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Oct 23, 2017

ACDI / VOCA Business Development Specialists Jobs in Kenya

Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI / VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. 

Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI / VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society.

ACDI / VOCA currently has approximately 49 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of $151 million

Overview: ACDI/VOCA is currently implementing a $45 million, five-year program entitled “Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems (LMS)” development projects in Northern Kenya funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

The aim of the USAID Kenya Feed the Future LMS program is to strengthen people’s resilience to shocks and stresses and reduce the prevalence and depth of poverty, household hunger, and chronic undernutrition.

The program aims to do so by taking collective action on economic opportunities, and by strengthening institutions, market systems, governance, and human capital.

Pursuant to its mission, ACDI/VOCA is seeking for experienced and talented professionals for the Business Development Specialist positions based in Garissa, Wajir, Turkana, and Isiolo counties in Kenya. 

The position is responsible for providing technical assistance and coaching to selected applicants under the business development grants program, which mainly consists of micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSME’s). 

Technical assistance to be provided will be in the preparation of business plans, marketing and business development strategies.

  • Identify and screen commercially viable MSMEs that fit within the LMS value chains of red meat/live animals and camel milk, which will improve market access, productivity and overall competitiveness of the value chains. Livestock sector in the 5 ASAL Counties
  • Assist and build the capacity of selected businesses to develop and prepare their business plans, and make necessary recommendations. This will include providing technical support in the following areas.
  1. Conducting feasibility assessments of investments to include: SWOT analysis; risk and competition analysis; discussing with the applicants on possible modalities for of governing and managing the business/investments to optimize its efficiency and effectiveness looking at its current status, capacity and commercial potential as well as opportunities for creating employment opportunities in the Counties.
  2. Identifying potential markets and requirements for entrance to the market e.g. through market assessments, and developing marketing strategies that will provide enterprise growth and profitability.
  3. Developing enterprise operational strategies to include: Identification of infrastructure and other resources needed for the enterprise/investment to achieve profitability- to include actual costing, cashflows, realistic assumptions and benchmarks, requisite standards, and risk mitigation plans; highlighting concrete steps to be taken by the selected businesses in order to ensure effective and efficient operations
  4. Provide insights to the project about businesses to be supported to ensure risks are mitigated before funding commitments are made
  • Provide training, coaching and mentoring support to the grantees after the award to ensure sustainable and profitable operations.
  • Facilitate grantees networking, business to business linkage as well strengthen their input supply chain
  • Support grantees to obtain required licenses and certifications
  • Conduct monitoring and evaluation of the selected business activities and report on the same.
  • Work with SRC to put in place and monitor financial management systems that will lead to business sustainability
  • Together with the Agribusiness Finance and Investment Director, assess financial needs of businesses and link them to lenders to access working capital
  • Perform any other duties as required by supervisor.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and/or Business Management. A Master’s Degree in a related field is highly preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in developing business plans, conducting economic and/or financial analysis or other relevant areas is a must.
  • Experience in livestock value chain and MSME development or closely related field will be an added advantage.
  • Strong writing, analytical, presentation and reporting skills.
  • Ability to travel and work in one of the designated counties (Garissa, Wajir, Turkana, or Isiolo)
  • The position requires extensive field travel within and beyond designated counties. 
To Apply:
Please submit a resume to [email protected]  no later than November 1, 2017. 

In the subject line, please include the position title and a county(s) that you would like to be considered for. 

Resume and all associated application documents shall be provided as a single attachment in and list long-term employment history and any relevant short-term consulting work. 

Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone. 

Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. 

Interviews will be conducted in the base location of the position. 

ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. 

Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. 


1 comment:

Stephen Ndege said...

I would like to know if the advertised position is contract or on permanent terms.

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