Background and Justification:
IESC – the International Executive Service Corps – is a U.S.-based nonprofit that seeks private enterprise solutions to problems of poverty in developing countries and around the world. By providing a mix of technical assistance and volunteer expert support, IESC works with emerging industries, financial institutions, and governments to stabilize economic environments, increase opportunity, and promote growth.
IESC will be supporting a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food for Education Program. The program will support food security, education, and child development in Sri Lanka, and provide technical and financial assistance to carry out school feeding programs that strengthen food security, reduce hunger, and improve literacy and nutrition.
The Private Sector Engagement Advisor will play a lead role in overseeing the Food for Education approach for effectively engaging its partners from the private, public, philanthropic and academic sectors. He/she will ensure linkages to appropriate agriculture sectors including, but not necessarily limited to relevant ongoing activities with other programs and milk distribution/placement; participate in nutrition education; and coordinate outreach and information campaigns with government and the private sector to promote the importance of quality milk.
The Private Sector Engagement Advisor will be based in Colombo, Sri Lanka but will have extensive field work. The project will provide transport and lodging and meals/incidental expenses when traveling outside of the office.
The Private Sector Engagement Advisor will carry out the following tasks in order to meet the above objectives:
- Provide guidance and technical support to develop management tools focused on different agricultural sectors to promote sustainability and institutionalization of interventions;
- Develop outreach and information campaigns with government and private sector to promote the importance of quality milk and other nutrition education with content input from nutritionists and food safety experts;
- Engage private sector and non-public producer groups in national school feeding programs;
- Provide guidance on training and service provision with producer groups and other partners;
- Facilitate initial introductions between producer groups and buyers of school feeding provisions;
- Contribute to Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning including gathering and analyzing data;
- Coordinate between government stakeholders, producer groups, and other partners to develop sustainable relationships and share information and learning;
- Advise on establishing and managing appropriate partnership governance structures and communications protocols to support effective partnership implementation; and
- Represent the project at external technical events as appropriate.
- Advanced degree in agricultural development, rural economic development, economics or related field;
- At least five years’ experience working on private sector engagement and management;
- Experience working with national producer groups;
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple stakeholders and create and maintain effective relationships with Government stake-holders and private sector leaders;
- Demonstrated ability to develop strategies, policy standards, protocols and guidelines;
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills in English;
- Fluency in one or more of the local languages (Tamil and/or Sinhala); and
- Demonstrated literacy in the use of computers, including the use of the Microsoft suite of products such as Office, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.