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Enterprise Development Specialist
Job Title: Enterprise Development Specialist
Location: Eastern and Southern Caribbean
Company: ACDI/VOCA
Job Summary: Responsible for engagement with entrepreneurship support organizations and BDS providers.
Job Description: ACDI/VOCA is seeking an Enterprise Development Specialist for an anticipated economic development program in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean funded by USAID. The Enterprise Development Specialist will be responsible for the program’s engagement with a range of entrepreneurship support organizations and BDS providers, both private and public. The program is anticipated to start in 2023. This position could be based in Barbados or other countries within the geographic focus. Responsibilities Using a facilitative market systems approach, support the local market and enable the Caribbean private sector to drive its own growth, particularly through a nature-positive approach Provide guidance on business development and advisory services to target microenterprises that improve entrepreneurship and competitiveness within the program’s key economic sectors Form strategic partnerships and alliances that incorporate disadvantaged businesses, particularly ones located in rural areas, into competitive value chains Provide direct technical assistance and advisory services as needed, coordinating closely with potential lenders and investors to enable Caribbean firms to access the finance and investment Track progress towards core component indicators and learning objectives and propose strategic adaptations in response to market shifts Design financial planning and business skills trainings for program-affiliated microenterprises Implement technical assistance interventions to investment attraction and facilitation, commercial partnerships, and trade expansion
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in business, management, finance, economics, or relevant field is required; master’s degree is desired. Minimum 5 years of experience in the private sector or with development projects, with a strong emphasis on access to finance, entrepreneurship, and SME support. Experience creating solutions to financing constraints for microenterprise agribusiness companies and their diverse (often rural) clients/supply chain partners. Demonstrated ability to provide technical assistance and advisory services to a range of financial service providers. Knowledge of and experience with USAID and/or other international Donor programs’ rules and regulations. Experience working in Eastern and Southern Caribbean preferred. Fluency in English required.
How to apply: Eastern and Southern Caribbean nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. Please apply online at www.acdivoca.org/international-jobs. The applications will be reviewed promptly upon receipt, only finalists will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.
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Additional information: Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that designs and delivers technical and management solutions in agriculture, economic growth, and resilience to promote economic prosperity and social inclusion.
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