CABI Operations Manager – Mobile Job in Nairobi Kenya

Operations Manager – Mobile
DFID Extension Funding, D2F scale-up element
CABI, Nairobi – Kenya
The Operations Manager – Mobile will be based in Nairobi – Kenya and report to the Global Director, Mobile (GD – Mobile). 
His/her role will be to manage the functional and commercial relationship between CAB International (CABI) and the key stakeholders in the mobile industry (e.g. Mobile Network Operators, Value Added Service (VAS) providers, content providers, rural service providers etc.).

Working closely with GD-Mobile to formulate and implement CABIs mobile strategies (Go2Market, Product/Service Design etc.) in the countries/regions of operations, the Operation Manager will oversee and ensure that the key stakeholders are engaged as per the requirement of the mobile projects of CABI in different countries.

Established over 100 years ago, CABI is an international intergovernmental not-for-profit science- based development and information organization. 
Please see our website for further details about our organisation and on the advertisement.

The successful candidate will: 
  • Manage partnerships/collaboration with key stakeholders (current and prospective) for regional mobile-based business activities on defined projects including management of local relationship with mobile national operators; 
  • Monitor key local and regional trends in mobile service provision and recommending tactical responses; 
  • Development of project concepts/proposals;
  • Define service descriptions and working with IT & Business Development teams to deliver the new product/services; 
  • Developing business models and cases for new mobile services; 
  • Market Scoping/research and opportunity scanning; 
  • Liaise with other CABI Centers and Corporate business units;
  • Developing marketing and/or promotional plans for mobile projects; 
  • Networking and Key Account Management; 
  • Contribute to recruitment and management of sub-contractors and outsourced service partners.
Minimum Qualifications and Key Competencies
The candidate should have demonstrable skills in partner relationship management and business development, plus good marketing and communication skills and hands-on experience in the mobile VAS industry, preferably in the mobile for development context. 
A post-graduate level education in business management or communication, excellent command over written and spoken English along with one major vernacular language is essential. 
Candidates with experience of international development projects or public private partnership projects will be preferred. 
An entrepreneurial attitude with good analytical and business networking skills will be advantageous. 
The candidate should have understanding of mobile VAS industry norms and processes, Marketing & Communication, Business Networking, Project concept/proposal development, Business model/case development & Service definition and delivery.
Applications in writing by cover letter stating how you meet the requirements above together with the names and contact details of three referees – one of which must be your current or recent supervisor – and a full current CV quoting the post reference number 133/2013 should be sent to
Closing date for receipt of applications is midnight GMT Friday 31st January 2014.

Additional Information
Salary: Negotiable but commensurate with skills, ability and experience
Position Type: 2 year initial appointment with a possibility of renewal. This is an international recruitment and the person will be based in our CABI office in Nairobi – Kenya with Global responsibilities.

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