Private Sector Engagement Lead (Republic of the Congo)

  • Posted on 1 November 2019
  • Brazzaville, Congo, The Republic of
  • Closing on 31 December 2019

Job Description

Resonance is currently seeking Private Sector Engagement Lead candidates to propose for an upcoming 5-year USAID-funded Conservation Through Economic Empowerment in the Republic of the Congo (CEERC) project. The purpose of this activity is to deliver services in the biodiversity and sustainable landscapes sectors in support of maintaining the ecological integrity of the humid forest ecosystem of the Congo Basin.

The Private Sector Engagement Lead will report to the Chief of Party and lead the design and execution of work related to private sector engagement and partnership development that improve the well-being of forests, wildlife, and rural dwellers. They will be responsible for managing and working with consortium partner technical staff working on developing private sector partnerships in support of conservation enterprises and green economy development. The Private Sector Engagement Lead will also be responsible for tracking and reporting on the related program activity progress.


· Support the design and execution of activities related to private sector engagement and partnership development;

· Lead the identification of key private sector actors/businesses and strategic approaches to multi-stakeholder dialogue and engagement models;

· Provide technical leadership for the design, formalization, and management of innovative public-private partnerships;

· Develop a set of potential high-value partnership concepts that promote both business growth and the project’s conservation objectives, and work with the Resonance home office and project leadership to prioritize these ideas for development.

· Initiate relationships with businesses in the Republic of Congo to investigate innovative ways for cooperation within and between sectors and stakeholders;

· Employ strategies for effective outreach and partnerships with private corporations and other partners that can contribute to social, ecological and economic objectives;

· Support the green growth and conservation-friendly enterprise ecosystem by supporting the development of smart policies and enabling environment changes;

· Identify and develop innovative investment financing partnerships and mechanisms to facilitate conservation-friendly enterprise development;

· Develop networks, alliances, and partnerships in biodiversity conservation that have the potential to increase the scale of impact and ensure sustainability of CERRC investments;

· Work closely with protected area managers, communities adjacent to protected areas, conservancy governance and business management bodies, entrepreneurs, investors, relevant partners and the to enhance and engage private sector development and investment in targeted sites;

· Support the project leadership team in the development of the project strategic framework and work plans for the program implementation to ensure the achievement of the program goals;

· Develop systems and work with the project team to track and report on program activities; and

· Document implementation successes, challenges, and lessons learned and share them with through regular program reports.

Required Qualifications

· Master’s Degree (or higher) in business, international affairs, forestry, or a related field;

· Minimum of five (5) years of relevant technical experience in sub-Saharan Africa;

· Demonstrated network of business contacts in the Republic of Congo across a range of sectors such as tourism, agribusiness, energy, finance, fast moving consumer goods, and others.

· Past private sector engagement and/or partnership development experience that facilitates more effective development benefits;

· Proven ability to manage a technical workstream and meet project targets and deadlines;

· Experience in providing technical assistance, including organizing and conducting workshops and trainings;

· Demonstrated experience working in cross-cultural teams effectively;

· Excellent English language verbal and written communication skills; and

· Ability and interest to live and work in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.

Preferred Qualifications

· Demonstrated experience in conservation-friendly enterprises and industry, green economic growth models, enterprise development and acceleration, and other related areas.

· Demonstrated experience managing a U.S. Government funded sub-award program that serves clients in developing countries; and

· Three years of relevant work experience in the Republic of the Congo.

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references to Please include “Private Sector Engagement Lead” in the email subject line, and save documents (cover letter, resume, and references) in one PDF as ‘Last Name_First Name.pdf’. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please. Resonance is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About the Organization

Resonance is an award-winning frontier market solutions firm based in Burlington, Vermont that helps a variety of donor, commercial and investor clients around the world to catalyze lasting impact. We envision a prosperous and just world of thriving markets, healthy ecosystems, and vibrant communities where business, governments and citizens work together creating a better world for all. Resonance seeks to catalyze large-scale social, environmental, and economic change by fostering new and dynamic forms of collaboration. We do this by fostering public-private partnerships, facilitating sustainable investment, and providing deep analytical insights in frontier markets. We strive to merge strategic insight with practical on-the-ground knowledge into an integrated approach that emphasizes results. We seek candidates who are ready to apply their analytical and problem-solving skills to some of our planet’s greatest challenges in an entrepreneurial, fun, and fast-paced environment. We are looking for passionate and committed people who can work in a highly collaborative environment to deliver results for our clients and stakeholders around the world.

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