Chief of Party: Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise (ENGINE)
Location of Assignment: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Proposed Level of Effort: 18 months
Anticipated Timeline: March 2019 to June 2020
IESC – the International Executive Service Corps – is a US based not-for-profit with a focus on supporting private enterprise in developing countries. We have worked in partnership with local people in 130 countries – mainly with the generous support of USAID – designing, implementing, managing and evaluating a wide range of market driven solutions along the entire value chain of a company or industry.
IESC is seeking an experienced Economic Growth leader to serve as Chief of Party on a program which seeks to strengthen access to finance, business enabling environment, and local business service providers support in Tanzania. This engagement will be full-time, based in Tanzania and run between December 2018 and March 2019.
The Tanzania Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise Program (ENGINE) is a four-year USAID-funded Feed the Future Tanzania that aims to streamline and enhance many of the regulatory, informational and financial channels that encourage domestic and foreign investment in the southern mainland agricultural regions of Mbeya, Morogoro, and Iringa, and in Zanzibar.
ENGINE works at the district level, using a broad-based approach to engage with district councils, private sector associations, business development service providers, financial institutions and small and medium enterprises. The program’s activities are divided into three main components:
- Implement policies for growth. Build the capacity of the private sector to effectively dialogue with the government to set the policy agenda and improve the capacity of the public sector to implement policies.
- Equip businesses for growth. Strengthen SME capacity and foster the growth and capacity of a sustainable market for business development services (BDS) in Tanzania.
3. Access to finance for growth. Broaden access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in all sectors, especially women and youth entrepreneurs and those working within agricultural value chains (excluding primary producers), to facilitate increased business viability, growth, and investment.
Duties and Responsibilities:
· Providing overall management, strategic direction, and leadership to the program and its activities;
· Ensure that program targets are met;
· Oversee the development, review and finalization through USAID approval of program deliverables;
· Work with Director of Human Resources and Operations to ensure compliance with local regulations and laws, particularly with regard to personnel and project registration issues (the latter when applicable);
· Supervise project staff, contractors and short-term consultants to ensure quality performance;
· Serve as the primary liaison to USAID and Tanzanian stakeholders and partners;
· Lead and manage the work of project personnel and subcontractors;
· Ensure that project assistance is technically sound and appropriate for each component;
· Work collaboratively with partners, specifically in the private sector, and stakeholders to implement program mission and strategy;
· Oversee project work planning, performance management, and strategic communications;
· Advanced degree in economics, business, finance, international development, or other relevant field required;
· Minimum 15 years of experience in international development, preferably on programs supporting economic growth or financial sector development;
· Previous Chief of Party/Project Director experience required;
· USAID or other donor experience required;
· Experience working in Africa;
· English fluency required; Swahili proficiency preferred.
· The COP must possess the intellectual, leadership and management skills necessary to develop, articulate and implement a strategic vision for ENGINE;
· Strong technical expertise, superb management skills, and exceptional writing and communication skills are essential;
· Solid interpersonal and negotiating skills;
· Strong programming, management and technical skills; strong change management, results oriented and decision making skills;
· Ability to use and instruct in the use of, as necessary: computers and relevant software (MS Office Suite);
· Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines;
· Ability to respond to changing situations in a flexible manner in order to meet current needs; and,
· Ability to work on a team of host country nationals and expatriates in the field, and the ability to mentor Tanzanian staff.