Inclusive Business Specialist Job at TechnoServe Kenya

Inclusive Business Specialist Job at TechnoServe Kenya… See details on how to apply for the opportunities available at TechnoServe Kenya.


TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that hardworking people can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities.



  • Help develop selection criteria for participating food processors
  • Meet with and select food processors to participate in the program; recommend clients for continuation or cessation of program activities
  • Oversee/lead the development of inclusive business plans and inclusive marketing plans, which will include: working closely with short-term value chain specialists; conducting interviews with food processors and other key stakeholders; reviewing data; and organizing/participating in field visits
  • Oversee co-investment grants with a subset of selected processors

Program Coordination

  • Serve as contact for clients for this initiative; coordinate with the AINFP team, who are the relationship “owners”
  • Coordinate with the AINFP team and other TechnoServe programs and specialists to identify potential clients / select clients, and to execute program activities
  • Help interview, select, and manage short-term value chain experts brought on to develop IBPs and optimize IMPs.

Program Quality and Impact

  • Collaborate with Program Manager and AINFP team members to achieve program targets and objectives
  • Assume ownership and accountability for high-quality programming
  • Ensure quality controls for any grantee partners, in line with Technoserve policies and procedures

Program Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

  • Regularly collect program data, in collaboration with the Program Manager and AINFP team
  • Monitor program performance against targets, and work with Program Manager to develop action plans to overcome challenges
  • Record learnings from program implementation, and collaborate with Program Manager to develop knowledge products to share these learnings

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Program Execution

  • Strong understanding of market systems, agribusiness operations, and inclusive business models or inclusive marketing strategies (base-of-pyramid marketing strategies)
  • Client focus. Understands client concerns/priorities, in order to guide technical assistance
  • Effectively plans and prioritizes activities
  • Committed to strong program performance
  • Committed to compliance with organizational policies

Collaboration & Relationship Building

  • Works cooperatively with team members to achieve common goals
  • Builds trusted, productive relationships with staff, clients, and key stakeholders
  • Uses sound judgment to escalate issues when necessary

Strategic and Innovative Thinking

  • Builds strategic relationships to achieve program goals
  • Seeks out opportunities to learn and actively applies new knowledge and skills
  • Analytical; able to assess and diagnose challenges, and evaluate alternative courses of action to produce practical and effective solutions
  • “How might we…?” mindset, striving for continuous improvement in program quality and impact

Effective Communication

  • Able to tailor communication to different audiences and work at multiple levels
  • Strong business writing skills; able to express self clearly and effectively through writing
  • Clear speaker; able to convey ideas and information effectively through speaking

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in agribusiness, business, agriculture, or another relevant discipline
  • 3+ years of professional experience in agribusiness, business, agriculture, or a related field
  • Significant knowledge and understanding of the business and technical challenges of agro-processing in Kenya

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