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Small business advisers

We need small business owners and managers to advise organisations in poor communities.

Roles are generally longer term, ranging from one to two years.

You’ll have at least three years in management, with specific experience of small business development or advising small businesses (five years for short-term roles). An MBA is preferred for some (but not all) roles.

You’ll bring with you experience in marketing, business planning, financial management, staff management and training. You'll also be confident in identifying and implementing new business opportunities. Experience and knowledge of supply and value chains is highly desirable.

What you’ll be doing

You'll mainly be working with community-based organisations helping to develop all aspects of their business. You’ll advise them so they'll become more productive, more sustainable and, most importantly, more prosperous, so they contribute to their local economy.

Countries in which you could be working include Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi, Nigeria, Tajikistan or Sierra Leone.

Example placement

Placement for: Business advisor

Country: Zambia

Zambia is one of the poorest countries in the world; over two thirds of the population live below the poverty rate and the life expectancy is 47 years.

What does the role involve?:

  • Developing bankable business plans for different agro-based businesses for the NDFA
  • Developing a Marketing Information System
  • Preparing all requirements for registration of a company and company articles
  • Improving the efficiency of the established processing plant to realise profits
  • Establishing and realising routes to market for food crop surplus

Skills, qualifications and experience required

You’ll need a Masters degree from either a social science or business management field. A sales/marketing qualification would also be an advantage. Experience in business development and/or successful business start-ups and an understanding of small-scale agro-enterprise development would be desirable. A self-starter, you will have the confidence to create positive professional relationships working in diverse cultures and working environments. You should be a good communicator with solid information and project management skills.

And the rest...

During your placement, you will be based in Nyimba, in the Eastern Province of Zambia, where there are good local facilities and daily buses to the capital, Lusaka. We’ll ask you to commit to six months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. Where we’ll provide you with extensive training before your placement, and our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll support you to resettle.

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