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Chief of Party, Africa Trade and Investment Program (ATIP)

Company Overview:

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 foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits. 

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives. 

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. 

Position Overview 
Palladium is seeking a Chief of Party to lead a new flagship
USAID-funded project: Africa Trade and Investment Program (ATIP).  The
program, currently valued by USAID at $400-750 Million and expected to be based
in Washington, DC, with field offices in West, East, North, and Southern
Africa,  will be the principal vehicle for implementing the
whole-of-government Prosper Africa Initiative.  The purpose of ATIP is to
mobilize enterprise-driven solutions that will help unlock Africa’s growing
markets, expand U.S.-Africa trade and investment relationships, and achieve
development outcomes across all sectors, in line with USAID’s Private Sector
Engagement Policy and the USG Prosper Africa Initiative.

The five objectives of ATIP are:

  1. Increased trade,
  2. Increased investment,
  3. Improved business environment,
  4. Leveraging strategic African, U.S., and international partners and resources, 
  5. Institutional support to USAID to assist in tracking, managing, implementing and publicizing the Prosper Africa Initiative

The anticipated proposal
release date is September 2020.  The program would start in 2021. 
USAID is considering a single award as well as multiple awards.  Specific
program activities, upon award, may correspond to “buy-ins” from regions or
countries in Africa, which may identify sectors of interest as well as specific
programmatic objectives and targets.

Unique Opportunity 
This is a unique opportunity to lead one of the largest
USAID trade and investment promotion programs in history, with a prime
contractor that has a track record of innovating dynamic, scalable advancements
and impact in Africa in trade and investment.

Candidate Profile 
The ideal candidate would be someone who has had a
meaningful impact in international trade and investment in Africa, has worked
with U.S. and African corporations, and has, preferably, experience in one or
more U.S. government agencies now engaged in the Prosper Africa Initiative.
This role would enable someone who wants to build upon that body of work to
lead a landmark program for Palladium, a globally recognized private sector
consultancy with deep experience in trade and investment in Africa, as well as
the ability to effectively and efficiently manage a program of this
magnitude. The candidate would likely have 20+ years of executive
experience in government or industry, leading efforts to promote trade and
investment with – and within – Africa.   

Responsibilities 
The candidate’s responsibilities will include:

  • Set vision for the project in partnership with USAID and build consensus around that vision internally and externally
  • Lead project team in setting and achieving project lifetime and annual goals, in collaboration with USAID
  • Engage with USAID bureaus, USAID missions, and other USG agencies to promote project activities, successes, collaboration, and learning
  • Proactively engage with private sector leadership in the US and Africa to promote participation and collaboration in project activities
  • Manage the project team to ensure that it is effectively staffed and performing at the highest levels
  • Ensure gender-sensitive project activities, including the active participation and integration of women traders and investors among project beneficiaries and partners
  • Develop and manage a growing network of implementing partners (subcontractors) to enhance USAID’s access to new partners
  • Coordinate effectively with other donors supporting parallel trade and investment programs in Africa to ensure efficient resource use and leverage
  • Champion a results-driven ethos built on effective Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning and methodologies to promote
  • Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation that ensures relevance and responsiveness as program needs and opportunities arise
  • Ensure effective communication of project successes and results to broad audiences

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