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Thursday, March 15, 2012

TechnoServe Technical Expert - Gender, Marketing & Sales Jobs in Kenya

General Information

TechnoServe (TNS) is a nonprofit international development organization founded in 1968. Its mission is to help entrepreneurial men and women break the cycle of poverty by building businesses that create jobs, income, and economic opportunities for their families, their communities, and their countries (www.tns.org)

TechnoServe is currently starting off a Smallholder Poultry Agribusiness Development program that will be implemented in Western Kenya and Nyanza.

This program aims to sustainably improve the livelihoods of 10,000 smallholder poultry producers of indigenous chickens, and in doing so help 50,450 individuals improve their livelihood.

Applications are invited from qualified candidates (who share a passion with the mission of TechnoServe) to fill the following positions:-

Technical Expert - Gender

Purpose

Provide leadership and guidance on implementation of gender strategies and initiatives for Poultry Producer Business Groups (PPBGs) development activities within SPADE Program.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Develop and support implementation of project specific gender strategies;
  • Conduct gender analysis and determine specialized activities to address emergent issues;
  • Formulate gender responsive policies to enhance gender mainstreaming in the project;
  • Develop and conduct gender training for staff within the project;
  • Create and implement gender metrics/evaluation plan with support from M&E team;
  • Collect and analyze project specific gender data after implementation and recommend strategy modification based on findings;
  • Disseminate lessons learned and best practices between project teams;
  • Coordinate and maintain a close working relationship and strong communication channels with SPADE stakeholders;
  • Serve as SPADE’s contact point and partner with social and gender policy experts in the country and consequently build a network for addressing issues of priority in relation to gender.
Requirements
  • Degree in Agricultural Economics, Community Development, and Development studies, Sociology, or a related field.
  • Minimum of three years field and technical experience with agribusiness development, farmer cooperatives, microfinance and micro enterprise, relating to agricultural sector is required;
  • Experience working with farmer group programs with a track record of building strong client and stakeholder relationships.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills with fluency in English and Kiswahili.
  • Ability to develop well-written, cohesive analysis and reports, competence in generating innovative solutions
  • Proven ability and experience working with and managing teams will be an added advantage;
Technical Expert - Marketing & Sales

Purpose

The job holder will be responsible for providing leadership and guidance on implementation of Marketing & Sales strategies for Poultry Producer Business Groups (PPBGs) development activities within SPADE Program.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Draw up Marketing and Sales strategic plans to support SPADE program objectives;
  • Carry out and evaluate market research; monitor, review and report on all marketing activities; collect relevant data for monitoring and evaluation purposes;
  • Oversee all marketing and advertising initiatives delivering innovative business models, branding in Marketing and Sales approaches;
  • Manage Marketing and Sales budget and implementing of Marketing and Sales activities within agreed budget;
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with the management team; Business Advisor, sub-contractors, government officials, other local stakeholders, and PPBGs.
  • Share best practices and lessons learned with team members;
  • Work with program staff to identify technical assistance needs;
  • Understand, respect and promote TechnoServe’s values, vision, and strategy in the implementation of assigned duties.
Requirements
  • Degree qualifications in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness or business-related studies required;
  • Minimum of three years field and technical experience with agribusiness development, or entrepreneurship in Kenya is required;
  • Experience in all aspects of developing and maintaining marketing and sales strategies required;
  • Experience working with farmer group programs with a track record of building strong client and stakeholder relationships.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills with fluency in English and Kiswahili.
  • Ability to develop well-written, cohesive analyses and reports, and able to generate innovative solutions;
To Apply:

Please submit your application (by email only) to ke-recruit@tns.org with the position title placed in the subject line. Please include
(1) cover letter describing your interest,
(2) curriculum vitae,
(3) salary history, and
(4) telephone contacts of three referees.

Please include all requirements in one document.
Applications will be treated confidentially.

Deadline for applications is 23rd March 2012. Note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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