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Regional Coordinator - Women's Entrepreneurship


Location: Abidijan, Ivory Coast

Organization: CARE USA

For more than 25 years CARE has worked in collaboration with women-led organizations for savings and loans in West Africa. These organizations have become a powerful force for social and economic change for the marginalized in many countries across the region and in fact the globe. Working in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) through the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (WeFi) we will seek to connect these women leading change to larger economic opportunities to achieve greater impact and reach.

The person in this role must possess a good understanding and experience of emerging trends, learning and accountability within women’s economic empowerment and especially entrepreneurship. S/he is expected to remain engaged with external actors who lead in this field.

This role will provide overall regional coordination of the CARE Country Office teams. They will be responsible for overall grant management and reporting as well as learning, research, documentation, and external representation with AFDB and other WeFI partners.


1.Coordination, coaching, and management •Engage in the hiring of Country Office teams in coordination with CO line management

  • Ensure coaching and technical support to program teams
  • Establish team coordination across 3 COs
  • Supervise Regional Knowledge Management & MEAL staff

2.Program Implementation •Oversee development of CO and prepare overall regional implementation plans, budgets, procurement plans etc

  • E•nsure accurate and timely reporting - both narrative and financial
  • Support in problem-solving and planning

3.Knowledge Management •Ensure key research and studies are coordinated with COs

  • Ensure findings are documented, used, and shared externally
  • Provide strategic oversight to KM and MEAL technical staff (Regional Position)
  • Ensure regular documentation and sharing of key findings
  • Ensure external-facing communication

4.Representation and partnership •Hold regular meetings and establish strong relations with AFDB AFAWA and WeFI counterparts

  • Ensure COs establish strong relations with relevant Ministry, ADFDB, WB and UN counterparts in country
  • Establish relations with relevant regional bodies
  • Ensure sharing of studies and research


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or relevant field
  • Master’s degree in relevant areas or 5 years of practical expertise preferred
  • 6 years of experience working on a variety of international development and humanitarian settings
  • Proven experience developing and managing regional entrepreneurship programmes/projects
  • Strong understanding of Women’s Empowerment approaches and the role of VSLAs
  • Experience with feminist approaches and gender in development concepts
  • Familiarity with donor thinking on entrepreneurship and women’s economic empowerment
  • Familiarity of World Bank, AFDB and other related institutions
  • A good grasp of contemporary issues and debates around women’s leadership, entrepreneurship, and economic empowerment
  • Excellent knowledge of entrepreneurship and women’s economic empowerment in West Africa
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex ideas simply in writing and verbally
  • Must possess the ability to work independently and be self-motivated
  • Good interpersonal skills, strong networking, and relationship building skills
  • Must be able to build teams, connect and leverage
  • Respect for values and feminist principles
  • Excellent spoken and written French and English


  • Masters in Gender and Economics, Entrepreneurship and related fields
  • Published materials on related subjects
  • Working experience with IMF, IFC, World Bank or AFDB
  • Passionate about female economic autonomy

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