Digital Economy Advisor

Digital Economy Advisor

Palladium Group

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Digital Economy Advisor will support the Investment Manager by providing technical input to MS4G. This individual must be based in Addis Ababa to contribute to building the investment and trade pipeline and collaborate with other USAID/Ethiopia projects, private sector stakeholders, and the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) to achieve the expected results.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Expected Outcomes

The Digital Economy Advisor will lead assessing and advancing Ethiopia’s evolving digital ecosystem; support applications to digital finance; advise with the MS4G team to integrate digital technology into the project in a manner consistent with best practices of digital finance. Expected outcomes under this objective include:

  • Advance the digital economy to support business expansion and job growth;
  • Lead development of sustainable platforms for creating a consultative ICT council;
  • Enhance policy and regulatory capacity to enable growth of the digital economy.

Key Responsibilities

This role reports to the Investment Manager. The position significant technical knowledge of digital finance, strong coordination skills, experience in Ethiopia, and the ability to ensure coherence and consistency while under urgent deadlines.

  • Strengthen women’s economic empowerment through enhanced digital access and enhance digital access to strengthen women’s economic empowerment;
  • Build, support, and close deals that develop digital solutions and digital financial tools across the Ethiopian economy;
  • Collaborate with incubators, accelerators, and angel investor networks to identify opportunities to serve small, growing businesses;
  • Assess and identify opportunities for growth and job creation in ICT, infrastructure, digital payment systems, telemedicine, e-commerce, online learning, and telecommunications;
  • Lead efforts to create a sustainable and collaborative ICT council and/or trade associations;
  • Engage stakeholders to identify areas of policy enhancement in the digital space including regulations, governance models, and services and applications that contribute to increased economic productivity;
  • Strengthen the digital and digital finance ecosystem, particularly for women, to catalyze market engagement across the economy;
  • Enhance rural access to the digital economy and through the digital economy to sectors including agriculture, services, and light manufacturing.

Required Qualifications

  • Significant professional experience developing and leading digital innovation;
  • Experience supporting or leading similar digital economy innovation and expansion activities in Ethiopia;
  • Demonstrated experiences in: (i) ICT sector trends; (ii) digital business models; (iii) strategic regulation and public policy; (iii) practical development of the digital economy; and (vi) understanding of the Digital Economy Strategy of the Ethiopian Government;
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal and written communications skills;
  • Deep knowledge of finance, private enterprise, investment, trade, and digital economy in Ethiopia;
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively and professionally in English and local language(s).

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