Humber College Vacancy: SEDS - Business Support Centre Technical Advisors - Manado & Makassar, Indonesian

Job Title SEDS, Business Support Centre Technical Advisors (formerly Workshop #6 Facilitators)

Division/Department:  International Development Institute, The Business School, Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Reporting To:  Manager, International Development Institute

Salary: TBD

Location: Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia and/or Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Duration: Approximately 1 month preparation and debrief time and 3 months working with the partners in Sulawesi, Indonesia

Dates:  January to April 2016, with flexibility

Humber’s Sulawesi Economic Development Strategy Project (SEDS) is a five-year partnership project working with seven universities in Indonesia.  The focus of the project is to strengthen the enabling environment for the development, management, and growth of the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector in North and South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Project activities will address three key areas across the seven universities: i) capacity development of the university partners to infuse applied entrepreneurship skills into curriculum, ii) capacity development of the university  partners to deliver SME support services directly to micro and small enterprises, and iii) fostering networks among university, government, business and NGO stakeholders.

For the project as a whole, the intention was that six rounds of workshops would be facilitated to develop the capacity of up to twenty lecturers at seven Indonesian partner universities to foster entrepreneurship.  The first three workshops focused on developing and delivering applied entrepreneurship curriculum are now complete. The project has turned its focus to the development of Business Support Centres (BSCs) that will provide support to student entrepreneurs as well as the SME community, while contributing to the fostering of entrepreneurship networks. Workshops 4, 5, and 6 focus on setting-up the management and operation of the BSCs and business support services.

This posting is for Business Support Centre Technical Advisors (formerly workshop 6 facilitators).  The partners require guidance and support from both local and Canadian advisors who can help them get their BSCs up and running.  Mentoring, skills training (including marketing and financial management), and ensuring the key players and decision makers are involved at each institution are needed to help the partners’ BSCs flourish.  Additionally, knowledge to support the partners in connecting with local networks and securing revenue streams is wanted.

NOTE: Technical advising, which may involve delivering workshops on specific topics as per the needs of the partners, will likely involve a Canadian Technical Advisor working alongside an Indonesian Technical Advisor.

Under the general direction of the Manager, International Development Institute, and working closely with the 7 partner universities and the field staff, the Technical Advisors will meet with the partners to determine the status and needs of each institution’s BSC, which vary in terms of progress, and then develop training requirements, content, and next steps as needed.

  1. Participate in pre-departure and/or in-country orientation provided by Humber.
  2. Meet each partner and assess their needs.
  3. Working in collaboration with the other Technical Advisors, field team and partners, develop the learning content and delivery methods for BSC development and improvement
  4. Deliver content and provide support to the partners.  Many participants will understand English, however, a translator will be provided by the project where needed.
  5. If required, provide ongoing technical support for a designated # of days to a designated # of partner universities as requested. 
  6. Write a report upon completion of the workshops whereby activities and outcomes are clearly stated and recommendations for future capacity development initiatives are outlined, particularly in terms of development of services to be offered by the BSCs.
  7. Participate in a debriefing session.
  • Proven experience operating a successful Business Centre.
  • Familiarity with quality management, marketing, promotion, branding, networking, financial management and securing internal and external revenue streams.
  • Able to provide business case studies based on his/her experience as a mentor, counselor or coach to students or clients, and experience leading simulations.
  • Experience designing and delivering training programs in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Knowledge of SME development, preferably in developing countries.
  • Knowledge and experience with applied teaching.  Able to use a variety of teaching methods and adapt to audience needs.
  • Previous experience with the SEDS project considered a very strong asset.
  • Certified professional mentor, counselor, or coach considered a strong asset.
  • Understanding and commitment to gender equality, environmental sustainability and a commitment to good governance and ethical business practices.
  • Previous overseas experience desirable.
  • Able to work in international development conditions.
  • Understanding of local business context and practices in Indonesia and/or Sulawesi considered an asset.
Humber College, through the project budget, will pay for return airfare to Indonesia and visas as needed, in-transit costs, per diems, travel insurance, and accommodation.  Humber will also cover certain specified project-related expenses (translation, photocopying, transportation, etc.) within a pre-fixed budget.
To apply please visit Humber’s HR website at HERE and send a cover letter and résumé through the HR portal.  The posting will remain open until filled.  We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Closing Date: 04 Dec 2015