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Private Sector and Community Engagement Advisor (PSCEA)
USAID/Kosovo Economic Governance Activity (KEGA)

OSC is at the core of successful initiatives in the economic, health, governance, and environment sectors around the world. OSC delivers effective, sustainable research, evaluation and strategic/behavior change communications solutions in the world’s most challenging environments. Applying the locally appropriate mix of interpersonal, mass-market, and technology-driven solutions, OSC’s research and communications teams cultivate and sustain the dialogue that supports meaningful change for a diverse array of clients and beneficiaries in the public, private, and NGO spaces.

OSC seeks well-qualified, dynamic, and collaborative applicant for the position of Private Sector and Community Engagement Advisor (PSCEA) for the USAID financed Kosovo Economic Governance Activity. KEGA is a 5-year project that started in April 2019 and will end in March 2024 to reduce public perception of and opportunities for economic corruption through improvement to economic governance, thereby encouraging investment in Kosovo’s economy. This result will be achieved through three main objectives: 1. Business Environment Improvement; 2. Strengthened Public Financial Management; and 3. Enhanced Strategic Communications.

Position Description

The engagement of the private sector and local communities in the development of public policies, implementation of reforms and delivery of services by municipal administrations and the central government is a crucial element for ensuring the successful implementation of such services, reforms and delivery of services in manner that is response to the citizen’s needs. The Private Sector and Community Engagement Advisor (PSCEA) will coordinate closely with and support the Activity’s technical teams and the Activity’s counterparts at the central and local level to engage with private sector organizations and local communities, including civil society organizations. Further, the PSCEA will, in close cooperation with existing Activity staff, identify and support municipalities and the central government to improve engagement of the private sector and local communities in the development of public policies, implementation of reforms and the delivery of services.

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Identify and support potential partners, private sector representative organizations, private sector entities, and local community organizations at the municipal and central level to work with their members, beneficiaries, target groups and the overall community to increase awareness in the areas in which the Activity is involved.
  • Support private sector and community engagement with municipal and central level partners during the development of public policies, implementation of reforms and the delivery of services supported by the Activity, such as in the area of legalization of unpermitted constructions, construction permitting reform, tax compliance etc.
  • Identify and support the institutionalization of private sector and local community engagement methodologies and frameworks within municipal administrations and the central government and collaborative mechanisms through direct mentoring, training, dialogue execution and institutionalized self-monitoring.
  • Identify and support potential partners in specific technical or economic areas to facilitate effective identification of relevant issues, engagement with private sector and local community resources where possible to address, and involvement in transparent public-private dialogue problem-solving where appropriate.
  • Identify and coordinate closely with other donors and projects engaged in private sector and local community engagement to identify and promote common practices, shared resources, common goals, and efficient cooperative support in the context of self-sustainability.
  • In cooperation with technical component teams, and external partners, support development of annual work plans and the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (MELP).
  • Meet or exceed all quantitative project goals and performance deadlines linked to this position as articulated in the Activity MELP and annual work plans.
  • Track and continuously report on validated organizational and outcome-evidenced reforms achieved by partners with project support and provide input for informational and communication materials developed by the Activity.

Requirements

  • Experience– Minimum 2 years’ experience and demonstrated record of improving public and/or private sector organizational performance and facilitating cooperative partnerships with peer organizations, members and across public-private relationships.
  • Education– University degree in business, organizational dynamics, psychology, public policy or related field.
  • Language Skills– Fluent English-language speaking, reading and writing ability. Fluent Albanian and/or Serbian-language speaking, reading, and writing ability.
  • Computer Skills– Word processing (Microsoft Word), spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel), e-mail (Microsoft Outlook).
  • Interpersonal Skills– Proven ability to work professionally, constructively and collaboratively as part of team, meet deadlines, communicate effectively, and deal with diverse partners (including high-level government officials, entrepreneurs and international donors) in a challenging environment.
  • Self-Motivation and Guidance– Ability to manage daily activities and achieve expected results with or without direct oversight and effectively function in a complex, challenging environment.

To apply

Established in 1992, OSC (www.oscltd.com) provides strategic communications and international development support for development missions in challenging environments around the world. For consideration, please email resume/CV and cover letter via email (osc@oscltd.com) using the subject line: “Kosovo PSCEA application” by July 1, 2022. OSC is committed to recruiting, employing, promoting, and retaining the best-qualified individuals without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. This position is contingent upon contract award from USAID.

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