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Key expert 3: Local Economic Development Expert

Location: Sub-Saharan Africa
Location: Sierra Leone
Job Code: 3698


DAI Europe is currently preparing for the forthcoming EU project “Technical Assistance in support to Civil Society and Local Authorities for local development in Sierra Leone” which is expected to start in October 2018. DAI Europe is a leading development company with an extensive EU and with offices in Brussels and London. DAI Europe is part of DAI Global which is based in Washington DC.

The purpose of the contract is to provide overarching technical assistance to the beneficiary country, Sierra Leone, for a programme that aims at fostering decentralization by empowering local authorities as well as local/rural CSOs in selected districts to plan and implement jointly agreed initiatives of service delivery and/or capital investment that respond to the priority needs of communities.

The technical assistance team will also support relevant institutions at the central level of government on building inclusive and participative reform processes. It will be responsible for developing programme methodology, coordinating the activities of local stakeholders, and for capitalizing on and scaling up local achievements by addressing horizontal policy issues and institutional challenges at all levels.

We welcome applications for the position of Key expert 3: Local Economic Development Expert. The profile description can be found below:

Qualifications and Skills:

The key expert should have at least a Master's Degree in Economic or Agricultural Sciences, Development Studies, Management Sciences, or other relevant disciplines or equivalent professional experience of 10 years in agriculture and local trade development is required.

General Professional Experience:

At least 10 years relevant professional work experience including at policy level in public sector, NGOs, consultancy, or other international organizations in Economic Development, Territorial planning, promotion of local development and economic value chains, out of which at least 5 years in senior positions.

Specific Professional Experience:

  1. Proven Experience in coordinating various activities to improve the effective functioning of sectors such as: Local Economic Development, Integrated Development, Support to Economic Value Chains (especially MSMEs), Agriculture;
  2. Proven experience in integrated inter-sector processes at different territorial levels (local, national, international) and mainstreaming Food Security;
  3. Capacity to identify, engage, manage, and evaluate specialist sector experts in Economic Development, Business Strategies, Agriculture and Food Security;
  4. Capacity to build and maintain relationship and negotiate with policy makers at local and central level;
  5. Experience in modernisation and management of public service delivery in the above sectors will be considered as an asset.
  6. Proven experience in West Africa will be considered an asset.

Facilitation and Communication Skills:

  • Excellent English, written and spoken;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Good facilitation and negotiation skills;
  • Excellent skills and experience in drafting papers/proposals, reports, training materials and guidelines;
  • Good analytical skills in coordination and networking.

Length of the project: 600 working days estimated over 48 months

Start Date: 01/10/2018

Deadline for Application: 29th of June 2018


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