International Development Group
  • Short Term Technical Expert
  • Yerevan, ARM
  • Contract

Senior Investment Expert

Armenia Business Enabling Environment

Position Description

Organization Description

International Development Group LLC (IDG) is an international development consulting firm that assists donors, governments, and the private sector to achieve sustainable, broad-based economic development and poverty reduction. International Development Group LLC is seeking qualified candidates for the role of Senior Investment Advisorfor its Business Enabling Environment (BEE) activity in Armenia. The BEE activity is a Buy-In from USAID Armenia to USAID's Economic Development, Governance, and Enterprise Growth (EDGE) project.

The purpose of the two year BEE activity is to support the Government of Armenia (GOAM), the Armenian private sector, civil society, and other relevant stakeholders to improve the policies, laws, and regulations (PLR) necessary to foster a climate for competitiveness, investment, and trade through public-private dialogue. It is expected that this activity will contribute to improved enabling environment for trade and investment and increased competitiveness of Armenian private sector in a way that will promote inclusive and sustainable economic recovery and growth and move Armenia along its path to self-reliance and economic security.

The BEE Activity has two components: 1. strengthening the GOAM's capacity to develop, implement, and enforce PLR; and 2. capacity building to strengthen public-private dialogue to identify, develop, implement, and enforce PLR.

The Senior Investment Advisor will serve as one of the project's economic advisors, delivering technical assistance and providing advisory services to the GOAM. S/he will support the Project Director by providing technical and management advice on activities designed to improve the policy environment for trade and investment and other areas within the scope of ABEE. The Advisor is expected to assist the ABEE team in finetuning and finalization of the Investment Roadmap for Armenia. S/he will support and facilitate ABEE activities to improve policies, laws, and regulations (PLR) in Armenia and provide expert advice and support to the key Government of Armenia counterparts. The Senior Investment Advisor will engage with public and private sector partners and stakeholders in Armenia to facilitate the drafting, implementation, and enforcement of policy reforms in ABEE areas of support.

The Senior Investment Advisor will report to the Project Director or her designee. The position is remote, with possible travel to Yerevan, Armenia if the COVID-19 situation improves.

This position is short-term, and the level of effort will be 60 days within a 6-month period, with the possibility of extension.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assess and analyze economic factors and economic policies that will drive investments to key priority areas declared by GOAM and identify challenges;
  • Develop recommendations on the necessary policy responses to drive investments to key priority areas declared by GOAM
  • Support the team in overall project policy assistance to improve the regulatory management systems, procedures, and institutions in Armenia
  • Provide technical support to the Project Director and the Component 1 Team Lead in providing high level economic and public policy advice and analysis
  • Engage in the dialogue with USAID mission, Armenian counterparts, and project consultants on economic analyses and economic growth discussions
  • Draft and/or contribute to relevant chapters of various ABEE deliverables including the Investment Roadmap.
  • Prepare presentations/report/briefs and other materials as necessary related various aspects of ABEE implementation and the selected areas/sectors of support.

Provide high quality written analyses and strategic recommendations

  • Other duties as requested.

Deliverables:

  • Presentations/reports/briefs of the economic analysis/policy assessment (with recommendations) related to the ABEE areas of support and as required by the Project.
  • Select chapters of the Investment Road-map drafted or revised.

Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience on issues related to investment policy, industrial policy, economic policy reform, country investment attraction strategy/roadmap development.
  • Advanced degree (Master's or equivalent) from a recognized university in economics or a related field
  • Experience in working with donor-funded projects is required
  • Experience in working in Armenia is preferred, and experience working in Europe & Eurasia is required
  • Experience in serving in an advisory capacity to high-level government officials on economic policy and/or trade and investment issues preferred
  • Professional level of verbal and written fluency in English required.


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