Individual Consultant: Expert for Economic Growth and Integration

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 9 July 2020

Job Description

Economic Growth and Integration Call for CVs

Company Overview:

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role:

The goal of the USAID’s Future Growth Initiative (FGI) is to increase employment and jobs through increased private productivity and competitiveness. The theory of change is: “For the number of jobs to increase, businesses must grow; and for businesses to grow, constraints preventing growth must be removed.” Work performed under the E4 IDIQ is divided into three components:

  • Component 1: Enterprises – Fostering Competitive Industries
  • Component 2: Employment – Developing a Capable Workforce and Entrepreneurship
  • Component 3: Enabling Environments – Creating Conditions for Jobs and Investment

FGI will increase the competitiveness of high-growth industries to provide jobs and incomes for Central Asia’s growing workforce, propelling the region toward self-reliance. FGI will transform market systems in ways that help high-potential firms and sectors grow, foster market linkages to match demand for workforce skills with training offered to youth and women, link entrepreneurs to high-growth markets, and build more business- and worker-friendly policy environments and institutions to sustain private sector–driven growth.

FGI plans to provide advisory services to selected partners via direct technical assistance and co-financing mechanisms. The selected partners comprise of private sector companies and associations working in the sectors of light manufacturing, tourism, IT and food and beverages production based in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The advisory services will include but not be limited to providing expert opinions, reviews, recommendations and support in implementation of the recommendation, and training, in several areas, such as below:

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

In Manufacturing (Light industry and Food and Beverages):

  • Product design and development;
  • Design and delivery of seminars and webinars for sales promotion and increase activities;
  • Strategic planning including a diagnostic study, strategy development and implementation;
  • Development of marketing campaigns and marketing strategies and plans;
  • Lead generation (Linkedin, other market places such as upwork, etc.)
  • Online sales and e-commerce, outbound and inbound;
  • Specifics of sales strategies in the USA, Europe and other markets;
  • Support with preparation to international trade shows, trade missions, B2B meetings, one-one meetings,
  • Human Resources Management and Social Responsibility improvement.
  • Contracting, legal, payment and banking issues;
  • Financial instruments: trade finance, investment, access to finance, prepayments, letters of credit, and so on;
  • Risk management, contingency planning;
  • Tapping into global supply chains, developing market entry strategies, identification of exports prospects and contacting potential trade partners;
  • Compliance with international standards and requirements, such as in certification, labeling, packaging, (ISO9001, ISO22000, FSCC22000, HACCP, Global GAP, Agile, Kanban, and other), etc.;
  • Help local enterprises address and overcome non-tariff barriers to exports such as discriminatory regulations, local content requirements and technical requirements violating existing trade agreements;
  • Practical use and explanation of business processes in manufacturing and sales.
    In Regulatory and Legal Framework:
  • Providing comparative legal and policy analyses of countries with similar or more developed business legislative systems that could be adopted by countries of operations;
  • Providing professional consulting legal services that would further facilitate key recommendations when necessary to adopt new laws or amend existing laws that may propose new working models for countries of Central Asia;
  • Providing technical assistance in the process of concept development for new models for business enabling legal environment and the new laws and regulations of governing the activities of business;
  • Conducting desk research when necessary and reviewing current and new amendments to the legal framework including laws, decrees and regulations to determine the effects of the legal landscape for both international and local business operating in countries of Central Asia;
  • Conducting comparative analyses of identical countries’ legal frameworks that could be adopted by countries of Central Asia taking into consideration the local context
  • Recommending options for new models that will improve the legal and operating environment for business in countries of Central Asia;
  • Drafting any necessary recommendations to improve the business enabling legal environment to adhere to international standards;
  • Providing technical assistance and support in organization and facilitate study tours of national business and expert groups abroad.
  • Developing, jointly with a group of national experts, the structure of the implementing regulations of the new legislation.

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree in relevant discipline (business, administration, finance, etc.)
  • At least 7 years of experience working in entrepreneurship, or in the field of investment facilitation and access to finance in the industries of light manufacturing, food and beverages production and tourism
  • Demonstrated skills and understanding of the private sector development
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet hard deadlines
  • Creativity, agility and team spirit
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Fluent in verbal and written English, Russian and languages of country of operations

FGI will review submitted CVs and interview experts on a rolling basis based on project needs.

About the Organization

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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