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We are delighted to bring you details of an opportunity to work with Swisscontact and Springfield.

At Swisscontact, we champion a culture of innovation and collaboration, empowering our team members to make a real impact in the world of development policy and practice. As an Advisor in the newly established Inclusive Economic Development team, you’ll play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our organization and the communities we serve.

Join our dynamic, ambitious team and seize the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects that drive meaningful change. You’ll be part of an environment that nurtures professional growth, values knowledge sharing, and fosters a strong sense of purpose.

Advisor Inclusive Economic Development

Place of work: Zurich, Switzerland / Global

Candidates with residency in one of our countries of operation or Switzerland/GB are preferred.


  • Oversee the assignment of technical staff to deliver exceptional advisory, research, and training services to a diverse clientele
  • Cultivate a dynamic team environment that fosters growth, mentorship, and thought leadership
  • Encourage adaptability within the team to efficiently address various technical requirements
  • Manage project budgets and resources effectively, ensuring timely and accurate reporting
  • Prioritize high-quality project outcomes that exceed client and stakeholder expectations
  • Develop and maintain robust relationships with stakeholders, opening doors to new opportunities
  • Communicate regularly with the Head of Inclusive Economic & Systems Development on team progress and achievements
  • Engage in exciting projects spanning trade, tourism, enterprise development, and more
  • Empower Swisscontact staff through targeted capacity-building measures in relevant areas
  • Take on leadership roles in external projects, showcasing your expertise and experience
  • Collaborate with external organizations to broaden our knowledge and stay ahead of industry trends
  • Pursue thought leadership opportunities that showcase your expertise in Inclusive Economic Development
  • Work closely with the communication team to enhance the organization’s external presence and reputation


  • Degree(s) from a reputable institution, showcasing critical thinking and research abilities
  • 10 years’ experience in roles such as technical advisor, business developer, and researcher, with at least 5 years as a technical team leader or lead consultant
  • Familiarity with systemic change and market systems development methodologies
  • Proven ability in coaching, technical training, and engaging with the international aid community
  • Experience in two or more thematic areas (Entrepreneurial Ecosytems; Trade Promotion & Facilitation; SME development; Local/Regional Economic Development; Sustainable Tourism)
  • Demonstrated expertise in creating and implementing advisory strategies tailored to diverse client needs
  • Experience in developing and delivering customized training programs to enhance project outcomes
  • Track record of successful research initiatives that inform and support project goals
  • Proficiency in adapting and integrating new methodologies and best practices into advisory, training, and research activities
  • Strong collaboration skills to foster productive partnerships between clients, stakeholders, and project teams
  • Capacity to analyse and evaluate project results for continuous improvement in advisory, training, and research services
  • Skilled in writing competitive proposals, identifying expert resources, and building client relationships
  • Proficiency in budgeting, resource management, and performance management for projects
  • Strong communication skills for presentations, webinars, and promotional materials
  • Fluency in English; proficiency in German, French, and/or Spanish is a plus
  • Willingness to travel internationally up to 120 days per year for assignments

Swisscontact offers attractive working conditions in an international and multicultural context. We see our work as a joint effort in an agile organization culture: mutual respect, trust, and teamwork.

If you’re an experienced, highly motivated, and client-focused professional with a passion for inclusive economic development, we’d love to have you on board.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents in English: letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, diplomas and references.

Application deadline: 28th May 2023