24 Nov 2023

Partnership Officer at Cordaid

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Job Description

Job Description Cordaid

Job Title

Partnership Officer

Organizational Unit       

Country Office- Field location

Job’s aim

The Partnership Officer aimed at providing technical and field support to both the Market Systems Development Advisor and the Project Partnership Manager in maintaining healthy partnership relations with Generate Rwanda Project partners and various stakeholders on the ground to strengthen different value chains. The partnership officer is responsible for all partners’ support and management in the specific market sectors to create lasting changes and have a large-scale impact.

Job Specification

Reporting to the Partnership Manager, the Partnership Officer will help manage and carry out activities for the ReGenerate Rwanda program in the Western and Southern provinces. This person will help local businesses and other target clients of the project to understand and improve their work using the market systems approach. He/she will also help connect these groups through training workshops, and financial support linkages. The main goal of this position is to ensure the program runs smoothly and meets its goals in the field. Applying a market systems development approach, he/she will deliver capacity building, market analysis, and access to finance linkages to different stakeholders (private, public sector and value chain actors) within the market system.

Aim of the Organizational Unit

Is responsible for implementing the program in specific operational area.


Partnership Manager


Results and Competences

Results Areas


Market system function support

  • Manage relationship with partners in conducting capacity assessment, track performance, ensure activities are in line to address systemic problem, identify potential intervention areas for expansion and scale up.
  • Provide mentorship, coaching and other guidance to partners value chain actors under ReGenerate Rwanda collaboration and support in order to maximize the agreed impact on each deliverables.
  • Explore opportunities to bring new potential partners and/or key actors on board through identification of linkages with smallholder initiatives along the value chain that connect input providers, extension service providers, financial institutions, insurance companies, post-harvest value chain actor, processors, experts and/or farmers;
  • Identify and map potential synergies among key market systems actors from other development organizations working in the same areas and fields; and recommend to the MSD Advisor and Partnership Manager.
  • Conduct, and evaluate partner business analysis and prioritizes market actors for program intervention.
  • Create enabling environment for interventions and development of partnerships to address social norms which exclude women and youth and the poor from accessing markets, follow Do No Harm principles.

Monitoring & Evaluation and Reporting

  • Facilitates MSD and gender and youth inclusion assessments, research studies and stakeholder consultations, as appropriate, to inform program strategies and approaches; Learning Agenda; and adaptive management.
  • Provide relevant technical input for program work plans, budgets, and MEL Plan, including Learning Agenda, as appropriate.
  • Actively participate in program monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) activities, including results reviews and other learning exchanges.
  • Provide key support for data collection and analyses in collaboration with the MEL team to ensure interventions are impact-oriented and adjusted.
  • Contribute relevant technical input for donor reporting and external program communications, such as technical reports, case studies/business cases, video/radio content, social media blogs/posts, etc.
  • Participate in development of the annual work plan, ensuring alignment with technical strategy
  • Undertake regular visits to the field to support implementation of M&E and to identify where adaptations might be needed
  • Prepare program progress reporting.


  • Establish, maintain,  and effectively manage strong relationships with market system actors (e.g. private companies operating in the relevant value chains, representatives of the target group, local government offices, etc.)
  • Networking and representing the organization in the given operational area through coordinating with stakeholders, partners, government officials such as project line Ministry and JADF to ensure the organization efficiency.
  • Represent the program at networking and relationship meetings with private and public actors, as appropriate.

People management, capacity building and risk mitigation

  • Support private sector capacity building efforts, including technical assistance to partners to build their understanding of the business case for regenerative and environmentally sustainable solutions, in collaboration with market system development Advisors
  • Support other tasks as required by the Partnership Manager
  • Work closely with the entire Regenerate program team to ensure compliance with organizations and donor regulations and policies.


  • Complies with Cordaid’s policies and procedures related to integrity, monitoring, procurement, finance

Knowledge, Skills, and Experiences

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness, Business Management, Economics or related fields. Master’s degree would be an added advantage.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in NGOs or working with other agencies such as private sector in market systems facilitation, livelihood programs, rural development, financial inclusion and women / youth empowerment programs in the agriculture sector.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in private and civil society sector project proposal writing, pitching, and partner mobilization for both private and public institutions.
  • Demonstrated understanding of development and socio-economic issues in Western and Southern Provinces.
  • Demonstrated understanding of – and commitment to challenging – barriers that disadvantage the vulnerable, women and youth and people living with disabilities and exclude them from economic opportunities.
  • Good understanding of market systems and their role in poverty reduction from a systemic perspective; experience conducting market analysis to make business or investment decisions.
  • Demonstrated orientation toward innovative thinking with strong ability to generate creative ideas/solutions and predict possible outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and coordinating consultative planning processes that involve input from a range of experts and stakeholders toward strengthened evidence-based programming and decision making.
  • Strong adaptive management skills, including critical thinking, foresight, and vision to actively analyze program activities, challenge assumptions, and make decisions.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills in a multicultural environment, including experience building relationships and managing conflict with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Confident, diplomatic and quick-thinking in the company of senior executives.
  • Able to engage with low-income populations with a high degree of humility.
  • Ability to work with tight deadlines while managing multiple tasks and programs.
  • Detailed orientation, including strong organizational, analytical, and quantitative skills.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other administrative applications.
  • Strong private sector market orientation, entrepreneurial and innovative thinker.
  • Robust analytical skills; ability to synthesize information and distill insights and conclusions.
  • Strong interpersonal and management skills required; Personnel management experience required.
  • Demonstrated strong problem-solving skills.
  • Very strong attention to details and commitment to high quality, error-free end products.
  • Ability to develop well written, clearly structured, cohesive analyses and reports in English, quickly and efficiently.
  • Learning mindset and a passion for learning.

Method of Application

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Closing Date : 30th November, 2023.

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