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Junior Technical Advisor (WIDU.Africa)

Closing: Jul 31, 2024

13 days remaining

Published: Jul 17, 2024 (2 days ago)

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GIZ –German International Cooperation Agency- supports the German Government in achieving its goals in international cooperation for sustainable development.


GIZ is seeking a technical Junior Advisor to support the project “Employment promotion in the informal sector by leveraging diaspora money transfers - WIDU.africa platform. This is a regional project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) that gives (financial and non-financial) incentives to invest remittances in friends’ and families’ micro and small businesses and thereby improve the employment and income situation in Africa. Through the digital WIDU.africa platform (www.widu.africa), grant applications are submitted jointly by members of the African Diaspora in Germany and business start-ups and micro-entrepreneurs in Africa. Entrepreneurs are supported by improved access to finance through the topping-up of diasporas’ transfers of funds and capacity-building of entrepreneurial skills.


The project’s approach is to maximise the impact of diaspora remittances to Africa. Members of the diaspora in Germany/Europe will identify and register individuals and businesses known to them in which they trust, wish to invest and see potential. Both partners (diaspora donor and entrepreneur) apply with a joint business project. These business projects will go through a verification process and then receive technical support from local coaching organisations and a further financial contribution by GIZ that matches the joint contribution from the diaspora donor and the entrepreneur.


The business projects are micro/small sized companies (start-ups as well as existing micro/small businesses) with an idea to increase revenue and in turn, employment. The project is supported and managed through the digital platform www.WIDU.africa. Via the platform the application process is managed, the project is designed, goals and budgets are set, and coaching activities are managed. The projects are monitored and evaluated through data collected directly from the beneficiaries as well as trusted coaching partners, via the digital platform.


The online platform focuses on investments ranging from EUR 250 to EUR 2,500. The leverage ratio of the investments is 1:1:2, i.e. one Euro investment of both the African entrepreneur and the diaspora representative is subsidized with two Euros from the BMZ. The additional public subsidy consequently also ranges between EUR 250 and EUR 2,500. Accordingly, diaspora members and African entrepreneurs can each invest between EUR 125 and EUR 1.250. The transfer of funds takes place via formal financial service providers and not via the platform.


Responsibilities


GIZ –German International Cooperation Agency- supports the German Government in achieving its goals in international cooperation for sustainable development.


GIZ is seeking a technical Junior Advisor to support the project “Employment promotion in the informal sector by leveraging diaspora money transfers - WIDU.africa platform. This is a regional project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) that gives (financial and non-financial) incentives to invest remittances in friends’ and families’ micro and small businesses and thereby improve the employment and income situation in Africa. Through the digital WIDU.africa platform (www.widu.africa), grant applications are submitted jointly by members of the African Diaspora in Germany and business start-ups and micro-entrepreneurs in Africa. Entrepreneurs are supported by improved access to finance through the topping-up of diasporas’ transfers of funds and capacity-building of entrepreneurial skills.


The project’s approach is to maximise the impact of diaspora remittances to Africa. Members of the diaspora in Germany/Europe will identify and register individuals and businesses known to them in which they trust, wish to invest and see potential. Both partners (diaspora donor and entrepreneur) apply with a joint business project. These business projects will go through a verification process and then receive technical support from local coaching organisations and a further financial contribution by GIZ that matches the joint contribution from the diaspora donor and the entrepreneur.


The business projects are micro/small sized companies (start-ups as well as existing micro/small businesses) with an idea to increase revenue and in turn, employment. The project is supported and managed through the digital platform www.WIDU.africa. Via the platform the application process is managed, the project is designed, goals and budgets are set, and coaching activities are managed. The projects are monitored and evaluated through data collected directly from the beneficiaries as well as trusted coaching partners, via the digital platform.


The online platform focuses on investments ranging from EUR 250 to EUR 2,500. The leverage ratio of the investments is 1:1:2, i.e. one Euro investment of both the African entrepreneur and the diaspora representative is subsidized with two Euros from the BMZ. The additional public subsidy consequently also ranges between EUR 250 and EUR 2,500. Accordingly, diaspora members and African entrepreneurs can each invest between EUR 125 and EUR 1.250. The transfer of funds takes place via formal financial service providers and not via the platform.


B. Summary of responsibilities

The Junior Technical Advisor will be responsible for:

  • Providing technical support for the WIDU platform.

  • Conducting specific moderation steps on the WIDU platform.

  • Knowledge management, coordinating information and optimizing workflows.

WIDU Platform Technical Support

  • Provide first-line support to users experiencing technical difficulties with the WIDU

    platform at the Country level

  • Diagnose and troubleshoot software issues, documenting problems and solutions for future reference

  • Escalate complex technical issues to headquarter software team when necessary

  • Coordinate and implement software updates for the WIDU team, coaches and entrepreneurs in collaboration with the headquarter software team

  • Work closely with the WIDU platform development team to understand and contribute to

    new features and updates that address the specific needs of the Kenyan users

  • Backstopping users and providing guidance through Zammad and other available online

    solutions as per the GIZ rules, regulations and standards

Moderation tasks

  • Responsible for some moderation steps (M1) and ensuring the project scoring matrix is

    adhered to.

  • Through online platforms sensitise the diaspora and entrepreneurs on the project

    scoring rationale to increase the number of quality projects

  • Document decisions on M1 for learning processes within the WIDU team and GIZ Sustainable Economic Development Cluster

Knowledge Management

  • Creating, updating, and organizing technical and procedural documentation pertaining

    platform workflows.

  • Documents training events, workshops, forums, meetings, and other project activities

  • Contributes knowledge, ideas, feedback, and lessons learned to the programme team for

    continuous learning, improvement, and innovation.

  • Managing the repository of resources, such as presentations, templates, terms of

    references, guides and final reports

Other duties/additional tasks

  • Performs other duties and tasks as required by the project

  • Builds his/her knowledge and skills through asking questions, getting involved in

    activities and internal training opportunities

C. Required qualifications, competences and experience Qualifications:

  • Bachelors or Master’s in IT, Business, Finance, Development Economics, International Development Studies, or comparable relevant courses.


Professional experience

  • Experience in operating and working with digital platforms

  • Knowledge of small businesses and entrepreneurship

  • Experience in leveraging ICT in business development particularly for microenterprises.

  • Excellent reporting and presentation skills.

  • Ability to work as part of a project team.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in both written and spoken English.

  • Experience in monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management is an added advantage.

Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Very good working knowledge of ICT technologies (related software, phone, email,

    internet), Excel and other computer applications (e.g. MS Office);

  • Strong communication skills, good interpersonal skills and a willingness to cooperate effectively with colleagues.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

  • Pro-active, independent and flexible attitude.

What do we offer?

  • An interesting and challenging post in a German Government owned company,
    which operates internationally
  • A working environment in the spirit of intellectual openness
  • A contract in line with local Kenyan legal conditions with a long-term
    option, competitive compensation, and generous social benefits


D. Duration of Assignment

Contract runs until September 2026


E. Duty location

The duty location is Nairobi.


F. Submission of Application

Vacancy Reference Number: GIZ/SED/01/07/2024

GIZ is an equal opportunity employer.

Last date of receiving applications: 31.07.2024

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

  • GIZ promotes Gender Diversity – Applications from women professionals are
    encouraged.

Disclaimer: As per GIZ’s data confidentiality policy, candidate’s application is stored in our database for 6 (six) months and is deleted thereafter.


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