Business Advisor
Lagos, NGA
5d ago

Job Title : Business Advisor

Grade : 6

Positions available : 2

About TechnoServe :

Everyone deserves the opportunity to build a better future. This simple idea has been at the heart of work around the world for over 50 years.

TechnoServe is a pioneer in leveraging the power of business 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.

Job Summary :

The Business Advisor will work with the Senior Business Advisor / Project Lead to provide capacity building and aftercare coaching support to the businesses.

S / he will facilitate business linkages, gather market intelligence and monitor performance. It should be understood that the tasks outlined below are the key responsibilities, but the employee will be expected to perform any tasks that are necessary within the context of the evolving needs of the project.

The BA will also support with project work plan, Area mapping, mobilization and recruitment of program beneficiaries using set criteria.

Program / Practice / Department Overview :

The Pan African Youth Entrepreneur Development (PAYED) Project supports youth owned micro-retail business owners in Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania in gaining business and financial management skills, foster business support and connections, optimize financial performance, improve store aesthetics, product ranges and display.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities :

  • Implement the digital strategy of the project and ensure adoption by the beneficiaries
  • Engage the beneficiaries consistently on the selected social media platform TalentLMS and WhatsApp
  • Support beneficiaries training sessions on the TalentLMS and WhatsApp platforms as well as monitor attendance according to the program guidelines.
  • Provide linkages support to the micro retailers including connection to financial institutions, to suppliers and other ecosystem player according to the program guidelines.
  • Work with identified partners during the aftercare phase.
  • Identify with stakeholders and perform a thorough assessment (initial and subsequent) of existing and envisaged problematic situations and offer solutions.
  • Support in all types of monitoring and evaluation activities, surveys and in reporting, weekly, monthly and in developing program success stories and lessons learnt.
  • Follow and maintain the program work plan
  • Work closely with the Senior Business advisor / Project Lead to ensure program deliverables are met through critical review of project activities in the field and eliminate any risks that may hinder effective implementation of the Project
  • Understand, respect and promote Techno Serve’s values, vision, and strategy in the implementation of assigned duties
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Business Advisor and Project Manager.
  • Basic Qualifications :

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Humanities or any related discipline with a minimum of 2 years work experience or HND with a minimum of 4 years work experience in similar position.
  • Demonstrated ability of working in and conversant with trends in the micro-retail industry for at least 2 years.
  • Proven skills with Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint). Knowledge in the use of Comcare, KoBoCollect will be an advantage.
  • Travel 30% Local

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :

  • Experience working with communities living on less than $5 a day and willingness to frequently visit these communities.
  • Demonstrated experience with digital training and delivery mechanisms.
  • Ability to engage and advise a broad range of stakeholders on the field.
  • Demonstrated experience in data collection and analyses.
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English.
  • Demonstrated experience in report writing.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities None involved

    Advert deadline : September 21, 2022

    Closing Statements :

    We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe's vision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply.

    With our commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV / AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other protected classes.

    We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff, partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks.

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