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Job Ref:  140212BR
Employer:  AECOM
Country:  Egypt
City:  Cairo
30/09/2016 12:04

Why Choose AECOM?
AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees - including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals - serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine's annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World's Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients' projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at NA.

About the Business Line
AECOM's Global Support Services (GSS) organization resides within AECOM's Government business line and is comprised of three divisions - International Development, Operations and Mission Support, and Global Programs. GSS has the international presence, personnel networks and procurement infrastructure to deliver support for any mission, anywhere. We optimize the reliability, availability and sustainability of equipment, logistics systems and facilities for clients around the world. GSS supports the U.S. Government, non-U.S. Governments and industry clients with worldwide program management, planning, design, operations and maintenance, logistics, aviation services, security, international development, environmental and civil engineering and mission and intelligence support.

Job Summary
USAID's Strengthening Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development in Egypt project (SEED) is part of the United States - Government of Egypt Trade and Investment Promotion in Egypt (TIPE) Bilateral Agreement. This Agreement focuses on strengthening the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and entrepreneurship. More specifically, the purpose of the SEED Project is to increase employment and income of MSMEs and entrepreneurs, especially those owned by women and youth in disadvantaged areas, by: (1) stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation; (2) enhancing formalization of private enterprises; (3) improving financial and non-financial services to MSMEs; (4) integrating SMEs and entrepreneurs in progressive value chains; and (5) addressing enabling environment policy reform initiatives to facilitate MSME development that is aligned to the Government of Egypt's (GOE) socio-economic strategy.

SEED supports the growth of MSMEs and promotes entrepreneurship in Egypt by working with and through intermediary service providers to improve their management and operational skills, products and services, and marketing and outreach to their clients and our ultimate target beneficiary. SEED funds are primarily designated for training, capacity building and technical assistance using both domestic and foreign firms and individuals.

SEED's stakeholders and counterparts include but are not limited to the following:
  • CSR experts and implementers
  • SMEs and entrepreneurs;
  • Government of Egypt stakeholders;
  • Public organizations;
  • Public sector reform champions;
  • Private sector reform initiatives;
  • Academic sector reform initiatives;
  • Business Development Service Centers (BDSCs);
  • Capacity building consultants, trainers, mentors and coaches;
  • Business associations;
  • Banks;
  • Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFIs);
  • Investors; and
  • Large domestic and international corporations.

SEED will collaborate with other development partners (donors) and other USAID contractors to take full advantage of synergistic opportunities in achieving results. Special focus will be given to disadvantaged areas and population groups such as women and youth. Youth is defined for the purpose of this activity as individuals who are between ages of 15 and 29 years old.

To develop a comprehensive map/database of private and public entities involved in policy reform focusing on MSMEs. This could be organizations that research and identify the key legal and regulatory constraints faced by MSMEs; firms that conduct socio-economic analyses, including but not limited to cost-benefit analyses, and develop sets of recommendations and policy papers for consideration; and entities that use the previous two data sets to advocate to government and Parliamentary decision makers to implement needed reforms on behalf of the MSMEs, and perhaps other, communities.

  • Work closely with all of SEED's Components and the Enabling Environment Senior Advisor to identify the top public and private entities involved in the MSME policy reform process. These entities may include but are not limited to government, semi/quasi government, professional and trade associations, industrial councils, NGO's, policy research centers, think tanks, universities, federations, chambers and any other relevant and active entity engaged in the MSME policy assessment and/or reform process.
  • Create a database comprising contact and operational information for each entity, including but not limited to contact person and organizational details, areas of focus, years in business, the names of those serving on the board of directors if possible, a cursory assessment of the organization's strengths and weaknesses, and a numerical rating, between 1 and 10, of its relevance to the SEED Project.
  • Ensure the database of entities include their core services such as legal and/or regulatory analysis, poling and public opinion surveys, lobbying and advocacy services, and any sector or sub-sector focus or concentration (e.g. agriculture, industry, manufacturing, services, etc.). This may also include financial and non-financial service offerings or other priorities with respect to their target audiences, geographic focus, an emphasis on either national or governorate issues, or mission.
  • Investigate and assess the level of interest of the entities to work with the SEED project in building their capacity and improving their capabilities regarding MSME focused policy reform efforts, be it from the private or public sector's perspective.
  • Always ask the identified entity who else in their circle of interest and perhaps influence SEED should speak to about building national capacity and efficiency in promoting public-private sector dialogue around policy reform relating to MSMEs.
  • Be available to the COP, Component Leads, and particularly the Enabling Environment Senior Advisor to contribute to meetings, presentations and other activities as requested.
  • A report describing the methodology, findings and resultant conclusions in developing the database of MSME policy reform organizations. This report should also include an excel database of organizations with contact and well as operational details for each. The report should also include as an annex all of the people and organizations contacted during the investigative process.
  • A PowerPoint presentation of the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the report to the senior management of SEED and USAID.

This assignment is expected to take place during August 2016 including a maximum LOE of 20 working days.
STTA's fees are expected to cover the cost of the Consultant's time and technical expertise. In-country travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the SEED Project in accordance with USAID and AECOIM expense reimbursement policies.

Minimum Requirements
  • A Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or other relevant field; a Masters is preferred
  • Demonstrated success in working with both the public and private sectors in Egypt;
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing criteria and developing adjustable and user friendly industry or sector level databases; experience in organizational development is a plus;
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills;
  • Excellent attention to detail and able to work independently, meeting tight deadlines;
  • Ability to produce high quality work which clearly and concisely provides the reader with all the required information; through strong analytical skills;
  • Must be proficient in writing, reading and speaking Arabic and English.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous USAID experience

What We Offer
AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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