  • Experience working in Rwanda is highly preferred, regional experience also an asset


  • Strong verbal and written skills in English are required; knowledge of Kinyarwanda and/or French is an asset.

**This position is a Kigali, Rwanda-based position

WOCCU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Instructions for applying:

Please email a CV and cover letter to: The subject line for the email should be: Nguriza Nshore – [position title].

About the Organization

WOCCU is the apex association for global financial cooperatives with a network of 68,000 institutions in 109 countries reaching 235 million households worldwide and more than $1.4 Trillion (USD) mobilized in savings and shares. Our network of member-owned financial institutions instills a natural trust and spirit of cooperation within communities. Leveraging this platform, WOCCU supports financial markets in growing economies, along with global partners, such as USAID, the UN, and the World Bank by promoting financial inclusion, strengthening institutions as well as providing policy and regulatory support.

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