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Market Systems for Growth Recruits Procurement Manager and Gender Advisor Addis Ababa, Ethiopia-2020

Market Systems for Growth (MS4G) will drive private enterprise expansion to catalyze Ethiopia’s future economic growth and prosperity

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Primary Duties and Responsibilities-Market Systems for Growth

The Procurement Manager, CATALYZE: MS4G will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the acquisition of goods and services for the project from requisition to disposition. The Procurement Manager will ensure the project’s compliance with Palladium and USAID policies, rules and regulations. S/he reports primarily to the Deputy Chief of Party, Operations & Compliance with secondary reporting to the Subcontracts & Procurement Manager, CATALYZE (US).

  • Provide team with guidance on and interpretation of USAID regulations as they relate to the procurement life cycle 
  • Coordinate with the Subcontracts & Procurement Manager, CATALYZE to ensure process standardization and compliance with Palladium policies and procedures. 
  • Accept requisition requests from CATALYZE staff for the procurement of goods and services 
  • Work closely with CATALYZE: MS4G staff to develop Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Requests for Quotations (RFQs) as appropriate 
  • Maintain a contact list of possible bidders and suppliers of commonly required goods and services 
  • Post solicitations as needed to websites and newspapers 
  • Serve as primary point of contact for interested bidders and facilitate written Question & Answers and bidders’ conferences 
  • Moderate technical evaluation committees 
  • Conduct pre-award risk assessment of subcontractors and draft corresponding appropriate special conditions 
  • In close cooperation with finance & accounting staff, conduct a cost/price analysis of bidders’ cost proposals 
  • Negotiate terms and conditions, and review and approve draft subcontracts and purchase orders of varying complexity, including but not limited to commercial item subcontracts, consultant agreements, and umbrella contracts (Blanket Purchase Agreements and Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity) 
  • Prepare subcontractor monitoring plans, conduct monitoring in collaboration with project and finance staff, and document monitoring results, including performance, compliance with terms and conditions, and budget management 
  • Track all project assets in project registry, periodically asses condition, and dispose of assets per USAID regulations and Palladium policies and procedures 
  • Maintain audit-ready subcontract files, and facilitate external subcontract audits as required 
  • Serve as initial point of contact for all disputes with CATALYZE: MS4G subcontractors 
  • Promote timely resolution of internal and external issues/problems related to subcontracts administration 
  • Conduct training and capacity building for subcontractors as needed, in particular for those new to USAID funding 
  • Monitor business risks including but not limited to tracking funding delays, execution of subcontracts, expired authorizations, delayed payments and advances to subcontractors and vendors 
  • Contribute to the project’s financial forecasts by closely tracking subcontractor invoicing projections 
  • Actively participate in periodic meetings to assess compliance with terms and conditions of awards and take leadership in seeing that deficiencies in compliance are corrected  

Required Qualifications:

  • Track record in developing large budgets; 
  • Knowledge of and compliance to Federal Acquisition Regulations, USAID Acquisition Regulations, and 22 CFR 228; 
  • Strong financial and operational management experience; 
  • Professional level of oral and written fluency in English language; 
  • Experience building capacity of local organizations and implementing partners; 
  • Relevant computer software skills and familiarity with standard applications in MS Office. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in relevant field; Business Administration or other related field is preferred relevant to the position requirements; 
  • At least 5 years of work experience in operations/logistics on large-scale, donor-funded projects, preferably on a USAID-funded project.

2.Gender Advisor, CATALYZE: Market Systems for Growth-Market Systems for Growth

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Primary Duties and Responsibilities-Market Systems for Growth

The Gender Advisor, CATALYZE: MS4G will report directly to the Country Director and is a member of the senior technical team. S/he will be responsible for the integration of gender into all aspects of technical work, serving as a resource to all other technical leads as they develop and implement key activities.

As a senior technical specialist, contributes to the design of all activities to ensure a gender lens is applied to all aspects of activity design;

  • As a senior technical specialist, contributes to the design of all activities to ensure a gender lens is applied to all aspects of activity design; 
  • Recommends evidence-based technical designs to ensure they are gender mainstreamed:  1) Coordinates and contributes to the quality of all gender-sensitive technical activities; 2) Provides recommendations, feedback and support to ensure success; 3) Facilitates continuous quality assessment and improvement and ensures that program best practices are documented and disseminated throughout the program cycle; 4) Contributes to developing and addressing learning questions on gender empowerment in inclusive economic development; 
  • Serve as a technical liaison as part of  the MS4G team, across private sector partners, the government, USAID and other key stakeholders; 
  • Proactive liaison between Ethiopian Universities, training institutions, and youth-serving organizations and the MS4G program to ensure young women and men can access jobs in the growing private sector; 
  • Regularly reports to USAID on key gender inclusion topics and lessons learned, providing regular written/oral program progress updates; 
  • Ensures that USAID’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy and other relevant gender principles, policies and regulations are applied consistently throughout the project cycle.  

Required Qualifications-Market Systems for Growth

  • Understanding of the financial and regulatory constraints facing private sector companies in Ethiopia;
  • Understanding of how the different economic challenges facing young women and men in Ethiopia looking for private sector jobs—preferably with experience in ways to address them in enterprise development, workforce development, and private sector investment; 
  • Strong ability to manage and deal with diverse stakeholders. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Amharic and English required (other Ethiopian languages a plus); 
  • Sound problem solving and decision-making skills;
  • Ability to mentor young people, and provide constructive critique. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BA or MA in professional field: law, engineering, economics, finance or similar field; 
  • 10 years of management experience overseeing large, complex projects and diverse personnel, ideally in the private sector. 
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