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Cooperative Business Intern Consultant

Internship Description:

The Cooperative Business Intern Consultant is an 8-10 week summer internship position based in Arba Minch, Ethiopia working with Nuru International, and reporting to the Nuru International Field Team Leader. Flights and accommodations will be provided.

Nuru Ethiopia established the Hidota Cooperative Union (“the Union”) to provide enhanced business training, market access, and greater aggregation of raw materials for smallholder farmers in woreda’s within Gamo Gofa Zone, SNNP Region, Ethiopia. Nuru beneficiaries participate in Nuru programming through the Union’s affiliated primary cooperatives (PCs), which integrates impact programs that address the most prevalent and fundamental challenges of extreme poverty around four key areas of need: Agriculture, Financial Inclusion, Healthcare and Education.

The Union was established in 2016, and is operating in its first full season of independent management with Nuru International and Nuru Ethiopia direct support. In order for the Union to meet the needs of the smalholder farmers and primary cooperatives it supports there is a need to refine the Union’s short and long-term business plan and update local and national market analyses for key raw materials.  

Timeline: 3 – 4 month commitment (preferably February – May 2018 but exact dates are negotiable)

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Co-create and refine current business plan with a focus on improving organizational management, logistics, and reporting
  • Develop and train on the necessary financial management tools to execute on the business plan
  • Market Analysis for new business opportunities (milling, pigeon pea, livestock, etc)
  • Conduct market research and analysis of national cooperative landscape (including policy, economic, and social dynamics)
  • Collect and analyze financial and other quantitative data
  • Carry out interviews and meetings with government officials, trade professionals, and customers
  • Submit regular progress reports
  • Travel through Ethiopia using public means will be required

Required Skills and Attributes:

  • Must have an MBA or currently be an MBA candidate
  • Must have business development experience in a similar context to Nuru (rural, development)
  • Must be able to live and work in a developing country and rural environment
  • Must have strong Excel and financial modeling skills
  • Must be able to conduct field-based research and analyze data
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Must be responsible, dependable, and results-oriented

Desired Skills:

  • Previous experience running a business, starting up a business, developing a detailed business plan, working with agricultural commodities, or food manufacturing will be advantageous
  • Previous experience living and working in Ethiopia will be valuable
  • Previous consulting experience in either the private or social sector will be advantageous

Benefits provided: Airfare, housing, meals, weekly living stipend, visa, international health insurance, emergency evacuation insurance, and mentorship from Nuru management and team.

To Apply: Please upload your resume/ CV and cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


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