Business Incubation Specialist

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Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Business Incubation Specialist with advanced proficiency in French, a degree in business management, finance, development, economics, or related field, and experience developing business plans is needed to work with Dare to Innovate (Osez Innover) in Guinea. Dare To Innovate is a youth-led movement to end unemployment in West Africa, and its mission is to make investments in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to ignite social change. Dare to Innovate is a dynamic hub for youth entrepreneurship, and each of its three business incubation programs, Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator and Incubator, AgriHub, and the Urban Industrial Accelerator, targets a different segment of young people looking develop and launch business ideas. The Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator and Incubator is DTI’s flagship program and trains youth in entrepreneurship while they develop an original business idea, the AgriHub helps entrepreneurs launch agricultural franchise-style businesses, or micro-industries, centered on emerging value chains in Guinea, and the Urban Industrial Accelerator applies AgriHub principles to Guinea’s urban centers and manufacturing businesses. DTI is looking for a volunteer with a good understanding of business incubation best practices and management consulting through work experience to build DTI’s capacity to support new entrepreneurs.

The PCRV will work directly with DTI’s Lead Business Developer to develop a non-profit business model for DTI’s three incubator programs, evaluating the cost of providing each service, the necessary investment, and the general organization and operation of each incubator. Other tasks may include evaluating the current incubator structures for potential management or efficiency improvements and helping implement structure changes; studying other business incubation and entrepreneurship services offered in Guinea, particularly in Conakry; and helping shape DTI’s strategic position to best assist entrepreneurs and fill service gaps. The overall goal of the assignment is to expand the capacity of these programs and help analyze and improve their management, honing their impact on entrepreneurial success.

Partner Information

Dare to Innovate

Required Skills

• A degree in business management, finance, development, economics, or related field
• Advanced level French is mandatory
• Excellent Excel capacity with sturdy quantitative skillset
• Experience developing business plans for business management
• Experience working or volunteering in a developing country and across cultures

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Guinea

  • Guinea may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; dermatology; some types of gynecologic support; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizures; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: peanuts.
  • After arrival in Guinea, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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