Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike. In keeping with donor requirements, Creative strives to ensure that all its projects promote inclusive development by meaningfully integrating gender and social inclusion at each level of programming. Creative also seeks to ensure that its projects engage and respond to the needs of all members of the communities they serve in accordance with USG directives and Creative's own Gender and Social Inclusion Policies.
Creative Associates seeks a Private Sector Engagement Component Lead for an upcoming USAID-funded program in Afghanistan focusing on women's economic development through the creation of business enabling environments which enable women to enter the formal economy. The project will focus on building systems to support services for female job seekers and business owners, improving their knowledge and skills and providing increased access to finance and job markets.
The Private Sector Engagement Component Lead supports the Technical Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), manages a team of jobs creation experts focusing on women's increased access to private sector employment and income-generating opportunities, and carries out any other tasks assigned by the Technical DCOP to ensure proper management of the Contract.
Creative Associates employs an overarching, conflict-sensitive approach to gender sensitization and gender inclusion throughout its programming and implementation. The Private Sector Engagement Component Lead is expected to ensure all component staff uphold the values demonstrated in the gender integration framework and ensure activities and team members are in line with its components.
The Private Sector Engagement Component Lead works under the leadership of the Technical DCOP and supports the Technical DCOP in appropriate technical and coordination aspects of program.
- In line with USAID Afghanistan expectations, the project will increase the proportion of female participants with access to productive economic resources, private sector engagement and income-generating activities;
- Markets created and expanded for homebound female producers;
- Improved business capacity of female entrepreneurs, women-owned and women-inclusive businesses for scalability and profitability;
- Positive perception of female employees among private sector firms;
Increased number of female employees in targeted firms;
Policies and practices adopted and implemented private sector firms with the specific intent of making their firms more gender sensitive to increase the number of female employees;
Increased in the number of female employees promoted to higher level positions.
The Private Sector Engagement Component Lead will oversee the Contract's Private Sector Engagement component implementation through direct supervision of its target group experts, as directed by the Technical DCOP.
- Manages a team of Private Sector Engagement experts and oversees the Contract's Private Sector Engagement component implementation including finances, human resources, security, procurement, local subcontractors, grants (if required) and results in compliance with Creative and USG policies and procedures;
- Ensures the component activities reflect best practices in gender and that gender sensitive approaches are integrated into all component activities;
- With assistance from the Gender & Inclusion Hub at HQ, ensures the components activities are implemented in compliance with USAID's regulations and directives including USAID ADS directives as well as its Policy on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment;
Maintains the internal integrity of component activities from proposal win to implementation by working with HQ staff during project start up;
Formulates work plan sections that aim to achieve the Contract's private sector engagement and job creation goals in collaboration with the Gender & Inclusion Hub at Creative HQ, and in cooperation with the Technical DCOP, other project staff, USAID, and the GoIRA;
Oversees and approves sub-grantees, sub-contractors, and short-term consultants' implementation of the project in relation to private sector engagement;
Supports the Technical DCOP in programmatic, strategic development and quality control duties; and liaise with USAID and government stakeholders to respond to their informational, data and monitoring requirements;
Strong technical contributions to Private Sector Engagement activities and results;
Develop and deliver reports and written documentation related to technical activities to be reported to USAID, including weekly, quarterly and annual reports, and all relevant project deliverables; and
Respond to requests from donor and supervisors as needed.**Qualifications**
Graduate degree in business, economics, international development, agriculture, trade, or other relevant field (or, alternately, a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and five (5) additional years of relevant experience) highly desired;
At least six to eight (6-8) years of experience implementing complex economic growth assistance projects in developing countries; including three to five (3-5) years focused on private sector engagement for rural and peri-urban populations, with proven track record, and of which one year must be working experience in fragile or post-conflict states;
At least four (4) years of experience in private sector development or in value chain development, agricultural and non-agriculture value chains, MSMEs strengthening, trade facilitation, export promotion, agriculture, or related fields;
Previous experience in the private sector, particularly jobs creation, agriculture, agribusiness, export, trade, marketing, or other related sectors highly preferred;
Experience effectively integrating gender programming into development programs;
Experience working collaboratively with host country governments and the local private sector, and coordinating activities with those of other donors;
Experience managing culturally diverse teams and working with counterparts from other cultures;
Pashto and/or Dari fluency;
Excellent oral and written English language communication skills; and
Ability to travel internationally or domestically for up to 20-25% of the time.
Position contingent upon donor funding.
Please apply with your cover letter and CV in chronological order at www.creativeassociatesinternational.com
Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
Creative Associates International Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran.