ACDI/VOCA Needs Financial System Dev. & Business Management Specialist

Date Posted:30 Jan 2013

ACDI/VOCA has invited applications  from qualified and experienced candidates for the job/vacancy of  Volunteer – Financial System Development and Business Management Specialist. This assignment will be based in Liberia.

The Aaron Marshall Pig Farm requests volunteer assistance to develop an appropriate financial systems management system for the farm as they plan to improve and expand their operations. The volunteer will also be asked to train staff members on utilizing the system, proper reporting practices, and business plan development. The assignment will last for approximately two weeks in country, in addition to preparation and research previous to departure. Travel and living expenses are covered.

 Qualifications:

  • University degree in business management, financial management, or another related degree.
  • Ten years’ experience in business management and business plan development with a strong background in conducting trainings.
  • Basic computer skills, including familiarity with MS Word and Powerpoint.
  • The volunteer should be prepared to travel for long hours in a bad road network linking the farming communities in the region. He/she should also be prepared to live in these rural communities without internet, air-conditioning and other amenities. The volunteer must also be prepared to work under dry and hot weather conditions. 

How to Apply

  • Online

For more info please visit this link.

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Volunteer Needed : Business Plan Development Specialist – Ghana

Date Posted: 24 Jan 2013

ACDI/VOCA is seeking applications from the eligible candidates for the position of  Business Plan Development Specialist. The location of this assignment will be based in Ghana. Please note that this is a Volunteer Assignment .

Kukobila Nasia Farms requests volunteer assistance to formulate a strategic business plan for the group so that they can gain access to grant funds through the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA). The volunteer will help formulate and submit a business plan for approval to SADA that details the farms’ planned activities and operations. The assignment will last for approximately three weeks in country, in addition to preparation and research previous to departure.  Travel and living expenses are covered.

Qualifications:

  • University degree in business management or another related degree.
  • Ten years’ experience in business plan development with a strong background in conducting trainings.
  • Basic computer skills, including familiarity with MS Word and Powerpoint.
  • The volunteer should be prepared to travel for long hours in a bad road network linking the farming communities in the region. He/she should also be prepared to live in these rural communities without internet, air-conditioning and other amenities. The volunteer must also be prepared to work under dry and hot weather conditions.

How o Apply

  • Online

For more info please visit this link.

Global Social Venture Competition: $50,000 Social Business Plan Competition

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) is the world’s preeminent social business plan competition providing aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prize money to transform their business ideas into positive real-world impact.

The GSVC occurs over three rounds. The first two are run through 9 partner schools globally. During each round of the competition, social entrepreneurs present the social, financial, and environmental values of their business, gaining valuable feedback from and exposure to some of the greatest minds in social innovation.

GSVC awards prizes to the business plans that show the highest, most integrated financial and social returns – businesses that demonstrate blended value.

Ensure your venture is eligible:

  • Submitted ventures should plan to be financially sustainable or profitable; whether it is a commercial business or a tax-exempt organization, your venture must have plans to be self-sufficient on earned revenue.
  • Submitted ventures must be scalable long term. This criterion will mean different things for each business plan. Scalability will take into account the potential for growth of the business, both financially and in its social impact.
  • Submitted ventures must have a quantifiable social and/or environmental bottom line incorporated into their mission and practices.
  • Submitted ventures cannot have been in operation for more than 3 years (with the start of the venture marked by first income or first patent, whichever occurred earlier) as of April 10, 2013.
  • Submitted ventures may not be a wholly owned subsidiary of an existing entity (of either a for-profit or non-profit entity)

How to Enter:

Submission deadlines vary by region and partner competition. Based on where your team is located, apply through the appropriate regional partner. Regional partners will conduct the Executive Summary and Regional Semi-Finals for their regions and will send two finalist teams to the Global Finals at UC Berkeley.

For more information, visit this link.

infoDev Seeks Expressions of Interest from Organizations for Establishing a Climate Innovation Center in Kenya

infoDev, a program started by World Bank in association with DANIDA and UKAid, is currently seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from interested organizations for establishing and operating a Climate Innovation Center (CIC) in Kenya. The main objective behind establishing this CIC is to provide a country-driven approach to climate change and support the local government in the Greening Kenya Initiative.

Description of the Opportunity

The CIC will be designed and operated in accordance with the business plan already established for the Center through an extensive stakeholder engagement process. The business plan should be reviewed carefully before submitting an EOI and is available here. Bidders nonetheless are not bound to the specifics of this plan and infoDev is not obligated to launch a CIC in strict adherence to this plan.

Proposed Services of CIC

Advisory Services

  • Proof of Concept Financing
  • Enabling Ecosystem
  • Access to Information
  • Access to Facilities

Submitting Expressions of Interest

infoDev now invites eligible organizations (e.g. firms, NGOs, universities, research institutes, government agencies) or consortiums to submit EOIs. The selected organization or consortium will be responsible for all aspects of the CIC establishment and operations including securing appropriate facilities, identifying a world-class management team, providing the services and programs described in the business plan, ensuring effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of programs, reporting to infoDev, and ensuring in all ways the long-term sustainability of the CIC.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Capabilities to build and manage complex organizations, including strong internal governance frameworks and a track record of fiduciary responsibility and accountability.
  • Proven ability to attract and build a strong team of individuals for project implementation.
  • Understanding of the needs of climate technology SMEs in Kenya or similar contexts, including experience evaluating climate technologies and incubating early-stage businesses.
  • Strong local and international links with potential partners including climate technology firms, investors, technical and business experts, policy experts, and leading research and development organizations.
  • Ability to leverage existing and additional sources of funding, both cash and in-kind, such as space, equipment, and staff.
  • Ability to implement and maintain procurement and financial management processes and a comprehensive M&E strategy.
  • Based on responses to this request for EOI, a shortlist of applicants will be established and invited to submit a full technical and financial proposal based on a detailed request for proposals.

Last date for submitting the applications is October 24, 2011.

For more information and details, you can visit this link.

GBC at the University of Washington invites unique business plans aimed at reducing poverty from students worldwide for the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition

The Global Business Center at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business is seeking applications for the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC) from students around the world and across disciplines who seek to harness the power of commercial strategies to reduce poverty and affect positive social change in developing economies.

GSEC fosters the development of transformational and innovative student-generated business models that achieve poverty alleviation and empowerment of the poor.

GSEC provides cross-cultural, transformational practical learning experiences for student participants to hone their business skills, expand their networks, and access new resources.

The Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC) program begins in early November 2011 and culminates at GSEC Week, February 27 – March 2, 2012 in Seattle, WA, USA.

Through exposure to iconic global companies, a vibrant international development sector, leading research institutions, GSEC Week provides exclusive opportunities for semi-finalist teams to benefit from invaluable resources and expertise in the Seattle region.

GSEC awards monetary prizes to the business ideas that demonstrate the most innovative solutions to problems of poverty and the best integration of financial and social returns on investment.

Participant and Business Plan eligibility

  • GSEC is open to currently enrolled students, at any level of study, at any academic institution of higher education worldwide.
  • Multidisciplinary teams highly encouraged.
  •  Plans may focus on any subject area/industry
  • Plans must apply to low income, lower middle income, or upper middle income economies.
  • Plans must quantify and clearly demonstrate the Social Return on Investment (SROI)
  • Plans may demonstrate a triple (environmental) bottom-line
  • Plans must provide a social impact assessment

SEC business plans are evaluated on three criteria: (1) effect on the quality of life and poverty alleviation in one or more developing economies; (2) financial sustainability; (3) feasibility of implementation.

GSEC business ideas must be the original idea of the GSEC applicant.

 GSEC business plans must be new, student-generated businesses.

Plagiarism/copyright/intellectual property right violations will not be tolerated.

Existing businesses are acceptable if they do not have outside private financing or annual/cumulative sales revenue

Prizes

GSEC prizes are awarded to business plans that meet the GSEC judging criteria and demonstrate the best integration of financial and social returns on investment (SROI). Prizes include one Grand Prize, one Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Prize, and one Global Health Prize. All prizes are mutually exclusive.

GSEC Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Prize seeks to highlight business plans that harness the benefits of ICTs to improve the human condition

GSEC Global Health Prize: SROI includes the social good of improved health, to be awarded to business plan that alleviates health disparities, improves the health of the poor, and promotes the capacity of a community to deal with health problems.

Last date for submission of applications is November 9, 2011

For more information and details, you can visit this link.

British Council Philippines is seeking applications for I am a Changemaker business plan competition from social entrepreneurs

British Council Philippines is seeking applications for I am a Changemaker social enterprise business plan competition, awarding seed capital directly to the best social enterprise idea that best meets their criteria.

About Social Entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs are the ones who dream up innovative solutions to help solve problems in their communities.  They act as change agents for society, seizing opportunities others miss and improving systems, inventing new approaches, and creating solutions to change society for the better.

They change the face of business by spotting social problems and issues and find innovative ways to address them. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.

Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new leaps.

I am a Changemaker social enterprise business plan competition

The competition provides a vehicle for taking innovations from idea to reality, and is a real-world exercise for improving your skills in:

–       Starting a Project/Business

–       Pitching ideas to possible investors

–       Building networks

No matter what your idea may be, the organizers challenge you to unleash your ideas, energy and idealism to affect positive social change in the society. Social enterprise ideas can come from any field – the arts, education, science, etc. The only limit to the range of projects eligible for the award is your ambition and imagination.

Prize provisions

The competition will have a total of four (4) winners. Each winner will receive a prize of Php100,000 each.

Luzon           1 winner

Visayas        1 winner

Minadanao    1 winner

NCR             1 winner

Another Php100,000 is also at stake for finalists who meet the special criteria set by Starbucks.

Finalists will also have an opportunity to attend a three-day training on Social Enterprise Planning and Development wherein they can also get some useful tips to help them prepare for the final presentation.

Apart from the cash prize, winners also benefit from a business incubation facility to help increase their venture’s viability.

Last date for submission of application is September 23, 2011

For more information and details, you can visit this link.

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DFID in Nigeria has job for A1 Team Leader, Economic Growth

Vacancy: Team Leader, Economic Growth, DFID Nigeria
Country and Location: Nigeria, Abuja

Last Date to Apply: 8 November 2009

A1 Team Leader, Economic Growth, DFID Nigeria

The Growth Team Leader will lead DFIDN’s engagement on economic growth in Nigeria and share leadership with the Management Team for delivery of the DFIDN business plan. The team leader will be responsible for ensuring positive relations are maintained with key stakeholders in Government in Nigeria, the private sector, civil society and among key development partners.  S/he responsible for corporate compliance of a portfolio of 11 programmes with a total commitment of £150 million (annual expenditure of around £20m).  S/he will lead and develop a team of four A2 advisors and four programme management staff.

Salary scale: Starting salary will be £55,814 progressing to a maximum of £66,873
New entrants will start at the first point of the pay scale. Please note that the above pay scales are currently under review.
We offer you the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements, which include a valuable range of benefits – details can be found here
The following allowances may also be payable. These rates are subject to review during the appointment. They can go up or down and may change before the appointment commences.
Cost of living allowance (COLA) per annum
Single £9,907
Couple £12,607
1st eligible child at post £2, 426
Each other eligible child at post £891
Hardship allowance per annum
Single £7,402
Couple (partner at Post) £14,804
Education allowance per child per annum
Junior School £21,993
Senior School £25,020
Relocation allowance
2/3 of the Relocation Allowance will be paid at start of the overseas appointment and 1/3 at end of the overseas appointment.

For more, visit:

http://www.dfid.gov.uk/About-DFID/Working-for-DFID1/Jobs/A1-Team-Leader-Economic-Growth-DFID-Nigeria/