Technology Park/Business Incubator Management Expert
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by International Executive Service Corps
Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
IESC – the International Executive Service Corps – is a U.S.-based nonprofit that seeks private enterprise solutions to problems of poverty in developing countries and around the world. By providing a mix of technical assistance and volunteer expert support, IESC works with emerging industries, financial institutions, and governments to stabilize economic environments, increase opportunity, and promote growth.
The USAID funded Workforce and Higher Access to Market (WHAM) Activity is a three-year program that aims to stimulate job creation by advancing Bosnia’s trade integration with and expansion into the European Union and regional markets. The activity will accomplish this primarily via grants with SMEs. This activity aims to increase exports by 30 percent for assisted enterprises and create over 1,000 new jobs, half of which are for youth and 20 percent are for women.
WHAM will improve the capacity of high-growth and exporting or export-ready small and medium enterprises via grants focused on three intervention areas:
- Improve workforce in targeted sectors (metal processing, wood processing, and textiles/footwear).
- Increase market access.
- Improve product quality (including new technology related to quality management and certification) and capacity building.
Numerous locations throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina are in need of more economic support than other areas, as there is a very low level of business activity. Technology parks and business incubators, when designed correctly in a collaborative methodology that leverages community input, can be helpful in initiating and building the private-sector. It is imperative to create, properly manage, and promote places where technology, entrepreneurship, knowledge, innovation, and creativity are combined to encourage the process of creating visions, ideas, and added values. Technology parks can create links between all sorts of stakeholders and ventures. These facilities and concepts need well-organized leadership and guidance that is experienced and knowledgeable.
The WHAM activity is seeking a seasoned professional that will help steer a technology park/business incubator and help establish its services, capacities, and competencies with providing a boost for local SMEs and community stakeholders.
- Stipend Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers