MSME Intervention Manager - Brazil Trade Programme - Brazil
Company Overview
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Project Overview and Role

The Brazil Trade Facilitation Programme is a 4-year, ?14 million component of FCO's Brazil Prosperity Fund Programme. The programme aims to assist Brazil to increase trade flows, make foreign trade more inclusive in the country, creating jobs for women and men which will drive economic growth that supports inclusion, women's economic opportunities and poverty reduction in the country. The programme will modernise and integrate processes in Brazilian ports and ensure that they catalyse growth by acting as strategic assets around which clusters of Brazilian MSMEs can grow and enter global value chains. The programme is divided into 2 key projects:

Ports - The programme will focus on the three areas which will deliver the most effective time and cost savings in the ports: the Governance of the port community, the Processes that they use to move goods through the ports, and the Technology systems that support them.

MSMEs Inclusion - The programme will improve access to guidance, information on exporting, and opportunities for millions of MSMEs, while also providing intensive acceleration and linkage services to a subset of high growth, inclusive MSMEs. Our programme will maximise the benefits for the Brazilian economy, optimise usage and allocation of existing public funds, deliver development impact in targeted regions, and create opportunities for UK businesses and investors.

The position designs and manages the MSME Programme Interventions in accordance with the overall programme strategy. This will involve the design, strategy, planning, communicating, monitoring and reporting on all assigned interventions. S/he will develop and maintain close relationships with key stakeholders while overseeing and coordinating the implementation of project interventions.


  • Conduct research to identify opportunities for interventions
  • Liaise with the MREL Manager on the development of appropriately tailored research tools and methods for the collection and collation of relevant intervention information from the field
  • Assist to update and supervise M&E aspects of the intervention activities, including establishing baselines, indicators, and results.
  • Assist in collecting baseline data related to interventions targeted for study or implementation by the project.

Intervention Management
  • The MSME Intervention Managers are responsible for the design and management of interventions and associated activities, ensuring progress and achievements contribute to wider programme expected results.
  • Raise MSMEs awareness about policies, trade programs and to specify their training and information need.
  • Developing approaches and strategies for increasing capacity of MSMEs on how to comply with technical requirements and conformity assessment procedures
  • Expand training and development programmes based on the needs of the organisations and the individuals
  • Ensure the appropriate communication of clear intervention guidelines, expected outcomes, timeframe and workplan to all relevant parties.
  • Assist the Programme Manager in the development of relevant administrative requirement for the interventions (costed workplan, ToR, MoU).
  • Conduct visits to ensure proper implementation of activities.
  • Work with the MREL Manager to design appropriate tools for monitoring the progress of interventions and assess the impact for ongoing programme interventions.
  • Identify priority areas for interventions that will change as opportunities pass or are realized and new ones emerge.

Stakeholder Management
  • Represent the programme in selected meetings, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with partners, other members of the programme, and with public.
  • Establish, maintain and manage strategic relationships with key stakeholders (government officials, business owners, port authority) and Partners.
  • Connect MSMEs with the variety of services and overseas export opportunities in global markets to facilitate trade opportunities that are in existence in the international market
  • Take part in facilitating and managing the work of partners and ensure "value for money" for the tasks given.
  • Assist in establishing contacts with national and regional institutions, stakeholders and participants that would contribute to the successful implementation of the interventions.


  • At least five years of experience in International Trade and Logistics
  • Familiar with Trade facilitation, International Trade treaties and policies, Export promotion
  • Sound knowledge of Brazil's market, business environment, policies, and trade programs
  • Strong, demonstrable experience in one/more of the following areas: 1) Firm or micro level interventions which aim to build export capacities of MSMEs by improving existing, as well as stimulating the provision of new, export orientated services targeting MSMEs. 2) Systemic interventions targeting issues such as prohibitive logistics costs, bureaucracy, standards etc.) which prevent MSMEs from getting their products to foreign markets in an efficient and competitive manner. 3) Market access interventions which aim to build MSME awareness of and facilitate access to export opportunities
  • Academic qualifications in a field related to International Trade;
  • Fluency in Brazilian Portuguese and English
Beneficial skills
  • Relevant Academic qualifications in a field related to International Trade
  • Familiar working on multi-year Donor programmes, or with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Closing date:
31 January 2020