Junior Business Development Officer – Hargeisa
Forcier Consulting was founded in response to the overwhelming demand for data, research and information in some of the most challenging environments in Africa. While we aim to produce reliable and high-quality research in these complex settings, we also make long-term investments in building the capacity of national staff to serve as researchers and consultants. Through this approach, not only do we ensure that today’s decision-makers are able to create evidence-based policies and programmes, but we also establish a research legacy and sustainable technical services industry within the country.
Employer: Forcier Consulting
Job Title: Junior Business Development Officer – Hargeisa
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Hargeisa – Somaliland
Position: Junior Business Development Officer
Location: Hargeisa, Somaliland
Contract Duration: 12 months
Forcier is a multi-disciplinary research and monitoring & evaluation firm operating across Africa and the Middle East since 2011. Our core services include program evaluations, opinion polling, third party monitoring, and capacity building for UN Agencies, NGOs, governments and private sector clients operating in post-conflict and challenging environments. Forcier currently has offices in South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, and Egypt.
Job Description: Forcier Consulting is seeking a Junior Business Development Officer to identify, establish, and maintain relationships with partners, clients, and competitors across the Horn of Africa, from Forcier’s office in Hargeisa. The Junior Business Development Officer will act as a liaison between the Forcier Somalia Country Office and the global Business Development Department in order to provide accurate logistical, financial, and HR records, as well as contribute to business development activities in the region. This may include frequent writing of proposals, client mapping and meetings, as well as general administrative tasks relating to business development.
The Junior Business Development Officer position is intended to serve as a trial period for both the employee and Forcier, with the hopes that after four months a full Business Development Officer position will be offered. If the four-month period is completed in satisfactory standing, the employee will transition to a full-time Business Development Officer for the following eight months.
Perfect Candidate: Forcier is looking for a Business Development Officer that has a passion for writing, data, making connections- and winning. A sense of ownership over one’s work, and a competitive edge, is essential for this role. We are looking for a gifted writer, with an interest in the Horn of Africa, who can help Forcier expand our services in the region. Experience working in business development at a research or international development organization, and on USAID or DfID initiatives, is a definite advantage.
The first four months is considered a probationary period and the position is unpaid but offers a:
In-country living stipend;
Accommodation at the Forcier guesthouse; and
After the probationary period a salary will be offered for an additional eight months, in addition to the living stipend, accommodation, and other benefits.
Reports to: Business Development Manager – Horn of Africa & MENA
Identify opportunities through partner engagement and desk research
Write proposals for Forcier projects in Somalia, the Horn of Africa, and other locations across Africa and the Middle East on an as-needed basis
Assist the Research Team on various aspects of projects, including playing a role in select projects in order to gain valuable research experience
Identify all potential partners, clients, and competitors in the Horn of Africa – and select other countries – and establish a database for contact management
Establish contact with partners, clients, and competitors and represent Forcier in introductory meetings to explain our unique selling points/competitive advantages
Maintain relationships with existing/new partners through routine contact
Assist the Global Business Development Department by liaising with the Somalia Country Office team to provide information on country staffing, logistics, financial information, and project updates
Assist in improving and maintaining new and existing business development resources (templates, CVs, promotional materials, databases, etc.)
A Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs, Anthropology, Political Science, English, International Development Studies, or another relevant social science topic.
Native fluency in English
Effective ability to pro-actively prioritize and meet strict deadlines
Interest in Somalia, and the Horn of Africa
Ability to work independently and remotely with little oversight
Strong Microsoft Office and Internet research skills
Excellent communication skills
Preferred (but not required) skills:
Experience with grant writing or training in business development
Familiarity with research, including quantitative and qualitative research methods
Experience with corporate marketing, branding, or graphic design
Experience living or working in Africa
Knowledge of the international development industry