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 given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.
TechnoServe seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader to build on TechnoServe’s strong reputation and develop opportunities for pro-poor market-oriented development. As a Country Manager, you have the opportunity to develop a vision for the country and pursue it while drawing on the 40+ years of our experience around the world. You will lead the establishment of the TechnoServe brand in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country. You will collaborate with leaders in the Federal and State Governments and the Private Sector to develop and finance innovative programs with the potential to strengthen value chains, grow domestic production, build up entrepreneurs, establish industries and markedly improve the lives of impoverished Nigerians. This role offers you an opportunity to make your mark in development in a dynamic and challenging environment.
You will develop, present and implement the strategic vision, annual goals and objectives for the country program.
You will also oversee effective and efficient management of the client business portfolio; portfolio implementation, monitoring and evaluation, quality control, cost-effectiveness and day-to-day oversight.
You will also be charged with the responsibility of new business development (securing sufficient funding to continue and /or grow the country program); developing funding proposals; and cultivating and maintaining TechnoServe in-country partner and donor relationships.
A key component of this role is the capacity to successfully champion local talent acquisition. You will manage and develop a team; ensure mid-year and year-end performance evaluations are conducted with all staff; and recommend and implement all salary increases based upon performance evaluations.
You will implement and manage the program budget while also managing relations with financial institutions, reviewing all financial information, monthly reports, business plans, etc. on a timely basis, ensuring proper acquisition, management and eventual disposition of all TechnoServe operational assets required for the program (vehicles, computers, furniture, etc.) and communicating internally and externally with employees, and home and regional/divisional offices.
Keen communication skills will be paramount when liaising with the media, public, local government and its agencies, as well as other NGOs, to ensure TechnoServe’s image is preserved. You will be communicating with bilateral and multilateral agencies and developing relationships that seek to promote TechnoServe’s mission and objectives.
REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:
MBA or equivalent degree in related field
Strong private sector strategy and management experience, including several of the following key skills areas: business development, consulting, training, financial analysis, marketing, business plan and proposal writing
Strong interpersonal/people management skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong private sector experience and entrepreneurial orientationStrong financial analysis and management skills
Agribusiness experience preferred
Fluency in English
The incumbent must sit for an extended number of hours throughout the day using a computer, talking by telephone or Skype and meeting with others.
This person must occasionally lift items which weigh up to 20 lbs. and must be capable of lifting and pulling their luggage when traveling.Other requirements include climbing stairs, walking and bending.