CRS began operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1961 at the invitation of the country's Catholic
Episcopal Conference. Since 1993, the agency has maintained a continuous presence due to permanence
of the conflicts, to provide timely assistance to populations at risk. With an initial focus on emergency
response programming, CRS expanded to development operations to respond to the growing needs of the
population. Many of the partners that have benefited from capacity building from CRS these past 20 years
are currently independently run entities. Today, the DRC is among CRS’s top 12 priority countries, with a
FY15 budget of nearly $25 million. CRS DRC currently has over 170 national and 25 international staff
operating out of a national office in Kinshasa; four sub-offices in Goma (North Kivu), Bukavu (South Kivu),
Kananga (Kasai Occidental), and Lubumbashi (Katanga); and several satellite offices.
CRS/DRC is part of a consortium led by Education Development Center (EDC) implementing the
USAID/DRC Integrated Youth Development Activity (IYDA) to increase youth resilience to conflict and
violence in eastern DRC, where CRS/DRC oversees savings and internal lending community (SILC)
programming, gender integration, and rural value chain linkages. Expanding on continual labor market
assessments to promote youth livelihoods, CRS/DRC is organizing a private sector mapping exercise to
assess opportunities with a range of private sector actors to improve the sustainability, scale, and
effectiveness of development activities. Collaboration might include leveraging grant funding, facilitating
loans, or considering other financing mechanisms to help enterprises expand and/or diversify to increase
youth livelihoods opportunities.
CRS/DRC is actively seeking to expand its involvement in private sector engagement (PSE), impact
investing, and innovative finance to promote youth employment and entrepreneurship, as well
as to improve the sustainability, scale, and effectiveness of outcomes. To this end, the Consultant
will assist the CP to research and assess a range of private-sector actors in sectors prioritized by
the CP, including agriculture value chains, WASH, nutrition, renewable energy, etc., and define
specific opportunities for collaboration and ‘next steps.’ The mapping will also consider impact
investors and financial institutions providing capital to small and medium-sized enterprises
(SMEs) and business development service (BDS) providers.
-Conduct initial desk research in collaboration with the CP’s PSE point person to develop a strong
understanding of the country and CP context, as well as to begin developing a list of potential
private sector actors to interview
Interview CP leadership and staff to identify and document priority regions, sectors, and
opportunities for PSE, impact investing, and innovative finance, as well as to leverage the CP’s
existing network contacts (i.e., people, organizations, and businesses) and general, local
knowledge of the private sector;-
-Research and document (“map”) the private sector landscape and specific actors in the sectors
prioritized by the CP. This mapping should be conducted in close collaboration with the CP and
prioritize actors with the ability to link with current or expected project participants
Analyze, prioritize, and recommend next steps, including key enterprises recommended for
program integration and/or due diligence, aligned impact investors / financial institutions and
BDS providers, and specific project design and implementation suggestions
PLACE OF PERFORMANCE:
The place of performance is remote and in-country with potential trips to the field to visit program
activities, if needed.
Bachelor’s in business administration, finance, international relations or development, economics
or similar; Masters preferred.
2-3 years of work experience in international development or business consultancy in developing
countries with a focus on private-sector partnerships; experience working with a large INGO
Experience in sub-Saharan Africa; Eastern DRC preferred.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in French; strong verbal and intermediate
written communication skills in English.
Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
Experience with relationship database management.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks under pressure and with minimal supervision.
Willingness to work in an unstable environment.
A positive, professional attitude and manner.
A client-focused and client-friendly work style.
Demonstrated innovative thinker and ability to take initiative.
Experience conducting a similar study is required.
Prior experience with USAID programs preferred.
KEY WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
Supervisor: The Consultant will have a solid line report to CP Head of Programs or other leadership staff
identified by the CP and a dotted line report to a designated CRS Impact Investing team member.
Internal: Country Representative, Head of Programs, Technical Lead, Proposal Coordinator, Business
Development Specialist, Country Program staff, CRS Senior and Regional Technical Advisors, CRS Impact
Investing Team, PSE Point Person
Period of Performance : July-September 2019
This job description is not a complete list of duties and responsibilities associated with this job. It is a
general indication of tasks and responsibilities and will serve in the accomplishment of the work. Any
other responsibility that is required and relevant will be assigned under the recommendation of the
® The CRS receives all applications regardless of religion, political affiliation or gender.
® Female applications are strongly encouraged
® CRS recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting vulnerable
children and adults from abuse and exploitation. CRS takes all allegations very seriously.
Abuse or exploitation of children or vulnerable adults may result in immediate dismissal.- The application files will necessarily include the number of the offer and must include:
• A curriculum vitae containing at least three (03) professional references;
• A copy of each diploma and professional certificate;
• A letter of motivation addressed to the Resident Representative of CRS-DR Congo, and any other
- The files must be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org before June 20 th , 2019 at 17h00 '.
- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by telephone or by mail.
Kinshasa, June 10 th , 2019