ABOUT ACCESS TO FINANCE RWANDA:
Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR) is a Rwandan Not for Profit Organization, established in March 2010 by the governments of Rwanda and the United Kingdom (UK) and is currently funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), USAID, Sweden, and the MasterCard Foundation.
Guided by the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach, AFR’s strategic focus is to stimulate financial sector development and address constraints that prevent the financial market from reaching Rwanda’s low-income population. For more details visit our website: www.afr.rw.
Access to Finance Rwanda seeks a Gender Specialist on a retainer basis for its upcoming project "Accelerating growth of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) through expanding the e-commerce sector in Rwanda" .
There is evidence that lack of literacy, skills, access, resources, and other factors are excluding women and youth entrepreneurs from the opportunities offered by e-commerce. There is also proof that digital access offers expanded opportunities for participation in both domestic and regional trade.
The Gender Specialist brings knowledge and understanding of barriers to the participation of women and youth in e-commerce and digital financial services. He/she will work within the project to support addressing these constraints within the framework of this intervention.
The Gender Specialist Consultant provides technical and project management support to mainstream gender equality throughout project activities and approaches, including systems of quality control, monitoring and evaluation, and integration with other programs. S/he will provide training and capacity building of staff and partners on gender equality. The role will be based in Kigali with some travels across the Districts of Rwanda.
The Gender Specialist will be contracted for a period of 10 days a month over one year. This can be revised based on project needs and the availability of funds.
The Gender Specialist reports to the Project Manager.
This position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda, and is contingent upon project award to AFR.
The "Accelerating growth of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) through expanding the e-commerce sector in Rwanda" is a project implemented by Access to Finance Rwanda in partnership with Rwanda’s ICT Chamber and BFA Global.
The project aims to spur the growth of livelihoods and employment opportunities through digital commerce, which works together to address the barriers and promote an enabling market system for e-commerce with onboarding MSEs into the digital economy at the core.
The main program elements are:
Working through an ecosystem approach the project will seek to address systemic solutions to draw the underserved groups of the MSME sector into the digital economy to derive its benefits: the informal microenterprises, the young men and women in informal employment, to unlock their potential and for them to strive for decent and meaningful work. This pilot program seeks to reach up to 1,500 MSEs and 2,000 young women and men workers directly through digital onboarding. It also seeks to spur the e-commerce system to engender wider, more inclusive adoption and crowd more investment and actors into the market system afterward.
KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Gender Specialist will be responsible for the following:
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:
1-year contract with possible extension based on performance and availability of funds.
HOW TO APPLY