YouLead Project Officer, Business Development

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YouLead Project Officer, Business Development
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Job Description:

  • Reporting to the Project Manager, Entrepreneurship & Value Chain Development, the Business Development Officer will provide effective business development services training and hands on technical assistance to value chain actors/players and young entrepreneurs to establish and grow their MSMEs in their selected products and services in forestry, agriculture, aquaculture and eco-tourism.
  • The business development officer will provide a wide range of business advisory services aimed at the managerial, financial and operational skills needed to ensure the establishment of profitable businesses by entrepreneurs.


Research on Market opportunities:

  • Work with the entrepreneurship and value chain team to identify and evaluate market opportunities including collection on baseline data.
  • Develop and implement strategic sales plan with young entrepreneurs
  • Identify and evaluate specific new profitable business opportunities
  • Conduct needs assessment, market research and develop value chain cost/ benefit analysis to effectively engage youth in gender-responsive entrepreneurship and enterprise development
  • Support young entrepreneurs to develop and implement bankable business plans
  • Provide support as necessary to business initiatives
  • Ensure business benefits can be realized or that risks inhibiting realization are highlighted
  • Support the promotion of gender equality as a cross-cutting theme within the YouLead project
  • Document and prepare good quality reports for all activities carried out under the Business Development component of the YouLead project
  • Document lessons learned from project implementation and share with the Project Manager in order to identify potential scaling up and replication
  • Draw up activity plans and prepare annual work plans for the Project Manager’s approval
  • Liaison with the project finance and support units to ensure that all activity logistics are adequately catered for prior to any planned activity

Provision of Technical support in Business Development:

  • Support young entrepreneurs to develop new products and services and enhance existing relationships
  • Using knowledge of market and competitors, identify and develop unique selling propositions and differentiators
  • Provide support to aspiring entrepreneurs to access finance for business start up.
  • Present business development training and mentoring to young entrepreneurs
  • Liaise with South-South Entrepreneurship Development Centre for the provision of technical assistance on business Development in forestry, eco-agriculture, aquaculture and eco-tourism in selected LGA’s
  • Actively participate and contribute to the successful monitoring and evaluation of the project
  • Participate actively in implementation of the gender strategy

Project Team:

  • Work collaboratively with all members of the Project Team in order to coordinate and maximize efficiency of the project activities
  • Actively contribute to the successful monitoring and evaluation of the project
  • Participate actively in implementation of the project gender strategy
  • Share relevant information with Project Team members on an ongoing basis
  • Participate actively to the Project Team meetings and activities

Other responsibilities:

  • Support with the management of allocated budget in compliance with the procedures and policies of Cuso International
  • Support and advise the PM Entrepreneurship and Business development on project strategic directions.
  • Carry out any other duties as required by the YouLead Project Director, Team Leader and Project Manager from time to time.
  • Person Specification

Development Knowledge:

  • Significant practical, analytical and theoretical knowledge and experience of international development working in Africa including:
  • An appreciation of the contribution of volunteering in its many forms can bring to development.
  • A strong awareness of gender and equity issues and knowledge of issues affecting young people and women (key target groups for Cuso International).
  • An appreciation of the contribution that the private sector and business development approaches can bring to development.
  • Proven ongoing commitment to staying abreast of current development thinking.

Project Management:

  • Excellent knowledge of the project management cycle

Business development:

  • Proven track record of developing new businesses
  • Knowledge of business development methodology and practice
  • Knowledge in gender equality mainstreaming, cooperative development and MSME start up and capacity building

Budget management:

  • Proven experience of developing, phasing, managing and revising complex budgets from a variety of funding sources and in line with all internal and external contractual obligations.

Team work:

  • Proven ability to work effectively in a number of teams, in a multi-cultural context and where teams may be geographically dispersed.


  • Proven ability to be self-serving in IT (Word processing, Outlook, Email, databases, basic excel, PowerPoint) and willingness to develop IT skills in order to improve effectiveness at work.


  • Degree in a field relevant to the duties of this position and/or a relevant combination of studies with experience in business/enterprise development with a least 2 years experience.

Language Requirements:

  • English essential

Method of Application:

  • Interested and qualified candidates should must be forwarded to the e-mail, with the competition number: Business Development Officer 2015-43 clearly marked as the subject number.


  • CV must be 3 pages in length maximum and covering letter must be 1 page long maximum.
  • To be considered, your résumé and cover letter should demonstrate that all of the essential qualifications are met. Applications that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.
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