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Local Economic Development Specialist, Kyiv

About DAI

DAI is a global development company with corporate offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, EU, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Palestine and project operations worldwide. We tackle fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. DAI works on the frontlines of global development. Transforming ideas into action—action into impact. We are committed to shaping a more livable world. DAI and its employees are committed to confronting racism and holding ourselves accountable for positive change within the company and in the communities, cultures, and countries in which we live and work.  DAI is committed to attracting and retaining the best employees from all races and backgrounds in our continued effort to become a better development partner. DAI upholds the highest ethical standards. We are committed to the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment as well as other ethical breaches. All of our positions are therefore subject to stringent vetting and reference checks.

DAI is seeking qualified candidates for the Kyiv-based Local Economic Development Specialist position on its newly awarded USAID Governance and Local Accountability (HOVERLA) Activity. Interested candidates should submit their application through the following portal:

The deadline for applications is May 21, 2021.

  1. 1.         Project Background:

The purpose of the HOVERLA activity is to facilitate the creation of Ukrainian local governance systems and processes that are more self-reliant, accountable to citizens, inclusive and able to provide services. The Activity has three objectives:

Objective 1: Ukraine’s system of local self-governance is increasingly institutionalized and effective

Objective 2: More self-reliant subnational governance

Objective 3: Citizens play an increasingly influential role in local governance processes

  1. 2.         Roles Purpose:

The Local Economic Development (LED) Specialist will provide support to the Objective 2 Lead and other HOVERLA staff to support with the creation of strategies and plans for local economic development. As a critical part of this assignment, the Local Economic Development Specialist will guide the development of relevant regulations, streamline business registration processes, and oversee the creation of business-friendly subnational governments. The LED expert will also work with other HOVERLA components to create relevant grants, incubators, strengthen chambers of commerce, engage with other donors, and leverage existing practices in LED. The LED specialist will also support the project by providing relevant input in the deliverables such as (weekly reports, quarterly reports etc.)

The position requires intimate knowledge of the Ukrainian decentralization effort, business regulatory environment and investment climate (foreign and domestic). The success of the LED Specialist’s work will be measured in number of jobs created.

3.  Objectives and Duties:

The Local Economic Development Service Delivery Specialist will:

  • Support efforts to identify critical trends and challenges in the economic development sector
  • Provides support to develop the capacity of local governments and civils society actors in economic development to effectively understand the broader economic development context through a sector wide analysis and planning for effective and efficient service delivery based on this understanding.
  • Strengthen the capacity of local actors to operate effectively in multi stakeholder processes and joint action mechanisms involved in planning, executing, monitoring and evaluation of economic development services.
  • Assist local level actors in making the necessary linkages with national level policy processes relating to economic development services delivery.
  • Strengthen the capacity of local actors to design and implement vertical and horizontal accountability and transparency economic development service provision and delivery.
  • Facilitate the promotion of Public- Private Partnerships for the provision and delivery of economic development services.
  • Assist objective leads and regional manager in developing public outreach activities for improving Public Private dialogue and local economic development
  • Provide input to HOVERLA deliverables including social media, regular reports, and reports for submission to USAID
  • Build the capacity of relevant national and subnational government staff in LED
  • Develop accurate database of key business actors and investment environment
  • Assist in developing grant concepts for LED
  • Serve as the point of contact for local business community
  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders, including institutional and private sector partners, to increase visibility and maximize coordination.
  • Provide on-demand information for USAID
  • Other relevant duties as needed.
  • Other activities as requested by the Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party

 4.      Qualifications:

  • Master’s in economics, social sciences, international development, international relations, or a similar relevant field. MA may be substituted by a BA and at least 5 years of experience in economic development service deliver, decentralization, policy development, and community engagement.
  • Demonstrable experience in economic development and job creating activities.
  • Thorough understanding of the legislative and regulatory environment for investment and business growth
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in economic development
  • Knowledge and experience in participatory techniques, teambuilding, coaching, effective communication and writing skills.
  • Ability to analyze the socio-economic and political context of the country.
  • Experience working with USAID or other international donor-funded programs.
  • Experience preparing well-researched reports.
  • Demonstrable ability to work collaboratively with institutional and private‐sector partners and stakeholders.
  • Proficiency with MS Office
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and reading skills in English.
  • Professional proficiency in Ukrainian and/or Russian




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