WORK CONTEXT

Cesvi is implementing a project funded by the European Union aimed at promoting the development of the private sector in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Such project will enhance the skills and develop the business services of Business Intermediary Organizations.
Cesvi components within the project are related to the improvement of Tajik and Kyrgyz SMEs’ competitiveness on domestic and international market through services provided by BIOs, generating income and employment for SMEs and BIOs (also in the handicraft sector).

The “Project Manager (PM) / Handicraft & BIO service development” will coordinate the activities of the project, in close coordination with local and international partners and all other stakeholders involved. In addition, the PM will also be responsible to overview Cesvi staff and projects in the Country, maintain the relations with partners, donors, Authorities and stakeholders.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The collaboration will start in December 2018.
The main duty station will be the Country Office in Dushanbe, with regular field visits country-wide for all programs. Possibility of missions within the region (Central Asia), if requested by the HQ. The PM will work under the direct supervision of Cesvi HQ Desk Officer.

Main tasks and duties:

Project management / Handicraft & BIO service development:
-Supervise project activities, guaranteeing a constant coordination with partners (local and international), in particular with reference to the project’s component related to the Development of Business Development Services for SMEs and Handicraft Sector Development
-Be responsible for the overall project planning, management and implementation, including budget compliance
-Supervise activities related to project management, including administration, accounting, procurement (in accordance with Cesvi rules and regulations), staffing and reporting
-Guarantee clear documentation of project activities, through reports and other visibility tools, as required and agreed upon with Cesvi headquarters and the Donor.
-Guarantee that all the activities are in line with Donors’ and Cesvi’s procedures and rules
-Responsible for project reports’ drafting and timely submission to the Head of the Consortium

In addition, the Project manager/ Handicraft & BIO service development will also be responsible for:

-Overall supervision of the country office and ongoing projects: ensuring optimal efficiency and cost effectiveness in all functions and operations, (quality/technical assistance, finance, material resource management, administration, information technology, audit, etc.).
-Represent Cesvi vis-à-vis Donors, partners (including Alliance2015), stakeholders, clusters and coordination body and fora
-Coordinate and actively participate in project proposal definition and preparation
-Overall supervision of country strategy planning and development
-Security management of the mission

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

University degree in International Cooperation, Development Studies and/or Economics for Development or related fields

5 to 10 years of proven management experience in leading the implementation and ensuring successful delivery of development projects within a development context, in particular with projects aimed at enhancing private sector development

Proven experience in developing business advisory services to small and medium enterprises and Business Intermediary Organizations (Business Associations)

Experience/knowledge of main institutional Donors (in particular EU)
Experience with NGO procedures, approaches and operations
Strong budget, cost planning and financial management skills

Proven experience in coordinating and managing multi-stakeholders and multi-partners development projects

Demonstrated experience in networking and build effective partnerships
Proven capacity in managing Donors’ and partners’ relations

Proven experience in personnel management, and in capacity building of National/International staff
Strategic thinking and innovative approach to development projects
Country strategy planning and development

Strong communication and diplomatic skills
Highly flexible and a team-player
Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills
Strong leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills

Fluency in English (written and spoken)
Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel

DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS

University degree or Master in Economics and Management / International Business for Small and Medium Enterprises

Strong experience in developing Small and Medium Enterprises and Business Intermediary Organizations’ skills
Knowledge and experience of the Handicraft Sector in development context

Knowledge of Central Asia region.
Knowledge of Russian language (written and spoken)

Unfortunately, due to the high number of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback if unsuccessful at applicant stage. Only short-listed candidates will be updated on the status of their application.