Crown Agents USA, Inc. (CA-USA) is seeking a senior professional to fill the position of Policy and Investment Advisor to be based in Kigali, Rwanda who will provide support in areas of high priority to the USAID-funded PSDAG project.
Crown Agents USA
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The goal of USAID Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth Project (PSDAG) is to increase smallholder incomes by promoting private sector investments– internationally and domestically [local and foreign investors]- that contribute to the Government of Rwanda’s (GoR’s) Vision 2020 aim of “transforming agriculture into a market-oriented, competitive, and high value sector.” PSDAG has two primary objectives:
- Assist the GoR to Increase Private Sector Investment;
- Facilitate Increased Private Sector Investment in Upgrading Agricultural Value Chains.
PSDAG will support GoR agencies involved in investment promotion by facilitating the transition that the government envisions for itself – as demonstrated through government agency policies – from that of direct agriculture investor to a role of regulator and facilitator. PSDAG will also build private sector capacity and facilitate expanded investments for existing and new private sector entities. PSDAG envisions creating a virtuous feedback loop where a robust private sector is investing in markets and producers for continual upgrading, while the government is creating the enabling environment for this upgrading to occur.
Under the supervision of the Senior Policy and Institutional Development Specialist the Policy and Investment Advisor (PIA) will work collegially with the EIA/Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and the EIA/Rwanda Development Board and other PSDAG team members in contributing to achievement of PSDAG Development Objective 1: To assist the Government of Rwanda to increase private sector investment.
Achieving Objective 1 results will require development of a GoR agriculture and agribusiness investment framework. The framework will define GoR agency roles and responsibilities with a priority focus on the MINAGRI, RDB and Ministry of Commerce (MINICOM). Additional support will be provided to other national and provincial government agencies when appropriate. The framework’s overall intent is to structure and develop GoR capacity to attract and support successful private investment in agriculture and agribusiness. The investment framework will also contribute to an improved business enabling environment that reflects frequent and informed Public and Private sector Dialogue (PPD). It is expected that resolutions to issues discussed at PPD meetings will most likely entail policy reforms. In this regard, PPD discussions will be one of the areas of interest for the PIA to pick issues that may require PSDAG’s attention.
Role and Responsibilities:
Specific tasks for the Policy and Investment Advisor include providing input and support to the SPIDS, other PSDAG staff, and consultants in :
- The development and implementation of a National Agribusiness Strategy and Investment Promotion Framework for the GoR. Ensure that the investment framework reflects extensive GoR inter-agency and private sector consultations and inputs.
- The development of key investment promotion tools at MINAGRI and RDB to assist with effectively attracting new investment.
- The implementation of activities that enhance public/private dialogue and interaction between GoR agencies and national and international agribusiness investment stakeholders. Ensure effective support to existing public-private dialogue processes that bolster interaction between Rwandan private and public sectors.
- The creation and implementation of a GoR agency capacity development strategy for both investment promotion and public/private dialogue. The strategy’s objective is to strengthen the investment promotion capacity of the RDB, MINAGRI, MINICOM and other national or provincial government agencies with mandates to promote private agriculture and agribusiness investment, and build GoR staff capacity to analyse potential investment opportunities and facilitate the privatization of government investments.
- PSDAG’s contributions to the analysis of policy and regulatory constraints to agriculture and agribusiness investment profitability, competitiveness and attractiveness, with a focus on the analysis that makes transparent the costs and benefits of relevant policies and regulations.
- PSDAG’s identification, evaluation and pursuit of strategic and operational partnering opportunities with GoR agencies, private firms, donor agencies and donor funded projects and activities aimed at achieving PSDAG objectives. Partnerships with the private sector may include the implementation of grants.
- Provision of project management support to the Objective 1 team for assigned projects. This may entail creating the technical aspects of scopes of work, requests for proposals/interests/applications, and negotiations memos; participation in technical review committees; and review of technical deliverables, among others.
- PSDAG Objective 1 team contributions to annual work plans, monthly, quarterly and annual reports, discreet analytical documents, performance monitoring, presentations, success stories and other strategic and operational reporting.
- Representing PSDAG in meetings with GoR officials, PSDAG stakeholders and USAID/Rwanda.
- Performing any other task as assigned by the SPIDS or the Chief of Party.
- Degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Quantitative Social Science, Agribusiness, Business Administration or other relevant degree is required; Master’s Degree preferred.
- 4-7 years of progressively responsible experience in agricultural development and trade; agricultural or agribusiness finance; SME development or business association capacity building; Investment planning or framework development experience is highly desirable.
- Experience working with private sector investments / issues in agriculture in Rwanda or other East African countries, a must.
- Prior experience working with one or all of the GOR institutions engaged in investment promotion (RDB, MINICOM, MINAGRI, MINALOC) a must.
- Experience working with and knowledge of agricultural development, agriculture sector strategies, policy issues and investment planning in Africa is preferred.
- Excellent English verbal and written communication skills are required.
- Must have excellent verbal and written English skills. Kinyarwanda and French preferred.
- Must have proven project management and good communication skills.
- Prior experience in business enabling environment policy reform for agriculture, preferred.
- Prior experience in public/private dialogue processes, preferred
Crown Agents USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and affords equal opportunity to all qualified applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other status protected under local, state or federal laws.
Candidate must be able to demonstrate legal right to work in Rwanda.
Crown Agents USA will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with qualified disabilities in accordance with the ADA. If you require a reasonable accommodation for our application process, please contact our Recruiting department directly. Requests will be kept confidential and shared strictly on a need-to-know basis only.