Deputy Country Director – Technical

at Palladium: Make It Possible
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted September 28, 2022
Category NGO
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Project Overview And RolePalladium International, LLC is implementing the $250 Million, 8-year USAID CATALYZE contract which offers a facilitated partnership model that will craft solutions to crowd in $2 Billion in blended finance (i.e., blended concessional and commercial finance) to USAID partner countries; it can work in any development sector or region. Launched in October 2019, CATALYZE is a buy-in mechanism that allows USAID Bureaus and Missions to efficiently deploy investment facilitation solutions that respond to the needs of specific sectors, issues, and geographies.USAID CATALYZE Ethiopia – Market Systems for Growth (MS4G): MS4G is designed to benefit the Ethiopian people, build community resilience, and strengthen rural-urban linkages in the areas of agriculture, food security, and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH). MS4G invests in developing relationships with private sector players, co-investing in inclusive business models, advisory services, digital solutions, and market-based initiatives that increase the resilience and sustainability of Ethiopian enterprises and employment for women and youth. The project supports activities in Addis Ababa and secondary cities.To strengthen the private sector in the food security and WASH sectors, MS4G uses a market-based approach to deliver business development and financial advisory services to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The project leverages Business Advisory Service Providers (BASPs) and Pay-for-Results (P4R) awards and co-creates and co-funds partnerships to enhance enterprises’ performance, product/service delivery, and inclusion. The activities are designed to build institutional capacity, enhance knowledge and skill transfers through workforce development initiatives, advance the business enabling environment, accelerate digital transformations and scale best practices to increase productivity and quality. As it enters its third year, MS4G is placing an increased focus on WASH Finance, enhancing livelihoods and enterprise to shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic and responding to the food security risks related to the supply disruptions and increasing cost of agricultural production and fertilizer.Primary Duties And ResponsibilitiesThe CATALYZE: MS4G Deputy Country Director - Technical will report to the CATALYZE: MS4G Country Director. (This position is comparable to a Deputy Chief of Party position.) S/he will provide technical direction to MS4G, particularly supervising program activities in the regions and ensuring they are carried out in alignment with the workplan. The Deputy will stand in for the Country Director as needed.The MS4G Deputy Country Director – Technical will provide technical leadership and direction to MS4G in line with client expectations. S/he is based in Addis Ababa to enhance the opportunities to link more closely with other USAID/Ethiopia Mission-sponsored projects, other USG-sponsored cross-sector activities, private sector players and Government of Ethiopia (GoE) agencies and ministries on the urgent actions and partnerships needed to achieve the expected results.Specific responsibilities of MS4G’s Deputy Country Director - Technical include, but are not limited to:

  • Advise Country Director on technical approach of the project.
  • Serve as part of the Senior Management Team (SMT) in country, working under the Country Director and with the Deputy Country Director, Operations and Compliance, to provide project leadership to ensure project objectives are met in a compliant and timely manner.
  • Oversee technical staff to manage programmatic functions and activities in Ethiopia in line with the project’s approved Performance Work Statement (PWS) and Year 3 Work Plan. This includes providing technical support, supporting monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities.
  • Support the development of strategic partnerships to mobilize capital, enhance private enterprise growth and job creation, improve workforce development, and enact improved policies
  • Liaise with project counterparts as requested by the Country Director and supports the development of strategic partnerships designed to deliver impact at scale and transform market systems.
  • Work with compliance, procurement, and technical staff to develop innovative grants and performance-based subcontracting platforms that leverage local ecosystem actors to deliver services that produce impact at the firm, sector, and market system level at scale.
  • Provide technical guidance in the rapid development, packaging, release, and evaluation of ongoing grants/sub-awards and other procurement as well as grants/sub-awards within new fertilizer, COVID resiliency and WASH Finance programming
  • Ensure project activities conform to project requirements, including cost, schedule, and quality.
  • Collaborate with technical staff and the procurement team to monitor subcontractors/grantees for timely delivery.
  • Ensure agile program implementation in line with monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) findings.
  • Lead and/or contribute to critical program technical deliverables and reports and ensure they reflect the nature of the technical work conducted.
  • Serve as a technical liaison as part of the MS4G team, across private sector partners, GOE USAID, and other key stakeholders.
  • Other duties as required.

Required Qualifications

  • Extensive USAID project management experience preferred in fields related to the successful implementation of this project such as agriculture and food security, WASH, financial services and investment advisory expertise, private enterprise development, workforce development and youth programming, and public and private sector engagement.
  • Proven knowledge and understanding of Ethiopian finance, private enterprise, investment, business environment and trade issues; with a sound understanding of specific challenges and barriers facing women and youth entrepreneurs, business owners, and job seekers, preferably in agriculture and WASH contexts.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with private and public sector actors to design activities and ensure a sustainable continuation post-program.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage and deal with diverse stakeholders.
  • Evidence of strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written with professional fluency in English required.
  • Experience supervising teams, preferably in a remote manner (i.e., regional managers).
  • Knowledge of USAID programming, approaches, and policy.
  • Advanced computer skills including fluency with Microsoft 365 applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Sound problem solving and decision-making skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree or post-graduate degree in Finance, Business Administration, Economic Policy, Enterprise Development or other related fields is preferred.
  • Ten years or more of professional experience successfully overseeing large, complex projects (or components therein) and diverse teams focused on financial services and investment advisory expertise, private enterprise development, workforce development, and public and private sector engagement.
  • Five years the international development field including experience in a management role for a USAID-funded contract of similar scale ($40M+ / 5 years) highly desirable.
  • Amharic written and verbal fluency.

Company OverviewAbout Palladium - Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with governments, businesses, and investors to solve the world's most pressing challenges. With a team of more than 3,000 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of over 35,000 experts, we help improve economies, societies and, most importantly, people's lives.Equity, Diversity & Inclusion - Palladium is committed to embedding equity, diversity, and inclusion into everything we do. We welcome applications from all sections of society and actively encourage diversity to drive innovation, creativity, success and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce; and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment regardless of their background or personal characteristics. These include: (but are not limited to) socio-economic background, age, race, gender identity and expression, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, veteran, marital or Indigenous status.Should you require any adjustments or accommodations to be made due to a disability or you are a neurodivergent individual or for any other circumstance, please email our team at and we will be in touch to discuss.Safeguarding - We define Safeguarding as “the preventative action taken by Palladium to protect our people, clients and the communities we work with from harm”. We are committed to ensuring that all children and adults who come into contact with Palladium are treated with respect and are free from abuse. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced selection process including safeguarding-focused interviews and a rigorous due diligence process.

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