Creative is seeking a Chief of Party for the active West Africa Trade and Investment Hub Activity. The objective of the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub Activity is to improve private sector competitiveness with a focus on increasing the agricultural productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers in Nigeria and promoting West Africa’s regional and international trade. The Trade Hub is an innovative design that supports eight USAID bilateral and regional missions through buy-ins. The Activity deploys co-investment grants with U.S., African and international companies to leverage private capital. Blended finance is a key aspect of mitigating risk through co-investment grants to encourage private investment to create jobs, increase exports and improve food security. Co-investment grants are prioritized for agribusiness, financial services, fast moving consumer goods, energy and related industries. Private sector engagement and co-creation processes are fundamental to developing a robust pipeline of investments. The Activity comprises of three main components: (i) design of a grants facility that serves as a Competitiveness Fund for private sector partnerships; (ii) administration of the Competitiveness Fund to develop private sector partnerships and provide co-investment grants; and (iii) technical assistance (TA) that directly supports, coordinates, and organizes qualifying recipients (i.e., partners and grantees) to achieve USAID’s trade and food security objectives. The Trade Hub will contribute to both USAID/Nigeria’s Feed the Future objectives related to increasing the agricultural competitiveness of smallholder farmers in Nigeria as well as USAID/West Africa’s and other USAID mission objectives to increase broad-based growth and resilience. It is a five year contract. Year 3 implementation begins on October 1, 2021. There are at least 3 years remaining on this project.
The Chief of Party (COP) is the leader of the entire project team, responsible for overall implementation, results, and management. He/she is the team’s interlocutor with USAID and is responsible for establishing and maintaining constructive relations with counterparts in Nigeria and across the region, including Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, and Mali, among others. The COP is the final implementing team authority on management issues including staff, logistics, financial accounting and security.