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Vacancy: Enterprise Development Coordinator at ACDI / VOCA

ACDI3Since 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 50 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of $174  million.

Job Description

ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 49  projects in 30 countries and total revenues of $151 million. ACDI/VOCA  is currently implementing the Feed the Future Kenya Livestock Market  System (LMS) Activity funded by USAID seeking to strengthen people’s  resilience in Northern Kenya and reduce poverty, hunger, and chronic  under nutrition through expanding and diversifying viable economic  opportunities and strengthening community capacities for resilience and growth.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the identification and screening of livelihood groups  and individuals for engagement in income diversification and workforce  development & youth employability activities.
  • Participate in the dissemination of key program information,  identification of program beneficiaries and in assessments and screening  of applicants for grants (Small, Large and Innovation)
  • Assist in building the capacity of selected livelihood groups, small  holders, SACCOs, LMAS, and businesses through facilitated and  cost-shared training, mentoring and coaching with County Governments and  SRC STTA.
  • Mobilize entrepreneurs and livelihood groups/individuals to attend  learning visits, trade fairs and important annual events such as B2Bs,  trade fairs “pasture week”, in conjunction with PREG partners.  Facilitate the formation of business networking among the entrepreneurs  and livelihood groups
  • Oversee the internships/apprenticeship activities, and assist County  Program Manager (CPM) in planning/implementing Journey to Self-Reliance  (J2SR) related facilitation activities on workforce development, TVET,  Public Service Boards and/or Biashara center strengthening (depending on  priorities set per county)
  • Carry out monitoring of livelihood and Large Grants activities at  county level (including support to Operational Performance Index,  M&E activities); collate information that will contribute to Communities  products, including human interest stories, case studies as well to the  program monthly and quarterly reports.
  • 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
  • Identifying potential markets and requirements for entrance to the  market e.g. through market assessments and strategies that will provide  enterprise growth and profitability.
  • Developing enterprise operational strategies to include:  identification of infrastructure and other resources needed for the  enterprise/investment to achieve profitability- to include actual  costing, cash flows, realistic assumptions and benchmarks, requisite  standards, and risk mitigation plans; highlighting concrete steps to be  taken by the selected businesses to ensure effective and efficient  operations
  • Facilitating the coaching and mentoring support to Large grantees  after the award to ensure sustainable and profitable operations.
  • Work with STTA consultants to put in place and monitor financial management systems that will lead to business sustainability
  • Assist grantees in obtaining required licenses, permits, land papers and certification,
  • Identify risks and challenges related to program delivery in a  timely manner and suggest appropriate remedial measures to the  Supervisor; document and share lessons learned for cross county  learning.
  • Undertake development of reports (activity, quarterly and annual report)
  • Engage county government in co creation for monthly activity planning and annual work plans
  • Facilitate the implementation of the gender strategy/action plan and  deliberately target women, youth and local community with program  activities
  • As assigned by the CPM, represent ACDI/VOCA at PREG, county government or other stakeholders’ meetings.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
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Qualifications

  1. Minimum of bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship, Business  Management, Livestock Marketing, Agribusiness Management, International  Relations, Development Studies, Pastoral Livestock Systems Development  or a related field.
  2. At least 3 years’ working experience in Livestock value chain or closely related field preferably with NGOs
  3. Experience in MSME development, and similar fields will be an added advantage.
  4. Strong writing, analytical, presentation and reporting skills.
  5. Ability to travel within the North-Eastern Kenya regions. Extensive field travel is expected.

Method of Application

Please submit a resume to: HRKenya@acdivoca.org

In the subject line, please include the position title.

Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. Closing Date : 18th August, 2020

About Whispers from the North

Whispers from the North is an online platform that appreciates the ecological, cultural and socio-economic diversities of Northern Kenya. We also acknowledge that the lives of the communities of northern Kenya has been shaped by a number of intrinsic and extrinsic factors which have led to complex challenge that calls for a multifaceted approach.

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