Expert - Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSME)

Department of Structural Economic Transformation and Trade (SETT) · Brussels, Belgium
Department Department of Structural Economic Transformation and Trade (SETT)
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced


Post Title:  Expert - Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSME)

Grade:  P4

Office:  Department of Structural Economic Transformation and Trade

Supervisor:  Assistant Secretary General (ASG-SETT)

Duty Station:  OACPS Secretariat, Belgium

Posting period:  21 September to 15 November 2021

Post Number:   ACP/41/080/21/AFHR/HR/CNA

No. of Vacancies:  1



I. Organizational Context


Under the guidance and supervision of Assistant Secretary General for Structural Economic Transformation and Trade (SETT), Expert, Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSME) is responsible for programmes and projects in the area of MSME and overall private sector development, and provides technical and general support (analyses, technical advice, preparation of speeches and briefs) for Member States of the OACPS. 

    

He/she operates within the OACPS governing organs (Subcommittee on Investment and Private Sector, Committee of Ambassadors and Council of Ministers) with regard to private sector development in Member States of the OACPS and provides assistance in the preparation of the Private Sector Strategy for the Member States of the OACPS. The incumbent also works with the European Commission and other international organizations on matters pertaining to investment and the private sector and establishes networks to help advance key issues of interest to the OACPS.


The Expert collaborates with the relevant thematic leads, mainly within the same department, but also with the sectoral Heads of the other Departments of the Secretariat of the OACPS.


The Expert ensures high quality, accurate and coherent work and promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with rules and regulations of the Secretariat of the OACPS.


The Expert also supervises along with others the work of a secretary and carries out her performance assessment on an annual basis. 


II. Functions / Key Results Expected


Summary of Key Functions:

  • Facilitates the implementation of and follows up on EDF-funded Intra-ACP Programmes in the area of Investment and Private Sector and facilitates implementation of the OACPS Private Sector Development Strategy (Preparation of technical papers and programme documents and meeting of the organs of the OACPS).
  • Contributes to strengthening coordination between the OACPS and the European Union and other relevant regional and international Institutions and organizations in the area of private sector and investment.
  • Ensure coordination and follow-up of activities linked to the Intra-ACP Investment Facility, in collaboration with the European Investment Bank (EIB).
  • Seek opportunities for partnership with other donors in the context of OACPS private sector development.



  1. Facilitates the implementation of and follows up on EDF-funded Intra-ACP Programmes in the area of Investment and Private Sector and facilitates implementation of the OACPS Private Sector Development Strategy (Preparation of technical papers and programme documents and meeting of the organs of the OACPS), focusing on achievement of the following results:


  • Successful implementation of these investment and private sector programmes/projects in OACPS countries, thereby contributing to the promotion of Investment and Private Sector Development in OACPS countries/regions.
  • Concrete programmes/projects based on Private Sector Development Strategies (OACPS and ACP-EU).
  • Implementation of the Decisions of the ministerial meetings on Investment and Private Sector.

              


  1. Contributes to strengthening coordination between the OACPS and the European Union and other relevant regional and international Institutions and organizations in the area of private sector and investment, focusing on achievement of the following results:


  • Increased awareness in the OACPS countries of what pertains to Investment and Private Sector issues in order to facilitate taking of appropriate decisions/actions to respond to the various challenges facing the Members States of the OACPS in this sector.
  • Enhanced collaboration between the ACP Group and the EU with regard to the challenges facing the Member States of the OACPS in the area of Investment and Private Sector.



  1. Ensure coordination and follow-up of activities linked to the Intra-ACP Investment Facility, in collaboration with the European Investment Bank (EIB), focusing on achievement of the following results:


  • Improved access of OACPS countries to the Investment Facility.


  1. Seek opportunities for partnership with other donors in the context of OACPS private sector development, focusing on achievement of the following results:


  • Synergies and cooperation with other International specialized agencies dealing with industrial policies and private sector development in OACPS countries/regions.



III. Impact of Results


The key results have an impact on the competitiveness of the Private Sector of the Member States of the OACPS and on the attractiveness of the business environment in the Member States of the OACPS.


IV. Competencies


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates and promotes the highest standard of integrity, impartiality, fairness and incorruptibility in all matters affecting his/her work and status.
  • Understands the structure and hierarchy of the Secretariat of the OACPS, the organs of the Group and their interaction with the partners, process flows throughout the organization, products and services, their measures of effectiveness, and perceptions of clients.


Functional Competencies:

  • Possesses good knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks.
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of investment and private sector and seeks to develop him/her professionally.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; good knowledge or French.
  • Ability to provide specialized advice and guidance to external contacts.
  • Ability to work independently without supervision; meet deadlines and in a multicultural, multiracial and multilingual environment.


Managerial Competencies:

  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients.
  • Strong planning, organization, problem-solving, coordination and negotiation skills.


Behavioral Competencies:

  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team of people from diverse cultures, expertise and experiences.


V. Recruitment Qualifications


Education:       

Master’s degree or equivalent in Economics, Trade, Finance, Law, Management and/or in related areas


Experience:      

At least eight (8) years experience, at increasing levels of responsibility in the area of international trade, investment and/or the private sector, three of them being at national or international level.


Language Requirements


Good command of English or French or Portuguese or Spanish. A working knowledge of at least one of the other three would be an added advantage.

 

 

Special Notice


Candidates for the post must be nationals of Member States from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Regions and must therefore attach a copy of their valid passport for proof of nationality. Applications from non-OACPS nationals will not be considered.

 

Staff Members of the OACPS are subject to the authority of and duties assigned by the Secretary General and will discharge their functions under conditions established by the Secretary General.

 

All employment decisions are made on the suitability of the candidate and the needs of the OACPS. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.

 

The appointment to this position is for an initial period of 3 years and renewal thereof is subject to the needs of the OACPS and availability of the post or funds. 

 

Applications for this post should be sent by e-mail to: hr@acp.int and must reach the Secretariat by midnight on the deadline date.

 

Applications must be accompanied by an updated curriculum vitae completed in the following format: https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/editors/en/cv/compose. Applications in another format will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further evaluation. Applicants must provide copies of degrees, diplomas, certificates and any other documents attesting to their competence and professional experience.

 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and those under serious consideration will be subject to reference checks.

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  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Department
    Department of Structural Economic Transformation and Trade (SETT)
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced