Call for application

1. Business development consultancy      < Download here or read below

2. Admin and Financial Officer       < Download here or read below

3. Accountant (Belgium)       < Download here or read below

4. Curriculum Designer       < Download here or read below

1. Business development consultancy

 

This is a consultancy call for business plan design and development for Moringa oil enterprise with Rusinga Island Organic Farmers Association enterprises (RIOFA enterprises). The consultancy would require working closely with RIOFA farmers and RIOFA coordinator Ideally a part of this consultancy requires visiting RIOFA center in Rusinga Island.

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1. Brief about RIOFA

RIOFA is a community social enterprise working with small holder farmers in Rusinga Island and around Lake Victoria Region, committed to being a model and learning center in regenerative farming and business practices through being with the land and promotion of organic farming principles as well as permaculture ethics of earth care, people’s care and fair share. 

RIOFA was established and registered in May 2013 as a community-based organization, which has now evolved to have an extending social enterprise arm. RIOFA’s vision is to prototype a model of a regenerative community where farmers and local community members are custodians, keepers and stewards of the local agro-ecology and the ecosystem.

RIOFA works with of 21 small holder farmers and communities in Rusinga Island and around Lake Victoria Region.

RIOFA is working on inculcating the culture of Peace and Trust building in Rusinga Island and beyond. Recently RIOFA established a dialogue center to serve as a meeting space for farmers, other community members and organizations who can use this space for workshops.

2. Brief about the NILE Journeys

The NILE journeys is a platform of Nile basin communities working on regenerating the land, the river and the society.  The ultimate vision and dream of the NILE Journeys is of ‘a Nile Basin ecosystem that nurtures life affirming actions’.

Our mission is to create participatory experiential learning spaces for the inhabitants of the Nile bio-region and beyond, illuminating the multiple stories of this ecosystem that are rooted in indigenous knowledge and regenerative practices.

The NILE Journeys work connects community spaces across the region, we call them Community Hubs. They are acupuncture points along the Nile for impact and regeneration of the social and ecological fields. Through these hubs we create experiential and participatory learning spaces within the hubs and across hubs. We also aim to profile the stories of these hubs to illuminate positive narratives about Africa to her citizens and beyond. We do that through projects and programs addressing youth, culture, permaculture, land regeneration, water, value chain integration, entrepreneurship development, and exchange.

 

3. Cooperation around Moringa plantation and Moringa oil production

RIOFA in collaboration with the NILE Journeys developed the value chain for Moringa production and acquired a Moringa oil press. RIOFA farmers have large expertise in growing Moringa and they have been producing Moringa powder for nearly 6 years. There is a wider potential market and a larger income generation opportunity by diversifying the product line and venturing into Moringa oil. However, this would require adequate market study (locally and internationally), a shift in the value chain and capacity building to meet the standards for Moringa oil production. Hence the need for a proper business plan.

4. The consultancy

4.1 Brief - This consultancy aims at developing a business plan with the participation of the farmers members of RIOFA.

4.2 Consultancy outcome

A business plan for Moringa oil that included potential market opportunities locally and in the EU. The EU market is wide, so a generic understanding of the potential and a closer zoomed in details on two EU countries is ideal.

A production process including the Moringa plantation value chain on the farmers level until the seeds are transported to RIOFA for pressing. This includes cultivation, packaging, required standards approvals, storage and possible certifications.

A business model for costing, pricing and distribution of income, as well as financial management, that ensures fair return to the farmers and RIOFA. This is of particular importance to build on the trust building process that has been initiated and to ensure the continuation of trusting, fair and conducive dynamics among farmers of this operation of Moringa oil pressing in a way that follows the principles of fairness and transparency.

4.3 Expected output

  1. A plan of the assignment including the participatory approach used in conducting the assignment.

  2. A business plan (including risk analysis) with assessments of local market opportunities and standards & market opportunities analysis in at least two countries in Europe.

  3. A detailed map of the value chain (an initial value chain is done, and could be an input for the assignment)

  4. A designed structure and operation process of the business model (including financial management).

  5. A report that includes the process of the consultancy and the recommendation for the future.

  6. Basic tools for Monitoring and Evaluation of the business model.

 

4.4 Timeline

The timeline in general is subject to externalities related to COVID19 restrictions in movement and interactions based on Kenyan and international regulations.

In an ideal scenario, the duration of the consultancy is an average of 15 to 20 workings days between the months of May to July 2021. It is important to be ready to implement the recommendations and actions before the small rainy season that starts in October.

 

4.5 Profile of consultant

  • Background in one or more of these following disciplines: Marketing, Market studies, Business development, business strategy, small and medium enterprises, social entrepreneurship, organic farming, agriculture process, business modeling, value chain development, export and import, Monitoring & Evaluation, and rural development.

  • A track record of working smallholder farmers, SMEs, and farmers associations.

  • Strong knowledge of the production value chain, local marketing, and export process of agricultural products.

  • Ability to work in rural set-up with basic conditions if required.

  • Ability to travel and stay in Rusinga Island for the required period of the consultancy plan (that will be developed by the consultant and finalized together with RIOFA coordinator and NJ team)

  • Good network and contacts for buyers of Moringa oil in Kenya and internationally is a strong asset.

  • Experience in working with rural settings in Kenya or other African countries (ideally in East Africa)

  • Excellent communication skills in English (Swahili and/or Luo is a strong added advantage).

  • Excellent writing skills in English.

  • Willingness to perform similar assignments in the future.

  • Willingness to follow up on this assignment for Market development is a plus.

 

5. Application and selection

To apply kindly send the following documents to dennis@nilejourneys.org by 18th of April 2021

  • Motivation letter highlighting the reason why this assignment interests you, why you are the right fit for it, how could you potentially connect to similar assignments (or follow-up assignments) in the future

  • Recent CV

  • A preliminary plan for the consultancy highlighting the key underpinning approaches you will use for the participation process as well as the timeline for the consultancy (How many days each phase of the consultancy will take)

  • A budget: A consultancy daily rate (fees) and a total of the consultancy expenses.

Pre-selected applicants will be communicated with for a short zoom interview prior to the selection.

 

6. Budget and financials

The budget is submitted with the application for the consultancy fees. Local travels (international travel and related costs if the selected consultant is international), accommodation, and food will be covered. No per diem or daily allowance is provided. Payment will be based on 25% upon signing and 75% upon completion of the assignment and submission of the final report that includes the previously mentioned outputs.

2. Admin and Financial Officer

Introduction

This is a call for a junior manager for the finance and resourcefulness circle at the NILE Journeys.

Brief about the NILE Journeys

The NILE journeys is a platform of Nile basin communities working on regenerating the land, the river and the society.  The ultimate vision and dream of the NILE Journeys is of ‘a Nile Basin ecosystem that nurtures life-affirming actions’.

Our mission is to create participatory experiential learning spaces for the inhabitants of the Nile bio-region and beyond, illuminating the multiple stories of this ecosystem that are rooted in indigenous knowledge and regenerative practices.

The NILE Journeys work connects community spaces across the region, we call them Community Hubs. They are acupuncture points along the Nile for impact and regeneration of the social and ecological fields. Through these hubs we create experiential and participatory learning spaces within the hubs and across hubs. We also aim to profile the stories of these hubs to illuminate positive narratives about Africa to her citizens and beyond. We do that through projects and programs addressing youth, culture, permaculture, land regeneration, water, value chain integration, entrepreneurship development, and exchange.

Job description

This job includes:

  • Financial management: This includes the coordination of the resourcefulness (Finance) circle, setting up the financial system and financial modeling and overseeing the accounting procedures in collaboration with a professional accountant as well as financial reporting.

  • Internal systems development: This entails the development of internal systems, policies and procedures, mainly but not exclusively in the field of financial and administrative management. 

  • Administration: As we are registering the NILE Journeys in several countries it is important to follow-up on the registration processes and the system that allows linking these entities with a cohesive financial system. 

  • Fundraising: Proposal writing, networking and researching opportunities for funding the programs and activities of the NILE Journeys. 

  • Market research and marketing: Mainly for products of the NILE Journeys community hubs, however this will be in support with external consultants with expertise in marketing of specific products. 

  • Other (depending on the person’s experience and interest): 

    • Project management on entrepreneurship creation of the green entrepreneurship sphere in collaboration with the steering team, including the projects and activities of the program and the business development necessary to initiate and implement the program.

    • Communication: mainly external communication including the website and preparing annual reports, under supervision of the communication coordinator. 

    • Planning, project designs, activities’ planning and workshop facilitation on a need basis.

 

Profile of the Lead admin and Finance officer

  • Background in one or more of the following disciplines: Financial management, financial administration, financial modeling, accounting, project management, project management tools (e.g., Asana, Trello, etc…), proposal writing, public administration, and business development. 

  • Additional experience in the following disciplines is an asset: Entrepreneurship, green entrepreneurship, social enterprising, system administration, African studies or Facilitation 

  • A track record of working with NGOs, SMEs, and farmers associations in Financial modeling and Financial management.

  • A track record in project management and team coordination. 

  • Strong knowledge of accounting tools and systems. 

  • Ability to travel within Africa and work in a rural setup with basic conditions if required.

  • Experience in working with NGOs in North Africa (Mainly Egypt) or East Africa (Mainly Kenya).

  • Excellent communication skills in English and Arabic (any additional language is an asset)

  • Excellent writing skills in English. 

  • Personal qualities of multitasking skills, resilience, patience, perseverance, willingness to learn, open-mindedness, team spirit and collaborative attitude, creativity, initiative-taking, ability to navigate conflicts, communication skills, and interest in being part of a whole. 

 

Application and Selection

To apply kindly send the following documents to mongy@nilejourneys.org by 30th of April 2021

  • Motivation letter highlighting the reason why this job interests you, why you are the right fit for it, and if you are a good fit for the NILE journeys. 

  • Recent CV

Pre-selected applicants will be communicated with for a short zoom interview prior to the selection.

Working Conditions

This job opportunity is mostly to work from home with possible travels within the Nile Basin region on a need basis. It is part-time (3 to 4 days of work per week) with a growing organization with a diverse team. It also requires flexibility and agility more than long experience. It fits an experience of a junior professional, who is focused on learning, growth, and being part of a group. 

Work is mostly online and closely with the members of the steering team. 

The compensation is adequate for someone with 2 to 5 years of experience in Egypt. There will be a three months’ probation period.  

This position is reporting directly to one of the members of the steering committee.

3. Accountant

Introduction

This is a call for an accountant based in Belgium for the NILE Journeys asbl. 

Brief about the NILE Journeys

The NILE journeys is a platform of Nile basin communities working on regenerating the land, the river and the society.  The ultimate vision and dream of the NILE Journeys is of ‘a Nile Basin ecosystem that nurtures life-affirming actions’.

Our mission is to create participatory experiential learning spaces for the inhabitants of the Nile bio-region and beyond, illuminating the multiple stories of this ecosystem that are rooted in indigenous knowledge and regenerative practices.

The NILE Journeys work connects community spaces across the region, we call them Community Hubs. They are acupuncture points along the Nile for impact and regeneration of the social and ecological fields. Through these hubs we create experiential and participatory learning spaces within the hubs and across hubs. We also aim to profile the stories of these hubs to illuminate positive narratives about Africa to her citizens and beyond. We do that through projects and programs addressing youth, culture, permaculture, land regeneration, water, value chain integration, entrepreneurship development, and exchange.

Job Description

This job  description includes:

  • Follow-up with the yearly tax of the Belgium Entity (vzw/asbl)

  • Follow-up  with the yearly paper work of the association (General Assembly, ...)

  • Oversight of XERO the accounting tool used.

  • Oversight of the bookkeeping and keep track of all the folder system and paperwork related to finances

  • Attend meetings of the Resourcing Circle

  • Schedule and conduct updates to steering team as per budget timeline

  • Follow-up budgets

  • Create financial reports

  • Overseeing external audits

Profile of Consultant

  • Professional accountant for more than 5 years with experience in asbl’s

  • Additional experience in the following disciplines is an asset: 

    • Project management

    • Financial management

    • Auditing

    • Working abroad in the global south. 

  • A track record of working with NGOs and SMEs in Belgium

  • Well versed in XERO and willingness to learn

  • Excellent communication skills in French and English. Dutch is an asset.

  • Excellent writing skills in French (and/or Dutch) and partially English.

  • Personal qualities of: multitasking skills, resilience, patience, perseverance, willingness to learn, open mindedness, team spirit and collaborative attitude, creativity, initiative taking, ability to navigate conflicts, communication skills and interest in being part of a whole.  

Application and Selection

 

To apply kindly send the following documents to mongy@nilejourneys.org by 7th of May 2021

  • Motivation letter highlighting the reason why this job interests you, why you are the right fit for it, and if you are a good fit for the NILE journeys. 

  • Recent CV

  • A financial proposal

Pre-selected applicants will be communicated with for a short zoom interview prior to the selection.

Working Conditions

This job opportunity is a consultancy contract with mostly work from home, ideally from Belgium (or neighbouring countries), where the NILE Journeys office registration is. 

It is part-time (3 days of work per month in average) with a growing organization with a diverse team. It requires flexibility and long engagement. 

Work is mostly online and closely with the members of the resourcefulness circle. There will be a three months’ probation period. 

4. Curriculum Designer

Introduction

This is a call for a Curriculum Designer(s) and coordinator for the forthcoming Nile Journeys Practice Handbook for a period of 12 months, starting 1st of June

Brief about the NILE Journeys

The NILE journeys is a platform of Nile basin communities working on regenerating the land, the river and the society.  The ultimate vision and dream of the NILE Journeys is of ‘a Nile Basin ecosystem that nurtures life-affirming actions’.

Our mission is to create participatory experiential learning spaces for the inhabitants of the Nile bio-region and beyond, illuminating the multiple stories of this ecosystem that are rooted in indigenous knowledge and regenerative practices.

The NILE Journeys work connects community spaces across the region, we call them Community Hubs. They are acupuncture points along the Nile for impact and regeneration of the social and ecological fields. Through these hubs we create experiential and participatory learning spaces within the hubs and across hubs. We also aim to profile the stories of these hubs to illuminate positive narratives about Africa to her citizens and beyond. We do that through projects and programs addressing youth, culture, permaculture, land regeneration, water, value chain integration, entrepreneurship development, and exchange.

Job description

The position of the curriculum designer and coordinator of the Nile Journeys Practice Handbook is a role to oversee, co-design and coordinate the project based on the outline that has been created. You will be working closely with the members of the Practitioner Circle for co-design sessions, coordinating inputs and revising drafts. You will be responsible for coordinating the design, writing, as well the steps until its publication.  The main approaches and practices we are drawing from are: Art of Hosting, Theory U and Ubuntu Lab, Dialogue Practice, Systemic Constellation, conflict transformation, Non-Violent Communication, the Culture of Peace, Permaculture among others.

This job description includes:

·        Coordination of the Practice Handbook with the Practitioner Circle and other Experts

·        Co-designing the curriculum based on a first draft made by the Practitioner Circle

·        Designing exercises based on the curriculum

·        Communication with the Practitioner Circle and when needed with the steering team of the Nile Journey.

·        Coordinating the writing and editing process

·        Coordinating the visual layout and graphics process

·        Coordinating the publication due for the beginning of quarter 2 in 2022 

Profile of consultant

·        Well versed in facilitation and process design approaches and practices

·        Track record of similar curriculum design work

·        Experience of working, visiting and/or living in one or more countries in the African continent (Particularly countries in the Nile basin). A good understanding of the Nile region is a plus. 

·        Excellent communication skills in English. French, Arabic and other Nile Basin languages are an asset.

·        Excellent writing skills in English. French, Arabic and other Nile Basin languages are an asset.

·        Good  time management and workflow skills, and the ability to manage deadlines

·        Ability to work in an remote office setting

·        Welcome constructive criticism and inputs from the steering team

·        Ability to create and invent exercises and activities that put theory into practice.

·        Curriculum design experience for at least 10 years particularly in areas of practices mentioned above in the job description section. 

·        Ability to work autonomously and provide self-direction when needed. 

·        Personal qualities of: Multitasking skills, willingness to learn, open mindedness, team spirit and collaborative attitude, creativity, initiative taking, ability to navigate conflicts, communication skills and interest in being part of a whole.  

Application and Selection

  • To apply kindly send the luea@nilejourneys.org by 8th of May 2021

  • Motivation letter highlighting the reason why this job interests you, why you are the right fit for it, and if you are a good fit for the NILE jour

  • Recent CV and/or Portfolio (Please include full team profile if not done individually)

  • A sample of your work in similar assignments that you worked on and led. 

  • A financial proposal of your expected daily rate. 

  • Pre-selected applicants will be invited with for a short zoom interview prior to the final

  • selection announced on the 11th of May. 

  • If you have questions or would like to get more information please email us at luea@nilejourneys.org We can either reply to your questions via email or arrange a zoom/ skype call. 

Working Conditions

This job opportunity is mostly for work from home and online. It is part-time (3 to 5 days

of work per month) within a growing organization and a diverse team. It requires flexibility and engagement. There will be a three months’ probation period. The fee is based on a daily rate calculated through a timesheet. 

 

The curriculum designer(s) will be part of the practice circle of the NILE Journeys, and will work closely with the members of the circle.