Business Development Advisor

Kenya

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Assignment ID:
VA-105106
Assignment Title:
Business Development Advisor
Partner:
Kenya Climate Ventures
Country:
Kenya
Duration:
6 to 12 months (flexible)
Time Commitment:
35 hours per week
Volunteer Location:
Kenya

Assignment Context

Are you passionate about economic empowerment and climate action?

As the Business Development Advisor with Kenya Climate Ventures Limited (KVC), you will support KCV and their partners to grow their businesses by finding new funding and investment opportunities, researching leads, and helping establish relationships with potential investors. 

Apply today and make and support climate change initiatives in Kenya!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support a review of the business strategy and business portfolio and identify areas of improvement 
  • Assist in developing a business strategy including the development of fundraising and resource mobilization plans  
  • Research and identify potential investors and networks, sharing best practices on developing partnerships with investors and funders   
  • Support the development of the organization’s human capital strategy as a key capacity selling point to potential investors and funders  
  • Collaborate to develop proposals and presentations aimed at potential investors 
  • Participate in pre-assignment online training
  • Participate in pre-assignment online training
  • Volunteers are required to undertake public engagement and fundraising activities before, during, and after their volunteer assignment and will be equipped with tools, training, and support to achieve these goals
  • Ensure the representation and engagement of women in all activities and program benefits
  • Co-develop a volunteer work plan with the partner organization and country office using WUSC volunteer work plan template
  • Submit volunteer timesheets, reports and deliverables as required by the partner organization and WUSC.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree and/or training in business administration, investment, marketing, or a related field
  • Experience in business development, finance and marketing essential
  • Good understanding and experience of climate financing  
  • Understanding of small and medium enterprises and early stage financing and business development
  • Ability to work independently as part of a remote working group
  • Comfortable using online working platforms
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering
  • Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including content development
  • Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Written and oral fluency in English
  • Experience living and working internationally is a strong asset.A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering
  • Flexibility, adaptability, excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Experience with group facilitation and trainings, including content development considered an asset 
  • Experience living and working internationally considered an asset
  • Written and oral fluency in English

Project Description

Volunteering for development is one of the important ways in which WUSC pursues its mission. The IGNI+E project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, supports over 70 partner organizations to advance gender equality and the economic empowerment of 1.2 million youth around the world. IGNI+E harnesses the knowledge, capacity and expertise of skilled Canadians through volunteer assignments and public engagement activities to assist partners in improving their performance, advocating for gender equality, and implementing more sustainable, innovative and inclusive initiatives and services for poor and marginalised youth, particularly young women. Overseas, our volunteers collaborate with a wide variety of partners, including enterprise and social enterprise development incubators, skills training centres, women's organizations, and youth groups. In Canada, WUSC works with institutions and individuals to identify, prepare, and support volunteers who travel overseas to support our partners. Our network in Canada also works with WUSC to raise awareness among Canadians to inspire greater action on global development issues. Our collective focus is on sustainable and inclusive changes to create a better world for youth.

Partner Description

Kenya Climate Ventures Limited, founded in 2016, is an impact investment venture fund that seeks to accelerate access to climate smart solutions by providing tailored and targeted financial, technical assistance and business development support to innovative early and growth stage businesses. Kenya Climate Ventures (KCV) Limited invests in businesses working in agribusiness, commercial forestry, renewable energy, water and waste management sectors. Their focus is working with early stage and growth stage Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the private sector whose commercial growth and success will have a positive impact on target markets, communities and the environment in Kenya.

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Volunteer Mobilization Team prior to departure and from WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers
  • Travel, meals and accommodation are covered during in-person pre-departure
  • In-country orientation upon arrival in country of assignment
  • Language training in country of assignment, where required
  • Airfare to and from country of assignment
  • Support from the WUSC Administrative Officer for all relevant visas and work permits
  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials
  • Health insurance
  • Modest monthly living and accommodation allowance while in country of assignment
  • Vacation leave entitlement
  • Return debriefing after completion of assignment
  • An incredible opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to global development, enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

WUSC’s Safeguarding Policy

WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion and sexual exploitation and abuse of any form. Successful applicants will be required to sign off on the WUSC Code of Conduct and the Self-Disclosure Form. International volunteers will also be required to submit a criminal record verification.

WUSC is a signatory to the Cooperation Canada Leaders’ Pledge on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct. The pledge represents the shared commitment as Canada’s global development and humanitarian leaders to ensure the full implementation of practices and policies that will protect and respond to our own staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. We are committed to creating safe and respectful workplaces and programs that promote gender equality and are free from gender-based violence, including by addressing and responding to all abuse of power, holding people to account, and protecting the vulnerable. Read the full pledge.

Your application and COVID-19

Your work building capacity towards more resilient and inclusive economies is needed now more than ever! WUSC continues to work with our partners around the world through the support of e-volunteers residing in Canada and through the support of Canadians and other expatriates currently residing in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

If you are currently residing in one of these countries and hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status - or hold citizenship or permanent residence status in countries in Africa or Asia - apply today to one of our international volunteer postings or to the general application form! Please specify your current country of residence in your application.

As an e-volunteer, you can work remotely from your kitchen table and still make an impact through WUSC’s e-volunteering program! See available e-volunteer opportunities below and click here for our e-volunteer FAQ.


International Departures

WUSC has resumed planning and recruitment for international departures for our volunteer assignments from, earliest, October 2021. However, the current global context continues to evolve and, as we continue to closely monitor international, national and local health information and guidelines, our plans and timelines are subject to change. The health and safety of our partners and our volunteers is our top priority and, as such, we are undertaking a rigorous international volunteer resumption planning process. A number of conditions will need to be met before an assignment will be given the green light to proceed, including the lifting of Canada's non-essential travel restrictions. All individuals considering volunteering internationally with WUSC must demonstrate openness, flexibility and accept to meeting the following conditions:

  • Volunteers must be fully vaccinated (two vaccine doses) against COVID-19 and be able to provide evidence of vaccination.
  • Volunteers must meet Canadian and Assignment Country Government and airline requirements related to PCR testing.
  • Volunteers must agree to follow all COVID-19 mitigation instructions as issued by the Canadian Government, WUSC and by the local authorities in the country of assignment.

See available international opportunities below and click here for our international volunteer FAQ.

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