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Entrepreneurship & Business Development Manager

Date Posted: Nov 25, 2019

Job Description

Position: Entrepreneurship and Business Development Manager

Location: Lilongwe, Malawi

Job Category: Full-Time

Language(s): English/Chichewa

Start Date: January 2020

Supervision received: Deputy Director of Programs

Supervision exercised: Field Operations Coordinator, Field Officer and Field Facilitators


THE ORGANIZATION


Yamba Malawi transforms children`s lives by empowering communities to break the cycle of poverty. We acknowledge that strained resources, poor safety nets, and limited caregiver capacity lead to poor childhood development outcomes, particularly during children`s first five years, and have lifelong effects. Limited financial literacy and insufficient access to formal services hinder community and caregivers` efforts to invest in their children`s futures. And lack of economic opportunity creates a cycle of extreme poverty that increases childhood vulnerability and has effects on children`s growth, development, and happiness.

Yamba Malawi`s signature Childhoods and Livelihoods program uses a hostilic 3-pronged approach to addressing these complex and interrelated set of challenges: 1. Improving nurturing and support for children through the strengthening of community safety nets and services, and increasing caregiver knowledge and skills in best practices for childhood wellbeing and early childhood development (ECD), 2. Increasing access to financial knowledge and services, including training, savings and credit, and budgeting to improve the use of income on children`s existing and future need, and 3. Improving economic resilience through diverse income generating activities that provide increased income to meet children`s basic needs.

Working at the household and community level, the Program includes a planned, time-bound sequence of activities that pairs the transfer of business assets with training, savings promotion, short-term income stabilization, and critical ECD and childhood wellbeing coaching that enables caregivers to plan beyond immediate needs and build foundations to improve their children`s futures.

THE POSITION

As Yamba Malawi plans for expansion in 2020, we are looking for an Entrepreneurship and Business Development Manager who will be responsible for overall coordination of entrepreneurship and business development activities including financial literacy. This is a newly created position and an opportunity to join dynamic team in an exciting period of grown for the organization.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Identify and assess economic, social and environmental risks of vulnerable households and communities, and develop community-driven and contextualized entrepreneurship and business strategies.
  • Identify opportunities of income diversification based on market analysis, and build the capacity of vulnerable households and community groups to pursue those opportunities
  • Strengthen role and participation of women in household and community level decision making and access to household income and resources.
  • Train and supervise Field Operations Coordinator, Field Officers and Field Facilitators in financial education (Training of Trainers) with focus on enterprise selection, gross margin analysis, crop production techniques (agribusiness), marketing and business skills which include goal setting, planning and budgeting, saving, debt management.
  • Provide leadership in developing capacity building strategies and tools (i.e. training manuals, coaching resource materials, and job aids).
  • Support development of viable business plans for households to mentor them as business champions and support them to new opportunities for markets.
  • Facilitate vulnerable households and communities’ linkage to financial services and resources, including training, access to savings and credit, and budgeting to improve the use of income on children`s existing and future needs.
  • Represent the organization at meeting with stakeholders and other important forums.
  • Participate in the development of M&E framework and data collection tools.
  • Supervise consultants in conducting entrepreneurship, marketing and business assignments.
  • Consolidate monthly, quarterly and annual work-plans and progress reports from Field Operations Coordinator, Field Officers and all Field Facilitators including activity or once off reports as required.
  • Promote microfinance/savings through establishment of village Savings and Loans Associations.
  • Represent Yamba Malawi on both national and international for as regards to entrepreneurship and business development.
  • Participate in development of project work plans, budgets and new projects proposals
  • Facilitate design of Market Information System
  • Identify value chain opportunities, notably by mapping and evaluating existing supply chains, and recommend additional priority opportunities for value chain development.
  • Facilitate the introduction of new business ideas and practices by stakeholders, and providing technical support to value chain players including regulators, and community-based organizations
  • Facilitate engagement and dialogue amongst key stakeholders in the identified value chain routes/ paths in the project.
  • Supervise and coordinate preliminary studies (including baselines) and other studies for the component under the entrepreneurship and business development component surveys
  • Other duties as assigned by the Deputy Director of Programs or other senior management staff.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
  • Minimum of Bachelor`s Degree and postgraduate qualifications in Business Administration, Development Studies, Agricultural Economics, Rural Development or Social Sciences and other related disciplines
  • At least 5 years’ experience in managing economic empowerment initiatives in an NGO setting
  • Proven experience supervising team of 10+ staff.
  • Expertise in entrepreneurship and micro/small enterprise planning and development
  • A strong knowledge of micro/small enterprise markets and value/supply chains including of common crops in Malawi (e.g. groundnuts, soya bean, sunflower, beans)
  • Experience implementing financial literacy and financial inclusion programs.
  • Familiarity with farmer associations, cooperatives, VSLAs and non-farm enterprises.
  • Experience working with a wide range of stakeholders including government and non-governmental organizations
  • Knowledge of and experience with participatory training approaches
  • Proven experience of, and commitment to, participatory methodologies implementing project interventions
  • Ability to design and implement capacity building plans and initiatives for staff and partners
  • Ability to frequently travel to impact areas and other locations in the country as required by nature of work.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, representation and negotiation skills
  • Proven skills in program monitoring and reporting
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to think and plan strategically
  • Commitment to and understanding of Yamba Malawi`s aims, values and principles
  • Strong skills in staff management, moderation, conflict resolution and capacity-building
  • Experience with child-focused interventions
  • Knowledge and experience in poverty graduation approach
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision and occasionally outside of usual office hours.
  • Good team work and team builder.
  • Language proficiency in English and Chichewa.

At Yamba Malawi, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

How to apply

Please send your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:

Email: jobs.malawi@yambamalawi.org

and include “Entrepreneurship and Business Development Manager” in the subject line not later than 10th December, 2019. No phone calls or LinkedIn/Facebook requests please


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