Strategic Development Manager at SGR, Kigali, Rwanda - CLOSE: 23/10/2020 - Management Jobs in Kigali, Rwanda

Published date: 05/10/2020
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Details of listing: Strategic Development Manager at SGR, Kigali, Rwanda - CLOSE: 23/10/2020

Kigali, Rwanda

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Sustainable Growers Rwanda (SGR) is a local NGO having a goal of improving the livelihoods of low-income women farmers and their families through collective trainings that create the basis for more transparent trade, improved quality and higher prices in the coffee sector.


Sustainable Growers Rwanda (SGR) is a non-profit organization that works to create economic opportunities for women coffee farmers to achieve economic independence. SGR supports women coffee farmers and their families to become more professionalized and market- based skilled to increase their family incomes through professional training approach to growing and trading specialty coffee, so they can form direct, productive relationships with coffee processors, importers, and roasters.

Established in 2014, Sustainable Growers has a strong track record for connecting actors along the value chain, to facilitate deep and global partnerships between smallholder producers and their customers. To complete the team based in Kigali, we are looking for a Strategic Development professional. This is an opportunity for the right person to gain significant exposure to fundraising whilst delivering a critical component in our unique structure.


REPORTS TO: Executive Director



STATUS: Fixed Term Contract


Lead in the formation of a multi-channel integrated approach to local and international fundraising initiatives. This will include conceptualizing and developing proposals, prospecting partners for fundraising, maintaining effective partnerships, and ensuring funder retention.


The responsibilities are but not limited to:

  • Support design and execution of SGR strategy to grow and become financially sustainable;

  • Develop and review the SGR fundraising strategy to significantly increase income across a range of funding streams;

  • Build a diversified revenue stream for SGR,

  • Identify, cultivate and secure major funding;

  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major funders (potential and existing);

  • Engage with other staff in order to push SGR’s case for support and help generate required reports or documents;

  • Co-ordinate the development of highly competitive resource mobilization proposals and concept notes, and ensure the achievement of positive results;

  • Conduct regular trends and gap analyses of funding landscapes and keep up to date on opportunities through current and new funders;

  • Quality-assure proposals and all reports before submission to funding partners;

  • Conceptualize and develop performance frameworks for business development and resource mobilization;

  • Refine the vision and communications strategy of SGR as it adapts to changing demands;

  • Support communications with strategic partners, and influencers in the global coffee industry;

  • Serve as a credible and compelling spokesperson for the organization by representing the organization at events, meetings, and forums where it is required to establish and build relationships with key and potential funders and donors;

  • Attract more funders both local and international; and

  • Attend relevant funders events or conferences to cultivate donors and prospects;


  • Master’s degree in International Development, Marketing, Economics, Business, Management, International Relations or any other relevant discipline;

  • A minimum of 7 years proven experience in generating funds within the non-profit sector;

  • Up-to-date knowledge in international development trends in the Agriculture sector;

  • Proven experience and successful track record in Resource Mobilization (different models and approaches including Campaigns, grassroots efforts, etc.), programme design, proposal writing, business development, and international donor relationship management  ;

  • Must have excellent communications skills, both oral and written, including great presentation skills;

  • Excellent decision-making skills;

  • Strong negotiation, interpersonal and organizational skills;

  • Language English and French and Kinyarwanda or willingness to learn Kinyarwanda


  • Fundraising strategy

  • Secured funding

  • Quality reports and proposals

  • Fundraising events


  • Documented approach to fundraising

  • Amount of funds raised

  • Actual reports and proposals done

  • Number of events held

How to applyInterested qualified candidates should send their application file (detailed CV, academic certificates, and cover letter) to not later than 23rd October 2020

The subject line must be: Job application for “title of the position”

Only those who strictly meet the criteria should apply for this position

Due to the expected high volume of applications, we cannot respond to all applications and will only be contacting shortlisted applicants.


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