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TechnoServe is a nonprofit economic development organization founded in 1968 that works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. Our programs develop the capacity of individuals and businesses, strengthen market systems, and facilitate the development of emerging industries that can serve as economic drivers in developing communities.
Our goal: to create sustainable economic growth that helps impoverished individuals improve their lives and secure a better future for their families.
TechnoServe has offices in nearly 30 countries across the United States, Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia, as well as in London.
Fellows Program Overview
TechnoServe is seeking qualified candidates to join our Fellows Program. Fellows take part in field-based projects ranging from 3 to 12 months in which they engage directly with entrepreneurs, industry experts, TechnoServe field staff, and other stakeholders.
Fellows have the opportunity to lead projects in areas such as business plan development, industry analysis and strategy, financial analysis, and capital raising. A typical project might be conducting an Industry Strategic Plan (ISP). ISPs are a standard part of our approach to assessing the potential competitiveness, opportunities, challenges and key success factors in a given sector at both the country and regional levels.
Read more about the program and sample projects here: https://www.technoserve.org/get-involved/fellows-program
We review Fellow applications for our general candidate database on a rolling basis, and encourage qualified, enthusiastic candidates – especially those with French and/or Spanish fluency – to apply.
Open Fellows Project: Market system analyst for Women in Business program (Mozambique)
Timing: Flexible start dates, minimum 3 months
Language: Fluent English required; Portuguese or Spanish a significant advantage
I. Background and Project Purpose
Women are fundamental to Mozambique’s economic future. About 95 percent of economically active Mozambicans operate in small businesses in the informal sector, of which 59 percent are women-owned. Yet they face serious challenges to achieving their potential. Women are tasked with the majority of work at home, and are restricted in their time and mobility. They are four times less likely than men to have secondary education. And those women who have broken through barriers to manage their own businesses still face discrimination due to entrenched beliefs about what women can achieve.
TechnoServe Mozambique is working with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to implement a five-year, Women in Business (WIN) program to support women to generate income through entrepreneurship and employment. The program is using a sustainable approach to developing the systems in which women work – also known as Market Systems Development (MSD) or Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P). We identify key constraints and opportunities and work with permanent market actors – distributors, service providers, buyers and public sector – to trial and roll out changes to their models that will benefit women. Our team is essentially a consultancy service with added financial incentives to support companies in how they engage women.
II. TechnoServe Fellow’s Role
The TechnoServe Fellow will be a core team member in the WIN team for the time that they are working on the program. As such, s/he will be given specific research briefs and partnerships to support. S/he will be expected to conduct research on women’s constraints, generate ideas to resolve their problems, support partners to develop new models and approaches that are inclusive of women, and monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of new models. All members of the team, including the Fellow, need to be adaptive, flexible and able to multi-task.
Day to day, the fellow may be involved in:
Some examples of assignments Fellows have worked on include:
The primary deliverable from this assignment will depend on the specific task for which the Fellow will be responsible. The Fellow may be required to develop strategic reports, models and analysis in Excel, and presentations for a public audience.
IV. Skills & Requirements
As this is a pro bono consulting position, TechnoServe will not provide fees for the services completed. However, TechnoServe will cover travel-related costs including international airfare, in-country accommodation, in-country transportation, a per diem for living expenses, visas and vaccinations, and emergency evacuation insurance.
TechnoServe is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.
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TechnoServe is a nonprofit economic development organization founded in 1968 that works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and…