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Chemonics International seeks CE Associate to work in the Competitiveness Enhancement Component for its USAID Small and Medium Enterprises Activity (SMEA).  Pakistan SMEA is a 5-year, $35 million project that is aimed at improvement of financial and operating performance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Pakistan in selected high-performing industrial, manufacturing and services sectors. 

Competitiveness Enhancement Associate:

The CE Associate will work with the CE team to implement project activities and, primarily, handle all reporting, logistical coordination and operational work as required by the component.  Under the supervision of the CE Lead, the Associate will work with the CE Team to understand and support the operational activities related to their workplan, data management and consolidation, budget and any other initiatives assigned by the CE lead or designee. The Associate will serve as the knowledge bearer for the entire component and will take responsibility of all operational reporting and data management requirements.

The CE Associate will report to the CE Lead or his designee and the responsibilities include:

  • Facilitate technical CE team in data gathering and management; record keeping; and drafting of component write-ups, presentations, activity brief’s, reports (weekly, biweekly, quarterly, annual), internal reporting trackers, progress updates, monitoring & evaluation sheets, scopes of work and all other technical documentations for textile sector or as directed.
  • Assist in the implementation of the strategic CE activities in textile sector to ensure successful implementation of the project’s work plan. It may include support role in outreach activities e.g. training needs analyses (TNAs), training/workshop/conference arrangements, and any other field related tasks as needed.
  • Coordinate with the operations team to ensure that all conference rooms/venues, equipment, catering and logistics arrangements and other requirements have been organized for meetings, trainings and relevant project activities.
  • Assist in review and editing of event material, assist with the creation of material/information packets, and coordinating with the Ops team for printing of support materials/handouts for meetings as required.
  • Manage, organize, update and file data related to project activities in soft and hard copies.
  • Assist the team in archiving in a compliant manner all documents related to work plan actions pertaining to textile sector including, but not limited to, position descriptions, scopes of work, background readings, deliverables, and other documents.
  • Ensure that all necessary routine and ad hoc reporting on component activities provides a timely, high quality, and accurate reflection of the component’s progress toward project goals and objectives and are acceptable to USAID.
  • Assist the CE team in managing and supervising the tasks and deliverables of the consultants working on various project activities under textile sector.
  • Ensure close inter-component and inter-office collaboration with the other SMEA project components to ensure effective oversight and implementation of project activities. Liaise with the monitoring and evaluation, communications, and HO teams as required.
  • Facilitate CE team for any type of research and analytic work with private sector, government stakeholders and with project colleagues to ensure optimal design and implementation of the CE work plan as directed.
  • Facilitate and coordinate with technical teams to conduct primary and secondary research in textile sector on existing and proposed activities; working with public sector institutions, stakeholders, associations, developmental organizations, SMEs and other donors.
  • Facilitate secondary research into various SME development models to analyze their contribution towards economic growth and development by applying theoretical concepts for SME development.
  • Assist the other components of Business Enabling Environment and Challenge Fund as and when needed at the direction of the CE Lead
  • Perform all other relevant duties that may be assigned by the CE Team or the Chief of Party or his/her designee.

Duty Post: The position will be based in Islamabad, Pakistan; with regular travel to other parts of Pakistan.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business Administration, Development Studies or related Social Sciences. A Master’s Degree in these disciplines is preferred
  • 1 to 2 years work experience highly desirable; preferably in the textile sector value chain and different segments, SME development and/or economic growth development project environment preferred
  • Prior work experience in the Textile sector preferred
  • Excellent report writing and communication skills in English are mandatory for this position since report writing and developing technical briefs and write-ups will be an integral feature of this position.
  • Ability to perform successfully as a member of multiple project-related teams;
  • Strong computer literacy skills required in word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, web browsers, and email;
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines;
  • A willingness to travel to all provinces of Pakistan




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