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Consultant at Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services

Call for Consultancy for Private Sector Engagement and Business Development Consultant

Position: Consultant

Location: Nigeria-4Children CRS office

Duration: 3 Months

CRS contact person: David Akpan, Sustainability Director


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) seeks local and qualified candidates for a Private Sector Engagement and Business Development Consultant for a USAID-funded project – Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children). The position will focus on identifying and building private sector partnerships aimed at improving investing in OVC response. The Private Sector Engagement and Business Development Consultant will be based in Abuja, with frequent travel to other states. This position will be supervised by the Director-Sustainability, 4Children Project.


The Private Sector Engagement and Business Development Consultant will be responsible for developing and implementing a private sector engagement strategy aimed at identifying and building shared value public-private partnerships to secure financing/investment in community-based OVC response. In close collaboration with the project team, the job holder will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Research the local private sector landscape, including local and international companies, investors, donors, institutions, and government entities to identify opportunities for partnership in support of project objectives;
  • Conduct structured outreach to potential private sector partners aimed at building partnerships to promote health service delivery and health systems strengthening, including OVC financing and investment;
  • Support the selection and structuring of targeted public-private partnerships to ensure they have clearly-defined, mutually-beneficial goals that are aligned with the project’s strategic objectives;
  • Build and maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders such as other donor-funded projects, business associations, NGOs, government representatives, foundations towards secured investment and financing of the OVC response.
  • Provide high-quality written technical inputs to the project team’s strategies involving private sector outreach and the development of partnerships to promote sustainable OVC response.
  • Maintain a database of potential private sector partners, including key points discussed at meetings to track and monitor partnership progress;
  • Maintain a transparent, comprehensive project file of all private sector activities;
  • Help develop a system for monitoring, evaluating, and reporting the effectiveness of these partnerships, in collaboration with project MEAL team;
  • Secure a strong funding stream from private-sector engagement for OVC response to be implemented by community-level organizations in Nigeria.
  • Other relevant private sector engagement activities, as assigned by the project team.


  • Master’s Degree in business development, social science, or another relevant discipline;
  • At least 7 years of relevant work experience with private-sector organizations in Nigeria;
  • Familiarity with the Nigerian private sector or business investment environment is strongly required;
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of Nigerian private sector stakeholders required; Familiarity with local private sector actors preferred;
  • A proven ability to work collaboratively with and build consensus among private and public sector stakeholders;
  • Experience with working with stakeholders to develop international/national finance/investment projects preferred;
  • Ability to work independently and effectively within tight deadlines;
  • Proven experience developing high-quality written deliverables, such as strategic documents, project concept notes, work plans, and programmatic reports;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required; and
  • Nigerian citizenship and residency required.



Deliverable Due date Estimated LOE
Develop database of private sector organizations with potentials of investing in Orphans and Vulnerable Children programmes November 21 – December 9th, 2016 15 days
Develop 4Children Private Sector Engagement Strategy December 12th – 20th, 2016 7 days
Develop advocacy materials/messages for private sector engagement December 21st – 23rd, 2016 3 days
Present initial draft of Private sector Engagement Strategy and advocacy materials/messages to 4Children January 10 -13, 2017 1 day
Finalized 4Children Private Sector Engagement Strategy January 10-13, 2017 4 days
Hold 3 structured Social Investment Dialogues with private sector organization across 3 project zones January 15-30th, 2017 15 days
Develop training curriculum to inform workshop on Private Sector Engagement February 1st -10th, 2017 10 days
Conduct workshop on private sector engagement,

partnership and relationship building for PEPFAR

Implementing partners

February 13 -15, 2017 3 days
Mentor three IP-supported community-based

organizations to develop a business-sensitive proposal for submission to private sector organizations

February 16th – March 10, 2017 21 days
Develop and submit report of Private Sector Engagement Process March 13 – 17, 2017 5 days
Make a presentation to 4Children on potential opportunities and next steps within the private sector circle March 20th, 2017 1 day
Total   90 days


Period of Performance: The period of performance is 90 days between November 2016 and March 2017. It is anticipated that job holder will travel to the field within Nigeria as part the work scheduled towards achieving assigned deliverables.

Daily Rate and Payment: Daily rate will be the agreed-upon by 4Children/CRS. Hotel, airfare and per diem will be provided by 4Children/CRS. Payment will be provided upon monthly invoices for days worked and reimbursement of travel expenses with accompanying receipts.

Supervision, reporting and oversight: The consultant’s main point of contact will be David Akpan – Sustainability Director with support from Dr. Tapfuma Murove, 4Children Project Director for all programmatic issues. The job holder will also work closely with Faith Lannap – 4Children Government System Strengthening Advisor and Yimave Gyanggyang, 4Children Advocacy Advisor in delivering on assigned deliverables. Deliverables will be submitted to both David Akpan and Dr. Tapfuma Murove, the Project Director.

External Working Relationship: PEPFAR OVC IPs, OVC-serving CSOs and networks, private sector actors, relevant State-level TWGs, select State-level Ministries/bodies e.g., Planning, SMWASD, SACA, and UNICEF.

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and two professional references to NG_HR@global.crs.org . Please include “Nigeria Private Sector Engagement Consultant” in the email subject line, and save documents (cover letter, resume, and references) in one PDF as ‘Last Name_First Name.pdf’ (e.g., Gimbley_John.pdf). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Furthermore, the resume should include but not limited to the following: Expected daily rate, personal profile, skills, competencies and suitability for the assignment as well as readiness for immediate short-term consultancy plus a copy of such previous work.

Applications should reach us by COB Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Only qualified persons will be contacted and invited for screening.

Equal Opportunity:

“CRS is an equal -opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion, etc. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply”.

Statement of Commitment to Protection:

“CRS” recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

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