Aug 132017

Organization: TechnoServe
Country: Zambia
Closing date: 30 Aug 2017

TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. We are a nonprofit 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.
TechnoServe is recruiting for a senior-level Program Director for an anticipated multi-year, initiative to provide tailored assistance to growth oriented agribusiness SMEs, preparing them to supply major buyers and formal markets more consistently. This will be a Lusaka-based position and the program is part of a larger agribusiness and trade-oriented effort in Zambia.

As Programme Director you will:

  • Lead the inception phase diagnostic to inform program implementation
  • Identify staff training needs and oversee staff capacity development as required
  • Maintain good working relationship with donors, partners, financial institutions and key government stakeholders
  • Lead overall program strategy and fund management
  • Ensure that program objectives, outcomes, and deliverables are met on time and within budget and that financial, operational, and reporting requirements of the donor and TechnoServe are adhered to
  • Liaise with business service providers in Zambia to fulfill technical assistance needs of SMEs
  • Guide team to develop effective monitoring and evaluation plans, turn data into actionable insights to guide implementation, and disseminate results and learning
  • Develop and share internal and external project performance metrics
  • Manage the activities and performance of project staff and consultants, ensuring high-quality execution and delivery of project targets
  • Supervise, mentor and develop staff capacity to ensure program delivery, staff performance, and retention, overseeing the recruitment of new staff as needed
  • Manage budget for respective project work-streams, ensuring operational plans are aligned with project budgets
  • Monitor project expenditures and manage budget variances, realigning as required

    You will have:

  • A masters degree in development, business administration, economics, marketing or related discipline, MBA preferred

  • At least eight years of post-graduate experience in a combination of enterprise development, access to finance and development stakeholder management (donor and government management)

  • Experience in implementing private sector or SME development assistance programs, particularly relating to agricultural SMEs strongly

  • Knowledge of private sector/SME landscape in Zambia is strongly preferred

  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills in a multi-cultural environment

  • Ability to work with tight deadlines while managing multiple tasks and projects

  • Ability to develop well-written, cohesive analyses and reports

  • Proven experience managing and motivating teams

  • Experience in leading/managing donor funded projects required

  • Written and spoken fluency in English

  • This position is contingent upon funding and donor approval

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