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SME Development Specialist - Lusaka, Zambia

  • Harare, Zimbabwe

Job Details

Job ID: #17193
Job Location Lusaka, Zambia
Company Type Business Development Consultancy
Job Role SME Development Specialist
Joining Date ASAP
Employment Type Full Time
Monthly Salary Neg

Preferred Candidate

Career Level Senior Management
Years of Experience 8
Residence Location Lusaka, Zambia
Gender Not Specified
Nationality Zambian or resident
Degree Degree

Job Description

  • Job Status: CVs Submitted - Awaiting Feedback from Client

Out client, a business development consultancy firm, is looking for an SME Development Specialist to join their team

Ensuring successful delivery of key project objectives within set timelines and budget;
Development and management of project work plans, budgets and management of project timelines and deliverables;
Recruitment and oversight of key project stakeholders;
Coaching, mentorship and training of selected Business Advisors on business management skills, supporting SMEs in their cohorts to reach project objectives. These business advisors will be working directly with SMEs to improve and strengthen their business practices and product competitiveness;
Providing line management and support to the Junior SME Specialist working on the project when required;
Working with the Client to ensure incorporation of all project objectives and requirements;
Management of the relationship with project stakeholders – Corporates, NGOs, SMEs – to ensure client satisfaction and clear lines of communication;
Reviewing key deliverables before it is submitted to clients to ensure high-quality of work and adherence to standards;
Oversight of client project work which can include consultants’ and technical experts’ work;

Key Skills
Interest in “Shared Value” (businesses solving social/environmental challenges by reshaping their business strategy);
High-level of computer literacy with a solid command of Microsoft Office suite;
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
Has leadership experience and demonstrated ability to take initiative;
Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
Ability to design and implement work plans, within set timelines;
Ability to travel around Lusaka/Zambia (when required).

  • Job Role: SME Development Specialist
  • Industry: Business / Strategic Management
  • Salary: Neg

Required Skills

8 Years of Experience
A relevant four-year Bachelor's degree (ideally a Master’s Degree);
Eight years of relevant work experience, ideally in both private and public sectors, including experience working with NGOs (experience with USAID preferred);
Experience working with SMEs, especially in the agriculture sector is essential;
Experience mentoring, training and coaching is essential;
Experience in business development, strategic planning and management;
High level of business acumen required;
Experience managing multiple deliverables and priorities at once, within strict timelines and under ‘high-pressure’ environments; a certificate in project management is desirable;
Experience in financial management, financial planning and/or accounting is preferred;
Experience in client-facing roles, interacting with senior and executive levels of staff;

Additional Requirements

Business Development

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