Call for Experts: Egypt Economic Governance for Development

  • Posted on 19 June 2019

Job Description


Abt Associates is seeking candidates for an anticipated five-year, USAID-funded Activity to increase prosperity in Egypt by supporting greater inclusion in and transparency of Egypt’s economic governance systems. This activity will support local domestic reforms in Egypt to increase accountability and efficiency of public institutions, as well as improve the Government of Egypt’s ability to efficiently provide services at reduced costs to international and domestic investors and average citizens.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

Deputy Chief of Party: Position requires individual with both senior management and technical expertise. Incumbent will be responsible for overseeing the project and reporting to USAID in the absence of the COP. Individual will also lead project efforts to support governance reforms in Egypt. A minimum of ten years’ experience must involve leading donor-funded technical assistance initiatives, including maintaining productive relationships with host country counterparts at senior and staff levels who are directly involved in implementing reforms. His/her technical background must include public sector administration areas such as design or implementation of data systems to track public sector performance, public outreach related to reform advocacy, and supervision of research. The individual must be proficient in the use of international and country-generated measures of government effectiveness. Of particular interest would be experience leading economic or governance reform advocacy efforts on the part of a public sector and/or local research institution or think tank. PhD in public administration, economics or related fields preferred, minimum of master’s degree is required. Demonstrated outstanding interpersonal and supervisory skills are required; high spoken and written fluency in both Arabic and English also required.

Training Specialist: Senior position requires minimum of ten years’ extensive experience in leading institutional capacity-building for public sector training institutions, and in the design and delivery of training programs. Individual will work collaboratively with shortterm subject matter specialists for specific training activities and will oversee and coordinate their contributions to the project public sector training components. Experience
designing/implementing innovative training methodologies such as internet- or cell-phone based would be valuable. As some training under the project will involve training trainers outside of Egypt, experience with training regulations and requirements is also valuable. Master’s in public administration or related field preferred. Outstanding interpersonal and operational skills required, high spoken and written fluency in both Arabic and English also required.

Service Delivery Objective Lead: The Lead position will oversee HCN long-term staff and short-term consultants in the execution of 1-3 initiatives with GOE entities to pilot or institute new approaches to public service delivery. These activities may involve instituting e-government models, expanding one-stop shop approaches or modifying how a selected service is delivered through automation or other innovations. Senior position requires a minimum of ten years’ hands-on experience in leading public administration reform efforts in a challenging reform environment, working in partnership with host country institutions and local experts. Master’s in public or business administration or related field required. Outstanding interpersonal and operations skills required, high spoken and written fluency in both Arabic and English also required.

Economist: Mid-level position to support research activities undertaken under the E-GDP II project, in particular analyzing performance of public sector service delivery in Egypt, supporting efforts to analyze economic governance and other public sector performance indicators collected for Egypt and contributing to training content related to anti-corruption. The individual must have a strong general economic skillset. PhD preferred, Master’s required, in economics from a recognized Egyptian or international program. Demonstrated capacity to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team, and to provide support to short-term technical experts contracted under the project. Excellent interpersonal skills, high spoken and written fluency in both Arabic and English also required.

Office Manager: Experienced office manager able to fulfill a full range of functions: for example, organizing COP and DCOP schedules, organizing transportation for project-related staff, coordinating travel of project staff, arranging maintenance of office space and equipment, ordering office supplies and making logistical arrangements for public events. Demonstrated supervisory capacity, as position may supervise an HCN secretary and other support staff. College degree is required; also, five years’ experience managing a donor-funded project local office highly desirable. Also required are outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills, excellent knowledge of office software applications, and high fluency in both Arabic and English.

Management Information Systems Specialist: Position requires extensive experience related to monitoring data-driven performance management information systems for public sector functions, preferably related to governance. Individual will work collaboratively with short-term subject matter experts in data and statistics, IT and public administration fields to support GOE efforts to build and improve its capacity to manage and evaluate governance reform efforts and will oversee their contributions to the project reform management pillar. Master’s in public administration or related field required, with academic specializations and related experience in data management, economic and governance indicators, survey design and analysis, all highly desirable. Outstanding interpersonal and operational skills required, high fluency in both written and spoken Arabic and English also required.

Legal Advisor: S/he will have JD or LLB credentials. Experience is required in legal and overseas experience relevant to PFM, trade, and related areas. Some illustrative examples would include legal work experience in: analyzing/drafting legislation, administrative law, business environment and regulatory reform, business formation and dissolution, small business advisory work, bankruptcy, company law, small/medium/micro-enterprise legal issues, and legal work with organizations and associations.

PFM Advisor: S/he will have an advanced degree in business or economics. Experience is required in a) fiscal policy, including public expenditure management, e.g., tax policy and administration, budget planning and expenditure management, tax and nontax revenue forecasting and projections for fiscal analysis, and intergovernmental fiscal relations; b) public debt operations and public debt management, internal and external government debt issuance and management, debt refinancing operations at all government levels, data collections and information systems to provide central monitoring and control over debts of public entities, forecasting governments’ cash flows and borrowing requirements/debt retirement possibilities and refinancing needs, and maintaining and improving government’s creditworthiness on international exchanges.

Gender Specialist: S/he will have an advanced degree in anthropology, sociology, or another related field. Experience is required in quantitative and qualitative poverty data in Egypt; drivers of poverty and exclusion in Egypt; gender data and an understanding of the context for gender equality in Egypt and beyond; disability; and social norms and social movements. Demonstrated ability to work with people in a persuasive, constructive manner. Ability to collaborate and consensus-build are essential. Ability to listen well and employ different styles of communication in different contexts. Demonstrated networking abilities, especially within policy and governance circles in Egypt. At least basic knowledge of donor-driven tools such as theories of change, M&E, project proposals. Ability to research, construct and present: an argument that is organized, concise, evidence-based, referenced.

M&E Specialist: S/he will have an advanced degree in data analytics, economics, or business. Experience is required in with causal model development, monitoring, impact assessment, data collection methods, and evaluation of developmental projects using a variety of methodologies, monitoring and management information systems in developing countries. Familiarity with USAID policies and procedures, Operational Plan indicators, as well as the relevant technical areas, is desired. The individual shall demonstrate excellent skills in written and oral communication, management and analysis, as well as knowledge of sustainable and effective project management.

Learning and Knowledge Management Specialist: S/he will have an advanced degree in a relevant discipline. Experience is required in the design or delivery of training and motivating behavior change, designing and implementing cost-effective platforms with targeted outreach for knowledge-sharing, and facilitating exchange in communities of practice. The specialist shall have expertise in adaptive management, organizational learning/development, systems mapping, development of CLA-related tools, CLA thought-leadership, and providing inputs on how CLA may lead to improved development outcomes, etc. In addition, the position requires excellent communication (written and oral), presentation, management, and interpersonal skills.

Please note:

  • Experience must be related to the work requirements

Prior USAID and/or other donor-funded project experience is strongly preferred. Positions are contingent upon award to Abt Associates.

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.; Rockville, 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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