Enterprise and Savings Lead Career Jobs – Village Enterprise

 

Job Title:    Enterprise and Savings Lead

Organisation: Village
Enterprise

Duty Station: 
Soroti or Gulu, Uganda

Reports to: Vice
President of Programs

 

About US:

Village Enterprise’s
mission is to end extreme poverty in rural Africa through entrepreneurship and
innovation. 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 year. Since its inception in
1987, Village Enterprise has started over 40,000 micro-enterprises.

 

Job Summary:  Village Enterprise is looking for an
Enterprise and Savings Lead (Uganda) to support the success of our
microenterprise development program. This individual will have a focus on
ensuring that enterprises and savings groups launched through the program
provide to desired outcomes and impact being set out to achieve. They will
bring the necessary skills to understand and implement key activities and
programs which put our entrepreneurs on a pathway to success.

·       
Business
and Business Savings Group Impact – The Enterprise and Savings Lead will
primarily be focused on designing, leading, and facilitating activities which
lead to increased success of business and business savings group. This will
include using quantitative and qualitative data for evaluation and decision
making, supporting field implementation staff, and working with management
teams to ensure our entrepreneurs are on the best path possible.

·       
Market
Analysis and Intelligence – The Enterprise and Savings Lead will be responsible
for keeping up with latest market trends and opportunities relevant for our
business owners. This will include designing and or accessing tools to keep our
team informed of market dynamics and how their selection of enterprises plays
into the larger eco-system of actors. It will also include using that market
analysis directly to support good business choices for our entrepreneurs.

·       
Innovations
and Partnerships – The Enterprise and Savings Lead will continually work to
identify and implement innovations which lead to greater success for businesses
and business savings groups. They will also design or support the creation of
technical partnerships which will be beneficial to the organizations overall
goals and targets around business and business savings group success.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Lead a team of
direct reports and matrixed indirect reports in focusing on increasing business
and business savings group value for the participants of the village Enterprise
(50%)

·       
Identify
core areas of success needed for businesses to thrive at Village Enterprise.

·       
Support
entrepreneurs to protect their local environment identifying and promoting
climate smart and environmentally friendly enterprises and practices.

·       
Analyze
the business owner’s needs based on their geographical region, trends and
suggest common approach to success and growth of their businesses.

·       
Support
recruitment and supervise a team of direct reports that will focus on increased
business success of our participants. This include market linkages, financial
inclusion and adoption of relevant technologies. Additionally, support
recruitment of key field positions that have a direct impact on business
success.

·       
Design
matrix style model to engage critical positions at Village Enterprise in
maximizing what their role can bring to assuring business success.

·       
Develop
strategies of identifying, evaluating and appraising businesses for grant
allocation in collaboration with the field team.

·       
Build
staff capacity to identify and support impact at the business group level and
business savings group level.

·       
On case
by basis, participate in project working group to share ideas, and well thought
out plans to achieve success and overall impact.

Design, Lead,
support, and/or Facilitate the adoption of partnerships, activities and
innovations that lead to increased business and business savings groups success
(30%).

·       
Research
and identify both current and new activities that will lead our businesses to
being more profitable.

·       
Assure
adoption of successful current and new activities with field staff. This will
include necessary piloting and activities.

·       
Support
decision making on appropriate new innovations and ideas that will be
implemented by the program.

·       
Identify
organizations that offer products and services which will prove valuable to our
business owners being successful. Manage partnerships and linkages that create
increased business performance and success.

·       
Engage
private sector actors in the graduation model on sustainability and business
success and developing business success and developing Village Enterprise
differentiated advantage on business success.

·       
Organize
and represent Village Enterprise in forums that are relevant to the position
including savings group approaches, microenterprise support, Market Linkages
etc.

Gather, analyze and
act on quantitative and qualitative market and business performance data at
Village Enterprise (20%)

·       
Assist
field team lead to develop performance indicators around business success for
Business Mentor and Field Associates.

·       
Working
with CD’s/RM’s/FC’s/BM’s to develop and manage an up to date understanding of
the microeconomic environment in Uganda.

·       
Undertake
key research to understand the BO’s business ventures and project drivers of
sectors, customers and potential opportunities for linkages.

·       
Responsible
for assuring data flows to the appropriate decision makers connected directly
to our business owner’s success (primarily field agents such as Field
Associates and Business Mentors).

·       
Analyze
and act on business performance data through creating feedback loops and
interventions that ensure our businesses are being fully supported to being
successful.

·       
Support
on an as needed basis high value proposals and or projects at Village
Enterprise.

Safeguarding:

·       
Safeguarding
is everyone’s responsibility at VE, and it begins with me

·       
Continuously
sensitize program participants on safeguarding.

·       
Ensure
compliance with VE’s safeguarding policies

·       
Report
any incident of safeguarding in program operations for appropriate action/follow
up.

 

Key Performance Indicators

·       
Business
Success Country Average (Business Progress Survey)

·       
Business
Savings Group Country Average

·       
Market
and Financial Linkages Created and Successful

 


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
applicant must hold a University degree or an equivalent in Business
development, program management, international development or other relevant
field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

·       
At least
five years of experience in the management of development programs for an
international organization.

·       
Experience
working with multiple countries in sub-sahara Africa is desirable

·       
Deep
experience with supporting those in extreme poverty through microenterprise,
savings Groups and familiarity with Poverty Graduation approach

·       
Ability
to work in challenging and changing environments, and to see through challenges
to find solutions

·       
Excellent
interpersonal skills, including the ability to exercise diplomacy and tact as
demonstrated in previous roles that required communication with a broad and
diverse set of partners.

·       
Outstanding
communication skills, both in writing, in person, and via other forms of
communication.

·       
Computer
literate and proficient in basic Microsoft packages and email and other
technology (including project management software, salesforce, cloud storage
etc).

·       
Ability
to use and interpret data for decision making and enhancing overall
organizational performance and business success.

·       
Fluency
in English is a must.

 

How to Apply:

All interested and
qualified candidates who meet the set criteria are invited to send their Cover
Letter and CV (Maximum 3 pages) including 3 referees, salary history and
expectation online. Please log into:
https://hrmis.villageenterprise.org/UgandaCareers

 

Please register and
create a profile, attach your applications and detailed CV as single file then
follow the prompts to submit your applications. Applications should be
addressed to: The Human Resources Coordinator.

 

Deadline: 5th February 2021

 

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