Technical Advisor as Embedded Expert at Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI)

at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted August 4, 2021
Category Business Administration
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


GIZ-Internal/External Vacancy Announcement #146/2021

Private Sector Development in Ethiopia (PSDE)

The Private sector plays a key role in the ‘Homegrown Economic Reform Agenda’ of the Ethiopian Government. Although MSMEs are key players for economic development and job creation, the landscape for promotion of these target groups and political responsibilities are however much fragmented. In addition, poor legal and regulatory framework conditions and needs-based business development services inhibit the growth opportunities of MSMEs/ SMEs, start-ups and Small Growing Businesses (SGB).

The new Technical Cooperation project ‘Private Sector Development in Ethiopia (PSDE)’ aims to improve the growth opportunities of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups and small growth-oriented companies and focuses on four intervention areas: 1) Strengthening the institutional capacities of public institutions to improve the legal and regulatory framework focusing on MSMEs/ SMEs, start-ups and SGB by involving the private sector via public private dialogue formats; 2) Strengthening chambers and associations to improve their range of services including their role as a representative of the private sector; 3) Building the capacity of intermediaries to develop viable innovative and future oriented organizational and business models to support start-ups and SGB; 4) Strengthening Business Development Services to advise companies on technical and business topics.

The project started with a nine-month Inception Phase (01/2021 - 09/2021). During this phase, the current situation in the intervention area will be comprehensively analysed and, if necessary, outputs, activities and indicator baseline and target values adjusted.

 The project is looking for an Embedded Expert at Ministry of Trade and Industry who will be supporting the achievement of the objectives of the intervention area 1 (strengthening the capacities of public institutions) of the PSDE project.

Intervention area 1 aims to ensure that technical and managerial staff of public institutions with an influence on private sector development act in a more pro-business manner, thereby creating a better regulatory and legal environment focusing on MSMEs, start-ups and SGBs by involving the private sector via public private dialogue formats. An international consultancy will be engaged to provide substantial support in this area.

The Embedded Expert of intervention area 1 works in close cooperation and under the technical supervision of the Component Manager for intervention areas 1 & 2. Furthermore, he/she will act as a link between the project and the consultancy’s work related to MoTI.

Contract Duration:                September 30, 2024

Job Requirements

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide technical advice in enhancing the capacities of Ministry of Trade and Industry towards easing the legal and regulatory framework with the focus on MSMEs/ SMEs, startups and SGBs.
  • Facilitate coordination between MoTI and other government organizations involved in intervention area 1, i.e. Ministry of Innovation and Technology and Jobs Creation Commission
  • Provide technical advice to downstream institutions of MoTI, particularly FeSMMIPA, on strengthening the capacities of MSMEs/ SMEs.
  • Support and facilitate the introduction of change management and capacity and competence building of the technical and managerial staff of MoTI and FeSMMIPA.
  • Support in the integration of regional FeSMMIPA structures towards enhancing their capacities.
  • Support and facilitate the establishment of public-private dialogue formats in cooperation with other team members.
  • Assist/ facilitate the PPD format to play its role to shift policies related to ease of doing business for MSMEs/ SMEs
  • Assist in the introduction of awareness raising on improving environmental sustainability, such as monitoring of resource use in companies in MoTI and FeSMMIPA.
  • Assist in expanding digitalization of internal processes and services provided by MoTI and FeSMMIPA.
  • Improve coordination between MoTI and FeSMMIPA and provide technical support for the design and formalisation of innovative public-private partnerships.
  • Support the preparation and implementation of financial agreements, local subsidies in the intervention area 1.
  • Prepare and coordinate assignment of short-term experts to implement capacity development measures.
  • Facilitate communication between international consultants supporting intervention area 1 and MoTI and FeSMMIPA.

Required qualifications, professional experience and additional competencies Qualifications

  • M.A. in Business Administration/ Economics, Political Science, International relations, Private Sector Development or similar
  • Excellent knowledge of Amharic and English language both in speaking and writing, German language knowledge is an asset
  • Good knowledge of IT (E-mail, internet and computer applications such as MS Office)

Professional experience

  • Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in the field of private sector development with a focus on MSME/ SME promotion, ideally in providing advice to public institutions.
  • Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in the field of private sector development policy formulation
  • Minimum of 7 years of project management experience in relation to private sector development
  • Minimum of 4 years of professional experience in supporting the digital transformation of businesses and/or organizations (e.g., digitalization of services and processes)
  • Knowledge on roles and responsibilities of Government institutions supporting MSME/ SME development
  • Knowledge on current economic development and policy Framework in Ethiopia
  • Knowledge of the private sector development in Ethiopia, and knowledge of relevant and key public and private stakeholders
  • Relevant professional experience in similar role in GIZ or other international organizations

 Other knowledge and additional competencies

  • Ability to liaise with different stakeholders especially with the private sector and public institutions
  • Good organizational and project management skills
  • Able to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Good IT skills (MS office, etc.)

Applying Instructions

Application procedure:

Interested and qualified candidates shall submit their motivation letter along with their non-returnable recent CV via Ethiojobs or



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