At Oxfam, we think that everybody, every day, should be able to eat, drink, earn and learn. We support programming that fosters self-sufficiency.
This post offers a unique opportunity to combine enterprise development, development impact, and your business acumen to bring opportunities directly to poor people and shift the needle on how enterprises flourish in the developing world.
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often provide a critical link to markets for poor farmers. However, conventional financing institutions tend to dismiss such enterprises as “un-investible”. It is in this vacuum – the “missing middle” in SME finance and business support – where Oxfam sees and taps into unexplored opportunities – specifically, in enterprises that empower women and focus on smallholder agriculture.
Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme (EDP, www.oxfam.org.uk/edp), set up in 2008 is one of the first SME/Impact Investment funds run by an international NGO. Since inception, EDP has made 25 investments and launched a second Phase in April 2015. The programme invests in early-stage enterprises with the potential to benefit smallholder farmers, particularly women. Enterprises receive an intelligent mix of loans, grants and business development support. The current portfolio stands at 16 enterprises ranging from pineapple growing cooperatives in Rwanda to innovative vegetable exporters engaging smallholder producers in Ethiopia. In the pipeline, we enterprises engaging in biogas, poultry, honey and pulses. Debt is the main form of finance, deployed through guarantees via national banks, supplemented by grant-financed technical assistance; we are actively considering equity as another mode of investment.
EDP is not a typical impact investment programme. We aim to support enterprises which can shift where women are in the economy, can provide leadership opportunities for women that change attitudes and which ensure access to good jobs and fair pay. We use our portfolio of work as a stepping stone to influence others and advocate for broader change that can benefit far more enterprises than our interventions could ever touch directly. We have a track record in influencing the financial sector, such as banks in Nepal, and are actively drawing lessons from EDP to influence the wider investment and enterprise sector.
In this second phase, EDP is focused on five countries: Bangladesh, Nepal, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Honduras. We are funded by private individuals who believe in the power of enterprise to deliver sustainable impact, governed by an external Board of influential supporters and have an independent Investment Committee comprising high profile men and women from business and finance.
This post will provide support for the delivery and management of the Enterprise Development Programme. Specifically, this post will provide technical support to country teams supporting enterprise development, 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 is one of two key global EDP posts, working with Oxfam teams and entrepreneurs in 5 countries. It 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.
What we are 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. The ideal candidate will be excited by straddling business and development sectors, financial and social return, and skilled at navigating business development in non-conventional ways. 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, interpersonal skills, and self-motivation, with the ability to deliver results and work well under pressure and to be flexible in demanding situations.
Location: OXFORD (OXFAM HOUSE)
Salary: £30,375 - £39,380 p.a. depending on experience
Job Type: 2 year, Fixed Term
How to apply
This is an opportunity for an exceptional, dedicated, and highly motivated professional, with a strong commitment to Oxfam's values and beliefs. If you believe you are the candidate we are looking for, please download the full job description and apply online via the link below:
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