TechnoServe is a nonprofit economic development organization founded in 1968 that works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. Our programs develop the capacity of individuals and businesses, strengthen market systems, and facilitate the development of emerging industries that can serve as economic drivers in developing communities.
Our goal: to create sustainable economic growth that helps impoverished individuals improve their lives and secure a better future for their families.
TechnoServe has offices in 30 countries across the United States, Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia, as well as in London.
TechnoServe is seeking qualified candidates to join our Fellows Program. Fellows take part in field-based projects ranging from 3 to 12 months in which they engage directly with entrepreneurs, industry experts, TechnoServe field staff, and other stakeholders.
Fellows have the opportunity to lead projects in areas such as business plan development, industry analysis and strategy, financial analysis, and capital raising. A typical project might be conducting an Industry Strategic Plan (ISP). ISPs are a standard part of our approach to assessing the potential competitiveness, opportunities, challenges and key success factors in a given sector at both the country and regional levels.
We review Fellow applications for our general candidate database on a rolling basis, and encourage qualified, enthusiastic candidates – especially those with French and/or Spanish fluency – to apply.
Current opportunities exist in Africa, Latin America and India. In particular, we wish to highlight the following roles for which we are actively recruiting:
Ethiopia: TechnoServe is looking for a dynamic Fellow to join the Ethiopia Coffee team. Coffee is one of TechnoServe’s leading sectors, and we have a vision of assisting smallholder coffee farmers and their families to help them exit poverty. The Fellow will be responsible for providing operational and strategic support to the coffee projects in Ethiopia, while documenting and sharing learnings. The Fellow will also design a training program to support hulling station and wet mill staff and improve the branding and communication tools used by the program. (Based in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia)
India: Develop an Industry Strategic Plan (ISP) for three high-value crops Coffee, Cashew, and Cocoa. Additional tasks include: leading the Value Chain Assessment for the three crops, researching funding and partnership opportunities, developing high quality concept notes and managing relationships with clients and key stakeholders. The ISP will ultimately guide the TechnoServe India team to develop an intervention roadmap and support towards the positive impact on the revenue of farmers in India. (Based in Mumbai, India)
South Africa/Malawi: TechnoServe is seeking a qualified Fellow to support the design of an Inclusive Business Plan for the CASA-TAF project. The Inclusive Business Plan will help map out the business model and package of technical assistance that CASA-TAF will provide to introduce the model, achieve commercial, and impact results. Ultimately, this plan will be the roadmap for the agribusiness to deepen or broaden the impact of its supply chain and deliver shared value to smallholders and shareholders. (Based in South Africa and Malawi)
Kenya: Provide leadership to the development of a comprehensive mango market diagnostic. The Fellow will design the approach for developing the diagnostic, including collecting/analyzing the data and report writing. The overall purpose is to develop a clear road map and strategy for a transformation of the mango sub-sector through market system facilitation. The results of the study will be used to develop new initiatives and build sustainable models to help transform the mango industry for the benefit of smallholder farmers. (Based in Nairobi, Kenya, with local travel)
Fees and Expenses:
TechnoServe will cover work-related costs of international travel, including airfare, in-country accommodation, local transportation and a daily per diem for meals. These expenses are agreed upon in advance in a volunteer contract. Please note that this is a pro bono position and TechnoServe cannot provide fees for services rendered.
The process for becoming a Fellow is highly selective. In assessing a candidate’s fit with this opening, we will consider the following:
• Minimum of an undergraduate degree
• Minimum of two years of full-time work experience
• Demonstrated problem-solving and analytical skills, typically through experience with a management consulting firm
• Superior communication skills
• Proven ability to develop an industry or client strategy (including familiarity with developing issue trees, prioritization matrices, etc., to guide one’s approach)
• Ability to structure and manage complex tasks
• Ability to develop clear storylines and presentations
• Ability to work independently
• Evidence of creativity, flexibility, and resourcefulness
• Enthusiasm for contributing to TechnoServe’s mission