Advisory Associate

Reports To: Advisory Manager, West Africa
Job Type: Full-time consultancy for 18 months
Region: West Africa
Location: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire or Accra, Ghana
Start Date: Immediately
Contact: Please apply by using the form below.

Summary

The advisory associate will support the advisory work in West Africa and assist the advisory manager in coordinating and implementing various training activities and pilot projects for programs in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.

Mission & History of Root Capital

Root Capital invests in the growth of agricultural enterprises so they can transform rural communities. These businesses purchase crops such as coffee, cocoa, or grains from smallholder farmers. With growth, they become engines of impact that can raise incomes, create jobs, empower women and young people, sustain peace and preserve vulnerable ecosystems.

We supply these businesses with vital resources: access to capital, trade and technical partners, financial training and conservation practices. We work in hard-to-serve geographies where others don’t. To date, we’ve distributed $1.4 billion to improve the lives of over six million people in farming communities.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Root Capital currently has associated offices in Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Senegal, and Kenya.

Responsibilities

Identify, help recruit and assist a network of local financial trainers in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana - 30%

  • Meet with local financial trainers
  • Prepare requests for proposals (RFPs) for training engagements
  • Evaluate proposals

Actively participate in planning and coordinating logistics of centralized workshops - 20%

  • Help coordinate training with loan officers to ensure the proper mix of participants
  • Coordinate the logistics (training venue, accommodation)
  • Identify the trainers needed to carry out the workshop
  • Assist in evaluating the training materials before the workshop and provide feedback
  • Follow up with clients after trainings to gauge and evaluate the quality of the training

Plan and coordinate logistics of one-on-one onsite training - 20%

  • Identify the trainers needed to carry out the workshop
  • Assist in evaluating the training materials before the onsite training and provide feedback
  • Follow up with clients after training to control quality of training

Gather information required towards reporting requirements - 15%

  • Prepare reports on activities as needed, including quarterly feedback and donor reports
  • Work with the West Africa Advisory Manager to maintain the quality of information in Root Capital’s information tracking systems.

Maintain active collaboration and partnership with lending, business development, monitoring and evaluation - 15%

  • Communicate regularly with loan officers and business development officers on training opportunities and progress made with training clients
  • Liaise with the monitoring and evaluation personnel in evaluating the training outcomes

Other duties as assigned by the advisory manager.

Skills & Experience

  • 3-5 years experience in financial training and/or development programs, working with rural associations or farmers' groups and cooperatives
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or equivalent, related experience
  • Comprehension of methodologies for providing financial training to farmers and rural businesses and associations.
  • An understanding of the local context
  • Ability and willingness to travel to the rural areas and within Africa
  • Microsoft office proficiency (Word, Powerpoint, Excel); general proficiency with technological tools and willingness to learn
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational abilities, problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and ability to with multiple projects simultaneously.
  • English and French fluency required; knowledge of other local languages a plus
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision and with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Proactive, service-oriented mind-set and a self-starter
  • Creative and innovative
  • Have a team work spirit and be capable to work under pressure
  • Passion for Root Capital’s commitment to worldwide poverty alleviation and environmental conservation.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Regular travel to rural and urban regions of West Africa countries often with limited medical, transport, communications and lodging facilities.

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Applications

More information about Root Capital is available at www.rootcapital.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply using the form below as soon as possible, making sure to include a resume and cover letter that describes your interest, qualifications, language abilities, salary requirements, and how you learned of the position. 

Root Capital provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, active military or veteran status, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth, and breastfeeding and expressing breast milk), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Root Capital is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that upholds our leadership principles of: empowerment, equity, integrity, service, and transparency
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