Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Lead, Trade and Investment Activity


Company Technoserve
Category International...
Location Accra
Job Status Full-time
Salary Attractive
Education Master’...
Experience 8 years
Job Expires Sep 27, 2020
Contact ...

Company Profile

TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries.  We are a non-profit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets.  Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities.  With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

The birthplace of TechnoServe, Ghana, has achieved significant economic development in the last twenty years, averaging growth of 5 percent per annum. TechnoServe has more than 49 years of deep relationships with farmers, government, private sector, financial institutions, and local business development providers in Ghana. In 2016 alone, TechnoServe Ghana supported 32,700 farmers, businesses, and employees to generate more than $13 million in incremental financial benefits.

TechnoServe Ghana currently has a large and diverse portfolio of funding and programming. TechnoServe Ghana is working in partnership with the public and private sector to sustainably increase the incomes of small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs across the country. Building on its strong reputation, TechnoServe Ghana is evolving new strategies to capture increasingly competitive funding, and continuing to pioneer innovative models for private sector engagement.

Job Description

  • Reports to: Country Director
  • Location:  Ghana
  • Travel:  30% Domestic
  • Grade:  10


Program Description

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) anticipates funding the five-year Ghana Trade and Investment Activity. The project will utilize a market systems approach to facilitate reforms and improve the enabling environment for trade and investment in Ghana. The project will focus on supporting transformation of Ghana’s agriculture sector, specifically promoting investment in higher-value commercial value chains geared toward the export market.

The project has three main components: 1) Investment Promotion, 2) Trade Facilitation, and 3) SME development.

Position Description

  • Lead project activities related to SME development, ensuring excellence in execution
  • Engage key stakeholders in the SME support ecosystem and pertinent associations within priority value chains
  • Provide strategic guidance and technical leadership regarding the project’s approach to SME development
  • Continuously develop operational efficiencies and drive innovations in delivery under project component
  • Supervise long- and short-term team members implementing SME development activities

Required Skills or Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in agricultural economics, international development, business, economics, public policy or other relevant area
  • 8 years of experience in relevant private sector or development programs.
  • At least 3 years of experience leading SME capacity building, with previous experience utilizing a market systems development approach
  • Experience in relevant agricultural market systems and/or in relevant support markets (e.g. inputs, agri-processing/marketing, storage etc.) as well as understanding of production systems

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with agribusinesses, private sector experience preferred
  • Experience living and working in Ghana or West Africa.
  • Experience implementing USAID-funded programs and knowledge of USAID regulations and procedures.
  • Track record of building win-win partnerships between multiple agriculture sector stakeholders, including agribusinesses, public sector, financial institutions, technology providers, and others.
  • Experience successfully implementing gender-integrated programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to use adaptive management principles to make strategic, data-driven decisions in the face of uncertainty and complexity.

Required Languages

  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required
  • Fluency in other local languages a plus

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