MSE Support Services Specialist at Adam Smith International

Adam Smith International are an award-winning professional services business that delivers real impact, value and lasting change through projects supporting economic growth and government reform internationally. Our reputation as a global leader has been built on the positive results our projects have achieved in many of the world’s most challenging environments. Adam Smith International has a strong corporate presence globally, with 146 current projects across 49 countries and over 1,000 staff and associates. Headquartered in London, our regional headquarters are based in Africa (Nairobi, Abuja, and Pretoria), Asia Pacific (Sydney) and South Asia (Delhi), with numerous registered offices across Africa and Asia.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: MSE Support Services SpecialistTracking Code: 946-112 Location: JigawaReporting to: Local Economic Development (LED) Intervention Manager Department: Private Sector Development Position Type: Part-Time BackgroundMAFITA is a 6-year DFID-funded programme working in Nigeria’s northern states, with a vision to empower marginalised youths and women through the provision of increased economic opportunities and social inclusion.About MAFITANorthern Nigeria has high-youth unemployment, insecurity and limited economic opportunities. MAFITA aims to assist 68,000 marginalised young people - with a particular emphasis on adolescent girls and Almajirai – to find gainful employment. By 2021, the program will create a net total of 43,300 full-time equivalent jobs and assisted 23,500 micro and small enterprises (MSEs). The project will tackle the supply and demand side of the labour market, focussing on the delivery of skills essential for employment, as well as the absorptive capacity of the labour market.MAFITA will partner with public and private stakeholders to improve access to relevant and quality training, mentorship, work experience, business development, and financial services for marginalised youths and women. The programme will also support local market systems to enable the absorption of MAFITA’s target beneficiaries into sustainable income-generating activities.Position OverviewThe Jigawa MSE Support Specialist will work with MSMEs and ensure readiness for job placement of graduates in 2018.He/she will also work with trade associations, MFIs, and BDSPs to support local economic growth in the state.Responsibilities The Jigawa MSE Support Specialist is expected to:Support MSE growth through training and capacity building of key partners such as SMEDANDevelop and implement effective business development services for MSEs and new start-up entrepreneursDevelop and implement effective and affordable financial services for MSEs and new entrepreneursEstablish an effective broker system at selected trade associations for provision of BDS and financial services to members and new start-upsEngage with private sector to develop relationships that result in work placement and job opportunities and identify areas of support for enterprise growthSupport state governments in formulation and implementation of MSE support and job creation policies and strategiesResponsible for timely and effective delivery of MSE support initiativesSupport the timely delivery of LED quarterly milestones including contributing to written reports and monitoring activitiesProvide the communications team with appropriate communications pieces relating to LED activities 

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