Business Development Advisor – Kakuma at Inkomoko

Turkana County, Rift Valley, Kenya
June 1, 2024
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Job Description

Business Development Advisor – Kakuma at Inkomoko

About the Opportunity

This position provides you with the opportunity to work directly with our entrepreneur clients in Inkomoko communities. As a member of the Business Growth Services team this role will contribute to the direct impact of Kenyan micro and small entrepreneurs to create thriving communities. 

Inkomoko seeks a highly talented and experienced Business Development Advisor to coordinate and work directly with our entrepreneur clients in Kakuma & Lodwar

This position will be based in Lodwar & Kakuma and will report to the Business Development Manager.
Specifically, the positions responsibilities include:


Business Development Support & Client Relationship Management (50% of time)

  • Recruit idea-stage and existing micro and small businesses for the Inkomoko program
  • Conduct business assessments to identify entrepreneurs’ needs and market opportunities
  • Intake process of program entrepreneurs and conducting monthly site visits to assess business need and opportunities
  • Provide informed, strategic, and realistic advice to help clients meet their objectives for business growth.
  • Advise entrepreneurs on financing and investment opportunities/challenges;
  • Help entrepreneurs prepare for financing or investment opportunities (Investment and equity financing). Conduct ongoing site visits to provide real-time coaching to the Business Associates (BA) and clients on existing business challenges and opportunities 
  • Connect clients to other Inkomoko services, including access to finance, advocacy and market linkages.
  • Keep up-to-date the clients’ business information in an accurate manner using the applicable project management tools.
  • Manage the schedule and delivery of services throughout entrepreneur engagements;
  • Regularly track and report on the progress of entrepreneur work and deliverables;
  • Assist investment colleagues with investment applications, due diligence, and any other investment processes.

Training (30% time)

  • Manage training for all incoming refugees and host entrepreneurs in the Business Growth Department
  • Implement training as part of the ongoing classes scheduled for Inkomoko entrepreneurs
  • Identify and enroll entrepreneurs to join INKOMOKO program
  • Deploy a wide variety of training methods both in person and digital – iterating as needed
  • Coordinate with the training team/BAs in organizing training logistics, field activities such as focus group activities, refresher training and training supplies ensuring all are within budget.
  • Provide the training using Inkomoko training materials in Kiswahili, English & any additional language as required within the area of operation
  • Draft training reports and update the online reports;
  • Mobilize and follow up on entrepreneurs to ensure high attendance;
  • Coordinate with the Senior trainer and Training Support Associate for smooth logistics;
  • Participate in capacity-building workshops on a range of topics related to business growth, including HR, accounting, finance, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation.

Location activities coordination and administration (20% time)

  • Develop a good relationship with all partners and local authorities in and near their work location
  • Represent Inkomoko in all relevant location events and other partner stakeholder activities as guided
  • Assist other Inkomoko staff with all location mobilizations & sensitizations
  • Assist the MEL Department with surveys and data collection 
  • Support and coordinate with the MEL, training and admin teams on location activities
  • Assist the Inkomoko Investment team to follow up with clients’ loan repayments

Communication & reporting (10% time)

  • Provide weekly and monthly program reports on time to the supervisors
  • Communicate program details to host & refugee clients, as requested by Inkomoko
  • Communicate to Inkomoko leadership about any gaps/challenge faced by clients during program implementation
  • Represent Inkomoko as an ambassador, outreach to existing structures in the communities
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

We are looking for candidates who will navigate fast-paced and resource-constrained environments with enthusiasm, resilience, a sense of humor, and imagination.

The ideal candidate will fulfill the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Management or related field
  • 3+ years of work experience in business development services or applicable field
  • Experience in relationship management skills, business planning, and coaching 
  • Excellent computer skills, especially with MS Excel and Word
  • Good written and oral communications skills
  • Good presentation and training skills
  • Shows perseverance, personal integrity, and critical thinking skills
  • Show personal drive, initiative and learning agility 
  • Must speak fluent English & Swahili; knowledge of other local languages is an added advantage
  •  Must be able to legally work in Kenya.

Business Development Advisor – Kakuma at Inkomoko