SME Expert

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka

Cowater International Inc.

Vacancy title:

SME Expert

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Business Management and Administration , Category: Management ]

Jobs at:

Cowater International Inc.

Deadline of this Job:

Wednesday, March 13 2024

Duty Station:

Within Zambia , Lusaka, South – Central Africa


Summary Of The Position

We are seeking a highly experienced and knowledgeable SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) Expert to join our team for duration of the Project Inception Phase. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in supporting SME development, including providing technical assistance and capacity building support to entrepreneurs and small business owners, especially SMEs owned by women, and other marginalized groups. Experience working in Africa is essential, while previous work experience in Zambia, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be considered an asset.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide expert guidance and support to help design interventions aimed at SMEs in areas such as business planning, financial management, market analysis, and access to finance.
  • Conduct needs assessments and develop tailored capacity-building programs to address the specific challenges and opportunities faced by SMEs in DRC, Mozambique, and Zambia.
  • Facilitate consultations with SMEs in all 3 target countries aimed at understanding their entrepreneurial skills and business acumen. In parallel, develop a network of potential MSMEs that would be interested in participating in this project.
  • Collaborate with local business support organizations, government agencies, and other stakeholders to develop activities aimed at strengthening the ecosystem for SME development across all 3 target countries.
  • Develop a monitoring and evaluation mechanism to help the project assess the impact of interventions on SME growth and performance across all 3 target countries.

Job Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Economics, Business, or another relevant field
  • 10+ years’ experience designing, implementing and advising MSMEs in Africa, expertise in DRC, Mozambique and Zambia considered an asset.
  • Experience of designing tools and mechanisms to support MSMEs development.
  • Knowledge of value chain analysis\, trade facilitation and the AfCFTA.
  • Experience of working with bodies representing MSMEs.
  • Understanding of Global Affairs Canada programs desirable.
  • Strong understanding of business development concepts and best practices for MSMEs to access national and regional value chains.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in cross-cultural environments and build rapport with diverse stakeholders.
  • Fluency in English; proficiency in French and/or Portuguese is a plus.
  • Willingness to travel within the region, as needed.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 120

Level of Education: Associate Degree

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