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Contract Business Development Advisor
Observatory, Western Cape - South Africa

Contract Business Development Advisor Observatory, Western Cape - South Africa

Available: 4 yrs ago
Contact: Jean Knaggs

Account Name: Jean Knaggs
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Contract Business Development Advisor Observatory, Western Cape - South Africa


• The job holder is responsible for the identification and analysis of producers and member needs and requirements in South Africa. He/She will be responsible for designing and implementing new, and supporting existing business opportunities for members. 
• He/she will take a lead in the implementation of regional membership to maximize revenues,  business development opportunities and added value benefits through offering support,  advice and guidance to existing and potential members and producer organizations

1. Membership and Business Support
• Assessment of non-Fairtrade Certified organizations to gauge readiness for joining Fairtrade
• Assess needs and situation and propose custom recommendations to best support Small Producer Organizations (SPO)/Hired Labour (HL)  producer organisation
• Provide direct technical assistance to Members in development of business strategic plans, marketing plans related to business development and growth requirements
• Act as a key point of contact for member and producer organization queries, ensuring that, as far as possible, issues are dealt with promptly and efficiently
• Provide guidance and advice to members relating to regional membership products and services
• Coordinate FTA and stakeholder contact with member organisations
• Advise FTA and Regional Offices on how best to meet membership needs and the packaging of such support
• Coordinate and provide support to product networks in their country/s of operation
• Follow up on membership fees collection
• Deliver trainings for producer organizations
• Ensure follow up on member issues with the regional offices.
• Prepare and submit project field reports
• Ensure good understanding of the member nature of business
• Provide Advisory services on member business trade and marketing opportunities
• Carry out research on member products potential markets and trade opportunities
• Carry out research on member products key stakeholders and connect the parties for mutual business growth benefits

2. Identify business Opportunities and Programs
• In liaison with the HOR to identify opportunities for programmes and projects development
• Knowledgeable and maintain extensive knowledge of current market conditions
• Involved in business development planning
• Oversee support in pre and post certification support mainly conducted by BSOs and Fairtrade officers of various producer organizations

3. Stakeholder Management Support
• Represent FTA at country level events
• Build strong relationships with external and internal stakeholders to determine needs and requirements
• Understand producer needs and concerns and ensure these needs are communicated appropriately for FTA’s benefit

4. Programme and Project Support and management
• Establish a business case for each project, supported by budget information and income projections Produce relevant project reports detailing progression, income streams and outcomes
• Monitor operational activities and effectiveness of results, and outcomes
• Compile monthly updates and quarterly reports using FTA templates
• Develop programmes and work plans for Trainer of Trainers (ToTs)/ Fairtrade Officers

Skills and Knowledge Job Demands

Minimum Academic Requirement
• Graduate university education in Economics/Business studies/Management/agronomy
• Experience in working with member based organizations/structures
• Proven experience in development of business and strategic plans for small to medium enterprises
Other Specialist Training or Certifications (Desired)
• Diploma in Business Management or/and
• Project Management Certificate

Minimum Years of Relevant Experience
• At least 3 years’ experience in similar position

Knowledge of Systems and Procedures
• Knowledge and experience of Business and Management Skills
• Working knowledge and experience of developing business and strategic plans for organizations.

Skills and Abilities:
• Demonstrated skills in project planning, implementation and budgeting
• Proven experience in training of teams and facilitation of training
• Ability to develop simple training workbooks and plans
Communication demands:
• Good command of spoken and written English
• Experience in writing reports
• Experience in developing work plans
The following are core competencies required for the role:

• Passionate commitment - This competency shows you have a passion, dedication, and proactively can show your support for FTA
• Embracing change - This competency is about you showing you are flexible and responsive to changing needs. It is about innovating, doing something new or differently
• Working together -This competency is about how we all relate to one another – either as Line Manager and Team, the Team itself, or colleague to colleague
• Delivering results - This competency is about achieving a high quality of measurable results while at the same time maintaining or even raising, the quality of work
• Knowledge management - This competency is about working in a way that promotes information and knowledge sharing to the team and our broader network

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