The PPP Officer will support Public-Private Partnership (PPP) efforts in establishing co-investment projects in West Africa. The PPP Officer’s responsibilities will include:

  1. Building partnerships with private sector organizations and firms operating in Trade Hub’s strategic business networks in West Africa including, but not limited to, agriculture and agricultural processing, services to enable greater exports, garment and apparel production, light manufacturing, affordable energy services (including renewable energy), logistics, and financial services to stimulate exports;
  2. Building partnerships with financial institutions, both with banks and non-traditional institutions, such as private equity, venture capital, and impact investors;
  3. Leveraging existing network and contacts to engage with private companies and achieve proven results;
  4. Completing preliminary analysis and evaluations of potential projects;
  5. Conducting and supporting technical screening efforts of potential partners to the Trade Hub;
  6. Supporting grantees during the implementation of activities as the technical point of contact.

Reporting and Supervision:

The PPP Officer will report to the PPP Manager based in Cote d’Ivoire with additional support being provided to the PPP Director based in Senegal.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Build relationships with the private sector in West African countries, pro-actively identify new potential partners and co-investment opportunities, and develop innovative ways to grow the pipeline;
  • Maintain strong relationships with private sector firms and financial institutions operating in the Trade Hub’s strategic sectors of investment with the goal to develop co-investment opportunities;
  • Facilitate relationships between financial institutions, investors, and value chain businesses in agriculture, apparel, energy, and water & sanitation to enhance Trade Hub partners’ capacity to meet and exceed the grant’s co-investment 1:1 matching requirement;
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive pipeline of potential companies and financial institutions to show the future impact of these activities on project indicators;
  • Complete preliminary analysis, investment memos for projects and partners, and provide recommendations for shortlisting;
  • Present the project and/or the pipeline to USAID, business associations, government officials, and other stakeholders when requested;
  • Provide guidance to prospect co-investment partners during the concept note and full application submissions;
  • Provide technical oversight to grantees during implementation of their investment projects;
  • Ensure efficient and effective coordination between applicants and Trade Hub’s Grants, M&E, Communication, and Procurement teams. ;
  • Update Trade Hub’s portfolio and pipeline tracker tools and systems.
  • When required, assist the PPP team in other regions to help facilitate the implementation of the Co-Investment Fund.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to private sector development is mandatory.
  •  Must have 5+  years of relevant market-driven private sector experience in the role of managing, developing and deploying innovations and efficiencies in businesses with demonstrated results in helping firms expand, with at least three years in an international developing country context.
  • Strong preference in past experience working in West Africa in export-oriented business networks, such as agriculture and agricultural processing, services to enable greater exports, garment and apparel production, light manufacturing, affordable energy services (including renewable energy), logistics, and financial services to stimulate exports.
  • Ability to prospect for potential new project partner enterprises to jointly improve their operations, improve their competitiveness, and enhance their business growth.
  • Ability to build relationships with management of project partner-enterprises, leading to developing a strong shared vision about enterprises’ needs and recommendations to enhance their competitiveness, grow their business, and generate employment.
  • Integrity and honesty in the management of a portfolio of private sector partner enterprises.
  • Experience engaging private sector partners and forging public-private partnerships.
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical abilities.
  • Strong execution skills yet displaying the potential/ability to adopt a strategic approach.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills required, including ability to produce high-quality project reports and deliver high level presentations to clients and partners.
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout West Africa.
  • Problem solving, stress management and time management skills are required
  • Proficient at using Microsoft office software, with excellent Excel, and PowerPoint capabilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with institutional and private sector partners and stakeholders, including the national government.
  • Advanced knowledge of Spoken and Written English and French is mandatory.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send their Cover letter and CVs to on or before 30th June 2022 either in PDF or word format as one document.

Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Only finalists will be contacted.  No phone calls, please.

Creative Associates International Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran.