Program Innovations Coordinator Non-profit Careers – Village Enterprise

Organization: Village
Reports to: Director
of Innovations
Duty Station:
About US:
Village Enterprise
is an International non-governmental organization whose mission is to equip
people living in extreme poverty with the resources to create sustainable
businesses. Village Enterprise has made a strategic decision to direct its
poverty alleviation efforts on people living in extreme poverty in rural,
sub-Saharan Africa. Village Enterprise targets the poor, provides business
training, seed capital/startup funds and on-going mentoring to over 10,000 new
entrepreneurs to start 3,000 enterprises each years. Since its inception in
1987, Village Enterprise has started over 33,000 micro enterprises.
Job Summary:  Village Enterprise is seeking a candidate who
is innovative, solution oriented and creative to support the Innovations Team
activities and objectives. The position holder areas of involvement include:
developing creative and innovative ideas around our Graduation Program; help in
development of pilots by applying the key stages of human centered design
Thinking (Ideation, Piloting and Implementation); capacity training for
Business Mentors and Field Coordinators and research and development of tools
and strategies to ensure that the organizations meets its goals.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Core Program
Support Responsibilities: 60%
  • Actively participate in designing, adaptation; coordinate
    implementation, and appraise pilot projects by employing human centered
    design thinking approaches
  • Work closely with the field team to coordinate and periodically
    develop materials, plan and execute Business Mentor workshops
  • Coordinate with the help of the field team to guide Bi-weekly
    meetings within the offices of mandate, by introducing creative materials
    and making them more effective.
  • Support new projects, ongoing projects and calendar activities like
    the Innovations Summit; on theme selection, planning and overall execution
  • Actively participate in developing materials, inviting external
    resource persons that would be used to transfer knowledge and bridge
    capacities of Business Mentors and Field coordinators
  • Participate in gathering of information and identifying sustainable
    partnerships on Financial Inclusion, Value Chain Development, Market
    Intelligence and linkages.
  • Write reports and develop presentations on ongoing projects, keep
    the whole team informed and update the documents on the various storage
    platforms like Google drive, and Box e.t.c.
  • Occasionally contribute to proposal development by keeping track of
    funding opportunities for the innovations teamwork and pass such
    opportunities to direct supervisor.
  • Assist in the development, assessment of standard operating tools
    like the Business Development Kit, Mentoring Guides and any other that may
    be introduced.
  • Participate in the development of training support materials like
    picture codes, charts and any other visual or audio aids. o Any other
    innovations work or program support work that may be assigned to you.
Innovations and
Cross-functionality Responsibilities: 40%
  • Be an ardent ambassador and advocate on Innovations Teams work
    internally and externally if and when given the opportunity.
  • Ensure synchronization of activities between the ACDs/RMs work plans
    and the Innovations teams work by communicating work plans and planned
and coordination of work
  • Weekly check-ins withsupervisor (Plan and structure effective
    One-on-one’s) o Provide information on work plan on Google Work Plan sheet
    on a weekly basis. o Participate and contribute effectively during the
    weekly Innovations T eam meetings o Prompt response to email
    communications/ report deadlines and any follow-ups as may be requested
Team Work and
Interpersonal skills:
  • Leverage on his/her interpersonal skills to ensure cohesiveness and
  • Coordinator will take the time to understand other Coordinator,
    Manager’s and Director’s projects and actively provide insightful input.
  • The Coordinator thinks of how to improve synergies on the team and
    improve workflow as a team
Management and
  • The Coordinator manages competing tasks and deadlines with openness
    and efficiency
  • The Coordinator manages his/her own projects, including tracking
    their own deadlines and deliverables and executing next steps without
    needing to be reminded or prompted.
  • Provides desired leadership and guidance, has personal initiative
    and is self-driven towards achieving organizations goals.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should hold a university level degree preferably in
    Project Management/Agronomy/Community Development or Business
    Administration and Management
  • Previous experience working in the Livelihoods development field,
    Value chains development, Market systems analysis, Market intelligence and
    linkages or rural micro-finance is a plus.
  • The Innovations Coordinator should be a creative thinker with a
    natural knack towards developing projects and works that address the goals
    of the organization
  • Be a solution oriented individual, who is able to asses, analyze
    situations and come up with well thought out solutions.
  • Detail oriented person, who strives to get in-depth understanding of
    pilots and projects through application of Human Centered Design Thinking
How to Apply:
Please send your
resume and motivation letter as single file attachment, specifying how your
experience and qualifications are well suited for this role to
Deadline: 31st July 2018
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