Cuso International Job Vacancy in Kenya : Enterprise Development Advisor

‘Diasporas for Development Initiative’ (DfD)
PARTNER NAME: Women Challenged to Challenge
LOCATION: Nairobi, Kenya
LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: 3 months in-country followed by 2-3 months distance support
Assessment & Training: Must be available for full day assessment in Chicago in November 2013  and for 5-day training in Washington in December 2013 (see below for travel support offered)
FUNDING ELIGIBILITYREQUIREMENTS: Must be an American Citizen, Permanent Resident or have a valid work permit

 *This placement is conditional upon availability of funds from our donors.



Women Challenged to Challenge (WCC) is a national organization with over 300 women with disability (WwD) members in Kenya.  Since 2001, through WCC, WwDs have been able to lobby and advocate for issues of self- development with a unified voice. WCC envisions a just, participatory, empowered and sustainable living for women with disabilities.WCC’s mission is to improve the lives of WwDs through capacity building, awareness raising, advocacy and development programs. It actively promotes the participation of women with disabilities in all aspects of social, economic, political and cultural life.


 Overall placement purpose:

To support one of our local partners in Kenya as they expand and strengthen programs that build skills in employability and entrepreneurship.  The ideal candidate will support the development and implementation of strategic plans, develop and deliver training modules on topics related to developing employability and/or entrepreneurship skills, build organizational capacity, and provide advice and coaching on gaining employment and starting businesses to the local partner organization and their beneficiaries.

Specific Objectives:

  • Provide training and coaching to staff of the local partner organization on design and implementation of programs for enterprise development and building employability skills
  • Provide training and support to individuals in planning and developing micro-enterprises and employability skills
  • Mentoring and coaching on various topics of organizational development and livelihoods programming as required by the local partner organization
  • Assist in collecting and promoting information resources on employability and entrepreneurship
  • Support fundraising efforts that contribute to enterprise development
  • According to technical guidelines, develop 2 separate e-volunteer Scopes of Work that allow remote e-volunteers to support the local partner in their livelihoods programming
  • Provide additional remote support to partner organizations after their return to the US through e-volunteering and/or e-mentoring for a period of between 2 and 3 months following their return.

Duties & Responsibilities include:

  • Strengthen the systems of Economic empowerment for women with disabilities
  • Supporting the women in business development and management and project management
  • Training, and coaching or mentoring



Essential requirements

  • Degree in Business, Economics, Marketing, Human Resources or related field and experience working in an entrepreneurial environment or as owner/manager of a small business
  • Experience in training, teaching or mentoring role
  • Experience in management, marketing, market research and sales
  • Experience in project evaluation and conducting monitoring activities
  • Resourcefulness, strategic thinking, creative problem solving and basic financial management skills
  • Proven ability to follow through on objectives and produce timely results with little supervision
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Basic computer skills and the ability to communicate effectively by email


  • MBA with focus on developing countries, social entrepreneurship, small business and/or Certificate in Project Management, Leadership, Communication, or similar.
  • Experience in innovative product development
  • Experience leading Organizational Development activities
  • Working knowledge of Swahili
  • Significant personal or professional ties to the country or region of the placement. **

**Significant personal ties include persons having immediate or extended family relations or ancestry in the country of the placement.  Significant professional ties include persons who have lived and worked in the specific country of the placement preferably for a period of 2 or more years.


Our training and support package covers the costs of being an overseas volunteer, allowing you to enjoy a modest but healthy lifestyle while you volunteer abroad. This includes:

  • Attendance at a Cuso International assessment day (candidates must cover the first $150 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and accommodation costs).
  • Travel and accommodation costs associated with pre-departure training.
  • Return airfare and visa/permit (this includes a return flight in the case of a family emergency).
  • Coverage for required vaccinations, medications and comprehensive health insurance.
  • Accommodation while overseas.
  • A modest living allowance during the overseas placement, which varies depending on the country where you are placed
  • In-country payment at end of placement

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How to Apply

Please apply online, quoting referral code K1247/0002/0001 and the name of the placement.  Pleasedemonstrate clearly how you meet the funding eligibility requirements in your statement of interest.

ABOUT THE Initiative

The ‘Diasporas for Development Initiative’ is a public private partnership generously supported by USAID and Accenture, implemented by Cuso International.

The ‘Diasporas for Development Initiative’ is a two year pilot project designed to address the challenge of human resource gaps in developing countries, often due to ‘brain drain,’ by engaging US-based volunteers to share their skills with Cuso’s local program partners.

The program takes a two pronged approach to promoting diaspora engagement in countries of ancestry:

  1. Developing partnerships with Diaspora Partner Organizations (DPO’s) in the U.S. through reciprocal exchange of support; and,
  1. Recruiting US-based professionals from the diaspora to share their skills in support of projects that build employability and entrepreneurship skills in their countries of ancestry (focus on Secure Livelihoods).