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The position is in the USAID/Ghana Economic Growth Office (EGO). The Private Sector Specialist serves as the USAID/Ghana Mission’s recognized professional responsible for advising key decision-makers on important trends in the private sector affecting economic growth. The position plans, coordinates, monitors and evaluates the diverse activities spread among several Mission programs that promote the development of Ghana’s private sector. The position provides critical analysis of the evolution of the private sector (economic trends, emerging domestic and international markets, etc.) for senior Mission management. With the scope and impact of Ghana’s private sector broadening, the Mission now relies on its Foreign Service National Specialists to monitor key areas, some of which have become highly sensitive in terms of U.S. foreign policy interests (e.g., the strength of Ghana’s financial institutions, tracking currency flows and remittances, U.S. foreign direct investment, trade,etc.).

Major responsibilities require a high degree of situational assessment, interpretation, judgment and timely decision-making as well as in-depth research and analysis of information. Quality and concise report writing by the Specialist ensures that priority trends and issues affecting Ghana’s private sector are highlighted and synthesized for the Team Leader and Mission senior management so that programs adjust to the local, regional and global context.

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2. Statement of Duties to be Performed

a) Activity Development and Design (20%)

The Private Sector Specialist will be integral towards designing and developing activities to promote the private sector. S/he will take on the role of team lead for developing future projects that promote the development of the private sector. S/he will also provide insight
technical expertise for all projects to be developed in the economic growth office. Carry out and participate in studies related to trade and investment, financial markets, credit and banking. Prepare Terms of Reference, work plans, reports, budgets as needed for internal
management. Liaise with other Mission Development and Special Objective Teams; for example, regarding private-sector activities in health and education.

 

b) Management of Activity Implementation (40%)

The Private Sector Specialist will manage a myriad of activities within the economic growth office portfolio. As Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR)/Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) and Activity Manager, Specialist is responsible for managing bilateral and centrally funded activities. The Private Sector Specialist will be responsible for providing substantive management oversight and advisory services for the following programs and technical areas:

  • Development Credit Authority (DCA)
  • Access to finance activities
  • Trade and investment promotion activities
  • Feed the Future and activities within the USAID/Ghana Global Food Security Program
  • Clear Choice Initiative
  • Prosper Africa Initiative
  • He/she will also provide technical advice and counsel on private sector development
    across the whole $120 million project portfolio within the Economic Growth

c) Partner Relationships 20% 

Coordinate Mission activities with regional programs, in particular with those in the USAID/West Africa Regional Economic Growth Office, and provide technical advice with colleagues (activity design, proposal review, evaluation, etc.) to ensure coherence and relevance to the Ghanaian private sector context and the USAID/Ghana portfolio.

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The Private Sector Specialist will maintain key relationships with host government counterparts, donor partners, civil society organizations, NGOs, business associations, and project beneficiaries. S/he will coordinate across government ministries including but not limited to the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. S/he will be responsible for, attending and representing USAID at sector level working groups and in public fora. S/he will also maintain close contact with all of the Economic Growth Office’s implementing partners.

d) Monitoring and Evaluation (20%)

The Private Sector Specialist shall work with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and other partners to develop and execute a monitoring and evaluation plan to be implemented through existing USG supported mechanisms and ensure that implementing partners develop project monitoring plans and reports in a timely manner on their activities.

The Private Sector Specialist will assist in monitoring and reporting the results of activities under our Presidential Initiatives. The Specialist shall carry out monitoring and evaluation visits to implementation sites to ascertain all quantitative and qualitative data is collected properly and ensure programmatic quality and value for money are maintained.

Keep abreast of technical issues affecting private sector development and donor programs in order to review reports, summarize media articles, analyze international publications, synthesize results from meetings and conferences, and design future Mission programs. Information and communications technology, including both regulation and applications:

  • Access to finance, both domestic and foreign (foreign direct investment, banks, capital
    markets, private remittances)
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Market Information Systems
  • Smallholder linkages to agri-processors
  • Business associations & labor groups
  • Uses of energy (particularly renewable) for agriculture

 

The contractor is eligible for temporary duty (TDY) travel to the U.S., or to other Missions abroad, to participate in the “Foreign Service National” Fellowship Program, in accordance with USAID policy

12. PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The work requested does not involve undue physical demands

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

a. Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance or Economics is required.

b. Prior Work Experience: Five years of professional experience in work related to private-sector promotion or in for-profit enterprises.

c. Language Proficiency: Fluency in English (reading, writing, and speaking) is required. (Language proficiency may be tested)

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REQUIRED FORMS PRIOR TO AWARD

The CO will provide instructions about how to complete and submit the following forms after an offeror is selected for the contract award:

1. Medical History and Examination Form (Department of State Forms)

2. Security Clearance

3. Finger Print Card (FD-258)

 

BENEFITS AND ALLOWANCES

As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:

BENEFITS:

a. Health Insurance
b. Annual Salary Increase (if applicable)
c. Annual and Sick leave
d. Annual Bonus
e. Salary Advance (0% interest)
f. Social Security Contributions
g. Local and American Holidays

In accordance with Mission policy and local labor laws.

ALLOWANCES (as applicable):

  • Meal Allowance
  • Miscellaneous Allowance

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