Enterprise and Savings Lead

Date Posted 19-Jan-2021
Deadline 30-Mar-2021
Positions 1
Region: Eastern
Station: Soroti
Remuneration UGX

Job Description
Village Enterprise is looking for an Enterprise and Savings Lead (Uganda) to support the success of our microenterprise development program. This individual will have a focus on ensuring that enterprises and savings groups launched through the program provide to desired outcomes and impact being set out to achieve. They will bring the necessary skills to understand and implement key activities and programs which put our entrepreneurs on a pathway to success. Position Type: Full time, Reports to: Vice President of Programs, Location: Soroti or Gulu
Lead a team of direct reports and matrixed indirect reports in focusing on increasing business and business savings group value for the participants of the village Enterprise (50%)
• Identify core areas of success needed for businesses to thrive at Village Enterprise.
• Support entrepreneurs to protect their local environment identifying and promoting climate smart and environmentally friendly enterprises and practices.
• Analyze the business owner’s needs based on their geographical region, trends and suggest common approach to success and growth of their businesses.
• Support recruitment and supervise a team of direct reports that will focus on increased business success of our participants. This include market linkages, financial inclusion and adoption of relevant technologies. Additionally, support recruitment of key field positions that have a direct impact on business success.
• Design matrix style model to engage critical positions at Village Enterprise in maximizing what their role can bring to assuring business success.
• Develop strategies of identifying, evaluating and appraising businesses for grant allocation in collaboration with the field team.
• Build staff capacity to identify and support impact at the business group level and business savings group level.
• On case by basis, participate in project working group to share ideas, and well thought out plans to achieve success and overall impact.
Design, Lead, support, and/or Facilitate the adoption of partnerships, activities and innovations that lead to increased business and business savings groups success(30%).
• Research and identify both current and new activities that will lead our businesses to being more profitable.
• Assure adoption of successful current and new activities with field staff. This will include necessary piloting and activities.
• Support decision making on appropriate new innovations and ideas that will be implemented by the program.
• Identify organizations that offer products and services which will prove valuable to our business owners being successful. Manage partnerships and linkages that create increased business performance and success.
• Engage private sector actors in the graduation model on sustainability and business success and developing business success and developing Village Enterprise differentiated advantage on business success.
• Organize and represent Village Enterprise in forums that are relevant to the position including savings group approaches, microenterprise support, Market Linkages etc.
Gather, analyze and act on quantitative and qualitative market and business performance data at Village Enterprise (20%)
• Assist field team lead to develop performance indicators around business success for Business Mentor and Field Associates.
• Working with CD’s/ACD’s/FC’s/BM’s to develop and manage an up to date understanding of the microeconomic environment in Uganda.
• Undertake key research to understand the BO’s business ventures and project drivers of sectors, customers and potential opportunities for linkages.
• Responsible for assuring data flows to the appropriate decision makers connected directly to our business owner’s success (primarily field agents such as Field Associates and Business Mentors).
• Analyze and act on business performance data through creating feedback loops and interventions that ensure our businesses are being fully supported to being successful.
• Support on an as needed basis high value proposals and or projects at Village Enterprise.
Safeguarding Responsibilities:
Monitor safeguarding standards in programing and integrate safeguarding in program design
• Continuously sensitize program participants on safeguarding.
• Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility at VE, and it begins with me
• Ensure compliance with VE’s safeguarding policies
• Report any incident of safeguarding in program operations for appropriate action/follow up.
Key Performance Indicators for the role:
1. Business Success Country Average (Business Progress Survey)
2. Business Savings Group Country Average
3. Market and Financial Linkages Created and Successful
Skills Required
• Fluency in English is a must.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to exercise diplomacy and tact as demonstrated in previous roles that required communication with a broad and diverse set of partners.
• Ability to work in challenging and changing environments, and to see through challenges to find solutions.
• Outstanding communication skills, both in writing, in person, and via other forms.
• Computer literate and proficient in basic Microsoft packages and email and other technology (including project management software, Salesforce, Cloud Storage etc).
• Deep experience with supporting those in extreme poverty through microenterprise, savings Groups and familiarity with Poverty Graduation approach
• Minimum Five Years Working in Management of development programs for an international organization.
• Experience working with multiple countries in sub-sahara Africa is desirable