POSITION TITLE: Conservation Enterprise Development Specialist
LOCATION: Lilongwe, Malawi
UNIT: Forestry & Natural Resource Management
REPORTS TO: Deputy Chief of Party
Winrock is seeking Conservation Enterprise Development Specialist candidates for the upcoming USAID-funded Malawi REFRESH initiative. This initiative is a fisheries restoration intervention to foster ecosystem based and participatory fisheries management in Lake Malawi.
Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
Act as a subject matter expert and advisor to the Deputy Chief of Party in the following technical areas: conservation enterprise development and livelihoods; investment development and networking; business and entrepreneurship development; and business innovation and research.
Lead project activities/results around the commercialization of conservation enterprises to counter unsustainable fishing.
Assist in designing and developing project activities that would promote sustainable fishing while providing economic benefits that could be scaled up to provide value to Lake Malawi.
Develop project activities that support a comprehensive enterprise enabling environment with relevant business development agencies such as financial services providers, and business development service providers.
QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:
A Masters degree or higher in one of the following fields: business administration and/or biodiversity conservation, business and enterprise development, or public administration.
At least 5 years of demonstrated technical expertise, with substantial developing country experience in development and implementation of innovative strategies within their subject areas and experience and expertise to effectively provide technical assistance and oversee the design and implementation of conservation enterprise activities.
Ability to organize and conduct business and product development trainings and technical workshops.
Experience and skills necessary for facilitating business development and networking; market research and negotiating sustainable financing mechanisms for district councils and other beach village committees, or commercial fishers and others.
Proven track record of working on design of commercially viable enterprises which are self-sustaining and thorough understanding of the trade and business regulatory frameworks and public private partnership processes.
A thorough understanding of issues relating to local discourse on tourism development, cultural heritage, and potential natural resources-based enterprises along the lakeshore districts.
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required.