We currently have openings for the positions listed below.
About READ Nepal
READ has its roots in Nepal, where our first office opened in 1991 after a rural villager told our founder that all he wanted for his village was a library. READ (Rural Education and Development) Nepal partners with rural communities to build Community Libraries and Resource Centers (READ Centers) that provide villagers with access to valuable tools, educational resources, and skills' training that enable them to thrive and prosper in their own communities. Since 1991 we have opened 54 READ Centers across the country, offering training programs in livelihood skills, literacy, health, and technology. READ Centers include a library with thousands books for children and adults, a computer lab with Internet access, a women's empowerment room, an early childhood development section and a training room. READ also provides seed capital for a sustaining enterprise paired with each READ Center to generate income that sustains the Center over the long run. With our partner communities, we have seeded 82 sustaining enterprises in Nepal that address community needs: from fish farming and turmeric farming to a community radio station.
About the position
This position will be based out of the READ Nepal Office in Kathmandu with the following primary responsibilities:
- To take the lead in identifying and implementing sustaining enterprise programs that will financially sustain community libraries as envisioned by the READ model, and promoting micro-entrepreneurs in our partner communities.
- To develop and implement business plans and project plans and provide the necessary leadership, project management and co-ordination for the successful launch of sustaining enterprises.
- To assist in the exploration and implementation of country-level social enterprises for the sustainability of the READ mission in Nepal.
- Work with community to identify and select the best suited social enterprises that help to sustain community libraries in the long run.
- Develop and customize training curricula for field staff, community workers and micro-entrepreneurs.
- Conduct training to Library Management Committee and Sub Committee members on social sustaining enterprises.
- Conduct entrepreneurship development and business plan development training to community members.
- Prepare, facilitate and implement sustaining enterprise projects for community libraries.
- Coordinate with District Development Committee, District Cottage and Small Industry Office, or relevant governmental or non-governmental agencies for sustaining enterprise and micro-enterprise development of community libraries.
- Advise the Library Management Committees in the establishment of the operational structure of enterprises in view of their sustainability.
- Develop guidelines for the allocation of micro-grants to innovative and promising CLRC and Community groups.
- Work closely with community entrepreneurs in development and refinement of business proposals, and provide needed technical support.
- Research best practices in social enterprise and create a database of business ideas and practices.
- Assist the Country Director & Business Development Manager in networking and creating partnerships and collaboration on innovative sustainable business projects.
- Advise the identified entrepreneurs/partners on business proposals - including mechanisms, staffing and salary allocation as well as reporting format.
- Conduct site visits to proposed businesses for physical assessments.
- Assess market feasibility of the product, identify linkages and put in place marketing strategies.
- Identify the risks and challenges for READ libraries on business investment and venture.
- Put in place a clear set of financial guidelines for business projects.
- Any other work assigned by the Business Development Manager and Country Director.
- Minimum Bachelors Degree in Business Studies/Management, Economics or equivalent.
- Minimum of 3 years of experience in Enterprise Development, or Social Enterprise Development and social development field.
- Proven track record of new business development and expansion.
- Work with public, private and third sector partnerships and structures.
- Understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion issues.
- Understanding of general business principles, Business Planning & Marketing.
- Designing entrepreneurship training curricula and skills to deliver through training.
- Experience working independently on initiatives.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills in Nepali and English.