Entrepreneurship Incubator Consultant (Remote/Algeria)

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 16 October 2019
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Job Description

World Learning is implementing the Algeria Entrepreneurship and Employment Project, funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the U.S. Department of State. World Learning has worked in Algeria since 2005, leveraging our unique ability to operate in a country where few foreign NGOs are allowed, to help young people develop their talents and contribute to the economic and social fabric of their communities. Today, World Learning is active in 23 of Algeria’s 48 wilayas, and under recent MEPI-funded workforce development programs (since 2012), we have trained nearly 20,000 unemployed or underemployed young women and men and documented a 79.7% post-training employment rate—far surpassing our project targets. Along the way, we are also meeting labor market demand and developing tools and methodologies, lessons learned, and best practices.

Based on our extensive experience in Algeria, World Learning and our local partner, the Algerian Center for Social Entrepreneurship (ACSE), propose to promote economic diversification and opportunities for Algerian youth in high-potential knowledge- and technology-based fields, according to the following theory of change:

IF 25 promising SMEs in targeted non-hydrocarbon knowledge- and technology-based sectors receive business acceleration support that enables them to better identify and address their recruitment, supply chain, and core growth needs,

AND IF 1,300 young women and men aged 20-35 receive high-quality demand-driven training to fulfill targeted SME and larger firms’ growth needs in non-hydrocarbon sectors,

AND IF youth incubate 30 small businesses that respond directly to known business demand in Innovation Hubs that also build a foundation for developing future entrepreneurial talent,

THEN more youth will be employed in higher-earning jobs and businesses, and the country’s path to economic growth through diversification will be supported,

ASSUMING that the current political instability remains within manageable levels and the government remains supportive of economic diversification.

Our approach is strategically focused on the start-up of new youth-led enterprises, alongside increasing the market for youth skills and products through support for existing non-hydrocarbon SMEs. This dual strategy is the key to Algeria’s ability to diversify its economy with knowledge- and technology-based sectors, to improve economic stability and employ more young Algerians.

Responsibilities

Support from an Entrepreneurship Incubator Consultant is needed for Activity 3.1 of the project. The Consultant will be responsible for:

  1. Meeting with our partner, a local business incubator in Algeria, to learn about their enterprise incubation methods and materials, as well as understanding contextual obstacles and opportunities. Conduct additional meetings with other incubators in Algiers and Setif for a comparative perspective.
  2. Advising on improvements or additional elements to be introduced into the incubator’s methods to ensure that they align with international best practices in youth enterprise incubation, for both B2B and B2C types of business models, and align with the design of the Algeria Entrepreneurship and Employment Project.
  3. Documenting the processes, methods, and curricula to be followed for future cohorts of entrepreneurs in the form of a handbook or toolkit.
  4. Final workshop to acquaint our incubator partner’s staff and World Learning staff with recommended methods and the documented tools and materials.

Requirements

  • Experience with business incubators required, preferably in the MENA region; experience in North Africa specifically will receive preferential consideration.
  • Relevant MA or MBA and 7 years of experience, or relevant BA and 15 years of experience.
  • Fluency in English required, including ability to produce written documentation in English. Knowledge of Arabic and/or French strongly preferred.

Schedule of Deliverables and Level of Effort

This work is to be conducted from January to March of 2020, for a total of 14-20 days of work to be billed on an hourly basis. The work will require one trip to Algeria, including the cities of Algiers and Setif, for a duration to be determined and included within the above LOE. Finalization of deliverables may be performed remotely with all work products due by March 13, 2020.

Location

Remote with travel to Algiers/Setif, Algeria

Why World Learning

For more than 85 years, World Learning has worked to create a more peaceful, sustainable, and just world. Our education, development, and exchange programs help people find their voices, connect with their communities, and strengthen the institutions that form the backbone of a democratic society. With our support, these emerging leaders tackle critical global issues like poverty, conflict, and inequality.

As a thriving international nonprofit organization with impact in 150 countries, World Learning works across six major program areas. We’re hard at work improving global education to ensure schools and teachers have the tools they need to support students — including English language instruction through our TESOL teacher training. We encourage civic engagement in communities around the world, and we strengthen institutions so that they can best serve their constituencies. Our workforce development programs help people cultivate the hard and soft skills they need to succeed. And we offer people-to-people exchanges for people of all ages who seek professional and academic enrichment.

All World Learning programs are grounded in five key approaches: experiential learning, leadership development, inclusive practices, innovation, and grants management. We believe in partnering with local experts, organizations, and institutions to find solutions that will truly work for each community. Together, we create the foundations for a better tomorrow.

World Learning is a member of the World Learning Inc. family, which also includes The Experiment in International Living and School for International Training.

World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

About the Organization

Why World Learning

For more than 85 years, World Learning has worked to create a more peaceful, sustainable, and just world. Our education, development, and exchange programs help people find their voices, connect with their communities, and strengthen the institutions that form the backbone of a democratic society. With our support, these emerging leaders tackle critical global issues like poverty, conflict, and inequality.

As a thriving international nonprofit organization with impact in 150 countries, World Learning works across six major program areas. We’re hard at work improving global education to ensure schools and teachers have the tools they need to support students — including English language instruction through our TESOL teacher training. We encourage civic engagement in communities around the world, and we strengthen institutions so that they can best serve their constituencies. Our workforce developmentprograms help people cultivate the hard and soft skills they need to succeed. And we offer people-to-people exchanges for people of all ages who seek professional and academic enrichment.

All World Learning programs are grounded in five key approaches: experiential learning, leadership development, inclusive practices, innovation, and grants management. We believe in partnering with local experts, organizations, and institutions to find solutions that will truly work for each community. Together, we create the foundations for a better tomorrow.

World Learning is a member of the World Learning Inc.Opens a New Window. family, which also includes The Experiment in International Living and School for International Training.

World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

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