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Junior Business Development Officer - Hargeisa

Forcier Consulting

Full-time Staff - Sudan, Africa

Apply by: 15th August 2017

Position: Junior Business Development Officer
Location: Hargeisa, Somaliland
Contract Duration: 12 months

Forcier is a multi-disciplinary research and monitoring & evaluation firm operating across Africa and the Middle East since 2011. Our core services include program evaluations, opinion polling, third party monitoring, and capacity building for UN Agencies, NGOs, governments and private sector clients operating in post-conflict and challenging environments. Forcier currently has offices in South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, and Egypt.

Job Description: Forcier Consulting is seeking a Junior Business Development Officer to identify, establish, and maintain relationships with partners, clients, and competitors across East Africa, from Forcier’s office in Hargeisa. The Junior Business Development Officer will liaise with the Forcier Somalia and South Sudan Country Offices in order to provide accurate logistical, financial, and HR records for the rest of the global Business Development Department, as well as contribute to business development activities in the region. This may include frequent writing of proposals, client mapping and meetings, as well as general administrative tasks relating to business development.

The Junior Business Development Officer position is intended to serve as a trial period for both the employee and Forcier, with the hopes that after four months a full Business Development Officer position will be offered. If the four-month period is completed in satisfactory standing, the employee will transition to a full-time Business Development Officer for the following eight months.


The first four months is considered a probationary period and the position is unpaid but offers a:
• In-country living stipend;
• Accommodation at the Forcier guesthouse; and
• Round-trip flights.

After the probationary period a salary will be offered for an additional eight months, in addition to the living stipend and accommodation.

Reports to: Business Development Manager – East Africa

Daily tasks:
• Identify opportunities through partner engagement and desk research
• Write proposals for Forcier projects in Somalia, South Sudan, and other locations across Africa and the Middle East on an as-needed basis
• Assist the Research Team on various aspects of projects, including playing a key role in select projects in order to gain valuable research experience
• Identify all potential partners, clients, and competitors in East Africa- and select other countries - and establish a database for contact management
• Establish contact with partners, clients, and competitors and represent Forcier in introductory meetings to explain our unique selling points/competitive advantages
• Maintain relationships with existing/new partners through routine contact
• Assist the Global Business Development Department by liaising with the Somalia and South Sudan Country Office teams to provide information on country staffing, logistics, financial information, and project updates
• Assist in improving and maintaining new and existing business development resources (templates, CVs, promotional materials, databases, etc.)

Education requirements:
• A Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs, Anthropology, Political Science, English, International Development Studies, or another relevant social science topic.

Required skills:
• Native fluency in English
• Effective ability to pro-actively prioritize and meet strict deadlines
• Interest in Somalia, South Sudan, and the East Africa region
• Ability to work independently and remotely with little oversight
• Strong Microsoft Office and Internet research skills
• Excellent communication skills

Preferred (but not required) skills:
• Experience with grant writing or training in business development
• Familiarity with research, including quantitative and qualitative research methods
• Experience with corporate marketing, branding, or graphic design
• Experience living or working in Africa
• Knowledge of the international development industry

How to Apply:

Please apply on our website: and locate the Junior Business Development Officer job posting for Hargeisa, and click Apply.

Submit a single PDF containing your cover letter, CV, a writing sample in English (no longer than 3 pages) with your name as the filename.

Applications will be received on a rolling basis. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Please mention Jobs4Development in your application

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