Enterprise Development Advisor


Human Resources

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3 weeks ago

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Job Description/Requirements

Job Title: Enterprise Development Advisor

Program: BlueBiz Program

Reports to : Partnerships Manager

Position location: Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River & Lamu

Grade: 7

NB: This position is contingent upon donor funding .

TechnoServe Background:

Everyone deserves the opportunity to build a better future. This simple idea has been at the heart of TechnoServeâs work around the world for over 50 years. TechnoServe is a pioneer in leveraging the power of businesses and markets to create sustainable pathways out of poverty.

The low-income communities in which we work are full of enterprising people. Their small-scale farms and businesses are the keys to economic development. But they face many challenges: low literacy, lack of access to jobs and markets, unpredictable political dynamics and, increasingly, the effects of climate change. For many women and young people, the challenges are even more daunting. Working with TechnoServe staff, people around the world are lifting themselves out of poverty. The results are amazing...when incomes increase, and living conditions for families get better, they are able to access health care and education previously out of reach. Communities and even whole countries are better off. 

Program Description:

TechnoServe is implementing the 3-year program, which seeks to advance education through skills development aimed at technical, enterprise development, financial literacy, and soft skills that young people need to launch, operate and grow microenterprises in the âBlue Economy''. For the purpose of this project, the Blue Economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystems. Blue Biz will focus on the 5 coastal counties of Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, Mombasa and Lamu counties in Kenya.

The Program is designed to sustainably respond to the key constraints that young women and men face in starting and growing microenterprises in Kenyaâs Blue Economy by affecting change at the systems level through engaging and catalyzing local actors. Constraints addressed include skills development, access to financial solutions and appropriate technology, links to markets, and enhanced networks and leadership, with specific plans tailored to the local context, core issues, and solutions identified by youth leadership.

Position Description:

The Enterprise Development Advisor will provide On-site / embedded support to strengthen the technical capabilities of partner organizations. He/ She will provide training, coaching, material adaptation, shadowing, etc to enhance their technical capacities and ensure effective program implementation. Reporting to the Partnerships Manager, the Enterprise Development Advisor will work closely with the partner organizations identified in the program to ensure the program achieves its objectives.

Key roles and responsibilities:

Capacity Building and Training

Review and upskill relevant TechnoServe enterprise development philosophies, approaches and materials. Build capacity of key implementation partners allocated to them in areas of program implementation, youth engagement and delivery of enterprise development training. Technical training and coaching of the partners adopting TechnoServe delivery approaches. Material adaptation of TechnoServe training curriculum where needed. Training of trainers- coordinate TTTs, TOTs, and ensure all training manuals are up to date.

Diagnosis and Evaluation

Ensure efficient and effective implementation of programs activities, outputs and outcomes as laid out in the program proposal. Build capacity of the implementing partners to conduct baseline, midline and end-line surveys, delivery of digital training, one-on-one coaching to the micro-enterprises and formation of business groups. Work closely with the TechnoServe MEL teams to ensure proper data collection and monitoring.

Stakeholder engagement and collaboration

Support stakeholder engagement with government, private sector, Fis, etc Backstop communications and outreach for Enterprise Challenge Fund.

Reporting and Knowledge Management

Knowledge sharing and learning. Support the partners to map out program regions and beneficiaries in preparation for mobilization and recruitment. Support the partners to adopt digital training especially where the partners will utilize TechnoServe digital training modules.

Aftercare and continuous support

Collaboration and communication with Partnership Manager and local partners. Backstop aftercare activities. Shadowing and on-site support. Provide weekly updates on the progress of the program, highlighting any unique challenges and learnings. Perform any other duties as assigned by the Partnerships Manager.

Required skills and experiences:

Bachelorâs degree in Business Related fields such as Marketing, Business Administration, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources and MIS. 3 years of experience working with MSMEs; experience working with marginalized communities is an added advantage. Training of trainers(TOT) experience. Have familiarity with coastal communities Experience in developing/ adapting curriculum in English and Swahili Strong planning skills and the ability to generate innovative solutions in highly dynamic work situations. Demonstrated ability to prepare and present well-written, cohesive analyses and reports; Strong interpersonal, collaborative and cross-cultural skills; Conversant with recent trends in the MSME sector in the country; Track record of building strong client and stakeholder relationships with; government ministries, private sector companies, financial institutions, business associations and academic institutions; Proficiency in MS Office especially Excel and PowerPoint.

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