Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 49 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of $151 million.
Enterprise Development Lead, Rwanda
The anticipated Nguriza Nshore project in Rwanda will facilitate emergence of a dynamic off-farm sector and will strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem, business development services and access to finance. By alleviating constraints to entrepreneurship and expanding investment, off-farm businesses will be expanded in both urban and rural environments and will stimulate employment opportunities for rural populations. Nguriza Nshore Activity is a forward-thinking project which is designed for flexibility in response to learning and dynamism in the environment. The project is funded by USAID and is envisioned to start in 2018.
ACDI/VOCA seeks a dynamic, progressive, and private-sector oriented technical component lead who brings proven experience in Rwanda working on enterprise development, entrepreneurship, or business development services (BDS) initiatives to grow small and medium enterprises. The Enterprise Development Lead will be responsible for project’s engagement with a range of entrepreneurship support organizations and BDS providers, both private and public. S/he will lead strategy development and will balance a component management with direct technical assistance and oversight of a team of technical staff. Using a facilitative market systems approach, the Enterprise Development Lead will support the local market and enable the Rwandan private sector to drive its own growth.
The ideal candidate will be familiar with a variety of business models for BDS providers to support SMEs across a range of growth stages and sub-sectors. The individual will have exposure to marketplace realities which include off-farm agriculture and non-farm industries.