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19 Décembre 2017 Il y a 7 years

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Régions concernées par cette opportunité: Tunis et 1 autre(s) régions

Position: Micro, Small and Medium (MSME)Development Specialist

Location:Tunis, Tunisia

Application Deadline:19thDecember 2017

Duration:Full-time for 06 months with possibility for extension

Start date:As soon as possible

Salary:Depending on experience and profile

Reports to LEAD Regional Programme Manager


SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship, so that young ambitious people are empowered to lead their post-conflict society into prosperity. SPARK is a dynamic and growing not-for-profit development organization with over 80 staff members that helps young entrepreneurs to start or grow their own businesses. SPARK helps displaced youth to access higher education in conflict areas. Moreover, SPARK assists post-secondary education institutions to reform their curricula to better meet the needs of the labour markets. Based in Amsterdam, SPARK has offices in among others Abidjan, Amman, Beirut, Belgrade, Bujumbura, Gaziantep, Erbil, Hargeisa, Juba, Kigali, Monrovia, Ramallah, Sanaa and Tunis.


MSME Development Specialist

SPARK is currently implementing a three year programme aimed at improving the social-economic position of youth in Libya, Somalia and Tunisia, with a heavy focus on youth job creation through entrepreneurship development and SME growth. The Local Employment in Africa for Development (LEAD) focuses on supporting youth through access to education, and the labour markets by creating jobs and opportunities via support and focus to existing SMEs and new start ups.

The LEAD programme in Tunisia focuses on cities in the North west, providing targeted interventions to young SMEs and start ups to help create opportunities through access to markets and finance.

Overall Purpose

The MSME Specialist works towards enhancing the capacity of existing MSMEs in Tunisia and create an environment for new creative and innovative MSMEs to develop. S/he ensures coordination with others including local partners, relevant government bodies and stakeholders so that appropriate business development services are available to the MSMEs. S/he will work towards the objectives of the LEAD programme and will support the LEAD Programme Manager in enhancing the results of the programme in Tunisia. S/he ensures that the LEAD programme is recognised as an effective, efficient programme that supports and promotes job creation among young people in Tunisia

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

The MSME Specialist works together with other external actors including local partners and relevant stakeholders active in SME development tosupport and promote MSMEs across Tunisia and with a particular focus on the North west

S/he will execute activities that contribute to increase in income and employment generation potential of MSMEs in cities across the North West of Tunisia. The target groupwill be MSMEs, entrepreneurs and BDS (Business Development Service) providers for MSMEs. S/he will be responsible for identifying and resolving issues and will apply creative and innovative methods and approaches to support MSMEs develop and grow with a particular focus on achieving programme objectives.

In particular, the consultant will be responsible for the following activities related to enhancing the capacities of existing MSMEs:

  • Assess business plan proposals and select MSMEs for assistance;
  • Provide technical assistance and entrepreneurial skills mentoring to selected MSMEs
  • Support local partners in identifying potential existing enterprises/business for upgrading
  • Assist to develop linkage with BDS providers and markets for selected MSMEs
  • Support relevant stakeholders and partners when necessary in carrying out studies to assess the economic potential and opportunities for new businesses
  • Promote new and innovative businesses ideas in the community
  • Provide technical assistance to newly created businesses, and support market and BDS linkages.
  • Regularly ensure adequate follow-up, monitoring and reporting of program activities through active coordination with programme team and local partners
  • Play an active role in disseminating programme achievements with regards to MSMEs development

SPARK Offers:

  • Remuneration according to relevant work experience;
  • International and dynamic working environment;
  • Full-time contract for 06 months with possibility for extension


We are looking for candidates who can start as soon as possible. Tunisiannationalswith the right background and profile are encouraged to apply.


Critères d'éligibilité

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience working in the field of SME-development, including hands on experience working for one of more SMEs in Tunisia, previous experience in a similar position or environment is an advantage
  • Prior own experience in starting and running a growing SME is a big plus
  • Relevant educational background, for example in business development or economics
  • Experience with post-conflict settings in the MENA region is an advantage
  • Has in-depth technical knowledge of the Tunisian market, gaps and roles of different industries
  • Sound analytical, organizational, project management and negotiation skills and The proven ability to conduct hands-on training for SMEs
  • Proven track record of negotiating with multiple stakeholders including local authorities, local organisations, etc
  • Previous experience in developing and conducting trainings is an advantage; ;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Fluency in English, Arabic and French is required

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