The ” Employment-oriented MSME Promotion” in Jordan is seeking a “Technical Advisor – Business Development Services” – on a full time base employment.
The position holder is responsible for:
Jointly with the Head of Field of Activity 2, managing activities in Field of Activity 2 aiming to improve the expertise of staff at micro, small and medium enterprises in selected areas (likely food processing, tourism, and ICT).
Providing professional advisory services to public and private contracting and implementing partners in Field of Activity 2 especially regarding advise to trade associations and business development service providers on setting up support systems for MSMEs in the three selected sectors to optimise their stabilisation, innovation and growth.
Ensuring proper monitoring and reporting of outcomes and employment figures in Field of Activity 2 and supporting the development of information and communication products.
Establishing synergies and ensuring good collaboration with other Field of Activities within the project, as well as with relevant projects under the GIZ umbrella and those of other donors.
Feeding into and updating the project monitoring system.
Developing and updating project management tools within the MSME project, including stakeholder maps, work plans, etc.
Supporting fulfillment of reporting requirements, including regular reporting to BMZ and other project stakeholders.
Contributing to innovation and knowledge management; maintaining a good flow of communication and information between all involved institutions, counterparts and GIZ.
Performing other relevant tasks and duties as requested by management.
Background on GIZ and the “Employment-oriented MSME Promotion” Project
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a German development cooperation agency that provides services in the field of international development cooperation all around the world. As a federally-owned enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.
The “Employment-oriented MSME Promotion” project will contribute to inclusive economic growth as envisaged in Jordan’s national vision and strategy “Jordan 2025“. Its aim is to improve growth opportunities for private enterprises in order to boost employment, income and private sector growth.
Jordan’s economy and labour market are dominated by a large public sector. The private sector is small – 92% of it is made up of rather unstable micro enterprises that frequently lack innovation. Another indicator of a rather frail private sector and labour market is the unemployment rate, which amounts to 15.5% overall and to 25% among young people. The number of new jobseekers currently entering the labour market is double that of new jobs created. In addition, Syrian refugees are seeking employment on the formal and informal labour market. A recruitment freeze in the public sector has increased pressure on existing institutions and the labour market. The regulatory framework with its high costs for formalisation and complex procedures hampers business start-ups and development. Under these circumstances, private enterprises are frequently unable to stabilise their business model, increase productivity, plan beyond the local sales market, recruit suitable labour and initiate innovations.
The project designs and implements interventions in three fields of activity and within three selected sectors, likely tourism, ICT and food manufacturing. In field of activity (1) “Enhancing competitiveness in selected economic sectors,” the project seeks to improve the foundations for competitiveness in the three selected sectors of the Jordanian economy. In field of activity (2) “Improving the skills of MSME employees and owners in the selected sectors,” the project will aim at improving the expertise of staff at micro, small and medium enterprises in selected areas. Field of activity (3) “Improving the business and investment climate in the selected sectors” is designed to help improve the conditions for doing business and investing in the selected sectors.
University degree in Economics, Business Administration, International Development or other relevant discipline.
Proven in-depth knowledge and experience in private sector development and business management processes.
Good understanding of Jordan’s trade associations and chambers as well as the overall business environment, MSME sector and networks.
Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in the area of private sector development and international development cooperation.
Experience in working in or directly working with businesses, especially with micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
Sector-specific knowledge of the food processing, tourism and / or ICT sectors is an asset.
Experience with and exposure to business organisations and governmental institutions.
Experience delivering capacity-building interventions and designing and implementing workshops, seminars or similar activities in the area of business development and financial services.
Experience in writing reports and documenting meetings (English and Arabic; German is a plus).
Advisory experience especially with Jordanian business institutions as well as public institutions like ministries.
Experience in contracting and guiding consultants.
Experience in knowledge management and in monitoring and evaluation.
Experience with GIZ work or other donor organisations is an asset.
Proactive and solution-oriented personality.
Strong communication skills and ability to moderate / facilitate meetings and workshops.
High level of interpersonal skills and presentation skills.
Conflict resolution and negotiation skills.
Excellent analytical and conception skills.
Able to work in an interdisciplinary context.
High dedication and commitment as well as ability to perform well under pressure.
Reliability and regular follow up on assigned tasks.
Ability to cooperate with others – very good team player.
Additional knowledge & competences:
Very good working knowledge of ICT technologies (related software, phone, email, the internet) and computer applications (incl. MS Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Willingness to up skill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management.
Experienced and able to work within a governmental institution
Fluent (excellent knowledge) in English and Arabic, both spoken and written is essential; German language is a plus.
- Job Location
- Amman, Jordan
- Company Industry
- Community/Social Services/and Nonprofit
- Company Type
- Employer (Private Sector)
- Job Role
- Support Services
- Employment Type
- Full Time Employee
- Monthly Salary Range
- Number of Vacancies
- Job Ref.
- Career Level
- Years of Experience
- Min: 7
- Residence Location
- Bachelor’s degree / higher diploma