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JOB TITLE: Business Development Services (BDS) Coordinator
REPORTS TO: Business Manager
REPORTING TO POSTHOLDER: Business Coaches
LOCATION: Kakuma and Kalobeyei.
DURATION & HOURS: Full time and fixed period contract, renewable based on performance and availability of funds
START TIME: July 2022 or Immediately
PURPOSE OF THE ROLE
Farm Africa has bided for a programme that seeks to strengthen economic opportunities for Refugee led small scale enterprises in Kakuma and Kalobeyei. The project will provide refugee entrepreneurs with a grant that combines financing and BDS access to micro and small enterprises selected through a business innovation competition. The grant will be accompanied by Business development support that will entail tailored mentorship and coaching, capacity building and market linkages to ensure that businesses have the right expertise and support to generate revenue and jobs in Kakuma and Kalobeyei.
Farm Africa is therefore seeking to recruit an experienced Business development service (BDS) coordinator. The BDS coordinator will be based in Kakuma to oversee all project activities in Kakuma and Kalobeyei. The staff shall be experienced in working with refugee led businesses and have local knowledge of the refugee-led enterprises and strong networks with local actors in the region including the county government, Humanitarian organisations including UNHCR and local NGOs’. The staff should also be experienced in similar programmes that combine grant and BDS provision for small scale enterprises.
Lead in the identification of viable businesses to participate in the innovation fund through various strategies and facilitating information sessions for MSE’s in the area. This will include leveraging existing contacts with development organisations working with refugees’ enterprises in the region, financial institutions and membership organisations in the region to ensure that the call for applications reaches out to both refugee-led and local led enterprises, and achieves the target of 70% refugee-led and 30% local-led enterprises.
Lead in conducting verification and due diligence on all Micro and Small Enterprises selected to participate in the Innovation Fund using the Farm Africa existing due diligence tools.
Facilitate the BDS priority needs assessment that will identify the critical needs of the enterprises through conducting an enterprise capacity assessment for each target enterprise utilising the Farm Africa developed Enterprise Capacity Assessment Tool (ECAT).
Coordinate the development of tailor-made BDS delivery modules for the medium-small enterprises in the region from the results of the enterprise capacity assessment tool (ECAT) and desk review of the business environment.
Lead in the recruitment and supervision of local business coaches who will be engaged to provide coaching and mentorship of the identified businesses.
Lead in the provision of BDS and mentorship to the identified businesses together with the Business coaches.
Monitor the innovation funds disbursement and usage through milestones contracting, results-based financing and joint procurement to ensure that the funds are utilised prudently by the businesses and the expected impact is realised.
Provide support on monitoring the small businesses through fund level reporting, business-level reporting and development of monthly reports on the progress of the project including the business identification and recruitment, funds disbursement and utilisation.
Work with the Farm Africa MEL team to develop the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) frameworks and tools including a Linear Log Frame (LLF) and a Monitoring and Learning Plan (MLP) as the foundation of the project’s monitoring and evaluation framework.
|Education, qualifications & other knowledge|
|Degree or relevant field either, economics, business management, finance, accounting or any other relevant degree.||Knowledge of the business sector in Kenya and specifically in Turkana County..|
|Minimum of 4 years’ experience working with medium and small businesses in the Kakuma and Kalobeyei context in Kenya.||Demonstrated success in implementing commercial focussed business
development programmes aimed at increasing competitiveness and
inclusiveness of refugee led small
businesses in Kakuma and Kalobeyei.
|Demonstrated experience of training, coaching and mentorship of small
businesses, TOTs and development of capacity building plans.
|Experience in the delivery of BDS to small and growing businesses in Kenya and specifically in Turkana County.|
|Existing networks with key stakeholders in including NGO’s, County Government, humanitarian support organisations, financial institutions and key stakeholders in the small businesses sector in Kakuma and Kalobeyei.||Well versed with strategies for network development and expansion.|
|Skills & abilities|
|Demonstrable ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with professional contacts.||Demonstrated creativity, willingness to innovate, think systemically and design catalytic resources and training activities to drive progressive engagement with partners.|
|A focused, commercial outlook and an appreciation of the realities that people face||Excellent presentation skills – able to design and deliver innovative training materials|
|when owning and running a small rural business||and communications confidently and effectively to a wide range of stakeholders.|
|Ability to manage and work constructively in a team.|
|Excellent command of English, Kiswahili and at least one local language (Somali, Arabic or Turkana)|
Investing in smallholder farming is the number one way to combat poverty in rural Africa. Farm Africa is a leading NGO specialising in growing agriculture, protecting the environment and developing businesses in rural Africa.
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How to Apply
If you meet the above requirements for this position, submit your cover letter indicating the title of the position and the expected salary (maximum 1 page) along with an updated CV (maximum 4 pages) with email and telephone contacts of three professional referees addressing to [email protected] with the subject line BDS coordinator before or by 29th June 2022
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Farm Africa is an equal opportunity employer and promotes gender equity. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. Farm Africa does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. (e.g. Application, interview, meeting, processing, training or any other fees).