Mennonite Economic Development Associates is hiring a
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) invites applications for Volunteer Business Mentors to support our dedicated and talented MEDA team in our mission to create business solutions to poverty!
MEDA’s work is built on a foundation of Mennonite business roots and faith-based values, within the global context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We believe business solutions are effective interventions to address poverty. Through a market-systems approach and strategic partnerships, MEDA enables access to finance and provides business and technical expertise to build transformative agri-food market systems that create decent jobs, allowing traditionally excluded groups to become active participants in a sustainable economy. MEDA welcomes all who share our values and want to join us in our mission. To find out more about MEDA, please visit our website at www.meda.org.
Feminist Entrepreneurs Growing Green Economies (FEGGE) is an economic development project working in the dryland regions of Tanzania. FEGGE has the overall goal of improved prosperity for women- and men-owned small and medium businesses (SMEs) working in the following value chains: horticulture, herbs and spices, dairy, oil seeds, maize (with a focus on nutritious flour), honey, and rice. FEGGE also aims to promote women’s economic empowerment (WEE) and climate-smart farming and business practices.
FEGGE will offer women-owned SMEs the opportunity to be partnered with a volunteer business mentor to help them make technical improvements to their business. Mentors will be business owners or specialists in similar value chains, or possess the generic business skills that SMEs would like to improve in (e.g. marketing, financial management, inventory management, graphic design and labelling, etc.). A full list of the skills or services that SMEs are seeking mentorship in is listed below. Mentors will be responsible for sharing their experiences, offering technical advice, and guiding mentees to implement technical improvements to their businesses.
Mentorship will occur virtually over a period of 8-12 weeks. Together, the mentor and mentee will agree on the goals of the mentorship experience and participate in virtual coaching sessions. Mentors will also be offered the option to undertake a 7- to 10-day trip to work in-person with the SME at their premises in Tanzania. Airfare and accommodation for the visit will be covered by MEDA. The total commitment required by mentors is approximately 15 days of effort (including virtual and in-person if applicable).
SME Mentorship Needs
The women-owned SMEs seeking business mentorship include firms such as:
MEDA is seeking mentors who are either (1) business owners, (2) industry experts in same value chains as the SMEs; or (3) industry experts in specifics areas of business management, listed below. This list is not exclusive, and volunteer mentors with relevant skills not mentioned below are also encouraged to apply.
Business needs of FEGGE SMEs include:
Recruitment & Selection Process
This call for volunteer mentors targets business people who are passionate about supporting women entrepreneurs in Tanzania to improve their business practices. MEDA is seeking volunteers who are:
What to Expect as a Mentor
Mentors can expect the following from their participation in this activity:
Mentor Site Visits
Mentors will have the option to engage in an in-person visit to the mentee’s business premise in order to better understand the mentee’s operations and provide more in-depth advice or technical support. In these cases, airfare and accommodation for the visit will be covered by MEDA. Mentors who opt to participate in the in-person component will be required to undertake a brief security orientation call and adhere to MEDA’s security protocols while in Tanzania.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 30, 2023 at 4:00 pm EST
MEDA is an equal opportunity employer and accommodations are available during all phases of the recruitment process. We ask that any applicants requiring accommodation make their needs known in advance.