CARANA Corporation, a contractor for USAID, designs and directs innovative economic growth strategies to help countries and businesses compete globally, reducing poverty and raising living standards around the world. For over 30 years, we have specialized in market-led solutions to development challenges in more than 100 countries, packaging our expertise with on-the-ground resources for continuing, cost-effective results.
The USAID Nigeria Expanded Trade and Transport Program (NEXTT) supports the Nigerian government’s efforts to expand trade domestically, within the ECOWAS sub-region and beyond, and improve trade efficiency so that trade, particularly in agricultural products, can provide inclusive economic growth and development to Nigeria. Using an integrated approach to trade and transport competitiveness, NEXTT builds upon Government of Nigeria (GoN) and prior USAID efforts to stimulate investment in trade-related infrastructure and services, reform trade policies and procedures, and improve the position of Nigerian firms in global and regional markets.
Over the 4-year project lifespan, NEXTT is expected to leverage past and current efforts toward realizing the following outcomes:
NEXTT will contribute to food security and poverty reduction by contributing to Nigeria’s ability to take advantage of the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), and contributing to the food security initiative Feed-the-Future via the implementation of work in three components:
The Export and Business Development Promotion Team Leader shall contribute to export development by managing relationships with exporters and investors, in the areas of access to finance and technical assistance. S/he shall lead a team to match exporter and producer capabilities to market demands, provide advice and support, and identify potential recipients of the Project Development Fund (PDF) to assist SMEs reduce risks, implement technical upgrades, and access higher value markets, ultimately leading to increased exports and investment.
The Export and Business Development Promotion Team Leader is responsible for providing leadership in the project’s export assistance work. The Team Leader will be the primary project liaison with exporting firms, ensuring that these have access to the technical assistance, financing and investment necessary to increase their exports. He/She will also lead the project’s efforts to build a robust network of high quality, Nigerian business development services firms (BDS) who can facilitate the technical assistance demanded by exporters to rapidly increase their exports in the target value chains relevant to NEXTT.
The Team Leader will also be responsible for leading efforts to build the capacity of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) to deliver and facilitate export services related to this target value chain. The Team Leader is responsible for achieving the NEXTT project results related to Export Expansion. This includes (over the Life of Project): supporting at least 200 firms to increase their capacity to export through trainings, direct, and indirect support provided by NEXTT partners; facilitating $30M in exports and $25M in investment in exporting firms; ensuring at least 40 BDS providers have received assistance through NEXTT’s BDS provider network; and, supporting at least 12 firms to obtain certification with international quality control, environmental and other voluntary standards.
I. Build pipeline of exporting firms in target value chains and assist these to increase competitiveness
II. Build supply and demand for Export Business Development Services
III. Build the capacity of public export promotion bodies to provide quality services to exporters
IV. Other responsibilities
Post of Duty
Lagos, Nigeria, with frequent trips to the project head office in Abuja.
The Export and Business Development Promotion Specialist will report to the Chief of Party of the NEXTT Project, Mr. Marc Shiman.
All interested candidates should send CVs to: firstname.lastname@example.org OR click here to apply online.