Palladium Group Enterprise Development Advisor Jobs in Ethiopia

Palladium Group Enterprise Development Advisor Jobs in Ethiopia

Company Overview:

  • Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value.

  • We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

  • For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible.

  • With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

  • Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

    Project Overview and Role:

  • Catalyze is a $250 million 5 to 8-year program, designed to catalyze $2 billion in private capital, especially to underfinanced social sectors (such as education) and higher risk countries (especially low-income and post-conflict countries) around the globe, complemented by a cross-cutting inclusion of gender-lens investing.

  • Catalyze will provide services to many missions and bureaus that “buy in” to tap the CATALYZE investment and pay-for-results project management expertise.

  • Our aim is for investors to explore and find commercially viable opportunities and approaches to creating jobs, developing sustainable social services, tightening, and rationalizing supply chains, and advancing inclusive growth.

  • Catalyze Ethiopia: Market Systems for Growth (MS4G) will drive private enterprise expansion to catalyze Ethiopia’s future economic growth and prosperity.

  • MS4G intends to foster enterprise-driven growth, especially among private enterprises that have high growth potential and the capacity to catalyze job creation throughout market systems.

  • MS4G will address systemic challenges, including building business development services capacity, creating a more conducive business environment, building the financial sector infrastructure and capability within private finance providers, and expanding the digital economy.

  • MS4G will catalyze private sector growth by improving access to finance and facilitating transactions through targeted interventions across market systems (demand, supply, and enabling environment).

  • Expanded access to finance will also drive change across the market system by increasing business revenue and necessitating job creation. The program has an estimated life of project funding of $55 million and is anticipated to operate for five years.

  • While focus sectors will be finalized in collaboration with USAID during the inception phase, it is anticipated that they could include agribusiness, light manufacturing, and telecommunications & ICT (including fintech).

  • Across all initiatives, there will be a cross-cutting focus on women and youth, as well as a focus on ensuring that disparate ethnic groups and regions equitably benefit from the interventions.

  • The Finance Officer will support Finance Manager by ensures that all financial records of all the projects costs are in accordance with Palladium financial policies and procedures and donor (USAID) rules and regulations.

  • He/she must demonstrate the ability to use sound business judgement in assuring that all records to the financial system are accurate and necessary for the operations of the MS4G projects.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Four main areas are:

  • Design, development and management of SME business advisory service program (BASP);

    Design and
    develop and manage capacity building program for business advisory service providers (BASPs);

  • Manage third party development of assessment and research reports;

  • Manage pipeline development of SMEs from the demand side to ensure the type of SMEs targeted actually received the service business advisory service, among others.

    Specific Tasks

  • Review project documents including plans, assessments reports and other related information;
    Review current donor funded BASP programs in the market;

  • Review and align current plan;

  • Align Review and technically enrich the current plan;

  • Conduct assessment of demand-side market and systems to identify constraints and opportunities for businesses improvement of women and youth.

  • Undertake market opportunity for enterprise development advisory and technical viability assessment and shortlisting business advisory service providers.

  • Design programs to enhance the capacity and capability of SMEs to increase their performance and meet program objectives;

  • Design and develop capacity building program to deliver governance, strategic planning, financial management, operational management and human resource management training.

  • Participate in identifications, assessments and selections of the potential implementing BASPs for enterprise development

  • Lead the work plans development, implementation and ongoing monitoring within the enterprise development.

  • Evaluate training facilities manuals and training curriculum to determine its capacity to train local BASPs

  • Assess training programs and facilities within the country for BASP capacity development;

  • Perform other functions as may be assigned by program lead.

  • Monitor and track program performance on monthly basis in accordance program KPIs;li> Provide monthly update of program performance of program objectives and plans.

  • Quarterly review the BASP, their services and progress or performance

  • Monitor and provide periodical recommendation of appropriate training topics for BASPs business training

  • Evaluate and recommend and business training modules and programs

    Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in marketing, sales and/or business development

  • Experience implementing donor-funded program

  • Experience implementing in USAID funded program is a plus

  • Considerable knowledge of enterprise development, business growth assessment, technical assistance program design, and a range of development business support services;

  • Proven experience in supporting businesses grow

  • Understanding of a range of enterprise business opportunities supporting business;

  • Strong analytical and operational knowledge of enterprise development.

  • Strong networking, partnership and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and in writing, work independently and as part of the team, and work effectively with co-workers, partner agencies and the private sector;

  • Computer proficiency in MS word, excel, and power point is required

  • Fluency in the English language and strong written and spoken communication skills

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and other related fields. (Preferred)

  • Minimum of 10 years professional experience in SME/enterprise development

  • Five (5) years of work experience with SMEs

  • Three years of experience in SME business advisory

  • At least 5 five years of enterprise development experience

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Palladium Group Enterprise Development Advisor Jobs in Ethiopia

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