The EU4Business initiative encompasses all EU support for SMEs in the EaP region.
Its aim is to address constraints that, at varying degrees, affect the development of SMEs in all partner countries such as an inadequate SME business regulatory framework, lack of inter-regional and international networking mechanisms, a shortage of available and/or cost effective advisory services for SMEs and the lack of funding due to underdeveloped capital markets and a financial sector still in transition.
Across the six Eastern Partnership countries, EU4Business provides:
·Access to finance: including local-currency loans, finance for export-related investments or to adapt to EU standards, support for women entrepreneurs and start-ups; funding is often provided through third parties such as local banks or partner organisations, much of it made possible by indirect finance from the EU in the form of loan guarantees
·Access to markets: through business advice, export training and networking opportunities and trade missions to EU market
·Access to knowledge: such as provision of advisory services, consultancy and technical support, and tailored trainings to support skills development
Currently, it includes an active portfolio of 43 bilateral and regional projects worth about EUR 348 million in 2018, including the DCFTA Facility.
The project aims at ensuring coherence, ensuring adequate communication and monitoring impact of the EU4Business initiative.
The overall objective of the project of which this contract will be part of is to contribute towards the development of sustainable and equitable economic growth models in the EaP countries, which can generate more investments and improve socio-economic conditions and employment opportunities for citizens.
The purpose of the contract is to improve information on EU support to private sector development and its impact in the EaP countries. In concrete terms, the contract should:
·Ensure the regular monitoring of EU4Business activities, including through the publication and presentation of an annual report with consolidated data on achievements made under the EU4Business initiative.
·Assess of the impact of the activities and results of the projects under EU4Business regional and bilateral programmes, based on predefined indicators, including an assessment of gender mainstreaming across the initiative.
·Maximise outreach by developing professional communication and outreach activities, in coordination with the projects under the EU4Business initiative, for informing and engaging with EU4Business key stakeholder groups, including SMEs, IFIs, partner country administrative and government bodies, Business Support Organisations, universities and future entrepreneurs.
·Collate regularly key information on the impact of EU4Business activities from project implementers and make it available for EU’s professional communication contractors in Brussels and in the EaP countries.
The team leader will be in charge of the overall management of the team of key and non-key experts. He/she will be in charge of ensuring that a system of quality control is put in place and the timely delivery of the highest quality results. He will also be the direct contact point for the European Commission and the other contractors under the EU4Business initiative.
Qualifications and skills
·Master-level degree, or equivalent, in Economics, Law, Business Administration or any other discipline relevant for this assignment (or equivalent professional experience);
·Excellent command of English (written and oral) is mandatory. Knowledge of Russian would be an asset.
·Proven professional experience in a management position in 2 programmes with at least 3 different stakeholders and multiple objectives (more than 2);
·Proven experience with Project Cycle Management and Logical Framework Analysis.
·Proven experience in monitoring/evaluation of EU funded projects;
·Proven knowledge of the SME sector in the Eastern Neighbourhood region (policies, business climate, major issues and challenges, legal framework and institutional setup) would be an asset;
·Good knowledge of IFIs cooperation instruments providing support to the private sector would be an asset.
General professional experience
·Minimum 10 years of experience in a senior management position in international projects and/or multi-partner projects, of which at least 3 years as a Team Leader (or equivalent in terms of responsibility) for projects with a duration equal or superior to 12 months;
Specific professional experience
·At least 10 years' experience in private sector development and/or SME development projects;
·At least 10 years' professional experience working in/on the Eastern Neighbourhood region.
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