Economic Partnership Senior Advisor

USAID-funded Project Workforce Improvement & Skill Enhancement



Project Description: The USAID-funded WISE project provides expertise to help upgrade the country’s technical and vocational education and training system, enhance connections between employers and training centers, and create local partnerships for economic development. With an emphasis on youth and females, MTC International and its partner AMIDEAST are providing capacity building and training for stakeholders and counterparts to: (A) upgrade technical secondary education to meet the needs of the market in selected governorates and sectors; (B) improve skills and productivity of the workforce in selected sectors and governorates; and (C) improve labor market efficiency.

Project Duration: 

Base Period:    3 years (November, 01st, 2015 to October 31st, 2018)

                           1 option year (November 1st, 2018 to October 31st, 2019)


Position Location:     Cairo, Egypt


Reporting and Supervision: The Senior Advisor reports to the Deputy Chief of Party and supervises the work of Short Term Experts to help establish and mentor Economic Partnership Councils.


Position Summary:

The Economic Partnership Senior Advisor supports the facilitation, the setup, institutionalization and operations of the Economic Partnership Councils that WISE will establish in select governorates.   S/he will be in direct communication with central government offices, local government offices, business associations and private sector within the governorates; s/he will oversee establishing the secretariat of the Economic Policy Councils and oversee their operations for at least a year.


Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide needed support for the development and conceptualization of the EPC model with various government and non-government stakeholders
  • Lead round table discussions and workshops to setup the EPC model within 3-5 governorates
  • Draft the institutional setup, organizational context, scope of work and by-laws of the EPC
  • Provide technical support, strategic direction and ensure proper implementation of the agreed upon model
  • Facilitate the design and creation of a secretariat approach for managing the work of the EPC.
  • Manage meeting agendas, plans of action and EPC meetings follow up during the first year of operation
  • Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners in order to ensure that all activities are directed towards the EPC objectives
  • Participate in leading, designing and setting program priorities and directions, and respond to requests for support from local counterparts - in close cooperation with the project
  • Work with M&E staff to design and implement a plan to track data/results
  • Coordinate assessments, follow-up and supervision, advocacy, demand creation, policy support, capacity-building and M&E across the different EPC as needed
  • Provide technical support for the development of annual planning for the EPC activities and outputs
  • Develop and Manage the capacity building and training programs designated for the EPC institutionalization and strengthening
  • Provide input for the model monitoring and evaluation, as well as learnings for model improvement
  • Provide technical input on the activities reports and documentation
  • Coordinate and monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of the work of short-term consultants as required
  • Maintain strong relationships with local governments at the governorate level, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Trade and Industry and other stakeholders
  • Participate in identifying the national coordination entity that will safeguard EPC’s sustainability and the rolling out of the EPC model
  • Support and coordinate efforts to institutionalize the EPC model
  • Coordinate with other donors working in the same field locally and internationally.
  • Perform any other tasks as may reasonably be required of the Senior Advisor’s job, by the supervising Director, or requested by the implementing agency.


Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Holder of an advanced degree with an emphasis on change management and institutional improvement or relevant experience;
  • Have at least 10 years of solid experience working with public sector institutional reforms;
  • Experience in the design and deployment of strategies that are tailored to the public private partnership dialogue;
  • Familiarity with local governance processes, systems and structures;
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to coordinate the work of the consultancy team to develop integrated approaches;
  • Fluency in Arabic and English;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work as a cooperative team member;
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills;
  • Ability to travel throughout Egypt;
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize concepts and recommendations;
  • Ability to use a variety of PC software: Word, Excel, Power-point, and any other related software required.


All interested applicants should submit an updated resume and a cover letter via e-mail to mentioning the position title in the subject field.