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29/04 Sridhar Shankar
Senior Manager - HR at TechnoServe

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TechnoServe - Business Advisor - Entrepreneurship Consulting (6-10 yrs)

Mumbai Job Code: 1087501

TechnoServe (TNS) is a not for profit economic development agency which creates business solutions to poverty. We work closely with rural and urbanizing women and men in developing countries to build enterprises that generate income, create livelihood opportunities and fuel economic growth. Headquartered in the United States, we operate in more than 30 countries.

TNS has been active in India since 2007, working to:

1) Strengthen value chains: We work hands-on with smallholder farmers, enabling them to grow high-value products, engage with private sector companies and sell in profitable markets - F&V value chain;

2) Support entrepreneurs in poor areas: We provide business training and support to women and men who want to create thriving, sustainable enterprises - large scale livelihood and institution building;

3) Promote sustainable local economic development: Our market-led approach increases incomes for target groups, catalyzing further economic and social development in their communities - access to finance.

We are presently working with a diverse set of partners and funders, including Capgemini, Cargill, Citi Foundation, HDFC Bank, Kellogg, NABARD, Visa Foundation, Walmart Foundation, etc. to execute largescale, multi-year programs, based on our core areas of expertise. In the past, we have worked in various organisations including Abbott, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Cairn Energy, IFC Advisory, JP Morgan, National Rural Livelihoods Promotion Scheme and USAID. In 2021 alone, TechnoServe facilitated incremental financial benefits in excess of $ 25 Million for its 54,000+ beneficiaries across 8 states in India. Internationally, our work has been recognized for its high impact and returns on donor investment. In November 2019, we were awarded as the "#1 Non-Profit" among 1,000 non-profit organisations in the category of "reducing poverty" by ImpactMatters, an independent charity evaluator which rates charities on impact and cost-effectiveness. TechnoServe has won numerous awards for the work in India and all information can be found in our website.

TNS is working to support the livelihoods of small entrepreneurs and connect them with leadership and business skills. The initiative is to support enterprising people to transform their roles in their businesses, and to strengthen the 'Growing Green Enterprises' in the local communities by taking on leadership roles to drive employment opportunities and sustainable eco-systems.

More information on TNS can be found at

Program Description:

- TechnoServe will launch a multiyear 'Green Entrepreneurship Accelerator' program, to build the capacity of small and growing entrepreneurs (SGBs) with an aim to have a transformative impact. The ambitious program aims to achieve environmental and sustainable goals by scaling up small & growing green businesses. The program team will work with 400 green small and growing enterprises directly impacting the businesses in waste, textiles and forestry industries over the next 3-4 years. The program will enable Green SGBs to achieve greater environmental impact, and enable them to operate at scale. In the long term the learnings from this multi-year program will be incorporated into green accelerators worldwide (A tour of our business training for woman entrepreneurs in India program).

The project will support program participants and lead SGBs addressing key areas for their growth:

i) Provide training on business and management skills, and planning advisory to develop business plans and identify short term and mid-term priorities.

ii) Provide one to one business advisory support and mentorship by industry insiders.

iii) Identify partners for access to finance and support in developing fundraising plans.

iv) Facilitate linkages between Green SGBs and financial institutions, green financing firms, government subsidies etc.

v) Provide exposure to a gamut of service providers through seminars, etc.

vi) Enable access to knowledge sharing and ecosystem platforms for Green SGBs.

vii) Facilitate peer networking within Green SGBs.

viii) Facilitate access to green technologies and research institutes and assistance by specialized consultants.

Role Description:

The incumbent will be accountable for:

A. Project Management

- Managing and implementation of program deliverables as per the timeline

- Facilitating mobilization and selection of Green Entrepreneurs

- Monitoring and tracking progress of businesses in the program

B. Business Advisory Support

- Developing, preparing and facilitating training topics and workshops to the beneficiary businesses/entrepreneurs.

- Developing strategic tools that contribute to strengthen knowledge and improve the performance and growth of the businesses.

- Providing targeted support, based on the specific short- and medium-term priorities identified by each enterprise.

- Providing one on one business advice to entrepreneurs who are beneficiaries of the program, providing comprehensive advice in different key areas (marketing and sales, costs and finances, operations, legal aspects, among others).

- Providing individual mentorship to program participants; diagnosing individual needs of the start-up businesses and help scale and improve their environmental impact.

- Facilitating the development of a business growth plan for all program beneficiaries, with clear milestones.

- Facilitating entrepreneurs with access to start-up funding and business support for beneficiaries through green financing firms (venture capital and impact investors).

- Conducting periodic meetings/workshops (either virtual or in-person) for peers to exchange ideas of tested green solutions, business models, marketing strategies, etc

- Supporting in making Green SGBs capable of adapting to and managing uncertainties in the COVID-19 pandemic

C. Stakeholder Management

- Supporting businesses to connect with green networks to promote information sharing, collaboration, and nurture innovation.

- Supporting entrepreneurs in anchoring important discussions with market players; research organisations, market buyers, financial Institutions, industry experts, etc

- Providing technical & program management support to senior management in monitoring the project, oversee training activities and curriculum design, mobilization efforts, convergence with government schemes, etc.

- Providing information on the progress of the program to Senior leadership team

D. Knowledge management

- Enhancing knowledge sharing through exposure visits, sharing experiences of similar projects undertaken, approach paper, development of manuals; guidelines; good practice notes; knowledge materials, etc.

- Creating a repository of knowledge on markets, value chain partners and different financial institutions and their products.

E. Reporting and analysis

- Consolidating and reporting key data, field level intelligence, performance of enterprises and cohort and oversight to administration activities.

- Coordinating with M&E team and suggest key insights to ensure project targets are on track.

4. Requirements:

- MBA in Management / Business Administration / Economics / Marketing / Development from reputed institutions

- 6-10 years of experience with development sector or corporate organizations

- 3 years of management consulting and project management experience preferred

- Experience of managing projects focused on entrepreneurship development is desirable

- Exposure to working with small and green enterprises will be added advantage

- Flare for travel as the job profile requires 70% travel time

- Experience of managing diverse teams

- Sound knowledge M/S Word/ Excel/ PPT

- Demonstrated ability to independently create and maintain relationships with external stakeholders

- Applicants should be open to travel to any of the project location

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Women-friendly workplace:

Maternity and Paternity Benefits

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