About EDI Ethiopia
The Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) Ethiopia is an autonomous institution reporting to the Ministry of Labor and Skills and was established in 2021. EDI came into being following the latest government reorganization bringing together two entities, namely: The UNDP-supported Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC), established in February 2013, and the World Bank-financed Women Entrepreneurship Development Project (WEDP), inaugurated in December 2012. Both projects used to operate under the auspices of the former Ministry of Urban Development and Construction before the reorganization.
EDI aims to promote the emergence of a vibrant, competitive, and innovative private sector, in particular a strong SME segment. This is accomplished through a comprehensive package of entrepreneurship support programs ranging from ecosystem and capacity building to BDS, access to finance, market linkage, and business incubation and acceleration services. Following its new mandate as a national institution, EDI plays a key role in the Ethiopian entrepreneurial ecosystem. EDI has undertaken a strategic shift from direct services provider to building the capacities of other public and private institutions in the BDS ecosystem.
About SEED Program
The Sustainable Employment through Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development (SEED) Program is designed to enable young women and men to access dignified work through relevant skill enhancement, and entrepreneurship and enterprise development. In the next five years, a total of 1 million young people (80% young women and 10% vulnerable groups – homeless and internally displaced youth) will be enabled to find dignified work in 231,000 enterprises (205,000 new and 25,000 existing micro enterprises as well as 1,000 innovative startups).
SEED will be led by Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI), a quasi-government entity, along with partners such as American College of Technology (ACT), eHealth IT Services PLC (Orbit Health and Orbit Innovation Hub), Hope Enterprises, and Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA), member of the Ethiopian Airlines Group.
In order to address the skilling gaps with youth, SEED will be anchored at the Technical, Vocational and Training (TVT) institutions mainly located at small urban centers and secondary cities. The program aims to support the advancement of education and youth employment by capacitating 100 TVTs through introducing transformative operational business models, enabling TVT leaders, standardizing TVT management systems, supporting the establishment and operationalization of business incubation centers, embedding/strengthening entrepreneurship programs in TVTs, supporting development of demand-driven and quality training programs, supporting linkages essential for cooperation and collaboration for TVTs to become self-reliant, entrepreneurial, and a go-to-space for entrepreneurs to learn, test their ideas and grow their businesses.
The program goals and objectives will be achieved through the following four major interventions;
- Transforming 100 TVTs towards enabling one million young people to find dignified and fulfilling work;
- Enhancing the employability of young people through skilling and enterprise development;
- Facilitating innovative access to finance and market linkages; and
- Improving enabling environment for entrepreneurship and enterprise development.
SEED will focus on agriculture, manufacturing, digital economy, and services as priority sectors based on a value chain approach, evidence-based systemic change
The program would like to invite competent and qualified candidates to apply for the following positions to be hired on contractual basis
EDI is seeking a qualified candidates for the position of Enabling environment and partnership manager/Policy Advisor with relevant expertise and qualifications to support activities and intervention under the component 4 of SEED program.
The Enabling Environment and partnership manager/lead Will Spearhead and advise the SEED program management on Component 4 (Improve enabling environment/ecosystem) activities which aims to facilitate an enabling environment for the transformation of 100 TVTs and development and expansion of 231,000 new and existing enterprises. The enabling environment will be facilitated by establishing and strengthening the horizontal, vertical and functional collaboration and coordination among government, private sector and NGOs from federal to regional and zonal levels. The Enabling Environment manager – Policy Advisor will provide subject matter expertise and ensure the successful implementation of Component 4 of the SEED and Overall EDI activities under its Ecosystem Building Service Pillar. This will include maintaining a detailed knowledge of all aspects of the E&I enabling environment in Ethiopia: legislation, policies, regulations, culture and communities, standards, organizational structure, and stakeholders across the public, private, and civil society sectors. The Enabling Environment manager – Policy Advisor will develop and execute the work plans for activities under SEED Component 4, in alignment major ecosystem building intervention of EDI. And tracking of all activities which will allow for timely and accurate reporting of deliverables, milestones, results, and indicators.
Essential Job Functions: Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide strategic and technical leadership and oversight of project activities under Component 4 related to the enabling environment and put EDI upfront as a champion of Entrepreneurship & Innovation ecosystem building effort in Ethiopia.
- Develop, update, and execute detailed annual work plans for all activities under component 4 and other ecosystem building activities of the Institute.
- Advise the SEED project management and other co-leads and serve as subject matter and technical expert.
- Facilitate the development and implementation of national entrepreneurship Policy and Strategy, new, existing, and pipeline helpful for unlocking entrepreneurial potential, boosting investment and generating economic growth, creating better jobs and reducing poverty.
- Monitor developments in Ethiopia in relation to the status of enabling environment for entrepreneurship and innovation.
- Coordinate stakeholder collaboration and creation of platform for vibrant local TVET championed Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: A Multiple Helix Approaches to Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the TVET System and beyond.
- Accelerate TVET linkage and collaboration with corporates, incubators, accelerators, Science and industrial Parks, and sharing resources and knowledge.
- Spearhead entrepreneurship ecosystem research and policy dialogue which could support/inform the adoption of effective policy reforms (Policy advocacy, research and learning).
- Plan and coordinate capacity building for players in the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem- which includes rollout of the public entrepreneurship innovation ecosystem building program, leadership capacity building support to TVET Systems and other ecosystem players.
Organization: Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) – Ethiopia
Program: Sustainable Employment through Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development (SEED)
Reports To: SEED Program Manager/ EDI Managing Director
Grade: Senior Level – Senior
Contract duration: One year with possible extension
Number of position: 1
Minimum Requirements and Qualifications
- Minimum Requirements and Qualifications
- Master’s degree in public policy or administration, Development studies, Business Management/Administration, Economics, international relations, political science, or other relevant fields.
- 8 plus years of professional work experience, assuming higher responsibilities and management functions, on entrepreneurship and SME development program.
- Knowledge/understanding of the Ethiopian policies and regulatory environment, strategies and programs in relation to entrepreneurship and enterprise development.
- Experience working with the multi stakeholder program on the development and implementation of legislation and policy reforms related to entrepreneurship and SME development.
- Experience in the design and implementation of entrepreneurship development support programs in TVET system and other sectors.
- Demonstrated research experience around entrepreneurship education and enterprise development.
- Demonstrated ability to lead a diverse team on activities of similar scale.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in developing and maintaining unbiased and professional working relationships with government officials, civil society partners, donors, and donor-funded omplementers.
- Ability to manage a team of professionals, work well with others and to develop and maintain compatibility among project staff, subcontractors, consultants, and recipients of assistance.
- Entrepreneurial thinking and problem-solving skills and attitude.
- Strong public speaking and coordination skills
- Familiarity and certification in recognized entrepreneurship support program is preferred.