Mercy Corps Agric Market Systems Officer Jobs in Nigeria

Mercy Corps Agric Market Systems Officer Jobs in Nigeria



Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action - helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.


In Nigeria, Mercy Corps has worked since 2012 by focusing its programming on adolescent girls’ empowerment, economic development, conflict mitigation, and humanitarian response.


With the insurgency spilling over from the Northeast of Nigeria and causing displacement of millions of individuals, Mercy Corps started its humanitarian response in 2014 to address the rising humanitarian needs.


The Agric Market Systems Officer will implement all aspects of the market systems development component of CASH & Livelihoods programme.


The Agric Market Systems Officer will be required to apply a wide variety of market development tools and approaches in order to catalyse innovative services and facilitate linkages between market actors in the assigned programme areas.


Responsibilities


Strategy and Vision:

  • Recognize opportunities to evolve the current humanitarian portfolio into a more effective and impactful portfolio addressing the changing needs of conflict-affected populations.
  • Contribute to countrywide strategy development.

    Representation and Coordination:

  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with communities, local authorities and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure effective coordination with relevant working groups, UN, ICRC and colleagues I/NGO agencies.

    Program Management:

  • Work in liaison with the Cash & Livelihood Team and sector-focused Technical Specialists, carry out assessments in the target geographic area to assess current situation, economic opportunities and resources, needs and potential programs as well as obstacles that could be mitigated through MCN engagement with public and private sector actors. Such assessments shall include but are not limited to rapid market assessments, a local competitiveness assessment, sector selection, value chain analysis and development, and business support capacity needs to the stakeholders of the programme.
  • Steer the process of identification and engagement of private sector businesses to expand their business models. This task will include profiling businesses, conducting light due diligence assessments, partnership management and mentoring and coaching.
  • Foster ongoing positive cooperation with relevant stakeholders, including local business owners, local representatives and community members, and forge links between market actors, producers, end users, etc.
  • Work in close coordination private sector partners, plan, implement and monitor market system development activities for farmer engagement in economic opportunities. This will include exploring partnerships with private sector actors to design, test, and deliver a wide range of appropriate services that increase effective smallholder farmer engagement within the agricultural market system.
  • Assist private sector partners in developing capacity-building materials for business, technical and financial capacities as well as participate in capacity building sessions.
  • Offer technical assistance in conjunction with other technical staff to build the capacity of producer organizations to perform marketing functions.
  • Work in liaison with Private Sector Partners to ensure strengthening of farmers, associations and rural enterprises.
  • Organize /facilitate training of agro-dealers, commission agents and other intermediaries to provide goods and services that increase the competiveness of
    local production.
  • The incumbent will also mobilize targeted smallholder farmers (especially women) to participate in the programme for sustainability.
  • Identify small business activities any other opportunities that strengthen economic opportunities, especially for women, as identified by local and national government as well as independent market studies and needs assessments;
  • Finance & Compliance Management
  • Ensure compliance with all donor and Mercy Corps regulations.
  • Oversee the UCT and CFW activity budgets and project monthly cash flow.

    Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

    Other

  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Other duties as assigned.


    Requirements


  • MA/MS/MBA in relevant field required.
  • Minimum 4-5 years of experience working on development, implementation, administration and compliance of a field-based international development or humanitarian program; specifically in economic recovery.
  • Prior experience implementing livelihoods programs is essential, preferably in conflict settings.
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders to identify beneficiaries according to criteria required.
  • Experience with running assessments, monitoring and evaluation and other learning efforts required.
  • Experience representing the organization and its interests to a diverse range of local and international government officials, local civil society organizations, other international organizations, the media and the public.
  • Commitment to renewing and maintaining knowledge of best practices
  • Demonstrated training and facilitation experience
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Demonstrated strengths in analytical skills, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
  • Fluency in English; fluency in Hausa is required.


    How to Apply


    Interested and qualified candidates should submit no more than 4-page CV and Cover Letter in one document, addressing the position requirements to: ng-recruitment.nigeria@mercycorps.org Applications Closing Date 8th February 2019


    Note

  • All applications must include the Position Title and Reference Number in the subject line.
  • CV and cover letter and should not be more than 4 pages.
  • Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview and we are an equal opportunity organization so women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.


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