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Chemonics International seeks an Intern for Business Enabling Environment (BEE) Component for its USAID Small and Medium Enterprises Activity (SMEA).  Pakistan SMEA is a 5-year, $35 million projects that are aimed at improvement of the financial and operating performance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Pakistan in selected high-performing industrial, manufacturing and services sectors. 

BEE Intern: 

The SMEA project is looking for appropriately qualified individuals who can work as an Intern in the Business Enabling Environment sector. The objective of this internship is for the candidate to gain experience working with an economic development project, specifically on designing and implementing business enabling environment reforms. The intern will work with the BEE component for a short-term period to support the successful implementation and completion of its programmatic activities, as assigned and other days to day operational/running tasks.

As directed by the supervisor for this position, the intern shall perform and support the performance of the following specific tasks:

  • Effectively liaise with the USAID SMEA technical teams, on all aspects of the USAID SMEA Project work plan implementation;
  • Assist in the implementation of the BEE work plan and provide support for the successful completion of the activities and tasks outlined in the work plan.
  • Assist the BEE team in managing and supervising the tasks and deliverables of the consultants working on various interventions.
  • Assist in developing Component-specific resource material and technical content including but not limited to write-ups, presentations, activity brief’s, scopes of work and all other technical documentation as directed and advised by the Supervisor.
  • Support the team in generating travel requests for the consultants and ensuring all such requests are forwarded to the Operations Team on time
  • Providing support to the BEE team in managing events, focus group discussions, organizing and setting up meetings and other forms of engagement.
  • Closely liaison with the Operations team for all logistical and operational arrangements on behalf of the team.
  • Participate in all internal SMEA meetings and those with external partners as directed by the Supervisor.
  • Provide support in collating BEE specific information for periodic reports-weekly, biweekly, quarterly and other information requests by USAID.
  • Ensure that all necessary routine and ad hoc reporting on component activities provides a timely, high quality, and accurate reflection of the component’s progress toward its goals and objectives
  • Ensure close inter-component and inter-office collaboration with the other SMEA project components, and promote close collaboration with the monitoring and evaluation, communications, and other support teams of the Project.
  • Undertake research on the state of the economy of Pakistan with a special focus on changes in the business environment for SMEs.
  • Conduct research analyses on topics of relevance to the Project such as the SME sector in Pakistan, manufacturing sector’s growth trends, constraints and growth potential of SMEA target sectors including ICT, hospitality, light engineering, textiles, agri-business and processing, minerals and others as assigned.
  • Keep abreast of the performance of Pakistan on key economic indicators and datasets published by local and international organizations such as the World Bank, IMF, International Growth Centre, State Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics etc.
  • Develop a summary of economic highlights pertaining to SMEA target sectors and as required for background economic analysis as part of BEE interventions. 

Duration of the Assignment:

This internship is planned to take place as per start date of on or around November 15, 2019 (subject to the date of mobilization) for a total period of 3 months.

Duty Post: The individual will be based in Islamabad and will be working closely with the BEE team.

  • A minimum Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business Studies or related field.
  • Prior experience in research, report writing and an understanding of the macro-level policy issues in Pakistan will be preferred.
  • Ability to perform successfully as a member of multiple project-related teams;
  • Excellent communications and writing ability in English;
  • Demonstrated successful interpersonal skills;