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Job Title: Policy Lead
Project Overview and Role
Palladium is seeking an Industrial Policy Lead for an exciting upcoming DFID funded programme in Ghana. The programme is DFID Ghana’s flagship investment-led job creation programme that will help Ghana transition away from aid dependence in line with the GoG “Ghana beyond Aid” strategy. It seeks to leverage increased investments into the manufacturing and industrial sectors, and introduce new technology and management capabilities, increasing the capabilities of the workforce generating formal employment and economic diversification. This will be done through 4 components: 1) industrial policy development; 2) investment promotion and facilitation for investors in four or five target sectors (as defined under the GoG Ten-Point Plan); 3) increasing engagement of domestic firms in sectors attracting investment; and 4) addressing enabling environment gaps around investments.The Industrial Policy Lead acts as the central point of contact for the first component of the programme around industrial policy development in Ghana. The Industrial Policy Lead will be responsible for leading JET’s efforts to remove policy barriers inhibiting increased capital flow to the target sectors, by overseeing the identification, prioritisation, and implementation of policy reforms using a partnership approach that links key government stakeholders and industry representatives.
- Identify and prioritise policies prohibiting investments into key sectors of the Ghanaian economy. Oversee and participate in initial assessment to identify, screen, and prioritise a list of policy/regulatory barriers based on the ability of each to impede capital flows to the target sectors
- Work closely with the JET Investment Team to determine business enabling environment constraints and challenges faced by private sector entities, including firms and associations. Participate in regular portfolio reviews and project stakeholder meetings, and liaise with other DFID implementing partners to continue to identify and refine industrial policy reform priorities throughout project implementation
- Develop strong working relationships with the programme’s contact points in the Ghanaian Government, national agencies, DFID and other donor programmes in the investment and business enabling environment space
- Use Palladium methodologies to map policy solutions and processes, including target milestones and action plans outlining steps for each stakeholder for each enabling environment reform effort
- Monitor implementation of industrial policy reform efforts. Track progress, facilitate stakeholder meetings to monitor results and address barriers, report on progress. Liaise with the MELI team to publish, measure and track policy reform progress and finalised policy changes
- Lead/oversee implementation of analyses of potential changes to focus sector policies that will remove barriers inhibiting large scale investment
- Lead partnership development between government and private sector industries, convening key stakeholders to build consensus
- Manage the work of consultants brought on by JET to support the project in its policy reform efforts
- Develop strong working relationships and a regular dialogue on programme progress and challenges with the Team Leader, other senior programme staff and the Project Manager
- Master’s degree in a relevant subject (MBA, MA in Business, Economics, International Development, Agriculture, etc.) or a BA and 10+ years of similar experience
- 8 years or more of work experience required in the business, finance and investment field, with a focus on business enabling environment and policy reform, preferably in Ghana
- Demonstrated experience drafting policy reform related to industrial development and investment required
- Experience working with key government departments and institutions involved in investment promotion and industrial policy
- Good understanding of the Ghanaian private sector development, SME financing, financial inclusion preferred
- Experience working with donor (preferably DFID) funded programmes
- Excellent contacts with the Ghanaian public sector and international banking/investment fields
- Impeccable professional record and integrity
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills