Feb 23, 2018

Regional Business Development Services (BDS) Coordinators (2 Positions)

  • Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC)
  • Hawassa, Ethiopia
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Job Description

Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC)

The Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC) is looking for competent personnel to fill up the following vacant positions. EDC is a quasi-government institution, established by the ministry of Urban Development and Housing and the Federal Urban Job Creations and Food Security Agency (FeUJC&FSA), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme UNDP) Ethiopia, in February 2013. The program aims to foster the emergence of a robust competitive private sector with focus on micro and small scale enterprises. EDC has its headquarters in Addis Ababa regional coordination offices in Oromia (Bishoftu), Amhara (Bahir Dar). SNNPRS (Hawassa), and Tigray (Mekelle).

EDC is looking for qualified personnel for the following posts.

Job title: Regional Business Development Services (BDS) Coordinators (2 Positions)

Duty stations: EDC SNNPRS Coordination Office. Hawassa (1); and EDC Oromia Coordination Office, Bishoftu( 1)
Scope of work: Under the direct supervision of the Regional Office Coordinator and overall supervision of the BDS Manager

The Regional BDS Coordinator will be resonsible for implementation and coordination of the business development services provisions in the assigned region and its catchments, and disseminate the relevant information to existing and potential programme beneficiaries in order to achieve The field-level project outputs. He/she is expected to establish strong coordination and linkages amongst existing and potential EDC clients as well as major stakeholders.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • The specific duties of the EDC Regional Business Development Service (BDS) Coordinator will include, but not limited to, the following:
  • Establish and control budgets for Business Advisory and Business Development activities
  • Identify, and maintain a rosier of consultants who provide business development and advisory services to the project in the region
  • Supervise and monitor local consultants engaged to provide business advisory and development services to the project in the region
  • Coordinate negotiations with financial institutions to ensure opportunities for credit sourcing for MSEs
  • Undertake quality assurance monitoring visits to the MSEs receiving BDS for consultants/business advisors on a regular basis to ensure service delivery as well as provision of necessary technical advice to the advisors
  • Work closely with the Training Coordinator to design training courses and programmes necessary to meet business development, needs of clients
  • Collect relevant information and data on business development best practices and lessons learned from the trainers, participants of the programme and other interventions and disseminate to the business advisors timely, as part of the knowledge sharing and capacity development efforts
  • Prepare quarterly and annual reports for the attention the regional coordinator
  • Review and approve monthly reports submitted by the BDS Advisors in the assigned region
  • Any other duties assigned by the Regional Coordinator and other tasks as the job role may demand from time to time

Management Arrangement: The Regional BDS Coordinator will work at the EDC regional office in their respective catchment under the direct supervision of the Regional Coordinator in close collaboration with other project personnel, the government stakeholders and external consultants.

Education: Masters’ degree from a recognized University in business management, economics or other related disciplines. A certificate course in business advisory services/entrepreneurship development will be considered an advantage.
Experience: Minimum of 4 years’ experience in a related post, in providing and coordinating business advisory services and donor funded programmes. Relevant experience in organizing MSME’s business development programmes and in the promotion of organizational objectives and activities is required. Practical experience of running/owning a business will be considered an advantage.
Skills and knowledge:

  • Knowledge of stages of business growth processes for MSE’s and ability to analyze and advise on complex business growth challenges of MSE’s
  • Supervisory skills and capacity to be a member of a multidisciplinary team to provide advice and recommended actions.
  • Excellent analytical, technical and conceptual knowledge about management and grasp of business management principles and practices
  • Adherence to integrity and confidentiality
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (particularly Word and Excel)
  • Good presentation skills
  • Sound communication skills
  • Intercultural sensitivity

Language: Excellent written and spoken English and Amharic are required. Fluency (speaking, reading and writing) in AfaanOromoo is mandatory for the position based in Bishoftu  

How To Apply:

Candidates meeting the above qualifications are requested to send their updated CVs, copies of their educational background and cover letter to: info@edcethiopia.org or submit the documents in person to EDC Headquarters, Nega City Mall, 3rdfloor, Josef Tito Street, Casanchis, Addis Ababa until March 02, 2018

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