Consultancy Process Expert Volunteer
***This assignment is being posted on behalf of MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates)***
Interested applicants, please apply here:
Duration: 4 weeks
Location: Tanzania (various regions)
Anticipated Dates: May/June 2018
Objectives of the Assignment
The Consultancy Process Expert Volunteer will help to equip Business Development Service providers (BDSPs) in Mbeya and Iringa with the technical skills and tools to efficiently provide appropriate consultancy services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The improved consulting skills and tools will enhance interactions between BDSPs and SMEs and will stimulate SMEs to purchase BDS as they continue realizing the benefit of BDS to their business.
The Tanzania Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise Program (ENGINE) is a four-year, USAID-funded Feed the Future activity awarded through the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA), that aims to streamline and enhance many of the regulatory, informational and financial channels that encourage domestic and foreign investment in the southern mainland agricultural regions of Mbeya, Morogoro, and Iringa, and in Zanzibar.
ENGINE works at the district level, using a broad-based approach to engage with district Local Government Authorities (LGAs), private sector associations, business development service providers, financial institutions (FIs) and small and medium enterprises. The program’s activities are divided into three main components:
Implement policies for growth. Build the capacity of the private sector to effectively dialogue with the government to set the policy agenda and improve the capacity of the public sector to implement policies.
Equip businesses for growth. Strengthen SME capacity and foster the growth and capacity of a sustainable market for business development services (BDS) in Tanzania.
Access to finance for growth. Broaden access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), especially women and youth entrepreneurs and those working within agricultural value chains, to facilitate increased investment and growth.
The Expert Volunteer will complete the following tasks:
A. Attend an orientation meeting with ENGINE Program staff in Dar es Salaam;
B. Assisted by the BDS Coordinator in each region, facilitate SME focus group discussions to gauge their needs and perception of consultancy services;
C. Accompanied by relevant ENGINE staff, facilitate small group training for BDSPs in Morogoro, Iringa, Mbeya and Zanzibar in which the following topics are covered:
a. SME consultancy service needs;
b. Key aspects of the consultancy process;
c. Managing the consultancy process and interaction with clients;
d. Tools (templates) to manage the consultancy process.
D. Assisted by the BDS Coordinator in each region, select at least 10 BDSPS and work with them to develop tools/templates that they can apply in the provision of consultancy services to SMEs;
E. Propose additional TA necessary to enhance BDSP consultancy expertise;
F. Write a Final Report summarizing findings, conclusions and recommendations related to the assignment, as well as a discussion with ENGINE program staff on challenges and recommended solutions;
G. Provide exit debriefings to ENGINE/USAID, including an overview of the assignment’s challenges and proposed solutions.
Flexible, independent, self-directed, and motivated
Demonstrated skills and ability required to successfully perform the work assignment
Senior level (5-10 year minimum) business or technical expertise experience
Suitability/medical clearance for traveling and working in an international, developing cross-cultural environment
Bachelor degree in business, related field or comparable senior level experience
Previous international travel experience in a developing country is an asset
Ability to speak the local language is an asset