Leather: Production and Business Strategy - Volunteer Expert

Nairobi, Kenya
Apply by 12 April 2018
Volunteer , Volunteer opportunity
Posted on 13 March 2018

Job Description

SCOPE OF WORK Leather: Production and Business Strategy - Volunteer Expert Location of Assignment: Nairobi, Kenya Proposed Level of Effort: 3 weeks Anticipated Start Date: mid-late May/June 2018 Position Objective: The Expert Volunteer will support the production and business strategy teams with overall capacity building to prepare the company to accommodate large buyers’ needs. They will also help create a business strategy including sales, marketing, communication, branding and business development in order to help the host organization compete with other leather brands on a global scale. Anticipated Tasks:
  • Support development of leather technician training manual by the enterprise
  • Conduct training on production quality and international standards
  • Support development of business strategy
  • Build capacity to be able to handle large orders
  • Business strategy
  • Leather technician training manual
  • Training on production quality and international standards
Desired Volunteer Qualifications:
  • A university degree in market research, marketing, international trade, manufacturing chemistry, engineering, business, economics, development, or a related field;
  • Technical competencies and qualifications in market research, export development including distribution and coordination, supply chain, merchandising, production, export sales or logistics in a US-based retailer or importer;
  • Extensive knowledge of the US apparel trade including familiarity with senior executives of top brands;
  • Knowledge of export procedures and requirements for the USA (under AGOA)
  • Previous experience in providing direct technical support to individual firms and business support institutions;
  • Fluent in oral and written English;
  • Excellent computer skills;
  • Ability to work within strict deadlines;
  • Established buyer relationships with retail channels in USA/EU is a plus;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills; and,
  • Knowledge of East Africa and Africa processing industry would be a great asset.
*This is not a paid position*

About the Organization

IESC – the International Executive Service Corps – is a US-based NGO with a focus on supporting private enterprise internationally. We have worked in partnership with local people in 130 countries—mainly with the generous support of USAID—designing, implementing, managing and evaluating a wide range of market driven solutions along the entire value chain of a company or industry. In Tanzania, IESC is implementing the Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise (ENGINE) program, a four-year USAID-funded Feed the Future activity awarded through the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) that aims to address many of the regulatory, informational and financial constraints that inhibit domestic and foreign investment in the southern agricultural regions of Mbeya, Morogoro, and Iringa, as well as in Zanzibar.

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