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Operations Manager, Digital Trade and Development

Nextrade Group is a woman-owned data and analytics company that helps governments, multilateral development banks, and Fortune 500 technology companies to enable international trade through technology. We have been hired by more than 50 clients, most of them repeat, to ideate, architect, and build policy-relevant data products, analytics, and business solutions to accelerate the use of ecommerce, blockchain, and artificial intelligence in the global trade ecosystem.

 

Our clients and we fundamentally believe in the power of trade and technologies to accelerate economic growth and raise incomes around the world.

 

We work with our clients to promote ecommerce development; digitization of ports, customs, and free trade zones; and digital and trade policies to expand economic opportunities and create efficiencies in more than 100 markets around the world.

 

Nextrade has conceptualized and built groundbreaking data and analytical products, strategies, policy and technology pilots to accelerate the use of technology in trade. We have also ideated, branded and built from scratch eight global initiatives and public-private partnerships with leading companies, international institutions, and governments to accelerate digitization, most recently and USAID’s first PPP in ecommerce development, Alliance for eTrade Development I and II, with 12 leading global technology companies, and the Prosper Africa Tech for Trade Alliance aimed to promote trade and productivity in Africa through U.S. technologies with 15 companies.

 

Nextrade is known to be in the “Next” – deliver to our clients ideas and new strategic partnerships that help clients create entirely new lines of business and services to their own clients. We don’t just deliver on projects – we intentionally lead and shape the field of international trade and development through novel data and public-private partnerships that move resources to entirely new, future-looking, and scalable solutions.

 

Nextrade is currently seeking a dynamic Operations Manager to work closely with our CEO and team in our engagements, build out our engagements with our corporate partners in Africa and Asia, and work with our CEO to continually improve operations and compliance capabilities.

 

The position is remote.

 

The tasks include:

 

  • Operationalize private sector-led projects in the eTrade Alliance, designing interventions and authoring scopes of work in partnership with private sector partners in Africa and Asia

  • Work with company CEO to continually improve and professionalize back-end systems, compliance, accounting, certifications

  • Manage external consultants’ workstreams, reporting, and invoicing

  • Manage USAID projects’ quarterly reporting, including on the substance of work and KPIs met, and preparation of inputs to the meetings

  • Ensure outstanding execution for impact, to meet project KPIs

  • Work with interns and research team to build insight and learning, and incorporate our and external empirical work into project design

 

Requirements:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree, JD or Master’s preferred

  • 8-10 years in operational experience in some combination of international development, international trade, finance, technology sector, and public-private partnerships

  • Experience with government contracting, compliance, budgeting, business development, and programming

  • Highly accountable and reliable self-starter, with a business developer’s sense of urgency to create new opportunities for our clients and partners

  • Excellent communication and coordination skills

  • Empathetic consensus-builder, with patient and courteous demeanor

  • “Workhorse” executing with excellence for its own sake

  • Strong PPT and Excel skills

  • Growth mindset to create great things from nothing and make the pie bigger for everyone

  • Scientist mindset – critical thinker who values data-driven rigorous approaches, frank reporting and continuous improvement

  • “No job too simple or small”-attitude – this is essential in a small business where you will have to wear many hats and dig deep

  • Desire to grow a small business with big clients into a global brand

  • Native written and spoken English, proficiency in French, Arabic and/or Spanish a plus

  • Outstanding references

 

We are equal opportunity employer.

 

The role can be Director-level, depending on experience.

 

Please send CV and paragraph why you would love to do this work to info@nextradegroupllc.com.

Data and Research Manager, Digital Trade

 

Nextrade Group is a woman-owned data and analytics company that helps governments, multilateral development banks, and Fortune 500 technology companies to enable international trade through technology. We have been hired by more than 50 clients, most of them repeat, to ideate, architect, and build policy-relevant data products, analytics, and business solutions to accelerate the use of ecommerce, blockchain, and artificial intelligence in the global trade ecosystem.

 

Our clients and we fundamentally believe in the power of trade and technologies to accelerate economic growth and raise incomes around the world.

 

We work with our clients to promote ecommerce development; digitization of ports, customs, and free trade zones; and digital and trade policies to expand economic opportunities and rcreate new efficiencies in more than 100 markets around the world.

 

Nextrade has conceptualized and built groundbreaking data and analytical products, strategies, policy and technology pilots to accelerate the use of technology in trade. We have also ideated, branded, and built from scratch eight global initiatives and public-private partnerships with leading companies, international institutions, and governments to accelerate digitization, most recently USAID’s first PPP in ecommerce development, Alliance for eTrade Development I and II, with 12 leading global technology companies, and the Prosper Africa Tech for Trade Alliance with 15 companies.

 

Nextrade is known to be in the “Next”— deliver to our clients data, ideas and new strategic partnerships that help clients create entirely new lines of business and services to their own clients. We don’t just deliver on projects – we intentionally lead and shape the field of international trade and development through novel data and public-private partnerships that move resources to entirely new, future-looking, and scalable solutions.

 

Nextrade is currently seeking a Research Manager to support our CEO in (1) building out our policy-relevant data and research work with public and private sector clients on digital trade, ecommerce, digital payments, digital and trade policies, and climate and trade; (2) operationalizing new proprietary data and analytical products for the company’s clientele; and (3) developing the learning, monitoring and evaluation platform, most immediately in the eTrade Alliance.

 

You will often work in settings where data are limited, qualitative, and messy, and where we often ideate and develop our own databases from scratch and analytics based on them.

 

The position is remote.

 

The tasks include:

 

  • Develop and build out databases on such issues and digital policies and new indices to measure ecommerce ecosystems, using qualitative and quantitative data;

  • Author white papers and reports based on research findings;

  • Manage tracking of KPIs and monitoring and evaluation in USAID-support projects

  • Develop and build out thought leadership products assessing the impact of development interventions to promote digital trade; sharpen KPIs and measurement techniques

  • Work with the CEO to productize the company’s data and analytical offerings

  • Work closely with the company’s clients and managers to ensure our analytics are as value-adding and actionable to our customers  and translate into new and more impactful programmatic solutions 

  • Coordinate and work with interns and analysts to develop data analytics

  • Be ready to turn around data and analytics and quickly reprioritize work to meet urgent client requests

 

Requirements:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s or PhD preferred

  • 3-6 years research experience in policy-relevant work in international development, trade, finance, technology sector

  • Great zest for data and research and the process of discovery and development of actionable advice for clients, working with diverse types of data and reimagining methods to create data

  • Highly accountable and high-integrity – cut no corners even when faced with messy and incomplete data and data that tell stories we were not prepared to hear

  • Scientist mindset – critical thinker who values frank reporting and continuous improvement, loves to think of new approaches to access and improve data  

  • “No job too simple or small”-attitude – this is essential in setting where you will need to translate qualitative data – and in a small business where you will wear many hats and dig deep

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • Strong proficiency in statistical analysis and data visualizations and readiness to learn more – using Stata, Tableau, advanced Excel, PPT; ideally SQL and Python

  • Empathetic consensus-builder, with patient and courteous demeanor

  • “Workhorse” executing with excellence for its own sake

  • Desire to grow a small business with big clients into a global brand

  • Native written and spoken English, spoken proficiency in Spanish a plus

  • Outstanding references

 

We are equal opportunity employer.

 

Please send CV and paragraph why you would love to do this work to info@nextradegroupllc.com