Job Title: Business Mentors (4 Fresher
mission is to end extreme poverty in East Africa through entrepreneurship and
innovation. Since its inception, Village Enterprise has been developing and
refining an innovative model of poverty reduction combining training, seed
capital grant or non-cash asset transfer, and ongoing mentoring to create
small, rural businesses. Village Enterprise’s economic development model plays
a unique role in the microfinance industry, providing economic opportunities in
rural, agricultural areas that other organizations are not reaching, and gives
people living in extreme poverty the opportunity to transform a small grant
into a new business, a better standard of living, and hope for the
future. Village Enterprise has started over 48,000 businesses and trained
over 185,000 East African people.
Job Summary: The Business Mentor is expected to work 40
hours per week. The individual might be required to work on some weekends and
occasionally on holidays depending on the magnitude of work. A Village
Enterprise Business Mentor is passionate about alleviating poverty in their
region and dedicated to their roles as trainer, mentor and community leader.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
micro-enterprises according to the Village funding cycle, start micro enterprises
in your region.
forms (both on soft and hard copies) for each micro enterprise as specified in
the Business Mentor manual.
qualified households to participate in Village Enterprise program
for quality Village Enterprise Program implementation in a village level.
train all new Village Enterprise business owners according to training process
detailed in the Business Mentor Manual
pre-funding training sessions are complete, work with the office staff to carry
out grant disbursement for all business groups
supplemental training sessions and evaluate micro-enterprise performance after
mentoring on choosing and running a business using methods outlined in
Mentoring Manual. Mentoring will require at least one visit to each business
advice and support in designing business-mentoring methodologies that are the
most appropriate for the type pf enterprises supported.
a monthly report detailing progress of business groups including successes and
challenges, general observations and changes to business groups (industry,
Business owners in producing credible business and marketing plan including how
to balance positive cash flow and maintain accounts.
enterprises up and down the value chain by identifying relevant stakeholders,
suppliers etc. and creating sustainable commercial relationships between the
Business Savings Groups for each set of 10 businesses funded during a cycle
business groups on BSG formation for self-directed savings and loans
Monthly Savings Group Meetings for the first nine months providing assistance
information and material, which may be of used by the business owners for
marketing, value addition, business development, motivation and value chain
Field Associate and Regional Manager to introduce Village’s program to local
with Regional Manager to help identify most viable businesses in your region
with other Business Mentors to determine best practices and share information
Business Mentor Training and participate in regional Business Mentor meetings,
usually on bi-weekly basis
business visits as requested by the Country Office.
and show business owners how to conduct engaging presentations to visitors.
and facilitate peer to peer and lesson learning exchange events between the
different enterprises supported in the program.
Monthly report according to the Village Enterprise form in the BM training
Business Profiles once a quarter.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
applicant must hold a diploma in the fields of Social work, development
studies, Agriculture, animal husbandry, education, project planning and
Management, Entrepreneurship, business management or any other related field.
of 2 years in adult teaching, community training, business mentoring and/or
adult trainer and change agent
be able to deliver content to adult/ semi illiterate learners in Local
languages. Local language competency is a must and shall be tested.
to coach beneficiaries to be able to identify, start and manage viable and
sustainable businesses within the domain of VE policy and relevant Government
to details including detailed and timely feedback on program progress as and
respect community/beneficiary values and belief systems and be able to strike a
balance between those values and VE policies and program expectations.
information technology skills in the use of digital data collection tools,
internet application, google documents and Microsoft office applications.
How to Apply:
candidates who meet the required qualifications coupled with a passion for
changing lives of the extreme poor in line with SDG 1 are invited to submit
their CV and application to: [email protected]
Please do not
contact Village Enterprise to inquire the status of your application, we do not
charge any fees from all potential applicants. only shortlisted candidates will
be contacted. Village Enterprise is an equal opportunity employer.
Deadline: 9th January 2021