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Business Development Officer for Taita Taveta and Loitokitok Areas Job in Kenya

The Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT) is an autonomous Kenyan organisation whose Founders are the Government of the Republic of Kenya and the European Union. 

MESPT evolved from a bilateral programme implemented by GoK/EU between 1997 and 2002. 

MESPT was established to continue with the activities carried out under the bilateral programme. 

MESPT is governed by an independent board of Trustees that oversees a management team charged with implementation responsibilities.

 MESPT provides financial services and business development services under four broad categories;
a) Wholesale Loans for on-lending to small businesses and farmers through financial intermediaries (Microfinance organisations, Saccos and Financial Services Associations - Village Banks).
b) Business Development Services to the Dairy, Horticulture, leather, Jua Kali and Fisheries sectors in
form of matching grant funds.
c) Area based value chain facilitation in 7 counties in the Coast and Eastern provinces of Kenya.
d) Capacity Building for Financial Intermediaries and BDS providers.
MESPT is looking for a highly motivated, self driven individual to work as the Business Development Officer for Taita Taveta and Loitokitok areas. This position will be for a period of three years (36 months), and will be based in Voi.
Job Title: Business Development officer (BDO)
Reports to: Regional Manager, Coast and Eastern
Supervises: Driver and Office Assistant
Duty Station: Voi
The Business Development Officer (BDO) will be responsible for the management and delivery of the technical, capacity building and administrative aspects of the Agriculture Business Development and
Natural Resource Management Programme components in Taita Taveta and Loitoktok areas.

S/he will establish and work closely with district authorities and/or with other private sector development partners, in relation to Micro and Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), agribusinesses and farmer groups and associations. 

S/he will also be responsible for the daily management of the MESPT District area Office based in Voi.
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Establish close working relations with district authorities and other private sector initiatives in relation to agri-business and small holder farmer development;
  • Prepare plans and budgets for the areas of operation in close consultation with the Regional Manager;
  • Implement technical services programmes for MSME agri-businesses and manage mentoring programmes;
  • Establish and maintain an inventory of farmer groups and associations as well as MSMEs, relevant provincial and district consultants, training and other business development services providers;
  • Provide guidance and advise relevant target ABDP clients (MSME, farmers ,groups and associations), develop suitable business plans, strategies and objectives in order to promote farming as a business;
  • Provide guidance and advise relevant target ABD clients on management and organizational development aspects to ensure the success of their ventures;
  • Advice ABD clients on suitable production, processing and packaging technology that is relevant to their venture;
  • Carry out continued market intelligence and research to enable provision of support and guidance on market research and development activities to the ABD management and clients;
  • Provide sound advice on finance, accounting and bookkeeping activities to ABDP clients and SME;
  • Identify and support mobilization of farmers, groups and associations on negotiating capacity in order to increase their chances of accessing retail financial services;
  • Where required, identify, manage and supervise the implementation of consultancy services in accordance with work plans;
  • Support the implementation of rural financial services programmes of MESPT and monitor wholesale lending to target groups;
  • Prepare progress and annual reports to the Regional Manager;
  • Link the farmer groups and individual farmers to markets (processors and SMEs).
  • Work with the Natural Resource Management (NRM), Officer to support the processors with  environmental management technologies.
  • Supervise the implementation of projects funded under outputs 1, 3, 4 and 5 of the Business Sector Programme phase 2.
  • Ensure that all communication with the media and donors is channeled through the Regional Manager and the MESPT CEO.
  • Manage the District office including staff assigned to the office.
Person Specifications
Academic Qualifications
  • A Bachelors degree in agricultural economics, business administration or other relevant field;
  • 5 years relevant working experience
  • Extensive experience in agricultural business development and familiarity with lending to farmers’ associations and MSEs;
  • At least five years of relevant professional experience at District level with a reputable NGO, project or private sector organisation;
  • Excellent organization, inter personal and negotiation skills
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili. Knowledge of local languages will be an added advantage; and
  • Report writing (preparation), skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Knowledge of microfinance, NRM approaches, market development approaches in BDS, Value Chain development and Making Markets work for the poor will be an added advantage.
  • Self motivated, works well with minimal supervision
  • Pro-active, Goal oriented, high level of initiative
  • Team player
  • Honest and reliable.
Qualified Candidates interested in the post should send their application by Post or Courier to be received by 5th October 2012 and include: Detailed CV, email address, daytime telephone contacts, current and expected remuneration package, names and email contacts of three referees and the academic certificates and other testimonials to the following address:-
The Company Secretary
Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT) 
2nd Floor, Vision Tower, Muthithi Road, Westlands
P. O. Box 187, Sarit Centre 00606, 
Nairobi, Kenya 

Tel: 3746354, 3746764, 3749942 

Fax 3746764
Cell phones: 0722 207905 and 0735 333154 

Websites: and

Email applications will not be accepted. 

Any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. 

Those who do not hear from us by 31st October 2012 should consider their applications unsuccessful.

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