Private Sector Development Advisors, UK Department for International Development


Private Sector Development Advisors, UK Department for International Development

DFID is recruiting for Private Sector Development Advisors at various grades.

In October 2010, the Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, stated that “It is my intention to recast DFID as a government department that understands the private sector, that has at its disposal the right tools to deliver and that is equipped to support a vibrant, resilient and growing business sector in the poorest countries.”

The private sector is the engine of innovation, investment and growth. Vibrant competitive markets populated by dynamic private companies offer the most effective way to create wealth, jobs and prosperity for all on a sustained basis. The key factors involved in ensuring market systems work effectively are sound macro-economic management, openness to trade, access to finance services, stable political dispensations that offer safety, security and protection of property rights, and laws and regulations that are efficiently implemented, and which encourage domestic and foreign investment.

Making British International Development Policy more focused on boosting economic growth and wealth creation is one of the six priorities of DFID’s Strategic Reform Plan. The private sector is key to delivering this objective.

The focus of DFID’s Private Sector Development Advisory Cadre is to support developing countries develop market systems that work better for the majority of the population, and specifically for the poor. Private Sector Development Advisers (PSDAs) achieve this through the provision of advice on:

  • policies, laws and regulations needed to enable private sector led growth
  • fair and efficient administration of private sector regulation and legislation
  • the most effective ways to facilitate pro-poor responses by the private sector, in particular through generating increased pro- development investment, and job creation.

DFID Advisers are expected to play a major role in:

  • Analysis and the formulation of policies for country aid strategy, working with other DFID advisers, programme managers, researchers and consultants.
  • Establishing close and constructive relationships with country partners (organisations and individuals) – this will be dependent on the role but could include for example, with government at different levels, with the private sector, civil society, research organisations, and academics.
  • Establishing close and constructive relationships with key international players, Foundations and bilateral and multilateral aid agencies – in-country, at headquarters, regionally or internationally – where necessary.
  • Working effectively with other Whitehall departments on a broad range of professional/specialist related issues relevant to the specialism and developing countries.
  • Identification, design, commissioning and monitoring the implementation and impact of projects, programmes and policies in areas covered by DFID’s professional advisers on agendas such as wealth creation, pro-poor growth, hunger, climate change etc.
  • Design and monitoring the impact of DFID projects, programmes and policies in all areas for development such as governance and conflict, health, education and infrastructure and climate change.
  • Manage and inspire teams of specialist advisers and programme staff (for senior advisory posts).

Visit the DFID website (Level A1 and Level A2 and Level A2L) for more information and details on how to apply. The deadline for applications is 25 March 2011.

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