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Senior Technical Advisor, Trade Facilitation - Egypt

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Palladium seeks a Senior Technical Advisor of Trade Facilitation for the anticipated USAID-funded Trade Reform and Development in Egypt (TRADE) project. The project will aim to increase Egypt's exports and investments to improve the share of exports to GDP, increase the number of new exporters, and narrow the trade deficit. The project will have three primary objectives, each of which will be led by an assigned Component Lead: 1) Enhanced capacity of new and expanding export-ready enterprises to increase sales and reach new markets in selected sectors; 2) Strengthened public and private trade-support institutions that assist SMEs to compete in the international marketplace; and 3) Improved trade and investment policy, regulatory and institutional environment.

Purpose of Position

The Component 2 Lead will lead implementation of all activities aimed at achieving project Objective 2: Strengthen public and private trade-support institutions (e.g. trade associations, export councils, etc.) that assist SMEs to compete in the international marketplace.
Duration: 5 years
Location: Cairo, Egypt


Provides technical and managerial support to develop and implement innovative strategies to assist the newly established Export Development Agency (EDA) and other selected institutions to sustainably provide commercially viable trade support services.
Collaborates with the project team to design and implement comprehensive approaches, based on international best practices, to strengthen trade services institutions for SMEs in Egypt.
Collaborates with EDA to provide NEEREs development services in: accessing relevant information on international markets; developing detailed marketing studies for different countries; organizing business-to-business development trips; training through online platforms; e-marketing; preparing inbound and outbound trade shows; packaging and design consultations; and linking SMEs to lead companies in international value chains.
Applies global trade services best practices appropriate to the Egyptian context.
Designs and implements strategies with the private sector to fill gaps in the trade services supply chain in a commercially sustainable manner.
Develops and implements strategies to organize publicly provided trade services by improving the capacity of public service providers.
Works with selected trade institutions to develop and implement sound monitoring and evaluation, financial sustainability, and performance monitoring plans.
Collaborates on the development and launch of an export-promotion portal at the EDA.
Other duties as assigned.


  • Advanced degree in business, economics, marketing, finance, or other closely related field.
  • Fluency in Arabic and English required.
  • At least five years in capacity building, activity design and implementation for trade and business development services in Egypt.
  • At least three years experience on donor-funded projects for economic growth.
  • Experience working directly to target vulnerable groups and sustainably integrate them into market opportunities.