Chemonics seeks a task order director for Business Competitiveness and Jobs Creation Initiative (BCJCI) Task Order under the Iraq Durable Communities and Economic Opportunities (DCEO) project. DCEO aims to support vulnerable communities to build community resilience against destabilizing factors and advance economic well-being in target communities in Iraq by addressing underlying drivers of conflict, increasing community leadership of inclusive local development, improving private sector networks, and increasing micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) development. The task order director will lead technical implementation of the large, multi-million BCJCI task order, advancing one of two major technical components of DCEO. The position will be based in Erbil, Iraq with frequent travel to Baghdad, subject to change based on evolving security and other considerations. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.
- Responsible for all aspects of the planning and implementation for a project aimed to grow firms and inspire entrepreneurs:
- Oversee an SME assistance effort grounded in enterprise competitiveness and buyer-led approaches and methodologies
- Encourage the growth and effectiveness of business associations as actors on behalf of and in collaboration with the business community
- Strengthen and support the innovative business incubation and acceleration services in Iraq that are allowing many young Iraqis to get a start in life
- Assure some of Iraq’s most vulnerable citizens have access to skills and support to start microbusinesses
- Lead high-profile visibility events in coordination with client to elevate BCJCI platform and strengthen relationships with stakeholders and the Iraq business community. Events include roundtables, webinars, investment conferences and related private sector activities.
- Oversee technical development of RFAs and RFPs to support large grants and technical commodity procurement component.
- Work closely with the 100 Solutions Task Order Director to ensure integration between activities
- Collaborate closely with knowledge and outreach and procurement and grants teams to ensure effective program implementation, monitoring and communication efforts.
- Ensure all activities are conflict sensitive, adaptive and inclusive.
- Collaborate with subcontractors, partners, counterparts, government and private sector stakeholders, and beneficiaries to strengthen, expand, and support the Iraqi private sector.
- Inspire and guide all task order staff, assuring excellence of performance for individuals and the team through mentoring, coaching, and modeling.
- Support learning through data collection, analysis, and strategic use of successes and mistakes.
- Undertakes other duties as assigned by the Chief of Party.
- At least 7 years of experience in international settings conducting development work with increasing responsibility is desired. Ten years of experience, with at least 6 years of work with demonstrated experience in economic recovery, private sector growth and/or trade development, is highly desired.
- Experience managing programs in Iraq or similar development contexts is desired. Experience managing grant activities is highly desired.
- Demonstrated experience/knowledge of challenges to private sector growth in fragile/conflict contexts is desired.
- Knowledge of the Iraqi private sector is highly desired.
- Demonstrated ability to work with conflict-affected populations and other vulnerable groups is desired.
- An undergraduate degree in economics, business administration or a related discipline is highly desired. Master’s degree or equivalent in any of the above-mentioned fields is desired.
- Demonstrated English language fluency and writing ability is required. Arab and/or Kurdish language skills are preferred.
Please fill out the following application form and attach your CV by close of business Friday, March 25, 2022. No telephone inquiries, please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Chemonics will contact finalists.
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