Business Development Services Support+ (BDS+) For Malawi/Zambia/Zimbabwe

Application Deadline: 20th February 2018:

Greening Business Development Services (BDS) has grown to be an important element of our efforts to create more enabling environments for small, medium and micro enterprises to flourish. BDS+ builds the capacities of selected local business development services providers through ‘Training of Trainers’ workshops using tailored materials and relevant best practices, based around the SEED Enterprise Blueprint. The training consists of over 20 business and management tools as well as case studies, exercises, guidelines and templates that are specifically tailored to address enterprises’ social, environmental and economic impacts. BDS+ trainers continuously enhance their skills and knowledge through the BDS+ network, their access to the SEED knowledge platform, and an exchange of best practices in peer-learning formats.

To build the capacities of selected local BDS providers, SEED hosted three “Training of Trainers” (ToT) events in 2014: in Malawi, Namibia and Mozambique. These brought together over 50 participants from companies and institutions such as the Small and Medium Enterprise Institute (SMEDI), Oxfam, ministries, universities and business associations, to explore social and environmental business models. In 2015 two additional ToT events were held in South Africa. In 2016 ToT events are being implemented in Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda under the EU-funded SWICH-Africa Green project.


Eligibility Criteria

This ToT is for individuals who work at the interface of politics, business and civil society, and support business or entrepreneurial solutions for social and environmental challenges. We strive to have a diversified group of participants balancing gender and organisational representation.


Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have:

Basic experience or a strong interest in working with start-up eco-enterprises in Malawi, Zimbabwe, or Zambia;

Basic experience or a strong interest in providing business model development oriented capacity building;

Have a degree in a relevant academic or business related field;

Basic experience or a strong interest in facilitating interactive and participatory workshops;

Basic experience or a strong interest in working on the triple bottom line;

The capacity to communicate and provide capacity building in English to SMMEs.

Please note: Given the limited number of participant slots (15-20) we will be only able to accept 1-2 candidates per organisation. However, there may be exceptions depending on the range of applicants who meet the criteria for participation. If you are an independent consultant, please submit a letter of endorsement from a third party.


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