Title: Senior Marketing/Enterprise Development Officer
Reports to: Project Director
Location: Khartoum, Sudan
Salary: $1,300 - $1,500/mo (salary is commensurate with experience)
Travel: 25 %
The Near East Foundation (NEF) is seeking candidates for a Senior Marketing/Enterprise Development Officer, to be based in its South Kordofan office. For over 100 years, NEF has worked to build a more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive communities in the Middle East and Africa through economic development and governance initiatives. NEF’s work is organized around three core program areas: Inclusive Economic Development, Climate-resilient Development, and Stabilization and Peacebuilding.
The Senior Marketing/Enterprise Development Officer for the Near East Foundation in Sudan will support in the development of agribusiness plans, coordinate agribusiness development trainings and will provide on-going support to cooperatives and individual agribusinesses. S/he will work closely with the Senior Natural Resource Development Officer to also support market-based distribution of seeds and implements, non-formal financing, and targeted training in improved agribusiness. S/he will have in-depth knowledge of the local agribusiness environment, value chains, value creation, micro-franchising, contract farming, horizontal organisation, techniques for supporting entrepreneurs, and an understanding of how to assist individuals and associations in developing and realising a business plan and value creation. The specialist will work closely with the market access, capacity building, and natural resource specialists to develop a coordinated and holistic interventions in support of entrepreneurs’ knowledge of specific value chains and commercialisation strategies through training, peer learning and group coaching.
The Officer will support a four-year UKAID-funded project that will form/strengthen 18 women-led associations and support women entrepreneurs involved in non-timber forest products (NTFP) and other cash crops (hibiscus) in North and South Kordofan states to increase organisation, business and production skills, market access, economic standing, leadership, natural resource base, and favourable institutional environment. S/he will also support two USAID/OFDA-funded projects, Humanitarian Support for IDPs and Vulnerable Populations in WASH, Agriculture, and Food Security in Central Darfur State and in South Kordofan State, which will provide lifesaving activities to improve wellbeing among conflict-affected people by improving their agricultural production and food security.