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

  • The DCED is looking for an Assistant Coordinator to join the team in Cambridge, UK; for a job description and details of how to apply, click here. This is a great opportunity for an early-career professional who is eager to learn, and to support members in learning from experience and the available evidence on what works.
  • The ILO Lab, a knowledge generation project on how the market systems approach can address decent work, is recruiting a Junior Technical Officer on MSD. The position will work with partner field projects to bring employment and job quality into focus through supporting market systems analysis, market driven interventions, impact analysis and results measurement and the development of global knowledge products. Apply by 22nd June.

General opportunities in PSD

  • Gatsby Africa is recruiting two Programme Directors to lead Gatsby’s sector development work in Textiles and Forestry in Tanzania. The ideal candidates will have at least 10 years’ work experience at managerial level in industry OR private sector consultancy OR project management. Tanzanian applicants are particularly welcome. Apply by 1 July.
  • Cardno is looking for an astute and strategic Team Leader with experienced in delivering high quality large scale and complex aid programs for the Cambodia Agricultural Value Chain Program Phase II (CAVAC II). Apply by  2 July.
  • The Open Society Foundation‘s Economic Advancement Programme is seeking a Programme Officer. Working closely alongside the investment, policy and engagement teams, this is a senior role that holds accountability for the strategy and development of the grants portfolio with significant delegated authority for decision making, monitoring impact and shaping ongoing theory of change models. Apply here by 8 July.
  • Mercy Corps is seeking a Senior Adviser – Markets and Employment to join the HQ-based technical support team. The senior adviser will take a leadership role in the market-driven employment and entrepreneurship programming. They will drive Mercy Corps strategy and activities. Apply by 15 July.
  • 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 the How 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 Sustainable Private Sector Development, 20-24 August 2018, The Netherlands. 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 that are working in Private Sector Development programs.
  • 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.

Training and Events on Market Systems Development

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.