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Scope of Work (SoW) for a Business Intern to Conduct a Case Study (Re - Advertisement)
Location: Kenya
Duration: 6 Months
Subject: SoW for intern conducting case studies
TechnoServe Inc. (TNS) – Kenya SAFE program, intends to carry out a business case study on various aspects of their client under customized support. The said intern shall conduct the CS as part of their MBA/MSC Finance or Entrepreneurship projects.

TechnoServe, Inc. is an international nonprofit development organization founded in 1968. Its mission is to work with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries.
Primary Project Purpose and Background Information: TechnoServe has forged a partnership with Partners in Food Solutions (PFS) to improve the capacity of African based food processing companies. 

PFS is an umbrella organization that represents General Mills, Cargill, DSM and BÜhler, some of the world’s leading food processing companies and utilizes volunteers and facilities from those organizations to transfer capacity building knowledge and technology to African food processors. 

The goal of the program is to help African based food companies become competitive suppliers of finished food products that meet local and regional quality standards, including products needed by vulnerable populations via food aid markets. 

A key component of strengthening local competitiveness is learning from successes and failures that are encountered in the process of project implementation.
The internship will focus on particular projects/business case and collect detailed information on their implementation and results and at the end come up with a case study with details on why the project/business case succeeded or failed. 

This case study will be used in future design and implementation of such projects and will ensure that successes are adopted and issues that could contribute to failure are avoided.
Scope: The intern will work in partnership with program staff (and in collaboration with remote support / input from PFS in the US) on an ongoing project on full time basis to enable him/her capture the finer details of the project’s implementation.

The internship will take approximately 6 months and at the end of the internship, the intern is expected to have gathered enough data and information to:
  1. Document the entire project implementation
  2. Document key success factors
  3. Point out issues that would lead to failure
  4. Prepare a comprehensive case study that can be used for future learning purposes
  1. A documented case study on the selected project
  2. A power point presentation of the case study
  3. Presentation of the study to stakeholders
Skills Required
  1. Ongoing MBA/MSC Finance/Entrepreneurship
  2. Proficiency in English
  3. Computer literacy
  4. Good presentation skills and report writing skills
  5. Excellent analytical skills
Fees & Expenses: TechnoServe will provide a subsistence allowance for the intern and will also provide internship related transport for visits to and from the project site.

Other Information
: The scope of work is subject to change.

Send your application letter and CV to: by 22nd August 2014.


Annex 1: Business Case Study
Topic: “Raising Business Finance by Small Growing Businesses (SGBs) processing food in Kenya: A case study of Mwailu Ltd
Introduction: This case study should provide an analysis and evaluation on accessibility of finance by food processors. This will be done by assessing the current and prospective profitability, liquidity and financial stability and any other factors that affects the A2F of Mwailu Ltd. Methods of analysis should include trend, horizontal and vertical analyses as well as ratios such as Debt, Current and Quick ratios. 

Other calculations should be rates of return on any potential shareholders’ Equity and Total Assets and earnings per share to name a few.

Mwailu Ltd. was established in 1981. Currently has 15 employees, and supports 2000 small holder farmers by leveraging on USAID support for grain aggregation. Their main business has been aggregation and sale of whole grain to processors. 

The business has been working on initiating a grain processing unit. In the process they have engaged different financiers including Equity bank and Root Capital with no much success in the funding for the processing unit. 

The company has accessed funding by Equity bank for farm machinery purchase.

The case study is designed to be carried out as a MBA/MSC (Finance) project by the selected student. 

The student will work out the modalities of approval and any suggested modification by their supervisors retaining the area of interests for the SAFE program. 

The findings of the case study will be co-owned by the student and the SAFE program for the purpose of use for any purpose the program will deem right.


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