Micro & small enterprise (mse) support specialist

Adam Smith International

Job Summary

Mafita is a large-scale, six-year youth employment programme operating in Nigeria’s northern states, funded by DFID and implemented by Adam Smith International. Through a combination of innovative skills development and job creation interventions, Mafita will support over 60,000 marginalised young people to find employment or become entrepreneurs by 2021.

  • Minimum Qualification: MBA / MSc
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 2 years

Job Description

Adam Smith International is an award-winning global company that delivers impact, value and lasting change through economic growth and government reform. Our reputation as a global leader has been built on the positive results our projects have achieved in many of the world’s most challenging environments. Adam Smith International has a strong corporate presence globally, with 146 current projects across 49 countries and over 1,000 staff and associates. Headquartered in London, our regional offices are based in Africa (Nairobi, Abuja and Pretoria), Asia Pacific (Sydney) and South Asia (Delhi), with numerous registered offices across Africa and Asia.

Programme Background

  • Within the above scope, Mafita is mandated to support the economic empowerment of Northern Nigerian women, whose economic disenfranchisement has direct and adverse impacts on the country’s economic prosperity and development at the national, regional and community levels. Through its work, Mafita seeks to support women to access economic resources both directly by supporting women’s entrepreneurship, employment and access to finance, and indirectly by creating a more enabling environment for women.

Areas of Responsibility

  • The Jigawa MSE (Micro & Small Enterprise) Support Specialist will work with MSMEs and ensure readiness for job placement of Mafita graduates.
  • He/she will also work with trade associations, MFIs, and BDSPs (Business Development Service Provider) to support local economic growth in the state.

Main Tasks

  • Support MSE growth through training and capacity building of key partners such as SMEDAN
  • Develop and implement effective business development services for MSEs and new start-up entrepreneurs
  • Develop and implement effective and affordable financial services for MSEs and new entrepreneurs
  • Establish an effective broker system at selected trade associations for provision of BDS and financial services to members and new start-ups
  • Engage with private sector to develop relationships that result in work placement and job opportunities and identify areas of support for enterprise growth
  • Support state governments in formulation and implementation of MSE support and job creation policies and strategies
  • Responsible for timely and effective delivery of MSE support initiatives
  • Support the timely delivery of LED quarterly milestones including contributing to written reports and monitoring activities
  • Provide the communications team with appropriate communications pieces relating to LED activities.

Duration and Location:

  • This position will be based in Jigawa, Nigeria with frequent travel to Kano, Kaduna and Katsina states.
  • The successful candidate will be contracted for 110 days till March 2019 however we expect the role to receive a further allocation of days with the new programme year beginning April 1st, 2019. The allocation will be subject to programme needs.

Qualifications and Skills

  • A University degree in any related field.
  • A post-graduate degree would be an added advantage.
  • Professional experience in vocational training is essential for the role.
  • Intermediate proficiency level of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Excellent interpersonal verbal/written communication skills.
  • Fluent in Hausa and English (written and spoken).

Required Experience:

  • Professional experience in vocational training is essential for the role.
  • Experience working on donor funded programmes is an added advantage.

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