Post Harvest Specialist

The Private Sector Federation is a professional organization, dedicated to promote and represent the interests of the Rwandan Business Community. It is the umbrella organization and voice of the private sector.

The Private Sector Federation is a key role player in enabling the Private Sector to respond to Rwanda’s vision for its future.

Over the years, the Federation has rolled out a number of exciting private sectors in the fields of capacity building, entrepreneurship and business growth, trade promotion etc.

Offering an excellent career growth, we are looking for a qualified individual to join an exciting team at PSF to work as Post Harvest Specialist.

Job Title: Post Harvest Specialist
Duty Station: PSF Headquarters
Reporting to: Project Coordinator
Role Purpose: The Post Harvest Specialist will work together with the Project Coordinator in providing the districts and community crop reserve project, a post harvest oversight of the overall project, and make input during planning and implementation of the project.

KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Among other duties, he /she shall perform the following:

- Participation in a survey of storage and marketing practices for crops produce in the districts.
- Organize post harvest forums with different stakeholders and also participate in Post Harvest Inter- Ministerial meetings.
- Recruit expertise to develop Post Harvest skills and knowledge documents and also organize sessions of training on Post Harvest.
- Provide training to the district officers on post harvest technology during the project period.
- Organize study tours for association members in best practices in post harvest in Africa.
- Monitoring and evaluation of performance of ware and seed storage facilities together with farmers.
- Participation in capacity building activities with consultants/technicians and farmers on storage and marketing practices, including business planning.
- Together with project colleagues at the district level, collaborating organizations and farmer groups, identification and implementation of strategies for scaling out storage capacity among low income farmers, with special attention to integrating women’s groups in the storage and marketing systems.
- Conduct sensitization campaigns in all the parts of the country to create awareness about investing in post harvest facilities.
- Provide information on better technologies for good preservation and processing the materials for local and international marketing as suggested by international experts.
- Develop/suggest preservation practices to maintain quality by using the local resources viable technologies.
- Identify and facilitate farmers to access both local and international markets for the post harvest products from Rwanda.
- Develop a detailed post harvest implementation plan with two key focus areas but not limited to:
— Rising interest of entrepreneurs to invest in storage facilities;
— Management of subsidies for entrepreneurs that invest in storage facilities.

Interested candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

- At least a Bachelors’ Degree in Agriculture Economics, Economics, Business Administration, and Public Administration or in a related discipline, relevant to the project with a sound knowledge of post harvest issues in the agriculture sector in Rwanda.
- At least 3 years of working experience at a senior level in a relevant public institution, private sector or international organization, with proven skills in the management and coordination of internationally financed development programs.
- Proven technical ability with at least five years of relevant experience in coordinating and liaising with organizations at both District and National levels.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills
- Good command of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet Explorer)
- Fluent in Kinyarwanda and full working knowledge of English.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Experience with international organizations
- Ability to work independently, organize and coordinate work.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS

Interested candidates are invited to apply for the above mentioned position and submit complete applications (only hard copies) made of a CV, a motivation letter, notarized copies of diploma/degree, a copy of identity card, and three persons of reference with their phone numbers to the following address not later than 28th January 2013:
To the attention of:

The Head of Human Resources
Private Sector Federation
P.O. Box 319 Kigali, located in GIKONDO
hr@psf.org.rw

Note: Only candidates qualifying for selection will be contacted for interviews.

The Management