ECODIT seeks a Private Sector Policy Expert for the potential project, Conservation through Economic Empowerment in the Republic of Congo (CEERC), as funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) via its Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE). Over five years, CEERC will strengthen green economic models and industries that reduce threats to biodiversity and carbon-rich forests in the Republic of Congo. CEERC has three proposed main components: (1) establishing enterprise models that support conservation and reduce deforestation; (2) improving the enabling environment for conservation-friendly enterprises; and (3) ensuring communities benefit from and establish conservation-friendly enterprises.
Roles & Responsibilities:
The Private Sector Policy Expert will support the improvement of the enabling environment for conservation-friendly enterprises in the Republic of Congo. The Expert will identify weaknesses in the environment for the private sector, such as over-regulation, policy misalignment, insecure land tenure, weak access to finance, etc. With support from consultants and the project team and area leaders, the Expert will devise and implement strategies to overcome barriers to green growth in business. Furthermore, the Expert will coordinate with the COP, DCOP, and other team experts to improve policies, regulations, and market systems.
Here are additional main roles and responsibilities of the Private Sector Policy Expert:
Report directly to the DCOP on component strategies, progress, and challenges;
Manage a small component team and collaborate directly with consultants;
Work closely with the Government of the Republic of Congo to support policy and regulatory alignments;
Assist a Political Economy Analysis and guide the development of green growth strategies;
Support USAID monitoring and reporting requirements.
Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, agribusiness, forestry, political science, or similar, with strong knowledge of ecology, biodiversity, or natural resource management;
Five years or more of relevant experience in the above-mentioned fields in the Republic of Congo;
Direct experience in private sector policy and regulatory reform and market systems;
Excellent writing and communication skills in French and proficiency in English;
Proven experience collaboratively developing and coordinating complex strategies and initiatives.
Please submit a cover letter indicating why you’re a good fit for the position and your CV in English immediately. While Nationals of the Republic of Congo are preferred, the position is open to those who meet the qualifications subject to USAID approval and authorization to work in the Republic of Congo.
The Private Sector Policy Expert will be based in Brazzaville or Pointe Noire, and will be expected to travel to other locations in the Republic of Congo to implement this Scope of Work. This position offers an excellent opportunity for professional and career development within a reputable small business poised for significant growth. Compensation is commensurate with background and experience. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV immediately. ECODIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Only select candidates will be contacted; no phone calls or emails please.
About the Organization
ECODIT, is an international development firm working with governments, businesses, and local communities to advance environmentally-and socially-responsible development around the world. We provide technical assistance services ranging from quick-turnaround assessments and evaluations to design and implementation of long-term multi-million dollar projects. Since its founding in 1993, ECODIT has provided more than $100M of professional services through over 250 projects/contracts to diverse clients in more than 50 countries. Building on our track record of success, we have continuously expanded the depth and breadth of our expertise in the water, energy, environment, and urban and local governance sectors.
To serve our clients most effectively, ECODIT has two permanent office locations: one in the Washington, DC area (USA) and one in Beirut (Lebanon). In addition, ECODIT maintains a number of project-dedicated offices around the world; as of December 2019, ECODIT has project offices in Da Nang, Vietnam; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Almaty, Kazakhstan.