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EBRD hiring Central Asia Women in Business Programme Policy Coordinator

Regional, 03 October 2019

Project Description

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the 'EBRD' or the 'Bank') is committed to promote gender equality and improve the gender impact of its investments as stated in the Strategy for the Promotion of Gender Equality ('SPGE') approved by the Bank in December 2015. Promoting women's access to finance and business support for women-led businesses is one of the three operational priorities of the EBRD's Strategy. Specifically, the Bank has committed to support women's access to finance and entrepreneurship through its investments, advisory products and policy engagements.

In Central Asia, in addition to persistent overall gap for SME development, there are still "large" gender "access to finance" gaps and "access to skills and employment" gaps, indicating persistent structural challenges that are holding back women-led businesses from reaching their economic potential as well as policy gaps limiting the enabling environment.

The financing gap, in particular, is a major obstacle in enabling the transition of women-led SMEs (the "Women SMEs") from micro to small and medium-sized businesses. The lack of adequate finance in structures suitable for investment or tailored to address the specific needs of Women SMEs coupled with fewer opportunities to gain managerial experience, tend to constrain these businesses to low value-added and low productivity sectors on a relatively small scale.

In view of this, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "EBRD" or the "Bank") is now establishing the Central Asia Women in Business Programme (the "Programme") whose overall objective is to promote and support women's entrepreneurship in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) and more broadly, women's participation in business by assisting Women SMEs" in order to access finance, know-how and advice. This will in turn increase their economic opportunities at the same time as creating systemic shifts in how the financial sector serves women entrepreneurs.

Assignment Description

In the context of the launch of the Programme, the Bank now intends to engage a consultant (the "Consultant" or the "Policy and Programme Coordinator") to coordinate all policy activities undertaken in Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (the "target countries") to ensure the smooth and successful implementation of activities envisaged.

The Policy Coordinator shall also support the EBRD with donor reporting requirements including monitoring and reporting on policy activities with inputs from the EBRD Resident Offices in the Target countries.

The Consultant shall be based in the Kyrgyz Republic or Uzbekistan and work mainly from the respective EBRD Resident Office with necessary travel to other three countries where the Programme is implemented.

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