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JOB DESCRIPTION

TEXTILE OPERATIONS & INVESTMENT EXPERT CONSULTANT

Position based remotely with travel to Ghana (West Africa) and relevant textile hubs

Program and organization descriptions

The UK - Ghana Partnership for Jobs and Economic Transformation (JET) was established by the British Department for International Development (DFID) in 2018 to promote Ghana as an investment destination of choice in West Africa. The program supports investment into job-creating sectors and the accomplishment of wider UK objectives around responsible development and trade.

 

As part of the JET programme, DFID has engaged Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA) in partnership with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) to catalyse growth of the industrial textile & garment manufacturing sector in Ghana. Ghana is positioned to develop a highly competitive, world class apparel manufacturing sector. It offers UK and EU markets shipping times of 15-20 days, and similar lead times to the East Coast of the US (as direct routing across the Atlantic grows). Ghana has strong cost competitiveness fundamentals, with a low cost of living and duty-free advantages delivering 12% saving in the EU/UK and up to 32% saving in the USA. Finally, Ghana’s access to West Africa’s abundant cotton production creates strong potential to provide a vertically integrated offering to brands, including significant organic and better varieties.

This engagement between Ethical Apparel Africa and DFID will holistically accelerate sector growth in Ghana: strengthening operations and investment prospects of domestic garment manufacturing firms, facilitating increased export orders, and attracting large-scale foreign investment into the sector to achieve vertical integration.

We are recruiting for an Expert Consultant to play a key leadership role in attracting investment to establish a vertically integrated textile supply chain in Ghana. By the close of this 12-month engagement, we seek to have MOU(s) in place between government and first-mover foreign textile firm(s) regarding the establishment of textile / garment operations in Ghana. At least one of these investments should focus on establishing a cotton processing plant to close the gap in the existing value chain, enabling the conversion of the region’s abundant cotton into locally available fabric. This Project will also focus on supporting the Ghana Ministry of Trade and Industry to establish a draft Garment & Textile policy framework establishing its approach to supporting the industry’s continued growth.


 

Position overview

As outlined the Textile Operations & Investment Expert will play an essential role in driving forward this effort to develop what could become the world’s next major apparel manufacturing hub. This individual should have proven experience in catalyzing the growth of other apparel hubs as they have emerged, including successfully attracting first-mover firms to invest in a new region.

 

This role will be a 12-month Consultancy engagement, with potential for extension. The position can be based either within or external to Ghana but should include at a minimum travel to Ghana every 2-3 months to coordinate with the Ghanaian Government and other stakeholders. The Consultant will also travel to relevant international textile hubs to liaise with potential textile mill investors. The position is structured as a consultancy and the intensity of the engagement required will vary over the course of the contract depending on project phase. We expect that on average the Consultant will need to dedicate 13-16 days per month to this Engagement.

 

Primary responsibilities for the role are as follows.

 

  • Refine strategic investment case: Work with dedicated management consultant to refine and communicate strategic investment case for foreign direct investment in textiles and garments (spinning, weaving/knitting, finishing, and cut make trim operations) in Ghana

 

  • Engage mills and potential investors: Establish connections to specific foreign firms interested in investing in Ghana with the track record, capacity, and financial health to do so; facilitate the investment process

    • Generate leads and develop a shortlist of mills and other potential investors

    • Conduct outreach to mills and investors either remotely or in-person to present strategic investment case, gauge interest, and identify key investment criteria / incentive requirements

    • Travel with MOTI representatives to relevant countries to meet and present the Ghana opportunity

    • Conduct diligence on prospective first-mover investors to protect the interests of the Ghanaian government

  • Work with government to develop incentives framework for first mover firms: Facilitate negotiations between MOTI and prospective investors regarding incentives and policy regulations, continuously building the capacity of MOTI’s team

    • Align with MOTI on a draft framework of incentives that are feasible for the Ghana Government to offer to first movers

    • Elicit and share feedback from mills and investors on incentive requirements

    • Facilitate ongoing negotiations between MOTI team and mills/investors on specific incentives for first movers

    • Continuously build the capacity of MOTI to negotiate directly with foreign garment and textile companies through value chain training, case studies / precedents, and hands-on interactions during negotiations

  • Develop draft National Textiles and Apparel Policy framework for Ghana: Support and build the capacity of MOTI to establish a draft Policy framework for the sector, allowing for further policy development as more competitors enter the market


 

Qualifications & Attributes

  • Proven experience and knowledge of textile manufacturing operations, and a strong personal network or conduit through which to engage global textile and apparel firms

  • Proven experience in building effective incentive packages for textile investment in emerging market contexts (e.g. Haiti, Ethiopia)

  • Skills and experience developing high-level financial and operational blueprint of new garment and textile manufacturing operations

  • Flexibility to travel to Ghana as well as internationally to visit potential investors as relevant

  • Strong communication skills and versatility in collaborating with investors, government representatives and other project team members

  • Long-term project management skills and experience


 

Benefits

  • Consultancy compensation relative to candidate profile and degree of time investment agreed

  • Full coverage of all expenses relevant to project implementation (travel, accommodation, etc. during trips away from home base)

  • Opportunity to play a critical role in the development of the industry in the next frontier of apparel manufacturing

  • Opportunity to work for an award-winning, dynamic, and mission driven company


 

How to apply

  • As the Project is set to launch soon, we look forward to submitted applications at your earliest convenience

  • Kindly send a resume ​and a separate and specific cover letter for this position ​to talent@ethicalapparelafrica.com, using the reference “TOI Expert”​ as the subject of your email

  • Only complete applications with accurate references will be considered and only the most qualified consultants will be shortlisted for interview