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  • Cuso International is a development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors. We envision a world where all people are able to realize their potential, develop their skills and participate fully in society. We believe in the power of people, value diversity and take responsibility for our actions and proactively demonstrate that we work with and on behalf of others. Cuso International works in developing countries across the world. We currently have programs in eighteen countries.

    Business Development & Financial Inclusion Advisor

     

    Cuso International opened a program office in Cross River State, Nigeria, in 2014. Our program currently focuses on sustainable economic growth and providing access to quality health services.

    The volunteer's role
    The aim of the placement is to enhance the entrepreneurship and business development services of YouLead beneficiaries. The YouLead project stands for Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Access and Development. Our beneficiaries will be supported in establishing micro, small and medium (MSME) enterprises in the natural resource sector of agriculture, forestry, aquaculture, eco-tourism and renewable energy.

    The objective of this placement is:

    • To apply knowledge and skills related to the concepts, principles, and methodologies of business development and value chain
    • To apply higher order thinking skills (critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, complex problem solving) to “real world” situations
    • To develop career awareness, direction and exploration of vocation
    • To increase skills for understanding and working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures and to work effectively within diverse environment

    The volunteer will:

    • To apply knowledge and skills related to the concepts, principles, and methodologies of business development and value chain
    • To apply higher order thinking skills (critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, complex problem solving) to “real world” situations
    • To develop career awareness, direction and exploration of vocation
    • To increase skills for understanding and working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures and to work effectively within diverse environment
    • Organize train-the-trainer’s workshops from time to time, business plan development and implementation for partners, and project structures
    • Provide support for strengthening of business management capacities and their business model
    • Support internal market and end market assessment of identified value chains
    • Support with the pre-design of a market based intervention based on each identified value chain product and highlight the available business opportunities for young women and men along the value chain of identified products
    • Provide Support /coaching and mentoring of community volunteers on how to support youth entrepreneurs
    • Support business development for community volunteers
    • Support partner micro finance banks to develop effective system to appraise loan applications and track repayment
    • Support the YouLead taskforce on access to finance to secure grants and funding for startup and expanded businesses of YouLead beneficiaries.
    • Provide support to the business development officer to develop tools for providing business development services for youth enterprises.

    Essential Academic Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree or its /Equivalent in Business, Marketing, Development studies or related field
    • Demonstrated Business Development skills and Grants management working in the Natural Resource Sector

    Essential Professional Background/Competencies

    - 5 years’ experience in Business Development
    - A good knowledge of business start-ups approach and practice
    - Strong experience in end market assessment & analysis
    - Excellent written and verbal communication
    - Experience with gender mainstreaming
    - Good communication and interpersonal skills


    Desirable Academic Qualifications

    • Master’s Degree is desirable and doctorate is an added advantage and value

    Desirable Professional Background/Competencies

    • Previous working experience in Africa or Nigeria

    Important information for candidates

    Cuso International covers the following costs:

    - Return airfare and visa/permit costs
    - Accommodation while overseas
    - Modest living allowance while overseas
    - Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer
    - The cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
    - Access to Employee Assistance Program while overseas and upon return
    - Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
    - Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and in-country training orientation

    Fundraising: We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.

    E-volunteering: Depending on the nature of the placement volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement.

    Assistant Production Manager

     

    About Godilogo Farms Limited

    VISION
    To be a world class Nigerian farm contributing significantly to the food security of the nation and positively impacting the socio-economic wellbeing of our community.

    MISSION
    To use cutting-edge practices in the production of best quality food products and industrial intermediates to meet the nutritional and industrial needs of our people and economy; continuously develop and deliver quality products and services that meet and surpass customer expectations.


    The volunteer's role

    The Youth Leadership Entrepreneurship Access and Development (YouLead) project supports the creation of young male and female-led enterprises and employment for young women and men in natural resource sectors such as forestry, agriculture, aquaculture and eco-tourism across 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Cross River State (CRS).

    The project strengthens the capacity of government stakeholders, young women and men serving civil society organizations, training organizations, and financial institutions to develop and implement a policy framework as the basis of increasing employment, promoting entrepreneurship, and secured livelihoods for young women and men. Cuso International is the Canadian Executing Agency of the YouLead project.

    Godilogo Farms Nigeria Ltd. participated in the consultations and planning processes providing valued information and experience to young women and men around entrepreneurship and employment which contributed to the YouLead Project Implementation Plan (PIP).

    Godilogo Farms is a great platform with competent manpower and resources to complement the YouLead project through the provision of practical technical training to young women and men wishing to create enterprises and gain employment in the natural resources sector in the Cross River State.

    The overall purpose of this placement is to further build the technical & managerial capacity of staff at Godilogo Farms Limited in production skills and increase productivity for the benefit of YouLead students. The overall purpose of the volunteer is to enhance the technical and managerial skills of Godilogo staff in the processing of cassava and rice.

    The volunteer will:

    • Assist in maintaining and repairing mechanical equipment, machines and components used in the processing of cassava and rice into food and industrial intermediates;
    • Assist in developing specifications for production and determining material flows, capacities and layout of plant and systems;
    • Assist in organizing and managing project labour and the delivery of materials, plants and equipment;
    • Assist in establishing standards and policies for installation, modification, quality control, testing, inspection and maintenance according to engineering principles and safety regulations;
    • Inspect production equipment to ensure optimum performance is maintained.

    Essential Academic Qualifications

    • B.Sc. in Mechanical/Production/ or Industrial Engineering.

    Essential Professional Background/Competencies

    • Four years of experience with processing cassava and rice into food and industrial intermediates
    • Good experience in maintenance and repair of processing equipment and machines
    • Ability to manage production line operations

    Desirable Academic Qualifications

    • Plant management experience

    Desirable Professional Background/Competencies

    - Critical thinking/ active listening & learning
    - Good judgment and decision-making skills
    - Technical design/ monitoring
    - Operations/ systems analysis & evaluation
    - Time management and coordination
    - Quality control/ analysis
    - Excellent interpersonal skills in a team setting


    Important information for candidates

    Cuso International covers the following costs:

    - Return airfare and visa/permit costs
    - Accommodation while overseas
    - Modest living allowance while overseas
    - Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer
    - The cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
    - Access to Employee Assistance Program while overseas and upon return
    - Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
    - Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and in-country training orientation

    Fundraising: We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.

    E-volunteering: Depending on the nature of the placementvolunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement.

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.

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