Vacancy for Cluster Development Specialist at Adam Smith International - 3 slots

 Employment Nigeria 30-Sep-2017 KATSINA , Administrative  

Adam Smith International a professional services company with a strong corporate presence globally, with 146 current projects across 49 countries and over 1,000 staff and associates. 

POSITION : Cluster Development Specialist


MAFITA is a 6-year DFID-funded programme working in Nigeria’s northern states, with a vision to empower marginalised youths and women through the provision of increased economic opportunities and social inclusion.
MAFITA will partner with public and private stakeholders to improve access to relevant and quality training, mentorship, work experience, business development, and financial services for marginalised youths and women. The programme will also support local market systems to enable the absorption of MAFITA’s target beneficiaries into sustainable income-generating activities.


  • The Cluster Development Specialist will monitor and guide the cluster champions’ work.
  • He/she will serve a dual role as a capacity builder of the cluster campions and as the on-the-ground person for the Apprenticeship and LED team.


  • The Katsina Cluster Development Specialist is expected to support the development of trade clusters within MAFITA and act as the key interface between functional groups/businesses, MCPs, cluster champions and trade associations identifying market linkages and capacity gaps.
  • He/she will provide capacity building support to cluster development assistants and directly to cluster champions and MCPs to ensure quality delivery of relevant training and enterprise growth.

Others :

  • Identify innovative and sustainable solutions that can support the apprenticeship model, encouraging sustained interest and motivation of MCPs and trade clusters
  • Provide regular updates and reports to the apprenticeship and TVET units on the quality and relevance of apprenticeship training in line with the required standards
  • Provide regular updates to the LED team on the effectiveness of BDS and A2F activities as well as other areas of need identified
  • Liaising between MAFITA Apprenticeship and LED interventions and identifying areas of synergy and collaboration
  • Supporting enterprise growth of clusters through the development of business development strategies plan and matching to BDS and A2F solutions
  • Support the formalization of trade clusters through registration and adaptions of cooperative models
  • Support periodic meetings between trade clusters and encourage good business practices
  • Oversee the monitoring and reporting mechanisms between MCP clusters and MAFITA and identify innovative means to track progress


  • A Degree in Business Management, Business Administration, Economics or similar fields
  • 5 years’ experience working with enterprise development and/or cluster initiatives
  • Excellent people skills and ability to communicate with a range of stakeholders, both written and oral
  • Time management
  • Competent knowledge in English and Hausa, spoken and written
  • Relevant computer proficient, experience in using Microsoft tools and/or any relevant software.
  • Knowledge and experience in cluster support initiatives and monitoring of cluster requirements
  • Experience in preparation of action plans designed to recraft observed challenges within industrial clusters
  • Experience in working with the private sector, training and skills development preferable


  • The Cluster Development Specialist should bring a commitment to the programme’s overall aims of providing sustainable livelihood opportunities to marginalized young people across our core states of operation.
  • The preferred candidate will bring a strong work ethic to a lively and dedicated team of professionals.

Duration and Location:

  • This is a full-time position, commencing as soon as possible with an anticipated 160 days of input until 31st March 2018, but with scope to increase this depending on budgetary constraints.
  • The Specialist will be based in the Katsina project office with some travel to Kano later in the year.

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