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TechnoServe Jobs. Business Advisor
Posted on May 18, 2015 at 5:55 pm
Business Advisor Jobs at Technoserve in Kenya
General Information:

TechnoServe is an international, non-profit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets.

In keeping with this belief, TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries.

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.

Program Description:

TechnoServe has entered into a partnership with Nestlé Nespresso SA to introduce the Nespresso AAA Sustainable QualityTM Program in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan.

The overarching goal is to reduce poverty for the beneficiary smallholder coffee farmers through increased coffee incomes as a result of improved yields and quality.

Business Advisor Job Primary Purpose:
The Business Advisor – Sustainability shall provide technical support in the implementation of strategies that will enable smallholder coffee grower cooperatives/wet mills signed up to the program to improve quality and sustainability.

Duties and Responsibilities
Provide technical support to the beneficiary clients so as to sustainably improve their wet mill operations and coffee quality, to be achieved through:
Creating awareness to cooperative leaders, staff and farmers of the AAA standards for sustainable coffee production.
Delivering a standard set of sustainability and quality trainings to cooperatives leaders and staff.
Carrying out regular sustainability standards audits at wet mills and using these to assist cooperative leaders and staff to understand areas of non-compliance.
Supporting the cooperatives to implement actions and measures to achieve compliance with sustainability standards.
Support relevant monitoring and evaluation activities such as collecting and collating of various data streams such as cherry harvest progression, wet mill revenues and expenses; market and price information; updating of audit score cards.
Support the development, adaptation and review of various technical materials such as lesson plans, audit questionnaires, data collection tools, fact sheets and program progress reports.
Support the Program’s continuous interaction with relevant stakeholders such as local (county) government officers and coffee service providers (marketing agents, millers, inputs suppliers).
Any other duties assigned by the Program Manager.

Requirements for Business Advisor Jobs in Kenya

Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields: agriculture, environmental or natural sciences, or business management.
Training and qualifications in the area of quality/certification standards will be a definite advantage.
At least five (5) years’ professional work experience in the private / not-for-profit sector, three (3) of which working in the coffee sector with demonstrated experience in the following areas:
Developing training materials for use in training farmers/producers on quality/certification standards.
Conducting producer audits at business and farm level according to standards applicable to smallholder growers.
Designing and implementing solutions for producers to achieve compliance with applicable quality/sustainability standards.
Well developed computer skills in Excel, Word and PowerPoint, with demonstrated experience in analysis and modelling.
Strong planning skills and experience working to deliver quality work outputs within strict time lines.
Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills.
Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Kiswahili.
Knowledge of local Kenyan languages is an advantage.
Willingness to spend time working and travelling in project sites located rural areas.
Possess a valid Kenyan driving licence.

To Apply:
Please submit your application (by email only) to with the position title placed in the subject line.

Please include
cover letter describing your interest,
curriculum vitae,
salary history, and
telephone contacts of three professional referees.

Please include all requirements in a single document (pdf).

Applications will be treated confidentially.

Deadline for applications is 25th May 2015.

Note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

TechnoServe is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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