TechnoServe Capacity Building Advisor Job Vacancy in Kenya


Position Title: Capacity Building Advisor, Tana River & Lamu

Job Category: Programs

Requisition number: CAPAC002709

Program: BlueBiz Program

Reports to: Program Manager

Position location: Tana River & Lamu

Grade: 7


TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries.

We are a non-profit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets.

With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

Position Description: The Capacity Building Advisor will provide support to partners in the program, build the capacity of the partners in core areas related to program management, ensure identification and training of program participants.

Reporting to the Program Manager, the Capacity Building Advisor will work closely with the partner organisations identified in the program to ensure the program achieves its objectives.

Key roles and responsibility

  • Build capacity of key implementation partners allocated to them in areas of program implementation, youth engagement and delivery of entrepreneurship training.
  • Support the partners adopting TNS training curriculum where needed and TNS delivery approaches.
  • Ensure efficient and effective implementation of programs activities, outputs and outcomes as laid out in the program proposal;
  • Build capacity of the implementing partners to conducting baseline, midline and end-line surveys, delivery of digital training, one-on-one coaching to the micro-enterprises and formation of business groups;
  • Coordinate all manner of training, TTTs, TOTs, and ensure all training manuals are up to date;
  • Enhance strong stakeholder engagement with government, private sector, business associations, academic institutions, financial institutions and suppliers.
  • Work closely with the TNS and partners MEL teams to ensure proper and timely reports of the program;
  • Understand, respect and promote TechnoServe’s values, vision, and strategy in the implementation of assigned duties and represent TechnoServe values while building the capacity of the organisation.
  • Shall be TechnoServe ambassador at the Partners meetings and in all terms of representation with the partner organisations.
  • Support the partners to map out program regions and beneficiaries in preparation for mobilization and recruitment;
  • Support the partners in whatever ways to adopt digital training especially where the partners will utilise TechnoServe digital training modules.
  • Provide weekly updates on the progress of the program, highlighting any unique challenges and learnings;
  • Compile monthly reports and accompany the same with a success story;

Required skills and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Related fields such as Marketing, Business Administration, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources and MIS.
  • 3 years of experience working with MSMEs; experience working with marginalized communities is an added advantage.
  • Strong planning skills and the ability to generate innovative solutions in highly dynamic work situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and present well-written, cohesive analyses and reports;
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative and cross-cultural skills;
  • Conversant with recent trends in the MSME sector in the country;
  • Track record of building strong client and stakeholder relationships with; government ministries, private sector companies, financial institutions, business associations and academic institutions;
  • Proficiency in MS Office especially Excel and PowerPoint.


Competency is a combination of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) directly related to successful performance on the job.

Core Competencies include:

  • Integrity and honesty: Is widely trusted; seen as a direct, truthful individual; presents truthful information in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; does not misrepresent himself or herself for personal gain.
  • Team Work/ Relationships: Works cooperatively and flexibly with other members of the team with a full understanding of the role to be played as a team member and/or leader, to achieve a common goal. Ability to build and maintain effective relationships and networks.
  • Learning attitude: Proactively takes advantage of opportunities to learn. Actively identifies new areas for learning; applies and shares new knowledge and skill appropriately.
  • Diversity/Inclusiveness: Demonstrates an understanding and appreciation for diversity and supports diversity efforts. Interacts effectively with and inclusively with people of all races, cultures, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, ages, and genders.
  • Communication: Expresses ideas effectively in individual and group situations. Listens effectively; shares information, ideas and arguments; adjusts terminology, language and communication modes to the needs of the audience; ensures accurate understanding; acts in a way that facilitates an open exchange of ideas and information; use appropriate non-verbal communication.
  • Decision making/Problem Solving: Is able to analyse situations, diagnose problems, identify the key issues, establish and evaluate alternative courses of action and produce a logical, practical and acceptable solution. Is able to make effective decisions on a day-to-day basis, taking ownership of decisions, demonstrating sound judgement in escalating issues where necessary.
  • Results-Oriented/High-Quality Deliverables: Stays focused on the efforts necessary to achieve quality results consistent with programmatic or departmental goals. Demonstrates the ability to achieve effective results; works persistently to overcome obstacles to goal achievement.
  • Accomplishes tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks.
  • Planning & Time Management: Establishes a course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a specific goal. Effectively plans, schedules, prioritizes and controls activities; identifies, integrates and orchestrates resources (people, material, information, budget, and/or time) to accomplish goals.
  • Prioritizes work according to the program or department’s goals, not just own job responsibilities; manages own time effectively.
  • Business Acumen: The ability to use information, ask the right questions and make decisions that make an impact on the overall business performance.

To Apply:

Apply online at Capacity Building Advisor- Tana River & Lamu

Please include

(1) a cover letter describing your interest,

(2) up to date curriculum vitae.

All requirements in a single document (pdf).

Applications will be treated confidentially.

The deadline for applications is 27th July, 2022 .

TechnoServe encourages diversity at all levels and across all facets of our organization. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, colour, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other protected classes.