Business Development Officer at International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR)

On Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Background information: International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) is a capacity building organization with extensive experience in working with international agencies, NGOs and governments.

IIRR has supported many organizations to fill their capacity gaps,  document their project experience and package lessons into books, policy briefs, posters, leaflets, web pages,. IIRR has also produced training manuals, field guides, toolkits, books and other tools for capacity building, resource mobilization and policy advocacy.
The organization requires the services of a Business Development Officer to work in the Applied Learning Program which is one of the four Programs at IIRR.

Duty station:  Nairobi

Reports to: Regional Applied Learning Manager

Job summary:  The incumbent will develop the business component of IIRR Applied Learning Program through innovative marketing strategies

Main Role and Responsibilities:

Core Duties:

  • Continually review and  revise the current marketing strategy and come up with simple and clear plan with specific action for its implementation.
  • Lead in implement the planned marketing strategies with support from team members
  • Develop relevant marketing tools methods and ensure their effective use for promoting IIRR products and services.
  • Establish net work of alumni and IIRR friends to help in promoting the various services of IIRR.
  • Work with IIRR communications team to effectively use the IIRR website and social media to effectively market IIRR products and services.
  • Gather feedback from IIRR clients and work with applied learning teams to improve on our services for our clients satisfaction.
  • Conduct periodic market survey (formal and informal) to inform IIRR management to make necessary adjustment on price or other offers.
  • Set up marketing and promotion systems and recruitment targets with each country and Regional Applied learning staff and monitor its implementation.
  • Develop mechanism to involve all IIRR managers in marketing efforts and coordinate specific actions.
  • Monitor activities and compile data on training and technical activities
  • Support other programs in capacity development initiatives and technical services
  • Develop mechanism to involve all IIRR mangers in marketing efforts and coordinate specific actions.
  • Develop reports to communicate progress, constraints and recommendations in relation to business and marketing efforts.
  • Fund Raising functions that will be supported with activities like presentations for the programs, Board presentations, research, Concept papers & proposals, Content research for any errors.
  • Reports: Ensuring completeness and accuracy of reports and any other write ups free of any errors. Preparation of President’s report to the board and write ups to any organization.
  • Communication:  Management of the President’s calendar,   Responding to inquiries from individuals
  • Relevant degree in business and/or marketing –related subject.
  • 3- 5 years experience working in a business development role in a corporate environment or an international NGO, social enterprise or government department.
  • At least 3 years corporate experience marketing and branding experience.
  • At least 3 years experience developing, writing and delivering external communication programmes e.g. a marketing strategy.
  • 3 years experience in developing high quality written content for different communication channels including emails, adverts, presentations etc.
  • 3 years experience of developing and implementing partnership development activities.
Person Specification
  • First class communication skills able to operate professionally and effectively at all levels.
  • Excellent rapport building, networking and relationship management experience.
  • Ability to facilitate, maintain and manage goo d working relationships with clients and donors
  • Entrepreneurial drive, passion, and ability to help share the organization’s marketing strategy.
  • Set clear priorities between competing demands for resources and manage own tasks and priorities effectively and with minimal supervision.
  • Flexibility  in adopting new strategies with changing business environment
  • Resilience and focused in achieving set goals and objectives.
  • Computer skills with ability to innovate using social media and internet in general
Interested candidates are to apply by email with an up to date CV and cover letter including contacts of 3 referees and MUST indicate current and Expected remuneration package. 
Closing date for applications is 23rd June 2014 before 5pm to: Email: [email protected]

Applications not including all the above information will not be reviewed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

IIRR is an equal opportunity employer.
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