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Enterprise Development Officer Job in Nairobi Kenya

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Vacancy Announcement No: FAO/10/2011

Issued on: 26th May 2011

Deadline for Application: 5th June 2011

Position Title: 
Enterprise Development Officer

Organizational Unit: Somalia Country Office (FAO-Somalia)

Eligible Candidates: Kenyan and Somali Nationalities

Grade Level: KP 1

Duty Station: Nairobi with possible travel to Somalia

Duration: 6 Months with possible extension

Anticipated start date: 1st July 2011

FAO Somalia – Country Office in Nairobi is seeking to employ an Enterprise Development Officer.

Under the general supervision of the Officer in Charge for Somalia and under the direct supervision of the Marketing and Trade Officer/Infrastructure Development Officer, the Enterprise Development officer will be responsible for the following tasks:

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Identify, organize, mobilize and create a database for community-based, private organizations and individuals, especially service providers and entrepreneurs by taking lead in the identification and follow-up of project partners.
  • Support the development and implementation of overall project work plan, identify appropriate Micro financing models and income-generating activities to be promoted within the project areas.
  • Develop strategy for the growth and management of Revolving Fund and community contributions including specific guidelines how communities could tap these resources for local development activities.
  • Mobilize through participatory processes and strengthen linkages between local banks, business communities, women and youth Self Help Groups to support new product development through promotion of MF models.
  • Pilot test Micro financing models in selected groups and locations and follow-up with the local entrepreneurs and private business groups to ensure sustainable contribution to livelihoods.
  • Implement Entrepreneurship Development Training programmes ( EDPs), Conduct Business counseling and assist in the preparation of Business plans to facilitate growth and development of small scale credit and basic management with special attention to women and youth.
  • Prepare semi-annual (six month) progress reports in the area under his/her responsibility
Minimum Requirements

  • The candidate should hold a University degree in Arts based or related fields.
  • Familiarity with the UN operational and management systems is essential.
Work Experience:
  • At least three years of professional experience in managing rural Microcredit schemes and assessments in Somalia is preferred.
  • Experience in community level operations and participatory approaches of data gathering will be an added advantage.
Languages: Working knowledge (level C) of English and working knowledge of the most widely used local language.

Selection Criteria
  • Relevance and level of academic qualifications;.
  • Extent of experience in Micro-enterprise or operations/administration;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems expeditiously and pragmatically;
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, and manage multiple micro-enterprise activities and adjust to changing priorities;
  • Innovative, able to take risk and able to lead or participate in new product developments to support livelihoods.
  • Written Tests.
To Apply:

Send your application to:

Candidates are requested to submit a covering letter quoting the Position Title and Vacancy Announcement No. FAO/10/2011 along with their current/detailed Curriculum Vitae and FAO Personal History (PH) form (available at see following page for guidelines on how to fill it out).

E-mail is the preferred means of receipt and the application should be sent to

The subject line of the e-mail message should read CONFIDENTIAL – FAO/10/2011.

If making a hard copy submission, the envelope should be clearly marked CONFIDENTIAL – FAO/10/2011 and sent to the following address:

UN-Somalia Ngecha Road Complex
Corner Lower Kabete Road/Ngecha Road
P.O. Box 30470-00100
Nairobi, Kenya.

Applications may also be faxed, again clearly indicating CONFIDENTIAL - FAO/10/2011 in the subject line, to +254-20-4000333.

Applications must be received by the deadline.

Late applications will not be considered.

Only short listed candidates meeting all essential qualifications will be contacted.

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