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  • CDCS Facilitator- QED Egypt SIMPLE - STTA

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  • Overview


    Facilitate a daylong discussion (meeting) to lay the groundwork for USAID/Egypt’s strategic vision and direction going forward over the next few years.  Key outcomes include increasing private sector engagement in USAID/Egypt programming, identifying means for strengthening innovation in programming, defining the Mission’s risk appetite in light of this forward-leaning agenda, and reinforcing clear expectations and cohesiveness within the Mission’s senior leadership team. These discussions will inform USAID/Egypt’s implementation of the Agency’s Journey to Self-Reliance vision and the future development of the Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS).


    Duration of this STTA would be approximately 2 weeks, one week being in Cairo, Egypt. 



    USAID/Egypt (i.e. the Mission) is preparing to begin the process of developing a country strategy that meets the development needs of Egypt while supporting the U.S. Government’s (USG) strategic interests and foreign policy objectives. USAID/Egypt needs to conduct discussions at the senior level that will underpin and support this strategy formulation process. This meeting will discuss how priority areas defined by Agency and Mission leadership can be operationalized. The Mission envisions that the meeting will inform fundamental aspects of the implementation of the programs and any upcoming strategic documents, including the development hypothesis and its underlining critical assumptions, which are key components to the Mission reaching its goals and support to USG policy objectives.

    SIMPLE is requested to support this process by providing a Senior level facilitator to design and facilitate a one day senior-level discussion.  This discussion should include dedicated sessions on private sector engagement, innovation in programming as well as agreeing upon the risk appetite of senior leaders in the Mission, within the broader context of the Mission’s vision and strategic direction.  All of these discussions should be in line with Administration and Agency policy related to the National Security Strategy and USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance paying special attention to how these policy objectives will be interwoven into operational aspects of the Mission’s work in Egypt.  The retreat discussion for which facilitation services are requested will be held on October 14 from 8:30 to 5:00 P.M. at a hotel in Maadi.  USAID will arrange the hotel venue and logistics for USAID staff to attend the retreat.  This discussion will be the first day of a two-day senior staff meeting.  The second day of the two-day meeting, focused on strategic communications, will be administered by an outside vendor procured and arranged by USAID.



    1. Programmatic: Within the context of Egypt’s Journey to Self-Reliance and in light of current programmatic, operational, and environmental realities:
    • Agree on a way forward to increase private sector engagement in USAID/Egypt programming;
    • Identify means for increasing innovation in programming; and
    • Define the Mission’s risk appetite in light of this forward-leaning agenda.
    1. Team-building: Ensure that the Front Office and Office Directors develop a solid foundation and framework for a senior leadership team that leads and maintains its corporate vision and operations in support of Egypt’s Journey to Self-Reliance.

    Sessions should give space for Mission leadership to define expectations, and also engage the group to devise creative methods to consider innovative modalities of operationalizing these objectives, ultimately developing shared ownership around the way forward.


    Illustrative Tasks:

    • Engage in pre-planning for the senior discussion/retreat, with the Mission Director, Deputy Mission Director, Office Directors, and Program Office[1].
    • Conduct interviews with technical and support office staff and the Mission economist to understand the current and past programming at USAID/Egypt.
    • Use the outcomes of the information gathered as described above to design discussion session/retreat structure, agendas and materials. Based on the information gathered and consultations with the COR and Mission leadership, the facilitator will develop a meeting agenda designed to meet the objectives set forth by USAID. The agenda will require clearance by the Mission Director and Deputy Mission Director prior to COR approval.
    • Conduct and facilitate an interactive and highly motivating discussion to achieve the objectives detailed in the previous section.

    Deliverable 1: Retreat agenda that is cleared by the Mission Director and Deputy Mission Director.

    Deliverable 2: Senior level facilitation services for one day on October 14.

    Deliverable 3: Compiled notes from the one day senior staff discussion/retreat and summary of discussions including next steps. The outcome of that discussion will feed into the Mission’s strategic development phase and way forward for implementing private sector engagement, innovation, and risk taking including how it relates to the Journey to Self-Reliance. The notes will include the agenda, PowerPoint slides if any are used, notes of key discussions and takeaways, follow up actions discussed, and any other relevant information that will help to guide the senior team lead the upcoming strategy development. The senior staff retreat/discussion will yield management actions to be taken to forward key retreat objectives, as outlined above.


    [1] The Program Office economist has spent time analyzing the Journey to Self-Reliance metrics and can provide in-depth information regarding their makeup and context in Egypt.  Also, she is one of the co-leads of the Mission’s Journey to Self-Reliance task force, and the task force may be able to provide insight or information about the most up to date status of Egypt’s Journey.



    This individual will be responsible for facilitating the one day senior level discussions to support Egypt’s movement along the Journey to Self-Reliance, while the second day of the retreat will be managed by a USAID procured public relations firm. The results of the retreat will be leading to the development of key components in support of the Mission’s strategy development. In addition, the facilitator will be responsible for the pre-retreat discussion and information gathering that includes development of the agenda.


    The candidate must possess an advanced degree in a relevant field such as international development, communications, business administration, public administration, and a minimum of ten years of progressively more responsible experience in senior level stakeholder consultations or facilitation of international organizational setting. The facilitator must be able to serve as a catalyst for stimulating and assessing progress over the two days and encourage innovative and creative thinking among participants.


    • Broad-based development experience in strategic planning and performance management;
    • Demonstrate working knowledge of USAID reforms and priorities, particularly the Agency’s commitment to innovation and private sector engagement and its vision for the Journey to Self-Reliance;
    • Demonstrable experience in facilitating retreat, seminar, meetings that support the development of multi-sectoral strategic plans, developing program objectives, results and logical frameworks, and performance management strategies;
    • Demonstrable knowledge of and experience in planning development programs including private sector engagement in development;
    • Demonstrate solid experience in producing concrete approaches for tackling long-standing and difficult organizational problems and challenges; and
    • Previous experience working in Egypt is preferred

    How to Apply

    To apply for this position please follow the following steps:

    1. Complete the online application.
    2. Attach your resume.
    3. Click on the link: Biodata AID1420-17, fill out the form, sign it, and attach/upload it to your application. You may also include other documents such as cover letter and/or a work sample.
    4. Submit your application, resume, completed biodata, and any additional documents.

    Please note that applications submitted by other means; or without resume and/or biodata will not be considered.

    Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls please.


    Reasonable accommodation requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The QED Group, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. AA//V/D.


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