AAH Kenya is a country programme of Action Africa Help International (AAH-I), an African-led non-governmental organisation that supports livelihood-challenged communities in East and Southern Africa to sustainably improve their well-being and standard of living. With Country Programmes in South Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Zambia and recently in Ethiopia, AAH-I has over 25 years’ experience working with communities in conflict and post-conflict situations, including refugees, internally displaced people and host communities. More recently AAH-I has expanded its activities to work with other marginalised communities, including pastoralists and people living in informal urban settlements.
Action Africa Help International in Kakuma is looking for well-organized and highly motivated individuals to be considered for the Business Coach position.
Purpose of the position: This job exists to support people who are poor to increase their income business coaching and advice by assisting Business Incubation clients with entrepreneurial capacity, fostering business talent and ideas and improving individual and the Business Incubation area economic diversification.
Provide business coaching
Create interest in opportunities for business creation or expansion amongst target groups, including supporting target groups to understand the value of business coaching.
Support business clients to start or expand their business by providing tailored advice, information, training, referrals and support.
Provide small group training and advice where applicable
Encourage and motivate clients in business development. Assist the developmental processes of the establishment of enterprises, including: Act as a sounding board and referral agent for income generation/enterprise/employment ideas, Monitor the progress of initiatives and referrals,
Conduct business opportunity/community needs and assets research in target area.
Sensitize the community to undertake training in various vocational skills
Build capacity and provide guidance to clients to undertake various business tasks which will be achieved by mentoring clients in business skills, advice, connections to local networks, resources, opportunities and more lucrative markets.
Support the Incubatees to improve the business environment (20%)
Support the Incubatees to take action to improve the business environment based on the good business environment strategy, by providing support, information, networks, information
Support the Livelihood Team to support the Incubatees to become a strong group/organisation.
Build Incubatees knowledge and experience in business development and business management.
Improve Economic Development networks and relationships in target area (20%)
Link/refer individual and group clients to local service providers such as banks and training organisations.
Create linkages/networks with financial institutions and/or other advisory organisations or bodies that can assist in stimulating or advancing business development in the target area.
Encourage commercial and industrial businesses in the area to provide their expertise and facilities to micro business providers (e.g. mentoring programs).
Support the development of business groups, networks to improve business in local area.
Represents the project in local partnership for a and relevant networks.
Co-ordination of community mobilization, sensitization and awareness creation so that local people can more produce, buy or sell more their products more profitably.
Monitoring, evaluation and reporting (10%)
Develop a comprehensive database of local networks and service providers that can assist local businesses and the Incubatees with business development.
Monitor business progress of all small business owners via the business coach database and other recommended standardised tools.
Write quality monthly progress reports informed by accurate analyses data as per guidelines
Monthly inputting Incubates Data into the Livelihoods Savings Groups Reporting.
Continually monitor progress and expenditure of projects, ensuring that activities are implemented to meet project objectives, and clearly contributing to Livelihoods Project Area Outcomes.
Provides monthly project progress and Quarterly Reports (narrative and financial) to the Livelihood Coordinator.
Document impact and learning for sharing.
Prepare contextualized, accurate and quality Program Design with a Detailed Implementation Plan and 4D Matrix for implementation.
Providing information, resources, data expertise, manuals, contacts and facilitation to clients on a confidential basis.
Conduct self-motivated research on regional, national and international markets for products that may be produced by the community
Conduct baseline assessments of new clients and develop and maintain an effective up to date data base
Develop a comprehensive data base of local networks and service provides that can assist community members with economic development
Facilitate integration with Livelihoods Programme.
Lead in integration of project interventions with other on-going Livelihood Project.
Perform other duties as required.
IMPORTANT FUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
External: Local government, Local Businesses including training providers and banks, other Business Development service Providers, NGOs working in the area.
Committees/groups: community business councils, other local business groups including women and youth groups.
QUALIFICATIONS: Academic & Technical Experience:
Bachelor Degree in Commerce (Marketing Option).
CPA 3 Qualification (Added advantage).
Knowledge of community development, empowerment and mentoring approaches.
Practical business knowledge with an emphasis on marketing.
Financial management skills.
Research, monitoring and evaluation skills.
Working knowledge of statistical packages e.g. SPSS will be an added advantage
A good command of the English language.
Strong computer literacy skills including a good working knowledge of the MS Office Suite, email and the internet.
Demonstrated experience in small business development and management (own business or by providing business development services), experience with small business financing, market analysis and market research.
Demonstrated experience in community economic development, community empowerment, working with community based organisations.
Strong experience in networking.
Report writing experience.
Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation.
Good oral & written communication skills.
Other Competencies /Attributes:
Highly developed interpersonal skills.
Motivated and goal orientated.
Comfortable working autonomously.
Willing to take risks and challenge the status quo.
Creative and strong problem solving skills.
Optimistic, believes in change and community development.
Strategic/big picture view – goal orientated.
INGO experience and understanding of humanitarian sector
Commitment to AAH-I’s vision, mission, and values.