Director, Private Sector Competitiveness
Economic Growth Division
Position Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than
25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors
and partners alike.
The purpose of the AgCompete project is to strengthen agriculture productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers in Nigeria. The project will be composed of three main components: design of the Agriculture Competitiveness Fund for private sector partnerships
and funding to catalyze technological innovations; administration of the Agriculture Competitiveness Fund to develop private sector partnerships and provide grants; and technical assistance that directly supports, coordinates, and organizes qualifying recipients
to achieve the Missions food security objectives. The project will contribute to the Mission’s overall Feed the Future strategy, which looks to improve agriculture competitiveness of smallholder farmers in Nigeria.
Reporting & Supervision:
Reporting directly to the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), the Competitiveness Director will lead the project’s activities to support micro, small and medium enterprise agribusinesses participating in the Innovation Fund activities.
- Delivers technical expertise in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) development;
- Dynamic representation of Creative before grantee MSMEs;
- Achieves component deliverables.
- Design and lead activities that build capacity of MSMEs to address relevant technical and management constraints;
- Facilitate linkages to improve access to finance, employment and business advisory services; nd
- Strengthens business skills and facilitates linkages along the value chains.
Required Skills & Qualifications:
- At least a Masters’ degree in business, economics, accounting, finance or other relevant field (or, alternately, a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and 5 additional years of relevant experience);
- At least 7 years of relevant work experience, including experience with a Contractor or international NGO managing an office or program, in firm-level enterprise development;
- Prior relevant experience with USAID or USAID-funded projects is required;
- Experience managing projects and/or an office with culturally diverse teams;
- Prior experience in Nigeria required; and
- Excellent oral and written English required.
Local and regional candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
Position contingent upon donor funding.
Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.