Manager, Strategic Initiatives

TechnoServe   •  


Industry: Business Services


5 - 7 years

Posted 372 days ago

TechnoServe's Strategic Initiatives team partners with leading multinational corporations to develop and implement innovative business models to create and capture shared value in emerging markets. Examples of TechnoServe’s work in this space includes designing and implementing a model to double the incomes of smallholder mango farmers in The Coca Cola Company’s supply chain in East Africa, helping Vodafone to develop and roll out mobile solutions for agribusinesses that deliver commercial value and increase smallholder farmer incomes and resilience, and supporting Nespresso to regenerate South Sudan’s coffee sector after 30 years of civil conflict. 

The position will support the development of new, cutting edge business solutions that impact the lives of thousands of people in the world's poorest places.  The manager will lead strategy projects with leading multinational corporations focused on embedding shared value in their business practices while collaborating with TechnoServe's country teams working across Africa, Latin America and India. The specific nature of the engagements will depend on the evolving needs of our corporate partners; however, it could include: 

  • Developing sustainability and or/sustainable sourcing strategies and designing pilot projects
  • Analyzing corporate supply chains and/or conducting in-depth value chain diagnostics
  • Designing local economic development programs
  • Structuring public-private partnerships for scale-up of implementation programs

As Manager, Strategic Initiatives you will:

  • Structure, design, and conduct primary and secondary research in emerging markets, including review and analysis of relevant existing reports and data, as well as conducting stakeholder and expert interviews
  • Develop analytical models and conduct quantitative analyses
  • Synthesize findings and deliver regular progress reviews
  • Prepare and present final deliverables
  • Alongside engagement with corporate partners, the position will also support Strategic Initiatives’ new business development and analysis of relevant global development issues

You will have: 

  • A bachelors degree with at least 5 years of experience or a mastersdegree with at least 3 years of experience, including 2 years work experience at a top tier management consulting firm
  • Work experience in a developing country, preferably related to agriculture or small business development
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, flexibility and responsively
  • Proven analytical and financial modeling skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, teamwork and relationship building
  • Strong command of MS PowerPoint, Excel and Word
  • Able to adapt to changing working conditions
  • Able to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Willingness to travel to countries in Africa and/or Latin America for 4-8 week periods, depending on the needs of the project
  • Fluency in English required; professional proficiency in Spanish, French or Portuguese preferred 
  • If based in the U.S., applicants must have indefinite U.S. work eligibility at the time of application. If based in the U.K., applicants must have indefinite U.K. work eligibility at the time of application.