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Business Development Advisor - Jijiga Full-time Job

2023-01-17 14:05   Administration   Jijiga   60 views
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About the Company


Inkomoko supports entrepreneurs to grow their businesses in order to improve livelihoods and to create thriving communities. 

Founded in 2012, Inkomoko has worked with more than 41,000 entrepreneurs across East Africa, including thousands of refugee entrepreneurs, resulting in thousands of new jobs and more than $50M in new revenue in communities.  

Inkomoko provides a combination of training, consulting, access to finance, and market-level systems change.  We are the largest lender to refugee entrepreneurs in Africa, and seek both social impact and financial sustainability.  

Inkomoko has +220 staff in 18 offices across Rwanda, Kenya, and Ethiopia. Through Inkomoko’s 2030 strategic plan, we are expanding to 5 additional countries to serve more than 550,000 entrepreneurs with our services and growing our $30M loan fund. 


Company Values


All staff at Inkomoko are connected to a shared set of organizational values:


  • Purpose: be solutions-oriented and produce high-quality work and be a global leader.

  • Achievement: push yourself to reach beyond what you think is possible. 

  • Improvement: be humble and committed to continuous learning and growing through giving and receiving open and accurate feedback.

  • Bravery: willing to take risks, create a safe space for others, and be compassionate, and inclusive.

  • Turikumwe/Tuko Pamoja/ Abren Nen (“We are together”): appreciate your colleagues, celebrate success, and support each other in hard times.


About the Opportunity


Inkomoko Ethiopia seeks a highly talented and experienced Business Development Advisor to work directly with entrepreneurs to help them develop the skills to scale their businesses. Current responsibilities include:




TRAINING(30% time)

  • Manage training for all incoming refugees and host entrepreneurs in the Business Growth Department

  • Recruit and ensure client targets are achieved in assigned locations

  • Implement training as part of the ongoing classes scheduled for Inkomoko entrepreneurs

  • Deploy a wide variety of training methods both in person and digital - iterating as needed

  • Develop new and review existing content to match entrepreneurs' needs and refugee business dynamics;

  • Draft training reports and updates the online reports;

  • Mobilize and follow up on entrepreneurs to ensure high attendance;

  • Coordinate with Training Support Associate for smooth logistics;

  • Participate in capacity-building workshops on various topics related to business growth, including HR, accounting, finance, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation.


  • Conduct business assessments to identify entrepreneurs' needs and market opportunities

  • Develop business strategies and comprehensive business plans for entrepreneurs

  • Generate financial statements, forecasts, and profitability analyses for entrepreneurs

  • Develop and implement accurate financial reporting and booking systems for entrepreneurs;

  • Assist entrepreneurs with the implementation of business plan recommendations;

  • Advise entrepreneurs on financing and investment opportunities/challenges;

  • Help entrepreneurs prepare for financing or investment opportunities (Investment and equity financing);

  • Provide expert advice; help entrepreneurs to navigate challenges and make sound business decisions

  • Conduct assessments of entrepreneur businesses to understand business needs, challenges, and opportunities;

  • Conduct research on the industry, competitors, and customers;

  • Manage entrepreneur relationships and provide a single point of contact for assigned entrepreneurs;

  • Manage the schedule and delivery of services throughout entrepreneur engagements;

  • Regularly track and report on the progress of entrepreneur work and deliverables;

  • Maintain and organize entrepreneur files


  • General maintenance of entrepreneur files, reports, and coordination with colleagues.

  • Contribute to staff meetings, annual retreats, and monthly entrepreneur Services meetings. 

  • Participation in ongoing entrepreneur tracking and implementing Inkomoko’s impact evaluation programs every quarter/year 

  • Represent Inkomoko  in partners' meetings and any other events in camps as assigned

  • Participate in the development of Inkomoko goals, strategies, and planning

  • Represent Inkomoko in the local business community and at conferences or other events

  • Keep up to date on the latest business and industry trends in Ethiopia and across Africa



Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications


We are looking for individuals who are passionate about entrepreneurship and have the skills and experience to help entrepreneurs make lasting changes to their businesses. We are seeking candidates who work quickly and thoroughly, collaborate, and are both kind and serious. 

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications: 


  • Skilled/ with expertise in market linkages and value chain management to MSMEs;

  • Excellent in English and the local language ( Somali) and other languages like  Amharic is plus

  • Experience working in refugee settings with different nationalities in the Somali region and being a native of the region would be an advantage;

  • Background in finance or ability to produce financial reports/projections for entrepreneurs; 

  • Deep understanding of go-to-market strategies and growth strategies for businesses in the area of consumer goods; 

  • Past experience writing business plans in preparation for investment;

  • Ability to work with high-profile individuals and companies by demonstrating exemplary levels of professionalism; 

  • Strong presentation and training skills, and ability to teach others business concepts;

  • Possess business acumen, and original thinking; 

  • Excellent computer skills – including Powerpoint, Word, Excel, Odoo, Kobo-collect, Google Drive, etc;

  • 3+ years experience in working with MSMEs development is required

  • Bachelor’s degree required in a Business related field; 

  • Additional Master’s studies or CPA skills preferred; 

  • Must have the skill of translation from English to local languages ( Somali).

  • Ready to reside in Jigjiga and/or Kebribeyah  



How to Apply

If you have matching qualifications for the role, please submit your cover letter and CV through this link: https://inkomoko-job-portal.web.app/home

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Women are encouraged to apply!

Inkomoko is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Refugees, women, and persons who reflect the diverse communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply. As a company, we have policies in place that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels.

NB: We do not employ staff whose background is not suitable. All employment is conditional upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks.


Jan 23, 2023

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