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Saving Group and Economic Development Officer




World Vision International (Rwanda) is a child focused Christian humanitarian organization implementing development programs in 24 Districts of Rwanda.

World Vision Rwanda seeks to hire a highly qualified, dedicated and experienced national for the position of Saving group and Economic Development Officer. The position will be based in Rusizi District and reporting to the Project Coordinator.

Purpose of the position:

The VSLA and economic development field officer role is to educate and mobilize community on the importance of savings, and financial services. The VSLAs officers will lead the formation of VSLAs, train them and inspire members to invest in potential business in their communities. The officers will develop guiding materials, facilitation the support with starting kits, disseminate and facilitate linkages and monitor the graduation process to microfinance institutions.

The major responsibilities include:

  • Participate in the program review, design and implementation plans to Identify the savings history including and barriers in the country.

  • Conduct training workshops to identify appropriate savings and credit models: Facilitate formation of savings and credit groups to successful groups(including cash box, constitution, election of office bearers and key/box holders).

  • Promote savings models within the district and develop savings and credit module materials including training methodology for community savings facilitators

  • Conduct awareness-raising with community and key stakeholders on savings and credit model

  • Ensure quality in the roll out of the Savings group (VSLA) model and oversee, guide and provide technical support to VSLA Field Officers

  • Ensure tracking of VSLA group performance through the SAVIX MIS system in collaboration with the national office MIS officer/Administrator

  • Conduct exposure visit of new savings groups to successful groups

  • Attend savings groups meetings and provide advice as appropriate and participate in review.

  • Contribute and participate in the mid-term and term evaluation of the savings and loan groups ( Effectively document all information related to project successes and best practices, create a bank of pictures, videos, and most significant change stories on the project in the selected sectors, and document and report initial market assessment findings.

  • Support the Business coach officer in baseline and evaluations of the project and Support the Business coach officer in project budget management

  • Identify and build strategic linkages, relations, collaborations and networks with partners and other stakeholders in implementation as well as ensure CORE Project activities are integrated or synchronized with ongoing WV and government interventions so as to ensure sustainability and avoid duplication.

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

The following knowledge, skills and abilities may be acquired through a combination of formal schooling, self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training.

  • A bachelor degree in marketing, economics, business studies or related fields

  • Ability to construct, interpret, critique budgets and track expenditure; strong financial/budgeting skills.

  • At least 3 years of experience working with financial sector

  • Demonstrate ability to foster partnerships with community and/or Government agencies/organizations and groups

  • Strong experience in Networking

  • Report writing skills

  • Strong group facilitation and training skills

Technical Skills & Abilities:

  • Financial Management skills

  • Knowledge of community development, empowerment and mentoring approaches

  • Research, monitoring and evaluation skills.

  • Demonstrated experience in community economic development and management(own business or by providing business development services), experience with small business financing, market analysis and market research

  • Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation

  • Good oral & written communication skills of both English and Kinyarwanda as well as networking skills

  • Motorcycle Driving permit is a Must


  • The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience:

N:B: Women are highly encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

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In case you face any challenges in applying, please let us know on [email protected](no applications will be accepted through this email)

The closing date for submission of applications is 3rd January, 2018; no late applications will be accepted

As a child focused organization, World Vision is committed to the protection of children and does not employ staff whose background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is conditional upon successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks