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Project Assistant


This is a Full-time position in Lusaka, Zambia posted 22/04/2021.

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Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing
and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in
Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development
organization that delivers technical and assistance in
agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community
development, and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and
vibrant civil societies. ACDI/VOCA has approximately 34 projects in 19
countries and total revenues of approximately $128 million.


ACDI/VOCA is currently implementing a five-year program entitled “Enterprise
Development and Growth Enhanced (EDGE) Activity” in Zambia funded by the
United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The aim of the
Zambia EDGE Activity is to increase the profitability for agricultural small
and medium enterprises (SMEs) by addressing their key investment constraints
on access to finance, limited business management skills and technology, and
access to markets, thereby increasing SMEs’ productivity and ability to create
new .
Pursuant to its mission, ACDI/VOCA is seeking experienced and talented
professionals for the Project Assistant position. The position will have two
primary responsibilities: a) manage the communication between EDGE partners,
SMEs and Financial Service Providers (FSPs) and other key stakeholders and b)
assist with effective planning, coordination and delivery of meetings,
roundtables, events and activities related to awareness raising, information
collection and sharing, linkages and capacity building. Specifically, this
position will support EDGE’s programmatic Objectives working in close
collaboration with the AMEL team. The position reports to the Director MEL &
CLA and charges approximately 50% of time working with the Director Access to


The Project Assistant is expected to provide a broad range of assistance,
including but not limited to, providing ssupport to the planning and
implementation of activities in accordance with EDGE’s work plan, Gantt chart
and event calendars. Act as primary point of contact for EDGE for identified
SMEs; manage, relay and answer queries from SMEs in close collaboration with
relevant thematic heads/leads and Directors/Chief of Party; draft FAQs for
project partners. Assist in the development and maintenance of a sound network
of project beneficiaries and other stakeholder counterparts with the MIS/AMEL
Team. Act as a primary point of contact for FSPs for information collection
and sharing and event/activity planning purposes; actively contribute to the
finalization, dissemination info sessions and event planning calendars.

Collaborate closely with the Communications Specialist and Directors/COP, help
in managing the flow of communication between EDGE and external audiences.
Participate in EDGE-FSP focused meetings and draft minutes, key take-aways and
actions stemming from these. Assist the Access to Finance Director with the
updating of Action Sheets for EDGE MOU partners, non-commercial lenders, FSPs
(banks and MFIs) and government partners. Provide support to EDGE’s AMEL team
with activity tracking, monitoring & data collection processes, and M&E
related coordination with counterparts, as required.


Successful candidates will be self-motivated, proactive team players with the
right combination of talent, experience, drive and a commitment to relational
Academic background: Undergraduate degree (Development Studies, Social
Sciences, Agriculture, Planning, Agribusiness, or other relevant fields),
combined with relevant practical experience.

1\. A minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a similar position, sound
knowledge in project management, planning and/or coordination. Familiarity
with INGO and donor processes and procedures an asset.
2\. Demonstrated abilities in design and management of activities.
3\. Experience with external communications with a variety of audiences (e.g.
from small holder farmers, SMEs, banks, learning institutions and other donor
projects), including minute taking, brief reports, formal letters and
invitations, etc.
4\. Strong computer skills and knowledge of relevant software applications
(Word, Excel and Microsoft Suite).
5\. Strong interpersonal and communications skills, including English language
written skills. Local language proficiency an asset. Experience in SharePoint
is an added advantage.
6\. Demonstrated potential/experience performing administrative or other
client support functions, with tact and diplomacy.
7\. Management of online calendars, email lists, WhatsApp groups and phone

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