Vacancy Announcement

 Regional Design Studio (RDS) Project Manager



Institute Description

Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI)’ is an Intergovernmental Chartered Institute whose main mandate is to support the development of the leather sector at continental level. ALLPI’s work contributes directly to the transformation of the Leather Sector in Africa, from the production and export of raw materials to the production and export of manufactured leather and leather products.

The sector holds huge potential for transforming the development landscape in the continent. However, the limited importance in producing value added products has costed the region immensely. One of the major supply constraints faced by the industry in its exports of leather products is the inadequate design capacity.

The RDS is set up as a facility with ability to improve quality and competitiveness of leather products through the transformation of technical and creative design concepts into export standard engineered patterns in the production of footwear and leather goods.

Position Overview

Regional Design Studio (RDS) Project Manager will be responsible for the overall and day to day facilitation of the RDS activities and communications at ALLPI headquarters and with satellite design studios in Member States.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Regional Design Studio (RDS) Project Manager will work under the overall supervision of the Programs Coordinator and in collaboration with all ALLPI Experts.

The duties and responsibilities of the the Regional Design Studio (RDS) Project Manager shall include the following:

  • Capacity building of the RDS and Satellite Studios for creative and technical design improvement and operations;
  • Build strong linkages between the RDS and Satellite Design Studios by building inter-relational activities with leading outlets in Africa and at global stage;
  • Ensure the brands engineering from both RDS and Satellite Design Studio are copyright protected, patented and ownership restored to the SMEs concerned;
  • Facilitate strong culture of R&D at the RSD and Satellite Design Studio levels with the realm of Triple Helix;
  • Promote sharing of design, fashion and branding knowledge  through ALLPI's business processes and systems through:
    • The development and management of the RDS Portal;
    • Collaborative tools that facilitate sharing of ideas, information and knowledge such as the Intranet, outlook etc.
  • Monitor and Evaluate the sharing of design, fashion and branding knowledge among and between satellite design studios and support them in advancing management practices of the same;
  • to capture and document new information and knowledge on design of footwear and leather goods in Africa such as the documenting of lessons learnt and best practices and success stories;
  • Update and assess design and brand related performance in Member States;
  • Visit trade shows and manufacturers;
  • Coordinate the showcasing of designs of RDS and satellite design studios  at fashion and other trade shows;
  • Understand design from a technical perspective, i.e. producing patterns and technical specifications for designs;
  • keep up to date with emerging fashion trends as well as general trends relating to colours and shapes;
  • Produce reports quarterly, biannually and annually to the Programs Coordinator.

Experience, Skills & Knowledge

Advanced Technical qualification relevant to leather and leather products designs and branding;

  • 5+ years of experience in leather sector and design and development pattern making and product  development of leather goods and footwear;
  • Effective written, oral and presentation skills, particularly the ability to present information in a concise yet accurate manner;
  • Experience in developing and delivering design knowledge sharing programs with and for different stakeholders and partner organizations;
  • Adequate knowledge in CAD/CAM operating system; 
  • The ability to generate ideas and concepts;
  • Technical skills, including pattern cutting and sewing;
    • A proactive approach and strong team player; 
    • Technical Knowledge of Leather Material including but not limited to:
    • Species, characteristics and application to product
    • Tanning and finishing types, terminology and characteristics
    • Embossing, Printing
    • Minimums and lead times
    • Systems of record
  • Interpersonal, communication and networking skills;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Language Requirement

Proficiency in English is a must. Knowledge of one or more COMESA working languages is an added advantage.

Tenure of Appointment

The appointment will be made on a contract basis for a period of one year, of which the first three months will be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be renewed subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

Remuneration

The salary attached to the position will be negotiable.

Please submit your applications, attached with relevant testimonials in electronic format  before August 31st, 2019 to:

Tigist Hailegiorgis (Mrs.)
Head, Administration, Budget and Finance
ALLPI
Phone:  +251114390228
Cell Phone:  +251911233099
P.O. Box 2358 Code 1110
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Unpublished

The Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) Executive Director (ED), Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija and the Advisor to the ED’s Office, Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam visited the newly set Mauritius satellite leather design studio, at Coromandel, on May 16, 2018.  The ALLPI Team was accompanied by Mr. Dhanraj Conhye, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Business, Enterprises and Cooperatives and Mr. Ravin Rampersad, Chief Executive Officer, SME Mauritius Ltd. The site of the Satellite Design Studio and its placement was found convenient for access by the potential users (SMEs) and very much appreciated by the ALLPI Team.

The Design Studio will equip itself as a facility that is responsive to localized and international knowledge transfer and innovation center. It  has already a 3D printer.  When the Studio becomes fully functional, it is expected that the SMEs will be empowered to manufacture leather footwear and goods of the highest quality, which would be able to penetrate regional and international premium markets.

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The Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) Executive Director (ED), Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, the Advisor to the ED’s Office Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam,  in common with Mr. Dhanraj Conhye, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Business, Enterprises and Cooperatives (MoBEC) and Mr. Ravin Rampersad, Chief Executive Officer, SME Mauritius Ltd visited the  “Mauritius Institute of Training and Development” and “Polythechnics Mauritius” on May 16 and 17, 2019 and held discussions with the Institutes top management, on the possibilities of starting Vocational and Diploma level Trainings in Leather Technology.

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The Mauritius leather value chain strategy that was developed through a participatory process by the Ministry of Business, Enterprises and Cooperatives of Mauritius, in collaboration with Africa Leather and Leather Products Institutes (ALLPI), was successfully validated, launched and unpacked at Viola Hotel, Bagatelle on May 13 to 15, 2019.

Partial View of Mauritius Leather Value Chain Strategy Validation
Partial View of Mauritius Leather Value Chain Strategy Validation
Partial View of Mauritius Leather Value Chain Strategy Validation
Partial View of Mauritius Leather Value Chain Strategy Validation
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Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute’s (ALLPI) Team of Experts comprised of Mr. Nicholas Mudungwe (Programs Coordinator and Team leader) and Harrison Mungai  (Leather Value Chain and Tannery Expert) made a field mission to Eswatini from 8th –19th April 2019 both days inclusive.

The main objective of the mission was to conduct training in Cluster Design, Business Plan development and  Implementation to MSMEs of Eswatini and conducting a feasibility study on possibility of establishing a Tannery in Eswatini . The training was conducted from 8th -12th April 2019 while the feasibility study was done from 15th – 18th April 2019.

Partial View of the Training
Partial View of the Training
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ALLPI is looking for a qualified and hardworking candidates to provide a short term training in Footwear Design and Finishing to SMEs in DR Congo to enhance their products quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Qualified and interested  individuals in applying for this position as per the attached ToR may submit an application by using the here below indicated contact details, to Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam , within 5 working days for the date of posting this announcement,

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Contact:  Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam
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Mobile: +251-911-662669

Malawi Incubation Center Business Plan Validation

ALLPI Expert Team composed of Prof. Mekonnen Hailemariam and Mrs Birkinesh Gonfa with one Expert Trainer in Computer Assisted Designing (CAD) were on mission to Malawi to conduct Validation workshop of the Satellite Leather Design Studio and Business incubation Center in Blantyre and conduct CAD Training to selected SMEs from 6th to 17th March 2019. The validation workshop was conducted from 6th to 7th march 2019 and the training was from 8th to 17th march 2019 in Blantyre City.

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BUYER – SELLER BUSINESS BREAKFAST - Blantyre, Malawi

On Tuesday, 26th February, 2019 The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism through the Malawi Enterprise Productivity Enhancement (MEPE) project hosted a business breakfast with potential buyers of leather goods and Textiles to encourage them to buy goods produced by the SMEs and Cooperatives in the Country.

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