SME Development Specialist – CV People Africa

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Our Client is looking for a dynamic, high performing individual to fill the role of SME Development Specialist on a 4-year client project. The purpose of the project is to support the growth of agricultural SMEs in Zambia by addressing their key constraints that these SMEs face in terms of access to finance, business management skills, use of improved technologies, and access to markets

Reporting To: Director of Consulting and Client Relations
Supervision Of: Junior SME Specialists
Interacts With: Clients, management and other employees

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
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

Experience: 8 years plus
Education Level: Masters Degree
Qualifications: Project Management or related
Software: USAID and UN reporting software
Equipment: Job related
Knowledge Of: SMEs, especially in the agriculture sector
Skills To: Mentoring, training and coaching
Ability To: Design and implement work plans, within set timelines

Gender Profile: Mixed
Age Profile: Between 30 and 50

Employment: Contract
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Remuneration: Negotiable

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