Business Development Mentor - Scotland's International Development Alliance

Business Development Mentor - Scotland's International Development Alliance

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals with the skills and experience to mentor small to medium international development organisations in Scotland. An Alliance mentor supports a mentee to grow, learn and increase good practice and effectiveness. The objective is to develop the mentee’s skills, improve performance and strengthen good practice.

As our members are based throughout Scotland, we are aiming at creating a wide-reaching network of mentors. We particularly welcome applications from interested candidates based outside the Central Belt.

Working in a supportive, small and friendly team, this is a great opportunity for someone who would like flexible working hours a few days a month. Please read the Job Description below to get more information about the role. 

Time commitment: Varied, depending on the demand from member organisations. Type of working arrangement: Self-employed.

Fee: £30 per hour, for a maximum of 30 hours for each mentored organisation. Reporting to: The Alliance Member Effectiveness and Learning Adviser

Application deadline: 9am 8th January 2018

Interviews: Monday 29th January at The Alliance office in Edinburgh. If you are invited to interview and are based outside of Edinburgh, we can cover reasonable travel costs. Please contact us before you book any travel.

Business Development mentor Person Specification - Skills and Experience


Knowledge and experience

  • In-depth knowledge and experience in business development and strategic planning, including one or more of the following: change management, performance review, performance improvement, skill auditing, business modelling.

  • Good knowledge of governance practices relating to non-profits in Scotland.

  • Experience in mentoring, training, process facilitation and/or capacity-building.

  • Experience in working in or with the non-profit sector (in the UK or abroad)

  • Interest in international development issues.

Skills and abilities 

  • Experience in working in or with the on-profit sector (in the UK or abroad)

  • Good self-management and time-keeping skills; ability to work flexible hours;

  • Self-motivation and ability to working independently;

  • Customer focus;

  • Good inter-personal skills;

  • Ability to listen and confidence to constructively ask questions and stimulate critical discussion; non-judgemental.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills;

  • Sympathetic to the aims of The Alliance and committed to maintaining The Alliance’s reputation;

  • Good IT skills.


  • Knowledge of current issues and best practice around international development programmes;

  • Experience or knowledge of implementing organisational quality standards.

  • Previous experience of being a mentor (either individual or organisational).

Application Process

The application process will consist of an application form and an interview at The Alliance office in Edinburgh. We welcome applications from all sections of the community, particularly from people with disabilities and people from minority ethnic communities.

Please return completed applications to Kruti Buch -

CVs will not be accepted. Please use the application form provided.

Job Description & Person Specification

Application Form

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