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NESsT Enterprise Development Manager for Romania

NESsT (Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-sustainability Team) is seeking a professional to work with the staff of its Budapest office to run the NESsT Venture Fund (NVF) in Romania, which was launched in May 2007.

The NVF is an innovative model that provides capacity building and financial
support to a portfolio of social enterprises -- businesses operated by
civil society organizations (CSOs) to strengthen their financial
sustainability and maximize their social impact. Depending on the
preferences of the chosen candidate, the position can be based in
Bucharest, Romania or Budapest, Hungary. It is a full time position, and
will report directly to the Enterprise Development Director in
Budapest.  The main responsibilities include:

Project management
- Oversee and manage program planning, activities, implementation and
evaluation of the program
- Supervise possible sub-contractors and vendors
- Recruit and maintain members for the Romanian Business Advisory
Network  to provide pro bono support for the social enterprise
development process
- Identify, research, contact and develop relationships with potential
government, EU, corporate, venture capital and other investor/donor
resources to promote financial support of the NVF
- Plan and coordinate workshops for CSOs and other cross-sector events
- Maintain systems and files and document progress
- Participate in the elaboration of progress reports to donors and
- Help establish office and staff for NESsT in Romania

Portfolio development and management
- Assist in identifying and screening potential participating CSOs using
NESsT´s methodology
- Adapt and present workshops to CSOs on social enterprise development
and related topics
- Provide one on one consulting support to CSOs in the NVF portfolio on
developing and running their social enterprise initiatives including
market research and marketing, financial analysis, and business plan
- Maintain systems and files focused on tracking CSO performance and
documenting the impact of NESsT`s work
- Liaise with existing and potential partners in the nonprofit and
public sector
- Research and constantly update the environment and opportunities
relevant for CSOs and social enterprises in Romania

- Education in business, economics, development studies or related
fields; graduate level studies/MBA preferred
- Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience (small business experience
a plus)
- Fluency in Romanian and English (Hungarian is a plus)
- Experience in market research, financial analysis, and business plan
- Experience in project management (experience with social projects a plus)
- Experience in consulting and training strongly preferred
- Demonstrated knowledge of the social sector in Romania and strong
commitment to NESsT`s mission.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and capacity to
combine attention to detail with a view of the big picture
- Ability to be flexible, resourceful and innovative in a small,
dynamic, nonprofit environment
- Advanced Excel, Word and PowerPoint skills
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently
and as a member of a team
- Willingness and predisposition to travel

Position start date:  July 1, 2008.

Contact:  Send resume, cover letter including salary history and
expectations, and contact information of at least two references to
Ildiko Szolga, iszolga@nesst.org by June 10th, 2008. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!
The Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-sustainability Team (NESsT) is a
non-profit organization with offices in Santiago (Chile), Lima, (Peru),
Budapest, (Hungary) and California, (United States).
NESsT works to solve critical social problems in emerging market
countries by developing and supporting social enterprises that
strengthen civil society organizations` financial sustainability and
maximize their social impact. Please visit our website at

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