Company: J.E. Austin Associates

Job Type:

Clothing and Textile Manufacturing

Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Start Date: October 06, 2015

Posted On: Sep 22, 2015

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Job Description:

The USAID-funded Local Enterprise and Value Chain Enhancement (LEVE) project strives to increase economic growth and employment opportunities in Haiti. Managed by RTI International, LEVE will expand opportunities for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), generating employment for Haitian men, women, and youth in the three key sectors – agribusiness, construction and apparel. LEVE will work with lead firms in the regions of Port-au-Prince, Saint-Marc and Cap-Haïtien, to upgrade the value chains that have the most potential to contribute to the economic growth of Haiti. The apparel activities will be conducted only in the Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien regions.

LEVE has four components:

1. Link MSMEs with other value chain actors to mutually create value, and increase access to markets and services.
2. Improve productivity through increased access to skilled labor, linking private sector needs with educational and training facilities.
3. Improve the sustainability of Haitian organizations, by building their capabilities with the goal of eventually receiving direct donor funding.
4. Leverage and create synergies with existing programs and activities, both public and private sector.
LEVE’s success depends upon the leadership of the private sector firms and business people who are leading the value chain upgrading efforts. As such, LEVE staff facilitates activities, working alongside Haitian business leaders to improve the competitiveness of the value chains.

The Apparel Team Leader is the main linkage between the LEVE project and lead firms; responsible for directing and coordinating all LEVE activities and for allocating LEVE resources within the sector; and holds overall responsibility for the successful implementation of the value chain upgrading activities within their sector. The Deputy Team Leader will support the Team Leader in the execution of the interventions in the sector and assume duties on an interim basis during the absence of the Team Leader. Specifically the Deputy Team Leader will:

• Responsible for the maintenance of existing activities in the small designer sub-sector, and responsible for generating new activities within this sub-sector;
• Responsible for addressing the workforce development constraints and needs within this sub-sector;
• Assist in the development of the upgrading strategy for the value chains within the sub-sector, including identifying the opportunities, analyzing the potential, detailing the upgrading activities, as well as the exit strategy;
• Rationalize, manage and coordinate the use of LEVE resources – long-term and short-term technical expertise, grants – for the upgrading activities within their sector;
• Draft scopes of work for short-term technical assistance needs, under instructions from the Team Lead;
• Maintain communication with, and monitor progress in each of the value chain activities in the sub-sector;
• Recommend modifications to the value chain upgrading plans;
• Maintain knowledge of and contact with other initiatives that are being implemented – both public and private – to improve their respective sectors.
• Replace the Team Leader during his/her absence

Job Qualifications:

Desired qualifications:
• Highly motivated self-starter with a proven history of dynamic performance
• Proven ability to network, work in team and help build credibility
• High commitment to achieving objectives
• Bachelor’s degree economics, business or design
• Minimum of 2 years of previous experience in the private sector in Haiti
• Capacity to travel inside the country for several days
• Good writing and communication skills in English, French and Creole
• High degree of proficiency in use of Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint
• Fluency in Creole, French and English
• Knowledge of USAID grant procedures would be an asset.

About J.E. Austin Associates

JAA .E. Austin Associates, Inc. (JAA) was founded in 1986 for the purpose of assisting businesses, governments, non-profit organizations, educational and financial institutions, producer organizations, and other organizations around the world to improve productivity, to enhance competitiveness, to strengthen management and strategy implementation, and to facilitate economic development. Since 1986, JAA has completed more than 600 projects in 120 countries. In any given year, JAA’s professional staffers work on projects in more than 30 countries worldwide. JAA’s clients include many private companies; business associations, national, and state governments; foundations and other nongovernmental organizations; and international finance and assistance agencies. JAA has carried out assignments funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), African Development Bank, World Bank, U.K. Department for International Development, foreign governments, private clients, and others.

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