Call for Experts

Apply by 3 February 2018
Posted on 4 January 2018

Job Description

Abt Associates, a major American research, technical assistance, and international development company, seeks highly qualified technical specialists in the fields below for the anticipated USAID-funded Trade Reform and Development in Egypt (TRADE) Project. The project will assist the government of Egypt to undertake economic reforms, and will assist SMEs to build their capacity to take full advantage of new trade opportunities created by those reforms. The project aims to improve bilateral trade flows with trading partners, increase trade and export earnings, and attract business and investment to Egypt.

Candidates with experience in the below fields that meet the minimum qualifications are encouraged to submit a CV to, specifying the position in the e-mail subject line.

Minimum qualifications

University degree; USAID or other donor experience; Egypt experience; excellent oral and written communication skills in English; minimum of eight years of professional experience in one or more of the technical areas outlined below.

SME Capacity Development Lead - Demonstrated technical experience and leadership qualifications in increasing sales and reaching new markets for new and expanding export-ready enterprises (NEEREs). Experience developing export capacity of NEEREs, including developing strategies for integration into global value chains, and improving production systems to meet international product standards and demands.

Trade Service Institutions Capacity Development Lead – Demonstrated technical experience and leadership qualifications in developing strategies and assisting government entities and private sector institutions in providing trade support services to assist SMEs compete in the international marketplace (e.g., access to international markets information, market studies, business-to-business (B2B), online trainings, e-marketing, trade shows, packaging and design consultation, trade finance, and linking SMEs to lead companies in international value chains).

Trade and Investment Policy Promotion Lead – Demonstrated technical experience and leadership qualifications in identifying and working with counterparts and stakeholders to reduce and remove policy and regulatory constraints that hinder exports of NEEREs. Familiarity with streamlining import and export regulations; trade facilitation; conformity assessments procedures; developing standards (particularly those related to food safety); risk management, customs law, or other tariff and non-tariff barriers; and implementation of trade agreements.

Gender in Tradedemonstrated experience in mainstreaming gender in development programs, especially related to trade development,; maximizing women’s economic empowerment and decision-making; access to productive resources; working with underserved communities outside Egypt’s main trade hubs; working with women-owned or women-led enterprises; and increasing household incomes.

In addition to the above positions- Abt Associates seeks technical specialists in the following fields:

  • Market Information Systems Specialist
  • Export Development Training Specialist
  • Trade Finance Specialist
  • Institutional Development Specialist
  • Customs Specialist
  • Food Safety Specialist

Positions associated with the above technical areas are contingent upon project award.

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1965, Abt Associates was built on the concept that sound information and empirical analysis are the best foundations for effective decision making. The firm blends the subject matter expertise of our staff with technical capabilities in applied research, program implementation, and data collection to shape policy, strengthen systems, measure performance, and deliver other solutions to our public and private sector clients. Examples of Abt Associates’ work include nationally recognized research, evaluation, and technical assistance to improve the efficiency of healthcare systems, the effectiveness of government housing programs, the production of food, and the measurement of public opinion. Abt’s staff of more than 2000 includes national and international experts who are known for their understanding of communities and governments worldwide, innovative research techniques, and insightful—and often groundbreaking—analyses and recommendations. Approximately 51 percent of our staff has graduate degrees; one in six has a doctorate. Our staff’s educational and professional disciplines include economics, engineering, environmental analysis, epidemiology, food security, health, housing, international development, psychology, social science, statistics, and survey methodology. Abt’s research staff is experienced with prominent statistical software packages, including SPSS, SAS, and STATA, along with qualitative software such as NVIVO and Atlas. In 2011, Abt Associates was ranked among the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 development innovators. Abt has offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Bethesda, Md.; Cambridge, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Durham, N.C.; and New York City and program offices in nearly 40 countries in Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa.

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