Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Specialist

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Job Description

Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. (Cardno) is seeking candidates for a Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Specialist for the anticipated USAID Pacific Regional Initiative and Support for more Effective Counter-Trafficking in Persons (Pacific RISE CTIP) Project. The objective of Pacific RISE CTIP is to combat trafficking in persons in the Pacific Island countries (Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu) through: (1) Reduction in vulnerability to trafficking; (2) Enhanced mechanisms and strategies to prevent trafficking; (3) Improved protection services to victims; and, (4) Increased access to legal services and remedies. The program will support the U.S. government’s Indo-Pacific Vision of promoting democracy and strengthening civil society, human rights, rule of law, transparency, and accountability in the region.

The Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Specialist will be responsible for developing and implementing a robust private sector engagement strategy for countering trafficking in persons. This includes developing partnerships and building relationships with the private sector, identifying opportunities for public-private partnerships, and working with specific high risk supply chains. S/he will be expected to: develop and implement strategies for outreach to private corporations and other potential partners, both at the national and regional level; develop and maintain relationships with private sector partners; coordinate private sector stakeholders’ cooperation in information sharing; foster engagement between private sector actors and civil society organizations in the region; work with suppliers in high risk supply chains on a range of CTIP activities; and, support the development of effective mechanisms for access to remedy for workers in target sectors.


  • Advanced degree in economics, business, international relations, social science, political science, or other related field;
  • Minimum five (5) years of relevant professional experience managing public-private sector engagement and partnership, with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the Pacific Islands;
  • At least three years’ experience – in the private, nonprofit or public sectors – on issues related to international development, private sector development, or another international development technical area (i.e. agriculture, climate change, education, health);
  • Experience in developing partnerships in the context of international development, including identifying partnership opportunities, brokering and cultivating relationships, designing partnership arrangements, facilitating partner negotiations, and formalizing partnership deal structures;
  • Private sector experience, ideally including work on issues related to the intersection of business and international development;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage at senior levels in business and development sector contexts, and to build trust-based relationships with senior-level executives; and,
  • Experience working with stakeholders across the public, private and nonprofit sectors, and an existing network of contacts to draw upon with respect to public-private partnerships for development.

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About the Organization

Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd., is part of Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division with international development assistance companies in Brisbane, Brussels, Jakarta, Melbourne, Nairobi, Oxford, Port Moresby, and Washington, DC. Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. was formerly Emerging Markets Group, Ltd. and brings nearly a 30-year history serving the objectives of bilateral and multilateral donors and private clients. The Emerging Markets Division brings together a broad range of experience and talent; a rich history of innovation, passion and commitment to international development and an established reputation for high quality demand and client driven services. Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division manages more than $750 million in current contracts and grants, brings together over 90 years of collective experience, and engages over 3,700 professionals in more than 100 countries. Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division currently implements over 130 projects globally.

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