African Entrepreneur Collective (AEC) – Business Associates.

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About the Company

AEC Kenya supports entrepreneurs to grow their business to improve livelihoods and to create thriving communities. Founded in 2018, as the Kenya affiliate of the African Entrepreneur Collective, AEC Kenya has now worked with more than 5,000 entrepreneurs, providing a combination of training, consulting, access to finance, and market-level systems change. We are the largest lender to refugee entrepreneurs in Africa. 

AEC Kenya is a 50+ person company with 5 offices across Kenya (Nairobi, Mombasa, Kakuma, Garissa, Dadaab). All of our services ensure that businesses in Kenya can thrive and contribute to the growth of Kenya’s economy.

In the past few years, we’ve had high-profile partnerships with Kenya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, UNHCR, RAS, International Finance Corporation, Mastercard Foundation, and more. AEC Kenya disbursed $2M USD to businesses across Kenya to support COVID-19 economic recovery, all while taking our content digital. In 2022, we are launching a new strategic plan to reach beyond what we have previously thought possible.

Company Values

All staff embody the company’s culture. In addition to the skills above, all candidates must demonstrate our core values:

  • Purpose: be solutions-oriented and produce high-quality work and be a global leader.

  • Achievement: push yourself to reach beyond what you think is possible.

  • Improvement: Be humble and committed to continuous learning and growing. Improve through giving and receiving open and accurate feedback

  • Bravery: willing to take risks and create a safe space for others. Be compassionate and inclusive.

  • Turikumwe/Tuko Pamoja/ Abren Nen/Waalin Jirra/ We are Together:  We appreciate our colleagues, celebrate success, and support each other in hard times. 

About the Opportunity

AEC Kenya is looking to hire qualified, dedicated and highly talented team members who will ensure that the company has skills needed to facilitate its business operations and growth.
AEC Kenya Ltd seeks highly talented, organized, and motivated refugee staff to coordinate and work directly with over 1,500 entrepreneur clients in Dadaab, Dagahaley, Hagadera and Ifo camps.


The Business Associate will join our team with core responsibilities as follows:
Client Mobilization (10% time) 
● Identify and enroll entrepreneurs in their location(s) based on the criteria and quota to be enrolled in the program
● Communicate program details to refugee participants, and confirm messages have been received.
● Represent AEC Kenya as an ambassador and participate in outreach activities to existing structures in refugee communities.
● Advise on participants’ criteria to fit the culture and existing businesses in the camp/settlement.
● Communicate to AEC Kenya leadership about any challenge faced by participants during program implementation.
Training (40% time)
● Ensure that all the entrepreneurs in the program are informed and attend all the training.
● Organize all the training logistics: printing training materials, setting up the training venue, recording attendance, and starting the training on time.
● Assist the BDA in the training using AEC training materials in Swahili, English, Somali and any other applicable language.
● Review and advise the Senior Trainer on necessary changes to the training modules.
● Complete all the training programs in the due time and within budget.
Business Consulting & Client Relationship Management (40% time)
● The intake process for entrepreneurs, including baseline M&E and tracking in our electronic system.
● Conducting monthly site visits to assess business needs and opportunities.
● Generate cash flow statements and profitability analyses with clients.
● Provide informed, strategic, and realistic advice helping the client meet their objectives, or shift their objectives towards better sustainability/profitability.
● Ongoing site visits to provide real-time advising to solve business changes and grow businesses.
● Connect clients to other AEC Kenya services, including training and access to finance.
● Keep up-to-date with the clients’ business information in an accurate manner.
● Assist the investment team with applications for finance, due diligence, and clients’ investment payments.
● Organize group consulting sessions and refresher training for clients?
Camp activities coordination and administration (10% time)
● Develop a good relationship with all partners and local authorities in and near the camp/settlement.
● Provide weekly and monthly reports on time.
● Work closely with the Senior Trainer and Business Development Manager to organize camp/settlement activities.
● Assist other AEC Kenya staff with all in-camp/settlement communications.
● Make sure activities at the camp/settlement are done in a timely manner.
● Assist the MEL team with surveys and data collection at the camp/settlement.
● Provide administrative support as needed.
● Perform any other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate will fulfill the following requirements:

MUST be a refugee living in the camp (Dagahaley, Hagadera, and Ifo) 

1+ years of work experience in a relevant or applicable field.

Experience in consulting, business planning, and providing business advice.

Strong financial and accounting skills; familiarity with business financial policies in Garissa/Kenya.

Flexible and able to deliver results under pressure.

Excellent computer skills, especially with MS Excel and Word.

Good written and oral communication skills.

Good presentation and training skills.

Shows perseverance, personal integrity, and critical thinking skills.

Outgoing and social.

Honest and professional.

University education OR currently pursuing it.

Excellent communicator to audiences in Swahili and English plus other languages (s) spoken in the camp/settlement.

Access to a smartphone 24/7 is a plus.

The candidate should not be employed by any other organization with camp/settlement activities.

What You’ll Get

  • The fun, collaborative work environment

  • Opportunity to work with a talented, passionate, and committed team of professionals

  • Challenging work and the opportunity to grow and develop your skills

  • Ability to make an impact and contribute to economic growth in Rwanda

  • Competitive benefit package – health insurance, staff savings program, parental leave, sabbatical program, and more

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