Policy and Communication Assistant
The East African Business Council (EABC) established the East African Women in Business Platform (EAWiBP) in 2011. The platform was officially launched in May 2012 by the East African Community (EAC) Secretary-General. Drawing its mandate from the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community, (and particularly Article 121 and 122, and the 4th EAC Development Strategy for 2011 to 2016, which outline the commitment of the EAC in enhancing women’s socio-economic status and their role in business).
As the pioneer EAC regional platform for women in business, EAWiBP brings together national apex bodies / associations / networks of businesswomen (including associations of women formal and informal cross-border traders); professional women associations; and regional civil society organizations’ working to promote businesswomen and women’s socio-economic advancement. EAWiBP continues to link and connect women entrepreneurs to markets opportunities, information, skills, capital and technology as well as influence policy reforms towards a favorable business environment that takes into consideration the needs and priorities of businesswomen especially access to resources (e.g. finance / credit) and access to opportunities (e.g. information on business / trade / investment opportunities). The Platform’s main two objectives are: Increased participation of women in intra-regional trade in EAC and Enabling environment for trade for women SMEs in the EAC.
The activities will span from advocacy for gender and women in trade issues, trade facilitation and supporting the building of EAWIBPs institutional capacity. The assistant will support the Platform with fundraising and communication and ensuring that the organization takes advantage of the synergies that enhance the effectiveness of the Platform Programmes.
The assistant will work closely with diverse stakeholders to roll-out and implement specific activities in the annual work plan for the Platform in accordance with EAWiBP’s contractual obligations and internal policies and procedures under EABC. This includes ensuring quality reports for assigned projects are done on a timely basis meeting the necessary standard and responding to the integrated work plan.
Main Duties include:
- Support the Platform in the implementation of its advocacy agenda on the emerging gender/trade issues;
- Synthesize and publish key findings of EAWIBPs policy engagements
- Support all activities aimed at increasing access to market and trade-related services for targeted women SMEs and ensuring Women SMEs are equipped with knowledge and skills to engage in regional trade;
- Generation of the information displayed on the EAWiBP website;
- Represent EAWiBP in relevant external meetings/events
- Support EAWiBP in implementation and management of the project to ensure timely delivery of high-quality outputs;
- Mobilize resources for the platform’s programs and other relevant initiatives
- Ensure alignment in the activities conducted by the platform and EABC
- Mobilize the recruitment of EAWiBP members
- Manage all social media platforms and communication with EAWiBP members
Qualifications and Experience
A suitable candidate should hold the following qualifications and key competencies:
- Academic and Professional Experience: A bachelor’s degree from a recognized University in Economics, International Trade, Business Administration and or policy or any other relevant field is required.
- Work Experience: A minimum of two (2) years’ experience in policy dialogue, research or policy analysis. Experience in policy dialogue for Business Membership Organisations; and knowledge of the private sector and regional integration would be critical assets.
- Policy Dialogue: Requisite skills to organize Public-Private Dialogue
- Communication and Networking: Ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively in a compelling manner.
- Teamwork: Working closely with line Senior Officers to achieve project and organizational goals and the ability to work in a multinational environment with diverse groups of stakeholders.
- Languages: Fluency in oral and written English is required as it is the main EAC working language. Good working knowledge of French and Kiswahili will be an advantage.
- Additional Skills: Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Email, analytical tools/software for data analysis, experience in working with internet searches, online databases, and data retrieval) are required.
The Application Process
Applicants should submit a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae stating their current position, email, telephone contacts and three referees. All applications should be sent to:
The Executive Director / CEO
East African Business Council (EABC)
Ninth Floor, Mafao House, Old Moshi Road
P. O. Box 2617