Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
What are we looking for
This post requires someone with experience working in or with private sector enterprises and the ability to understand the constraints of early stage businesses. We are looking for someone who has strong written communication skills and financial analysis expertise, with the ability to produce excellent reports for donors. The successful candidate will need to understand and take on Oxfam’s values and commitment to women’s economic empowerment. Lastly they will need to show strong self-awareness, inter-personal skills, and self-motivation, with the ability to deliver results and work well under pressure and to be flexible in demanding situations.
This post will provide support for the delivery and management of the Enterprise Development Programme. Oxfam set up the Enterprise Development Programme (EDP, www.oxfam.org.uk/edp) in 2008 and it was one of the first SME/Impact Investment funds set up by an international NGO. EDP has made 25 investments since and launched a second Phase in April 2015. The programme focuses on early-stage enterprises with the potential to benefit smallholder farmers, women and other people living in rural areas. EDP now operates primarily in five countries: Bangladesh, Nepal, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Honduras. Enterprises receive a mix of support, including loan finance in the £20,000 to £200,000 range; as well as advisory and business development support and targeted grants. Enterprises in the portfolio have reached over 40,000 smallholder farmers, grew on average by 40% a year in their first four years with EDP, and managed to increase the representation of women in the supplier base, workforce and leadership of the portfolio enterprises from 20% to 40% on average. EDP is primarily funded by philanthropic donations; guided by a Board of active UK philanthropists and entrepreneurs, and supported by an experienced and independent Investment Committee. In Phase 2 of EDP, Oxfam aims to raise £6m to support a total of 30 enterprises. Central to Oxfam’s mission is to partner with and influence others globally, and in key focus countries to improve the level of finance and support available to early stage rural enterprises. Oxfam is an active member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).
Specifically this post will provide technical support to country teams involved in EDP, will provide key business and financial analysis of the EDP investment portfolio, will support administration, review EDP´s finances and produce periodic reports for the EDP Manager and donors as well as monitoring social impact data. The role also presents opportunities to engage with Oxfam’s wider Impact Investing group as well as other organisations in the impact investing space.
The post sits in the Economic Justice team alongside other market and enterprise advisers and programme managers who support complementary work on market development, enterprise development, ICTs and women’s economic empowerment.