Business Development and Financial Inclusion Advisor

Cuso International

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Cuso International is a development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors. We envision a world where all people are able to realize their potential, develop their skills and participate fully in society. We believe in the power of people, value diversity and take responsibility for our actions and proactively demonstrate that we work with and on behalf of others. Cuso International works in developing countries across the world. We currently have programs in eighteen countries. 

Cuso International opened a program office in Cross River State, Nigeria, in 2014. Our program currently focuses on sustainable economic growth and providing access to quality health services.

 

The volunteer's role 

The aim of the placement is to enhance the entrepreneurship and business development services of YouLead beneficiaries. The YouLead project stands for Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Access and Development. Our beneficiaries will be supported in establishing micro, small and medium (MSME) enterprises in the natural resource sector of agriculture, forestry, aquaculture, eco-tourism and renewable energy.

 

The objective of this placement is:

  • To apply knowledge and skills related to the concepts, principles, and methodologies of business development and value chain
  • To apply higher order thinking skills (critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, complex problem solving) to “real world” situations
  • To develop career awareness, direction and exploration of vocation
  • To increase skills for understanding and working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures and to work effectively within diverse environment

 

The volunteer will:

  • To apply knowledge and skills related to the concepts, principles, and methodologies of business development and value chain
  • To apply higher order thinking skills (critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, complex problem solving) to “real world” situations
  • To develop career awareness, direction and exploration of vocation
  • To increase skills for understanding and working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures and to work effectively within diverse environment
  • Organize train-the-trainer’s workshops from time to time, business plan development and implementation for partners, and project structures
  • Provide support for strengthening of business management capacities and their business model
  • Support internal market and end market assessment of identified value chains
  • Support with the pre-design of a market based intervention based on each identified value chain product and highlight the available business opportunities for young women and men along the value chain of identified products
  • Provide Support /coaching and mentoring of community volunteers on how to support youth entrepreneurs
  • Support business development for community volunteers
  • Support partner micro finance banks to develop effective system to appraise loan applications and track repayment
  • Support the YouLead taskforce on access to finance to secure grants and funding for startup and expanded businesses of YouLead beneficiaries.
  • Provide support to the business development officer to develop tools for providing business development services for youth enterprises.

 

Essential Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or its /Equivalent in Business, Marketing, Development studies or related field
  • Demonstrated Business Development skills and Grants management working in the Natural Resource Sector
  • Essential Professional Background/Competencies
  • 5 years’ experience in Business Development
  • A good knowledge of business start-ups approach and practice
  • Strong experience in end market assessment & analysis
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Experience with gender mainstreaming
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

 

Desirable Academic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree is desirable and doctorate is an added advantage and value
  • Desirable Professional Background/Competencies
  • Previous working experience in Africa or Nigeria

 

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Summary

Company

Cuso International

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)

Location

Lagos

Specialization

Sales/Business Development

Job Type

Full-Time

Minimum Qualification

Degree

Preferred Years of Experience

5 - 7 years

Application Deadline

Today