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MUNICIPALITY OF CENTAR,
LOCALSELF GOVERNMENT / CITY OF SKOPJE
I was hired as Head of the
Sector for Local Economic Development to help the Municipality of Centar
to design and implement an integrated business concept that would boost
the economic development within the municipality. Responsibilities include:
prepare Strategy for Development, Action Plan, assist the Mayor in attracting
domestic and foreign investments; advise on legal and regulatory improvements
that would create a favorable business environment;
run the process for ISO certification,
create a business model to provide management and marketing services
to the small and medium size companies existing on the territory of
MACEDONIAN BUSINES CENTER
MBC.TI.NET USAID/ Plastic Recycling Project, Macedonia
of the Plastic Recycling Project is to establish an efficient and economically
viable PET polyethylene terephthalate recycling program implemented
by Macedonian Business Center in Macedonia.
At the position
of a Business Development Consultant I was responsible for start up
of a business development program and specifically establishment of
a public private partnership in municipality of Gostivar for municipal
PET collection program. I architected and developed
the PET Recycling Association of Republic of Macedonia
and provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Environment and
Physical Planning in drafting the Law on Packaging and Packaging Waste
crucial legislative for creating the Recycling industry of Macedonia.
August to September ,
GOVERNMENT OF REPUBLIC OF
MACEDONIA Minister for foreign direct investments
completed a short term consultancy
assignment for the newly established government and Minister for foreign
direct investments, Gligor Tashkovich, during which I served as chief of
staff and councilor for FDI. The administration and program was
designed with my assistance, I hired and trained the personnel, facilitated
several potential foreign investors.
Left to continue my studies at American College.
September to July .
BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON BAH
USAID/ Macedonia Competitiveness
Booz Allen Hamilton, a global
strategy and technology consulting firm, provide services to major international
corporations and government clients around the world. BAH was a prime
contractor for USAID funded project, Macedonia Competitiveness Activity
MCA and subcontracting five leading international companies which
were working with Macedonian business leaders and industry clusters
to develop and execute strategies for improving the international competitiveness
of Macedonian companies.
As the funding for the International
Executive Service Corps Macedonia project diminished, I was promoted
to the position within MCA as Apparel Cluster Competitiveness
Advisor. This position required broad business contacts within
Macedonia government institutions, local businesses and interaction
with international donors and organizations.
Responsibilities included providing trainings and coordinating activities
of five task forces created within the cluster:
Marketing and Promotion;
Development –Educational Improvements;
Legal and Regulatory
Worked with group of companies
and Government representatives to help them develop strategies to be
more successful at the global market. My roles included:
advising on new
export promotion techniques,
improvements at company operations.
More over I facilitated a dialogue
between cluster members to work together and motivate them to continue
US dollars of concluded export deals with Italian and Spanish
brands like Versace, Valentino, Krizia, Iceberg, Marko Polo, Zara;
new employments; introduced Progressive Bundle and Modular production
system in three factories which increased productivity up to %.
February to September
SERVICE CORPS IESC USAID/MCA, Macedonia
IESC was founded in by
David Rockefeller and other distinguished Americans as a private, notforprofit
organization using private sector volunteers to assist economic growth
around the world. Today, IESC is a professional economic development
organization that relies on a variety of resources to fulfill its mission—including
volunteer experts, professional staff and strategic partners. Since
its founding in , IESC has completed more than , technical
and managerial assistance consultancies in more than countries and
implements complex development programs across every economic sector—public
Serving as IESC Country
Director, under the umbrella of MCA, I designed projects for
firm and IT, Wine and Tourism cluster level technical assistance in
the amount of one million dollars. Implemented consulting work plans
in combination with clients and consulted directly and supported Volunteer
Executives on projects for Technical Assistance for the MCA noncluster
firm level clients.
Initially IESC Macedonia supported the MCA cluster activities by bringing
the US IESC Volunteer Experts assisting the selected and nonselected
clusters. Level of success
achieved by restructuring and increase the profitability of several
SMEs prompted USAID Mission Director Dick Goldman to request
that IESC Macedonia expand its portfolio to provide technical assistance
and specialized business development trainings to all Macedonian companies,
organizations, institutions and local government offices.
This was accomplished; however,
limited funding necessitated curtailment of this program.
Success Rate: Sixty projects
were completed with a total duration of consulting days.
During this period I also worked
with the MCA cluster management on developing new ideas and new projects
to better address the needs of the cluster membership and became the
Apparel Cluster Competitiveness Advisor when direct IESC activities
were no longer funded.
Complete restructuring of overall operations of TINEX chain of grocery
stores; Development, design and implementation of marketing plan at
“Bucen Kozjak” dairy as well as to Trgoinzenering food processing
company, assisted in market positioning of Business Education Center
and provided technical assistance to
“X” digital animation company to start selling their services to
Hollywood studios. I Managed to provide direct professional assistance
to the leading Macedonian IT companies like Next Sense, Inet,
September to December
MERCY CORPS INTERNATIONAL,
Beginning in , Mercy Corps
has provided over $ million in assistance to people in nations.
The organization's staff worldwide currently reaches million
people in more than countries. More than % of the agency's resources
are allocated to programs that directly assist those in need. With headquarters
in the United States and Scotland, Mercy Corps is an international family
of humanitarian agencies that reaches more than six million people each
in a variety of positions progressively advancing during tenure and
becoming Country Representative and Director of Program Operations.
During this association assisted in the design, development and implementation
of the overall MC programs, over million dollars
some individually cited below as well as in Kosovo and Serbia. Those
include various relief, agricultural, microenterprises and civil society
project initiatives in Macedonia. More over,
designed and implemented a procurement concept:”Buying Macedonian
products” where $ million were directly injected in local economy
by purchasing food and non food items from Macedonian producers.
I delivered several specialized trainings for the Mercy Corps staff
from Kosovo and Serbia offices on project management, procurement and
Corps management experience is summarized below.
Director of Program Operations
Stabilization Program funded by United State Department’s Bureau
for Population Refugee and Migration BPRM A grant making scheme
to support the SME’s from the conflict affected areas. I supervised
and assisted the design of Economic Impact projects in the Tetovo
area with the total value of , USD.
Coordinated a complex
Economic Recovery Working Group on behalf of the Transition Force consisted
of United Nations, United States Government, Embassy of the Kingdom
of Netherlands, European Union, Government of Macedonia representatives
and other donor representatives to address the specific problems and
seeking solutions that would help the donors’ better design economic
programs for Macedonia.
Country Representative [//]
of Liz Claiborne to Macedonia”. MC received a grant from USAID
to pay for the labor costs associated with the production of the garments
at the three Macedonian textile firms. I supervised all logistics and
customs aspects of clearance, transporting and advised on distribution
of , garments, exported to Mercy Corps Serbia programs for the
refugees from Kosovo.
Senior Program Officer/
Deputy Director [//]
responsible for Mercy Corps Program Operations, Procurement and Finance
management. Managed and supervised seven local staff, established complete
administrative systems in Skopje and Tetovo offices employment contracts,
health and social insurance, assets management, communications, USAID
and VAT procedures, customs and tax free exportimport procedures.
and supervised an ethnically mixed team consisted of receptionist, office
manager, material aid coordinator and finance. Liaise with Government
ministries, media, local and international institutions as well as other
organizations and donors. Ensure adherence of MC procurement rules and
procedures. In charge of overall procurement for all MC programs
in Macedonia and Kosovo at total value of million USD direct purchases
from Macedonian various producers of food and non food items, providers
of services, as well as construction works.
responsibilities included preparation of invitations to tender, Purchase
agreements and orders, Bid opening records, evaluation, recommendations
and Contract negotiations.
to prepare voucher register, petty cash, bank statement, bank reconciliation
FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES ISC, USAID, Macedonia
for Sustainable Communities ISC based in Vermont, USA is an independent,
nonprofit organization that helps communities in existing and emerging
democracies solves problems while building a better future for themselves
and the world. Through the Democracy Network DemNet program, with
funding from the United States Agency for International Development
USAID the project will elevate the civil sector to new levels of civil
society sector to new levels of legitimacy, accountability, and viability
as a vehicle for helping Macedonians effectively utilize the NGO sector
to voice their priorities, constructively address them, and hold the
government accountable to the resulting decisions.
selection process through ISC, I became a member of the first Macedonian
Team of NGO Trainers supported by USAID and than worked as an NGO Trainer
Played an integral
part of the Train of the Trainer TOT program and delivered several
workshops on the following topics: Improvement on tea