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Senior Technical Advisor, Policy and Enabling Environment - Rwanda

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Palladium seeks a Senior Technical Advisor, Policy and Enabling Environment for the anticipated USAID-funded Nguriza Nshore project in Rwanda. The project?s goal is to increase rural employment through expanded investment in non-farm small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Rwanda. The project will seek to remove constraints and distortions to the efficient functioning of the private sector- specifically to the SME entrepreneurship ecosystem, particularly access to finance ? and then allow the market to drive the economy.

Purpose of Position

The Senior Technical Advisor, Policy and Enabling Environment will lead implementation of all activities aimed at achieving project Objective 4: A conducive enabling and operating policy environment for the expansion of SMEs in agribusiness and those firms supporting the agribusiness sector.
Duration:              5 years
Location:     Kigali, Rwanda


  • Leads technical implementation and manages policy-related efforts under Objective 4.
  • Identifies major policy constraints hindering financial institutions/actors
  • Works with Government of Rwanda on macro and micro-prudential regulations to reduce barriers to entry for new financial institutions/actors.
  • Supports the adoption of new policies and regulations that foster non-farm SME growth
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Advanced degree in business, economics, marketing, finance, or other closely related field.
  • Fluency in Kinyarwanda and English required. French fluency a plus.
  • At least 7-10 years? experience in policy development and reform activities in Rwanda.
  • Experience analysing/supporting policy reform related to SME growth and access to finance in Rwanda.
  • Demonstrated understanding of policies and regulations required to foster non-farm SME growth and reduce barriers to entry for new financial institutions/actors.
  • At least three years? experience on donor-funded projects for economic growth and access to finance.
  • Experience working directly to target vulnerable groups into market opportunities.