Current Assignments

Remember, even if you don’t see a role here which you think suits your skills and experience, please still get in touch.  

You can tell us a little bit about yourself, your skills and your interests by sending a CV and cover message to info@challengesworldwide.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.
NEW Business Mentors
Retail Consultants x2
French-Speaking Business Consultant
Renewable Energy Advisors
Research Assignments
Business Management Consultants
Corporate Finance
Sales Management
Distribution Network Development

Business Mentors

We have several new projects in the pipeline for Spring / Summer 2014 which require experienced business professionals.  Although specific details for each project are yet to be confirmed, we’d love to hear from new and old members in our network who are available in the coming months.

Project length

Approximately 3 months (but this will vary from placement to placement)

Job description

We have a variety of upcoming positions to deliver strategic and organisational development inputs in order to help us grow inclusive businesses. We’d be particularly interested to hear from individuals with experience in the agricultural and clean energy sectors.

Each role is specific to the organisation but, in general, our Associates will:

  • Provide overall business advisory services, support and training to the organisation in order to improve business plan and implementation
  • Carry out a general diagnostic of the organisation, with the view of identifying existing and missing business functions and procedures
  • Assist the organisation to identify new potential channels to markets / products / suppliers or to improve access and delivery of existing ones
  • Help the organisation improve internal management systems including financial reporting, recording of sales channels and opportunities, suppliers etc.

Requirements

  • Proven experience in a business/ strategic development role
  • Experience setting and devising objectives, strategies and tasks
  • Experience of providing training
  • Analytical skills with policy development and operational procedure development abilities
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience with donors /fund-raising, or commercial experience working with profit-driven companies would be very desirable
  • Self motivated with the ability to work independently
  • Professional, flexible, resourceful, adaptable, creative and culturally sensitive.

Although these are unpaid roles, your flights, accommodation, visa costs, medical expenses and a daily stipend will usually be provided.

 

Retail Consultants x 2

Project length

Both roles will last approximately 3 months, based in and around Nairobi and its outskirts.  We hope the roles will begin in early 2014

Organisation summary

Our partner is a Kenyan organisation working with agrodealers in rural areas to improve their business processes and customer management practices. Our partner has facilitated partnerships between these agrodealers and small ICT firms, and some have already begun using technology to their advantage.

Job description

We are currently recruiting two volunteers to support this organisation.  

The first role is a general retail consultancy role which will involve working closely with agrodealers, mentoring them in:

  • basics of merchandising, inventory, and financial management
  • development of customer loyalty programs
  • improvement of promotional and marketing campaign and tactics, including how to assess marketing and promotional investments
  • how to use management information more effectively for strategic planning and decision making.

The second role is more closely tied to aftersales and, if possible, some previous experience in ICT.  It will involve working with both the ICT firms and the users to illustrate the importance of (and value in) following up with customers after initial implementation. The successful volunteer will also have the skills and knowledge to help the ICT firms package their products more effectively.

Requirements

• Previous experience of providing retail consultancy is necessary
• The knowledge, initiative and confidence to work with markets that aren’t always ready for ICT would be beneficial for the second assignment
• Excellent communication skills
• Previous experience of training and mentoring others
• Previous experience of working in low-income countries is desirable but not essential

These would be ideal opportunities for experienced professionals to use their skills in a new and exciting environment, as although unpaid we will cover your expenses. We provide return flights, insurance, in-country accommodation, transport and inoculations. You will also receive a daily stipend for meals and subsistence.

 

 

French-Speaking Business Consultant

Project length

Between 3 and 6 months in Haiti, beginning early 2014

Organisation summary

Despite Haiti’s forest cover amounting to just 1.5%, most people continue to cook with inefficient, polluting charcoal stoves as they are the cheapest option.

Our partner organisation is an innovative Haitian business which is working to not only ease the strain on Haiti’s depleted forests, but to create jobs and cut fuel bills on the island through making and selling quick-cooking stoves.

Although its factory was ruined by the recent earthquake and hurricane, the business has still managed to increase its stove production.

The team in Haiti now require assistance from a consultant who has experience of working with start-ups as they embark on an exciting period of expansion.

Job description

The successful volunteer will spend around 3 to 6 months working with the business to help them upscale production. Typical tasks might include:

  • supporting the local team whilst they pilot a new business strategy
  • implementing procedures and practices associated with start-ups
  • providing assistance on how best to improve the distribution model
  • training staff and distributers in sales and marketing techniques

Requirements

  • French language skills are essential for this role
  • Substantial experience of working directly with start-ups
  • Financial management experience
  • A firm understanding of financial reporting and marketing
  • Experience in training and mentoring others
  • Previous experience of working in the developing world is desired, but not essential.

This would be an ideal opportunity for an experienced professional to use their skills in a new and exciting environment, as although unpaid, we will cover your expenses. We provide return flights, insurance, in-country accommodation, transport and inoculations. You will also receive a daily stipend for meals and subsistence.

 

 

Renewable Energy Advisors

Project length

Between 3 and 6 months, beginning as soon as possible

Organisation summary

Our partner organisation is a technical trade school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, which offers training, certification and work experience in mechanics, construction and computer science. The school is currently looking for assistance from an individual or small team to help them develop a new solar energy training programme.

Job description

The school is aiming to provide young Haitians with a 10-12 month course in solar energy. The coursework will be divided into modules and complimented by opportunities for students to put their newly-acquired skills into practice. It is hoped that the training on offer will expand to encompass wind, hydro and waste to energy in the future. The role will involve designing a curriculum, assessing the space and designing new labs, setting-up the necessary materials/equipment, and training permanent staff to teach courses.

Requirements

  • At least 3-5 years experience working in the renewable energy sector
  • Experience teaching or training at college/university level
  • Experience developing teaching materials and curricula
  • Experience designing, overseeing and implementing a renewable energy program
  • Experience of working in developing countries
  • Strong spoken and written French skills are required
  • Familiarity with the challenges and opportunities of working with solar technology in the Caribbean would be an advantage

Please note that this is an unpaid voluntary role, however expenses such as flights and accommodation will be covered by us and our partner organisation. Volunteers will also receive a daily living allowance to cover the cost of food etc.

 

 

Research Assignments

These placements are designed with students in mind but applications are welcomed from individuals (both young and old professionals alike) with relevant experience and an interest in the topic.  The assignments below are self-funded, meaning volunteers must raise funds to cover the cost of flights, accommodation and their time in country.  If you are interested in applying for one of these roles, please email a cover letter and CV to info@challengesworldwide.com

Egypt

Sales, Distribution and Marketing Strategy with Nahdet

Might be of interest to individuals such as postgraduate business school students or undergraduates with significant appropriate experience.

Researching Strategies on Inducing Internal Change on Sexual Harassment with Nahdet

Might be of interest to individuals with a social science background, particularly psychology.

Using the Arts to Improve Mental Health and Awareness of Social Issues with Red Tomato

Might be of interest to theatre or drama students with an interest in using the arts for international development.

Strategies to Mobilise and Manage Volunteers with The Nile Project

Might be of interest to individuals with experience in managing groups of volunteers and an interest in using music to help foster connections and spread cultural and environmental awareness.

Sustainable Eco-Tourism Models and Arts & Cultural Education with The New Hermopolis Foundation

Might be of interest to individuals with an interest in eco-tourism and strong research skills, particularly International Development students.

India

Impact Assessment of Water and Sanitation Development with Waterlife

Might be of interest to postgraduate International Development students as this project cuts across economics, health, and gender, among other topics.  Undergraduate statistics students with an interest in international development are also encouraged to apply.  An interest in water and sanitation development is desirable.

Law and Renewable Energy Research Project with Drishtee

Might be of interest to individuals who either hold or are working towards a degree in Law and would like to support an Indian social enterprise for approximately 8 weeks.

Assessing Self-Sustaining Agricultural Models with Vrutti

Might be of interest to individuals with a management background and some experience in evaluating projects.  Applicants with an interest in agriculture would be preferred.

Malawi

Market Research, Strategy and Promotion with Nasfam

Might be of interest to individuals with a business school background who have a knowledge of and interest in marketing strategies.

Environmental Impact of Growing Moringa with African Agricultural Management

Might be of interest to individuals with a geo-science background, particularly in soil and sustainability.

Facilitating Inclusion of Rural Farmers with Rice Value Chain Development Project

Might be of interest to postgraduate students interested in both food security and developing access to value chains.  Applicants should be confident with the concept of inclusive business.

Business Planning with Rice Value Chain Development Project

Might be of interest to postgraduate students interested in business planning and assessing the viability of the project as an investment.

Deforestation Research Opportunities with CPL

Might be of interest to individuals with knowledge of deforestation and its effects on communities.  The specific topic of research and methodology can be devised alongside CPL.

Forestry Management and Mapping Research Opportunities with CPL

Might be of interest to individuals with an interest in forestry management and mapping.  The specific topic of research and methodology can be devised alongside CPL.

Sustainable Land Management Research Opportunities with CPL

Might be of interest to individuals with an interest in sustainable land management.  The specific topic of research and methodology can be devised alongside CPL.

Water Project Research Opportunities with CPL

Might be of interest to individuals with a knowledge of water projects in developing countries.  There is a degree of flexibility for students to devise a research project.

Feasibility of Gravity-Fed Water Supply Systems to Rural Communities with Concern Universal

Might be of interest to postgraduate students in International Development or Engineering, with a particular emphasis on water, sanitation and hygiene projects.  Undergraduate students with significant experience will also be considered.

Evaluation of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV Project with SRGDI

Might be of interest to individuals with skills in and knowledge of community health, maternal and child health issues, HIV/AIDs and prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.

 

 

Business Management Consultants

Project length

3 months.  The next opportunities in Malawi will be from late spring/early summer, and although the specific skills required at that time are still uncertain, they’ll be similar to the requirements listed below.

Organisation summary

Capacity Building for Enterprise (CBE) is a Scottish Government funded project aimed at increasing business expertise and developing a pool of professional consultants in Malawi . It provides direct consultancy services to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Malawi and delivers mentoring programmes to indigenous local trainees.

Now in its second phase, the project builds on previous successes to enhance the capacity, performance and viability of private enterprise in Malawi. This will be achieved by setting up a local consultancy firm in Malawi to establish a qualified and responsible base for local business advice. It will also continue to promote the above objectives of training and mentoring local trainees and providing targeted consultancy support to businesses.

Job description

Management consultants with business planning and strategy experience are required to:

  • Support the local consulting firm in its functioning and its work with small businesses
  • Support and mentor its trainee business consultants in their work in business diagnostics and the consultancy assignments that follow from that – including mentoring trainees to assist small and medium enterprises to develop realistic business plans
  • Mentor trainee business consultants in developing requisite skills such as business analysis and diagnostic reports, financial reporting and marketing
  • Support its trainee consultants in working towards a professional qualification in consulting (implementing what they have learnt and putting it into practice)

Requirements

Successful applicants will have:

  • substantial experience working directly with small businesses
  • substantial business planning, strategy and change management experience
  • substantial experience of management consulting
  • a firm understanding of financial reporting and marketing
  • experience in training and mentoring others
  • minimum 4-5 years experience.
This would be an ideal opportunity for an experienced professional to use their skills in a new and exciting environment, as although unpaid we will cover your expenses.  We provide return flights, insurance, in-country accommodation, transport and inoculations.  You will also receive a daily stipend for meals and subsistence.

 

Corporate Finance

Project length

3 months

Organisation summary

Many of our partners look for business professionals to render technical assistance in cooperation with their existing in country team.

Job description

Help to set up financial practices and, prioritise the investee companies,

  • Delivering a training programme for Staff on financial management
  • Production of guidelines on financial management
  • Working with the staff to increase their capability and capacity
  • Investigating and auditing current investments

Requirements

  • Understanding of finance and accounting. Preferably to CFO level
  • Experience of accounting, audit and financial reporting
  • Training experience
  • Experience of the developing world preferred

 

Sales Management

Project length

2-3 months

Organisation summary

Many of our partners work in sectors where strong sales teams are vital. Direct sales, market development and internal management are all areas where we need expertise.

Sectors can range from livestock, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), solar products, other renewable products, agriculture products and sales of brand new products into new markets.

Job description

Duties may include

  • Training and/or recruiting sales staff
  • Production of guidelines and process for sales management
  • Marketing advice
  • Development of distribution models and networks
  • Business to Business sales, Business to customer sales

Requirements

  • Understanding of Sales and Marketing
  • Understanding of different models of sales and marketing
  • Experience of FMCG or agricultural sales preferable
  • Training experience or a passion for passing on your skills
  • Experience of the developing world preferred

 

Distribution Network Development

Project length

2-3 months

Organisation summary

Many of our partners work in sectors where there is no strong, established sales and logistics network. This often needs to be build from scratch or brought together and fixed.

Sectors can range from livestock, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), solar products, other renewable products, agriculture products and sales of brand new products into new or developing markets.

This sort of trade is core to development of the private sector in Developing countries and we’re keen to hear from anyone with experience in these areas.

Job description

Duties may include

  • Developing Distribution networks
  • Training and/or recruiting staff
  • Production of guidelines and process for distribution management
  • Marketing advice
  • Investigation of current distribution models and networks
  • Investigation of distribution Business to Business and Business to customer.

Requirements

  • Understanding of and experience in a Distribution Network Role.
  • Experience developing a distribution or logistics supply network.
  • Experience within industrial, food, beverage or agricultural sectors preferable
  • Training experience or a passion for passing on your skills
  • Experience of the developing world preferred

 

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