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Position: AGOA Specialist, West Africa Trade & Investment Hub
Position Location: Any of the locations (Abuja, Nigeria; Dakar, Senegal; Accra, Ghana; or Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)
The USAID-funded West Africa Trade and Investment Hub (hereinafter referred to as the Trade Hub) is a five-year, $140 million trade and investment facilitation activity that seeks to improve private sector competitiveness in West Africa through a market-based approach. By working in partnership with the private sector and fostering co-investments, the project will generate new private-sector capital investment into key sectors to create jobs and increase trade between the U.S. and West Africa, including through increased utilization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The project comprises of three main components:
- Design and administration of a Co-Investment Fund for private sector partnerships, including a portion for partnerships in Research and Development (R&D) towards innovating and modernizing practices in Nigeria across five targeted value chains.
- Technical assistance (TA) that directly supports, coordinates, and engages with qualifying recipients (i.e., partners and grantees) to achieve USAID’s trade and food security objectives.
- Urgently respond to the secondary economic impacts of COVID-19, notably to 1) increase access of working capital with financial actors, 2) prevent and mitigate job losses, and 3) help respond to local and regional supply chain disruptions and shortages of critical medical supplies and services as well as for agricultural inputs and food staples.
The project aims to achieve a minimum of $400 million in new private sector investment, 60,000 new jobs, and $400 million in exports by 2024. More specifically, in order to increase the value of exports from the West African region, particularly to the United States, the Trade Hub promotes AGOA and works with businesses to export to the U.S. duty-free. The AGOA strategy of the Trade Hub is focused on three main pillars:
- Assist West African countries in implementing the AGOA textile visa system.
- Provide information and raise awareness of AGOA and U.S. import requirements.
- Assist West African businesses in exporting to the U.S. market.
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The AGOA Specialist will provide support to public and private stakeholders regarding AGOA outreach and export promotion from West Africa to the U.S. as well as for exports within West Africa and from the sub-region to other countries by the Trade Hub’s grantees. He/she will provide support to governments and regional partners (ECOWAS, UEMOA) on the implementation of AGOA and other export strategies, support to associations/export agencies on understanding AGOA and the U.S. and other country market entry requirements, training for governments and customs related to the textile visa and direct support to firms needing to file required export/import documentation to claim AGOA preferences.
The AGOA Specialist will report to the Chief of Party based in Abuja, Nigeria.
- Provide information and raise awareness about AGOA and U.S. import requirements, primarily via workshops and webinars in collaboration with U.S. Missions and Trade
- Support Organizations through West Africa.
Identify the training needs and assist in organizing training workshops and webinars.
- Liaise with ECOWAS, UEMOA, Chambers of Commerce, and Export Promotion Agencies around the region to organize and lead training events
- Support West African businesses in exporting to the U.S. market by receiving and answering questions from businesses about AGOA eligibility and how to export specific products to the U.S.
- Receive and evaluate expressions of interest (EOIs) regarding AGOA and other exports TA, and draft partnership agreements on TA to be provided to businesses.
- Support the development of the West African Exporters’ Directory which will include key information, such as company description, certificates obtained, products’ specifications, contact details, etc., for interested U.S. buyers.
- Assist U.S. companies to source goods from West Africa by identifying reliable suppliers in West Africa, collecting products’ specification sheets and other relevant documents, arranging for shipping samples to the United States, facilitating sales meetings and deals negotiation, and organizing U.S. buyers’ visits to West Africa.
- Advise governments interested in obtaining or updating their textile visas.
Support implementation of the work plan assuring appropriate coordination with other Trade Hub teams and external partners.
- Provide needed assistance regarding AGOA and other exports to grantees, other stakeholders and partners as needed.
- Any other tasks to help facilitate exports and co-investment partnerships, as assigned.
Please note: Candidates must be available to start no later than May 1, 2022.
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How to Apply
Interested candidates should send their CVs either in PDF or Word format as one document to [email protected] on or before March 15, 2022.
Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
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