16 May 2018

Vision Quest Job Vacancy : Business Development Manager, Operations Manager

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Vision Quest is a leading regional research and capacity development consulting firm. With operations in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and South Sudan VQ provides evidence-based research and consulting services to NGO’s, UN Agencies and private companies.

Business Development Manager

  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationMBA/MSc/MA
  • Experience3 – 5 years
  • Location Nairobi
  • Job Field NGO/Non-Profit   Sales / Marketing

Compensation: Competitive salary based on experience

Reports to: Managing Director

Job Description: Vision Quest is looking for an exceptional individual to join our Business Development team at the Manager level. Based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel, the BDM will identify, establish, and maintain relationships with clients across East Africa. He or she will contribute to the business development of the firm which includes but not limited to proposal writing, client mapping and attending meetings.


  • Identify opportunities through desk research
  • Assist the Research Team on various aspects of projects, including playing a key role in select projects in order to gain valuable research experience
  • Review client Terms of Reference and other requests received to determine VQ suitability to respond
  • Liaise with the Head of Research & Quality Assurance and the Managing Director to Identify appropriate expertise to handle the tasks
  • Prepare high-quality proposals in response to TORs received (in close collaboration with subject matter technical experts).
  • Prepare appropriate yet competitive budgets to accompany proposals developed
  • Ensure high-quality proposals are submitted to clients ahead of deadlines.
  • Arrange and participate in proposal interviews with clients
  • Identify all potential partners, clients, and competitors in East Africa and establish a database for contact management
  • Establish contact with partners, clients, and competitors and represent VQ in introductory meetings to explain our unique selling points/competitive advantages
  • Maintain relationships with existing/new partners through routine contact
  • Assist in improving and maintaining new and existing business development resources (templates, CVs, promotional materials, databases, etc.)

Education requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in International Affairs, Anthropology, Political Science, International Development Studies, or another relevant social science topic.

Required relevant work experience: minimum of 3-5 years’ experience

Required skills:

  • English and French
  • Effective ability to pro-actively prioritize and meet strict deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and remotely with little oversight
  • Experience with grant writing or training in business development
  • Familiarity with research, including quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Strong Microsoft Office and Internet research skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience preparing high-quality research proposals
  • A background in research or program evaluation will be an added advantage

Preferred (but not required) skills:

  • Experience living or working in Africa
  • Knowledge of the international development industry

Operations Manager

  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationBA/BSc/HND
  • Experience3 – 5 years
  • Location Nairobi
  • Job Field Administration / Secretarial

Job Description: Vision Quest is looking for an Operations Manager to join our team. Based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel, the OM will oversee the daily operations activities of VQ, including but not limited to procurement, Logistics, assessment of the safety and security for all field projects and the office.


  • Coordinate activities that affect operational decisions and business requirements
  • Responsible for the logistics, procurement, and planning of daily operations
  • Assist the Managing Director in daily operations management and planning;
  • Set and review operation budgets and managing cost;
  • Lead the preparation of annual budgets for VQ
  • Manage the operation team members;
  • Monitor and purchase office supplies and equipment;
  • Facilitate the travel of team members through reservations for transport and accommodation;
  • Schedule and monitor procurement related to office and project activities, make regular progress with the country director to identify the most cost-effective and efficient solutions for office operations;
  • Develop relations with logistics partners in Kenya and in the field;
  • Regularly assess (especially at the security level) access to the different project areas;
  • Develop field plans for project teams, enrich documentation on logistical and safety procedures to be followed in the different project areas;
  • Develop and implement standardized processes, systems and procedures in order to ensure the efficient functioning of operations across all field sites
  • Represent VQ and liaise with local and national authorities, UN Agencies and NGO’s to facilitate successful coordination of activities
  • Attend and represent VQ at coordination meetings which are relevant to country operations activities
  • Interface with national government and relevant agencies to ensure mutual understanding of operations
  • Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of VQ, notably through the application of VQ’S Code of Conduct, ethics, and values with regard to internal and external actors.

Education requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Project Management, or another related field.

Required relevant work experience: 3-5 years’ work experience working for an INGO, NGO or non-profit organization.

Required skills:

  • English and Kiswahili
  • Effective ability to pro-actively prioritize and meet strict deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and remotely with little oversight
  • Strong Microsoft Office and Internet research skills
  • Excellent communication skills

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter, CV, and a writing sample in English (no longer than 3 pages) with your name as the filename, to [email protected] and [email protected] no later than May 31, 2018. Applications will be received on a rolling basis. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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