Enterprise Development Officer

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Enterprise Development Officer :

  • Chiredzi
  • Full Time

Job Summary

Enterprise Development Officer: African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)
Deadline: 26 November 2021

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) works in ten countries in Sub-Saharan Africa focusing on land conservation, conservation enterprise, education, and wildlife protection and management. In Zimbabwe, AWF is implementing the Resilience Anchors Project in Save Valley Conservancy (SVC) and surrounding communal areas in South Eastern Lowveld (SEL), which forms part of the Greater Limpopo Trans-Frontier Conservation Area. The project purpose is to increase the capacity of communities to sustainably protect and manage community-based natural resources and the wildlife economy (based on the conviction that nature is an economic asset) in anticipation of future shocks and stresses. Specifically, the objectives are;

Improve economic benefits from strengthened community-level resource governance and oversight of conservation enterprises. Increase sustainable supplies of water of sufficient quantity and quality to meet human, economic, and ecosystem needs. Strengthen locally-led development and private sector engagement.

Position summary
The Enterprise Development Officer (EDO) will be responsible for developing innovative business models for rural households and communities around Save Valley Conservancy. The EDO will liaise with the business, trade, local community, local and traditional authorities, private sector actors, to develop and implement viable income generating activities, which translate into sustainable livelihood diversification options for communities within the project target area. This position reports to the Project Manager and will be based in Chiredzi town of Zimbabwe.

Duties and Responsibilities

Key responsibilities
Enterprise development: Work with communities within and around Save Valley Conservancy through community consultative meetings to develop and implement viable and sustainable income generating activities; Lead and be the key contact person for field implementation of all community-based organisation (CBO) income generating activities; Support communities to link with and benefit from income generating activities working with the Senior Community Based Natural Resource Management Officer (SCBNRM)through enterprise identification, training and development; Identify, profile and select potential strategic business partners (including business support organizations, incubators / accelerators and trade promoters) to link to community income generating enterprises; Work directly with communities and selected strategic business partners to facilitate the implementation of income generating community projects, design of sustainable strategies for operation and maintenance of resulting services, with the aim of building resilience and program sustainability beyond the life of the project; Facilitate the development of robust market strategies with identified business support partners for the community income generating activities and conservation enterprises; Support local communities to improve their business and financial management systems and increase their access to investment and working capital through linkages to strategic business support organizations; Promote innovation in the development of products by community-led income generating activities and enterprises, with the support of business partners or business incubators; Design and facilitate implementation of value addition mechanisms in line with market demands and support quality assurance processes; Offer effective technical extension in business development / income generating activities and community investments in enterprise development; Execute all due diligence and business planning processes for enterprises; Ensure gender equality, youth participation and social inclusion in the implementation of enterprise project activities; Facilitate discussions with relevant agencies as needed for the activities and help develop knowledge products and any other tasks as needed for learning; Coordinate with relevant government agencies and key partners and to ensure coherent design and coordination of enterprise development programmes and interventions in the landscape by all actors; Support enterprise processes to build absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacities of local communities to deal with climate change related challenges; Organize / facilitate the registration, verification, mobilization of project beneficiaries and engage in monitoring of the subsequent meetings with the community and other stakeholders; Provide technical guidance to project staff in incorporating appropriate Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) tools into projects activities based on needs, AWF and donor requirements, resources and capacities; Contribute and support effective MEAL processes and initiatives, ensure effective data and information management and contribute to regular and periodic planning and reporting on project activities; Generate and compile activity reports as means of verifications for each action in liaison with the project MEAL Officer.

Capacity development: Guide reviews, market analysis, capacity analysis and needs assessments for skill development training and recommend relevant technical support in the identified communities; Coordinate and support trainings of communities in enterprise and community business initiatives; Support cross learning exchange activities to other successful enterprises; Develop strategy for the growth and management of Community Revolving Fund, including specific guidelines how communities could tap these resources for local development activities; Develop a systematic database on the entrepreneurial activities as they relate to the overall scope of the project; Follow-up with the local entrepreneurs and private business groups, once they have become functional with the project support, to ensure sustainability of their businesses and income streams; Formulate and consult on action plans for value chains promotion to benefit resource producers / processors in areas; Provide guidance and support to collaborating partners, business development service providers and entrepreneurs’ organizations at field level and; Support market outlets established by community entrepreneurs in rural market centers, district level and implement agreed activities.

Rights-based conservation: The role holder will come into contact with a wide range of stakeholders and will be required to demonstrate commitment to and a good understanding of AWF’s Rights Based Conservation approaches, values and principles.

Qualifications and Experience

A Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration, Enterprise Development, Agricultural Economics, Commerce, Marketing Management or related field; At least 5 years direct experience in enterprise development / business development; Understanding and expertise in enterprise development in remote areas, and proven experience in implementing successful enterprise development activities in challenging conditions; Strong network of private sector links across a wide cross-section of different industries including but not limited to non-timber forestry product (NTFP) markets, agricultural commodity buyers, livestock buyers, agricultural equipment and inputs suppliers etc; Good appreciation of agricultural commodity value chains, distribution / logistics processes, marketing systems, micro-financing models; Ability to build coalitions and networks that can provide synergies and sustainable solutions for the project in enterprise development; Demonstrated experience in project management, including delivering outputs within deadlines in Zimbabwe and the region; Demonstrated experience working in the field with communities and private sector operators; Ability to communicate effectively with a wide group of collaborators, including proactive sharing of information and reporting; Professional, mature, culturally sensitive, flexible, team player and interpersonal skills with the ability to build effective relationship with a range of people; Good contextual knowledge of local community and social / cultural constraints, realities and organizational relationships is a must; Fluency in Shona and other locally spoken dialects essential and proficiency in English (both spoken and written); Excellent analytical and research skills; Excellent communication skills; Excellent meeting facilitation skills; Commitment to AWF vision and mission; Commit to respect, protect and promote Human Rights at all times irrespective of ethnic group, gender, race, sexual orientation, age or class by adopting a rights-based conservation approach.

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