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Governance Advisor - Private Sector Development (cashew sector)

Location:
Africa
Careers Site Advertising End Date:
15 Jul 2019
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change we are dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few. We do this by helping countries, their people and their governments, address some of the most difficult challenges in the world today – beginning with those where we think we can break new ground, offering leaders new thinking and new approaches. Our staff – over 200 of them, based all over the world – are working on some of the most intractable problems around issues of co-existence, governance, the peace process in the Middle East and renewing the centre.
Focus of the Role:
Côte d’Ivoire is one of the largest economies of West Africa and a top global exporter of cocoa, cashew nuts and cotton.  The country is projected to keep growing at around 7 percent over the next several years, but unemployment is high, and Côte d’Ivoire remains vulnerable to external shocks due to its reliance on commodity exports.  As a result, President Ouattara’s government is placing a special emphasis on value addition and accelerating the development of the country’s manufacturing sector.  TBI’s work in Côte d’Ivoire will focus on helping the country become a leading global exporter of processed cashew nuts and developing its garment manufacturing potential.

Côte d’Ivoire is a central part of TBI’s expansion in West Africa and we are looking for a talented Private Sector Advisor to support the Country Head in implementing this exciting project. The primary focus of this role will be to support the Government of Côte d’Ivoire in accelerating the rate of locally processed cashew nuts to serve local and international markets.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Advisor will work alongside key counterparts from the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and other stakeholders to implement economic priority initiatives, focusing on cashew processing. Specific duties include:

  • Contribute to economic analysis of Côte d’Ivoire’s comparative advantages and investment opportunities in the cashew sector, to provide strategic advice to government officials and develop bankable projects;
  •  Support all aspects of implementation of strategies and development plans for the cashew sector;
  • Support counterparts in mapping, engaging and managing key stakeholders, including foreign and domestic investors, development partners and various government institutions;
  • Undertake institutional and capacity assessments to support government counterparts develop a system for monitoring the delivery of government priority projects;
  • Support the Country Head and other team members on various management and operational issues, including training of entry-level analysts.
What We Look For in Our People:
We are looking for outstanding individuals with a proven track record of leadership and delivery in the public or private sectors. We seek to create international and multi-disciplinary teams and are looking for individuals with a background in: public/civil services worldwide; strategy consulting; relevant industry experience; private equity and finance; and international development.

Candidates must have:

  • Ideally 5-10 years of experience, with prior experience having worked in cashew sector being an advantage;
  •  Candidates would have ideally worked on private sector development in emerging markets, including but not limited to issues related to international trade, investment climate, business environment, industrial development, industrial parks, innovative financing;
  • Experiential knowledge of institutional development and organisational management, including process and system engineering and capacity development;
  • A master’s degree in public policy, economics, finance, engineering or other relevant fields;
  • Strong analytical and management skills, including sound knowledge of strategic planning, spreadsheet modelling and project management tools;
  • Strong communications skills, including delivering effective presentation, cross-cultural and interpersonal communication;
  • Fluent French and English speaking and writing.

Above all, we are looking for individuals with high levels of enthusiasm, resilience, and a can-do attitude. Experience of living and working in developing countries is desirable but not essential.

 

VALUES WE LOOK FOR:

  • COURAGE… because to tackle global challenges, we must innovate and take smart risks
  • COLLABORATION… because when we work together and with external partners, we can overcome even the largest problems
  • COMPASSION … because our work is ultimately about improving people’s lives

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