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Business Development Service Agent

Not Actively Recruiting

Service Dates

February 23, 2020 - April 30, 2022

Application Window

February 1, 2019 - July 1, 2019

Location

  • Senegal

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

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Description

The Community Economic Development (CED) project in Senegal was redesigned in 2017, with the goal of ensuring that “household members, especially women and youth, achieve economic security and upward economic mobility.” The project is community-centered, and shares the values of Peace Corps while serving the national economic interests as a whole. As a Business Development Service Agent, you will inspire and support households’ ability to achieve economic security by undertaking different roles as a trainer, facilitator, change agent, mentor, and coach to foster and support entrepreneurial behaviors and the adoption of basic business skills both in youth and women entrepreneurs.

Primarily focusing on agribusiness and solid waste management, integrating norms of gender equity and positive youth development, you will:
• Develop individuals’—especially youth’s and women’s—entrepreneurial potential. You will contribute to the national strategy of youth and women entrepreneurship geared to improve jobs and wealth creation through training, coaching, and organization of business events. Youth clubs are one important activity which CED Volunteers lead to help develop entrepreneurial skills and capacities.
• Improve individuals’—especially those in women’s groups—capacity to implement small-scale economic activities. In addition to training in basic business skills, in partnership with local and national partners, you’ll support access to technical training in agribusiness and solid waste management as well as to financial services through the creation or enhancement of savings and loan groups.

Information and communication technologies for business (ICT4B) play an increasingly important role for Senegalese micro and small-enterprises, and thus are of increasing importance for Business Development Service Agents.

Peace Corps Senegal includes gender equity and empowerment efforts throughout all our work, and strives to make these efforts more sustainable. As such, you will receive training on gender challenges in Senegal and you will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During your service, you will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ and women’s sense of agency.

As an actor in the development of Senegal, and a part of the wider Peace Corps effort to share our story with our counterparts and host governments as well as to bring that story home to the US, you will monitor and report on your work activities throughout your service.

The Community Economic Development (CED) project in Senegal was redesigned in 2017, with the goal of ensuring that “household members, especially women and youth, achieve economic security and upward economic mobility.” The project is community-centered, and shares the values of Peace Corps while serving the national economic interests as a whole. As a Business Development Service Agent, you will inspire and support households’ ability to achieve economic security by undertaking different roles as a trainer, facilitator, change agent, mentor, and coach to foster and support entrepreneurial behaviors and the adoption of basic business skills both in youth and women entrepreneurs.

Primarily focusing on agribusiness and solid waste management, integrating norms of gender equity and positive youth development, you will:
• Develop individuals’—especially youth’s and women’s—entrepreneurial potential. You will contribute to the national strategy of youth and women entrepreneurship geared to improve jobs and wealth creation through training, coaching, and organization of business events. Youth clubs are one important activity which CED Volunteers lead to help develop entrepreneurial skills and capacities.
• Improve individuals’—especially those in women’s groups—capacity to implement small-scale economic activities. In addition to training in basic business skills, in partnership with local and national partners, you’ll support access to technical training in agribusiness and solid waste management as well as to financial services through the creation or enhancement of savings and loan groups.

Information and communication technologies for business (ICT4B) play an increasingly important role for Senegalese micro and small-enterprises, and thus are of increasing importance for Business Development Service Agents.

Peace Corps Senegal includes gender equity and empowerment efforts throughout all our work, and strives to make these efforts more sustainable. As such, you will receive training on gender challenges in Senegal and you will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During your service, you will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ and women’s sense of agency.

As an actor in the development of Senegal, and a part of the wider Peace Corps effort to share our story with our counterparts and host governments as well as to bring that story home to the US, you will monitor and report on your work activities throughout your service.
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Benefits

Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Education Requirements

College Graduate

Desired Languages

English, French

Other Conditions

Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security, Education & Youth

Weekly Hours

40

Service Type

Combination of direct and indirect service

Service Environment

Indoor and Outdoor

Placement

Individual Placement

Service Setting

Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Early Childhood Program, Elementary School, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization, Higher Education Institution, High School, Hospital, Local Educational Agency, Local Government Agency, Recreation or Youth Center, Social Enterprise (nonprofit)

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

Hosted By

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