INVESTMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR ENGAGEMENT CONSULTANT

Présentation entreprise : ABOUT CRS: CRS began operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1961 at the invitation of the country's Catholic Episcopal Conference. Since 1993, the agency has maintained a continuous presence due to permanence of the conflicts, to provide timely assistance to populations at risk. With an initial focus on emergency response programming, CRS expanded to development operations to respond to the growing needs of the population. Many of the partners that have benefited from capacity building from CRS these past 20 years are currently independently run entities. Today, the DRC is among CRS’s top 12 priority countries, with a FY15 budget of nearly $25 million. CRS DRC currently has over 170 national and 25 international staff operating out of a national office in Kinshasa; four sub-offices in Goma (North Kivu), Bukavu (South Kivu), Kananga (Kasai Occidental), and Lubumbashi (Katanga); and several satellite offices. SUMMARY: CRS/DRC is part of a consortium led by Education Development Center (EDC) implementing the USAID/DRC Integrated Youth Development Activity (IYDA) to increase youth resilience to conflict and violence in eastern DRC, where CRS/DRC oversees savings and internal lending community (SILC) programming, gender integration, and rural value chain linkages. Expanding on continual labor market assessments to promote youth livelihoods, CRS/DRC is organizing a private sector mapping exercise to assess opportunities with a range of private sector actors to improve the sustainability, scale, and effectiveness of development activities. Collaboration might include leveraging grant funding, facilitating loans, or considering other financing mechanisms to help enterprises expand and/or diversify to increase youth livelihoods opportunities.

Contexte et mission : PRIMARY RESPONSABILITY: CRS/DRC is actively seeking to expand its involvement in private sector engagement (PSE), impact investing, and innovative finance to promote youth employment and entrepreneurship, as well as to improve the sustainability, scale, and effectiveness of outcomes. To this end, the Consultant will assist the CP to research and assess a range of private-sector actors in sectors prioritized by the CP, including agriculture value chains, WASH, nutrition, renewable energy, etc., and define specific opportunities for collaboration and ‘next steps.’ The mapping will also consider impact investors and financial institutions providing capital to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and business development service (BDS) providers. SPECIFIC TASKS – Conduct initial desk research in collaboration with the CP’s PSE point person to develop a strong understanding of the country and CP context, as well as to begin developing a list of potential private sector actors to interview – Interview CP leadership and staff to identify and document priority regions, sectors, and opportunities for PSE, impact investing, and innovative finance, as well as to leverage the CP’s existing network contacts (i.e., people, organizations, and businesses) and general, local knowledge of the private sector; – Research and document (“map”) the private sector landscape and specific actors in the sectors prioritized by the CP. This mapping should be conducted in close collaboration with the CP and prioritize actors with the ability to link with current or expected project participants – Analyze, prioritize, and recommend next steps, including key enterprises recommended for program integration and/or due diligence, aligned impact investors / financial institutions and BDS providers, and specific project design and implementation suggestions

Profil recherché : CONSULTANT QUALIFICATIONS • Bachelor’s in business administration, finance, international relations or development, economics or similar; Masters preferred. • 2-3 years of work experience in international development or business consultancy in developing countries with a focus on private-sector partnerships; experience working with a large INGO preferred. • Experience in sub-Saharan Africa; Eastern DRC preferred. • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in French; strong verbal and intermediate written communication skills in English. • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. • Experience with relationship database management. • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks under pressure and with minimal supervision. • Willingness to work in an unstable environment. • A positive, professional attitude and manner. • A client-focused and client-friendly work style. • Demonstrated innovative thinker and ability to take initiative. • Experience conducting a similar study is required. • Prior experience with USAID programs preferred.

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