Vacancies, training courses & events in PSD

The first part of this page lists current job opportunities in private sector development – with DCED member agencies, their programmes, as well as other organisations. The second part lists training courses and other events. Click on the table of contents to access relevant sub-sections.

For additional opportunities in market systems development, please refer to the BEAM Exchange jobs notice board, and  events/training page.

Jobs and other opportunities in PSD

Opportunities mentioning the DCED Standard for Results Measurement

  • DAI Global is recruiting for a Monitoring & Evaluation Manager – LIFT. The Land Investment for Transformation (LIFT) is a six-year (2014-2020) programme jointly developed by the Government of Ethiopia and the UK Department for International Development. Experience of implementing the DCED Standard for Results Measurement is desired for this position. Apply by 17 August.
  • MDF is recruiting for a Director, Quality and Inclusion. She or he will will be responsible for managing the MRM system for MDF, a multi-country program, currently operational across Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and Fiji. At least eight years of experience (preferably in monitoring and evaluation) are required, with at least three years’ experience implementing the DCED Standard for Results Measurement. Apply by 31 August.

General opportunities in PSD

  • The ILO’s SME Unit is looking for candidate to drive and promote work related to SME productivity and working conditions. The position will involve developing partnerships with multi-lateral agencies, researching and generating evidence, and supporting monitoring and results measurement within the theme. Interested candidates should apply by 16 August.
  • MDF Fiji is currently recruiting a Consultant for an Economic Impact Study for Fiji’s Yachting Industry. This consultant will identify and quantify the direct and indirect economic impacts of the yachting tourism in Fiji. Apply by 23 August 2018.
  • DFAT is recruiting for individuals to join its Advisory Services Register for Agriculture, Inclusive Markets and Development Finance. These individuals will participate in or lead program designs, reviews or evaluation processes. 10 years of experience in international development is required. Apply by 24 August 2018.
  • The Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL) programme is seeking calls for Major Research Grant Proposals (MRGs). The programme pursues a research agenda that aims to better understand what determines the strength of market forces driving efficiency in lower-income countries. For information on the submission requirements and procedure, please see theHow to Apply for a Major Grant page. Apply by 31 August.

Upcoming Training Courses and Events in PSD

Training and Events on the DCED Standard and Results Measurement in PSD

Please note that these events are not organised by DCED, unless stated otherwise; more courses will be added as the DCED becomes aware of them. Any provider of training in skills related to the DCED Standard is invited to write to the Secretariat with details, for possible inclusion here.

  • Results Measurement for Program Managers,  28-31 August 2018, Bangkok. This 4-day course  – exclusively for program managers of implementing agencies – will introduce you to the key principles, practices and tips that will enable you to lead effective results measurement for management, learning and reporting in your program. The course targets teamleaders and senior managers implementing private sector development programs who want to learn more about how to make use of results measurement for strategic learning and decision-making as well as effective reporting.
  • Results Measurement for Sustainable Private Sector Development, 4-8 March 2019, Bangkok. This 5-day course offers a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of all aspects that practitioners need to set up a practical results measurement system for internal learning and communicating credible results. This course targets intervention and results measurement staff and managers who are working in Private Sector Development programs. Many practitioners have benefited from this reputed course over the past seven years. For more information or to apply, see  or email Hans Posthumus at

Training and Events on Market Systems Development

  • The SEEP Network organises its 2018 Annual Conference in Arlington, Virginia, 1-3 October. There are four tracks, on Food, Resilience, Unleashing the Power of Women, and Evidence.
  • ILO’s International Training Centre is offering basic (24-28 September) and advanced (1-5 October) training courses in Value Chain Development: Moving from Analysis to Action; apply by 26 August 2018.
  • The Springfield Centre is offering a Making Markets Work Training Programme in Bangkok, Thailand, 18 to 30 November 2018. The programme focuses on how to make development more effective, achieving greater impact, inclusiveness, scale and sustainability.

Training and Events on Financial Instruments

  • A three-day executive program on Impact Investment & Blended Finance for Development Agencies & Foundations will take place from 29 to 31 August at the University of Zurich.The program is organized by the University of Zurich Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP), Convergence and the Social Finance Academy (by Roots of Impact), with support from SDC.
  • The Center for Global Development (CGD) and the Centre for Finance and Development at the Graduate Institute Geneva are teaming up to convene both new-industrial-policy thinkers and the blended-finance practitioners in a conference on Blended Development Finance and the New Industrial Policy in Geneva, Switzerland on November 8-9, 2018. The conference will mix cutting-edge academic sessions with high-level policy panels.

Training and Events on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Gender Issues

  • E-training: USAID offers a free, basic online training called Gender 101 that introduces the major themes of gender in development. It is open to the public through the USAID Learning Lab.
  • E-training: The World Bank offers a free introductory online training on gender equality and development.
  • Training materials of a course developed by MEDA for USAID on ‘Integrating Gender and including Women in Value Chain Development’ are available on the MEDA website here.

Training and events in Industrial Policy

  • GIZ and UNIDO have announced a call for applications: Enhancing the Quality of Industrial Policy (EQuIP) Training-of-Trainers. EQuIP aims to build the capacities of government officials and other stakeholders to design effective industrial policies and improve economic self-determination. The first phase of the EQuIP Training of Trainers will focus on mastering the diagnostic methodologies of EQuIP from 16 – 27 July 2018 in Bonn, Germany. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email and invited for a phone/skype interview in June 2018.
  • The Center for Global Development (CGD) and the Centre for Finance and Development at the Graduate Institute Geneva are teaming up to convene both new-industrial-policy thinkers and the blended-finance practitioners in a conference on Blended Development Finance and the New Industrial Policy in Geneva, Switzerland on November 8-9, 2018. The conference will mix cutting-edge academic sessions with high-level policy panels.

Training and Events on Local Economic Development

  • Mesopartner Summer Academy 2018, Berlin, 2 to 6 July 2018. The event is targeted at experienced professionals involved in designing, implementing and facilitating economic development processes and building team capacity. At the Summer Academy, participants are introduced to Mesopartner’s approach to Local Economic Development (LED), which brings together experiences and instruments from various approaches to Local and Regional Economic Development (LED/LRED), Bottom Up Industrial Policy, Innovation Systems, Complexity Thinking and Market System Development (MSD/M4P). At the Summer Academy 2018, the specific emphasis will be on the emergence and adaptation of meso organisations and their central role in the LED process. It will further explore the importance of the social and cultural environment on the effectiveness and competitiveness of a territorial economy. It will discuss the role of development programmes in territorial development processes. Find out more about the Summer Academy and how to register on the event homepage.

Training and Events on Green Growth

  • E-training: On 16-31 July 2018 GIZ will offer an online training course on “Climate Resilience of the Private Sector“. The training illustrates how climate change affects businesses, makes the business case for adaptation, and shows strategies for climate resilience. This course is especially suited for consultants working with companies and who want to support the private sector in adapting to climate change. Representatives of business associations, chambers of commerce, NGOs or GIZ staff working with the private sector are also invited to participate.
  • E-training: The World Bank Group offers a free, self-paced course on the Economics of Climate-Resilient Development. 
  • The PAGE Introductory Learning Materials on Green Economy provide  easily digestible knowledge on a number of green economy issues in PowerPoint and PDF format for trainers and resource persons involved in green economy learning activities, and anybody interested in learning more about the topic.