Entrepreneurship Ecosystem and MSME Development Expert at Finpact Development Foundation (FINDEF) – Sokoto & Zamfara

transparency, accountability, shared goals, honesty

Finpact Development Foundation (FINDEF) is an indigenous non-governmental organization. Our focus is on delivering lasting value through the work we do, making us trusted advisors to all our partners. We are actively involved in the food security, livelihood and education projects, as well as government-led NGO coordination committee platform. Our local presence, capacity, experience, relationships, understanding of local culture and context are all major factors that enable us deliver humanitarian response. We are guided by humanitarian principles and our working philosophy with partners includes commitment to transparency, accountability, shared goals, honesty and trust. We keep a fast paced environment where self-motivated and independent Individuals who are looking to constantly develop themselves thrive well. We pride ourselves in working at hard to reach communities while maintaining keen focus on culture and management structures that support excellent interaction with partners and stakeholders.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Entrepreneurship Ecosystem and MSME Development Expert

Locations: Sokoto and Zamfara

Role Summary

  • The Entrepreneurship Ecosystem and MSME Development Expert will focus on creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurship and supporting the growth and sustainability of MSMEs within the project’s target communities.
  • This individual will work closely with stakeholders to identify barriers to entrepreneurship, develop solutions, and facilitate access to business support services and financing opportunities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct assessment of the entrepreneurship ecosystem within project areas, including regulatory frameworks, market dynamics, and support services available to MSMEs.
  • Identify barriers to entrepreneurship and MSME development, such as access to finance, market linkages, business development services, and skills training.
  • Develop strategies and interventions to address identified barriers and create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship and MSME growth.
  • Provide technical assistance and capacity building support to MSMEs, including business planning, financial management, marketing, and access to finance.
  • Facilitate linkages between MSMEs, financial institutions, market actors, and support organizations to foster collaboration and innovation.
  • Promote the adoption of technology and innovation among MSMEs to improve productivity and competitiveness.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of entrepreneurship development interventions, identifying lessons learned and best practices.
  • Facilitate access to business support services, including training, mentoring, technical assistance, and networking opportunities, for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs.
  • Strengthen partnerships with financial institutions, government agencies, business associations, and other stakeholders to promote MSME-friendly policies and initiatives.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Economics, Entrepreneurship, or related field.
  • Minimum of 7 years experience in entrepreneurship development and MSME support.
  • Knowledge of entrepreneurship ecosystem dynamics, including regulatory frameworks, market structures, and support services available to MSMEs.
  • Proven ability to design and implement innovative solutions to promote entrepreneurship and MSME growth, including access to finance, market linkages, and business development services.
  • Strong networking and partnership-building skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders to achieve common goals.
  • Knowledge of finance, marketing, and value chain development.
  • Familiarity with technology and innovation trends in agriculture.

Application Closing Date
30th April, 2024.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Resume (not more than 3 pages) and Cover Letter (not more than one page) detailing why they are qualified for this position to: careers@findef.org using the Job Title as the subject of the email.

Important Information and Notice

  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and only qualified candidates will be contacted.
  • FINDEF is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities.
  • Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • FINDEF does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process. FINDEF’s recruitment process is transparent, and merit based. Lobbying of any form is not allowed and can lead to disqualification.
  • FINDEF has zero tolerance to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of beneficiaries. Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) is everyone’s responsibility, and all staff are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct, that enshrines principles of PSEA, at all times (both during work hours and outside work hours).
  • Familiarization with, and adherence to FINDEF’s Code of Conduct is an essential requirement for all staff, in addition to related mandatory training.
  • Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
  • This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various project locations.