BLP Officer job in Zambia

Funded by UK-aid, the Private Enterprise Programme Zambia (PEPZ) is a five-year programme that builds and strengthens the capacity of Zambian micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the private sector in order to create jobs and contribute to the diversification of the economy.
PEPZ is being implemented through targeted interventions that identify and support entrepreneurs with the attitude and willingness to become more competitive. PEPZ initiatives also reflect a commitment to increasing opportunities for women and young people. The programme achieves these goals through an integrated approach that has four interlinked components: Business Linkages Programme, Business Development Services, the Nyamuka Zambia Business Plan Competition, and an Accelerator Fund.
Business Linkages Programme (BLP)
The Business Linkages component of PEPZ seeks to create and strengthen sustainable business partnerships between Zambian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large corporates in order to see the value of procuring goods and services locally with a socially responsible, gender-sensitive and environmentally sound approach.  BLP provides technical assistance, mentoring and coaching to ensure local SME suppliers – particularly those that are committed to promoting opportunities for women – have access to corporate value chains and develop the capacity to service corporate sourcing and procurement requirements.
Job description
The BLP Officer will be working under the supervision of the BLP Manager to achieve 2 key results of the component:
Result 2
By March 2019 the anchor companies are collectively sourcing regularly from a number of local suppliers,
Main activities
  • Support the BLP manager in identifying with partner anchor company products/services for local sourcing, when they will be tendered; and prequalification and qualification requirements
  • Arrange regular meetings with anchor companies to identify and profile existing local suppliers and potential suppliers needing technical assistance
  • Develop methods and channels for identifying suitable new suppliers to match to opportunities
  • Channel vetted suppliers to the matchmaking events organized for the benefit of the partner anchor companies
  • Refer to PEPZ Business Development Service component (BDS) SMEs for assessment
  • Follow-up with BDS team the assessment process, respond to their requests of information and data from anchor companies
  • Participate into the validation, ranking and sequencing of the technical assistance needed by the identified suppliers
  • Support the Monitoring progress in completion of technical assistance interventions being undertaken by the suppliers supported by external experts
  • Support Grant and M&E components in collecting data on sales and jobs created every quarter from supplier receiving technical assistance
Result 3By March 2019 there is a fully functional Business to Business (B2B) web portal that is ready for transfer to a local entity to own and maintain beyond the PEPZ lifespan.
Main Activities
  • Support Design, upload content, test and pilot the B2B platform with limited number of anchor companies and suppliers
  • Manage the Agreement with the company hosting and maintaining the B2B portalSupport the organization of the launch of the portal and for the training of users.
  • Monitor usage and functioning of the portal and provide feedback reports to users including any modifications to improve its use
  • Identify SMEs that can be offered access to the portal, through agreed channels
  • Assist in collecting necessary information from anchor companies.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent diploma or professional qualification is required, preferably in business administration, commerce, finance, business processes or engineering. A relevant Master’s degree would be an advantage.
  • At least 5 years’ relevant experience in private sector development encompassing enterprise management, business development and advisory services, business linkages or supply chain and procurement activities
  • Attributes and competencies
  • Demonstrate that he/she is a self-starter, who can work with minimum supervision, as evidenced by past initiatives, levels of responsibility and accountability.
  • Demonstrate a track record of networking with stakeholders as evidenced by the range of past and present contacts developed.
  • Demonstrate motivation and passion as evidenced by inquisitiveness, continuous learning and presentation of well thought out ideas and solutions.
  • Display personal and professional presence to properly represent the organization
  • Ability to investigate reviews and evaluate business operations; review and evaluate simple financial statements; plan, organize and manage projects and; write reports.
  • Advanced skills in Word, Excel and Power Point, and intermediate level skills in internet for business.
How to apply
Send an updated CV, a cover letter and 3 employment references to Donia Benmiloud, Business Linkages Programme Manager at
Closing date: 29th February, 2016
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