Mercy Corps Market Systems Development Officer Jobs in Kaabong

Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006 and works to catalyze change through the Ugandan private sector, civil society and government to create resilient, economically inclusive, healthy, and secure communities.

Our work focuses on building resilience and enabling economic growth, improving opportunities to attain better health and nutrition, improving governance and conflict management, and bridging humanitarian response with longer term development outcomes.

We implement programs in Acholi, Karamoja and West Nile Sub-regions, as well as eastern Uganda and the greater Kampala area with funding from USAID, Sida, US State Department, SDC, DFID as well as other private donations.

The Market Systems Officer (MSDO) will implement all aspects of the market systems development strategy in the Apolou Activity. This includes strengthening private sector interventions in livestock and agriculture value chains, as well as scaling up financial inclusion and other products/services as relevant.

The MSD Officer will work directly with the MSD Manager to developing agent input/output and aggregator networks, increasing local partners' access to market information and financial services.

The MSD Officer will ensure that private sector led, project-support development is tailored to the unique needs, opportunities and constraints of women and youth and that activities are integrated with all other consortium supported sectors.

ESSENTIAL Job Functions

Strategy & Vision

  • Support the MSD Manager to develop and implement MSD team strategy
  • Identify new opportunities for innovation and growth among private sector led interventions

    Program Management

  • Participate in market assessments in the target communities to determine capacity gaps, business opportunities and potential hindrances that could be mitigated through engagements with public and private sector actors. This will include but not be limited to rapid market assessments, value chain analysis and business support activities for the key stakeholders.
  • Identify and engage private sector actors to effectively expand their business models in Karamoja Sub Region. This will include profiling businesses and conducting due diligence on potential partners, support the negotiation process to finalize teaming and partnership agreements, and providing ongoing business development support to key partners
  • Foster ongoing positive cooperation with relevant stakeholders including MSMEs and the public sector to identify, assess and develop networks for potential linkages between market actors, producers and final consumers etc.
  • Identify capacity gaps of MSME partner actors in Karamoja, design and conduct tailor made trainings, mentorship and coaching to boost their competitiveness in the market and boost returns on investment.

    Monotoring and Evaluation

  • Establish procedures and guidelines to monitor and evaluate the progress and
    impact of economic development support work including setting and measuring benchmarks along results chains;
  • Keenly analyze project implementation strategies to identify constraints to program success and provide timely recommendations to inform decision making processes.
  • Provide data in support of team’s submission of timely monthly and quarterly reports, strategic reviews, annual reports and midterm evaluations that will be indicative of program progress during implementation.

    Finance & Compliance Management

  • Comply with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to MSD Activities, contributing to monthly procurement and financial needs and accurate administration of MSD funds.

    Influence & Representation

  • Ensure close coordination and sharing of information with relevant stakeholders such as local government authorities and NGOs as and when advised by the line manager.
  • Liaise with local government officials, local NGOs and civil society organizations, and other key stakeholders to ensure support for and acceptance of Mercy Corps’ market-based interventions.

    Organizational Learning

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

    Knowledge and Experience:

  • Bachelors in Business Administration, Agricultural economics, animal production or any other relevant fields.
  • Minimum of 3 years work experience with the private sector or market facilitation approaches.
  • Familiarity with the Karamoja business environment is a plus.
  • Excellent English Language skills, with Nga’Karimojong and IK language skills a plus.
  • Computer literate with dexterity with Microsoft Office Applications.

    Success Factors

  • The success of the MSD Officer is dependent on his/her creativity to identify and implement market systems interventions to unblock the barriers to systemic change, the second success factor is his/her capacity to positively collaborate across teams to ensure that MSD interventions are relevant and gender inclusive.

    How to apply

    Interested candidates should apply online by 18th June, 2018

    For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps Market Systems Development Officer Jobs in Kaabong

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