MasterCard Foundation DYNAMIC Grant Jobs – Market Advisor at Mercy Corps

Job Title:      Market Advisor  
Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: MasterCard
Foundation Driving Youth-led New Agribusiness and Microenterprise (DYNAMIC)
Duty Station: Lira, Uganda
About US:
Mercy Corps is
an international non-profit organization which implements high-quality,
analytical development work in very difficult places. We have been operating in
Uganda since 2006 and currently implement development programs in the Acholi
and Karamoja sub-regions of Uganda with funding from USAID, EC, SDC, and USDA
among others.
About MasterCard Foundation DYNAMIC
Working in
consortia with GOAL, VSO and Restless Development, the Driving Youth-led New
Agribusiness and Microenterprise (DYNAMIC) program which will strengthen
systems and facilitate creation of sustainable economic opportunities for
disadvantaged youth. The goal is to increase the number of youth in secure
employment/self-employment and to promote agricultural market systems for
youth. DYNAMIC will reach 125,000 out-of-school youth aged 15–24 in eight
districts of northern Uganda over five years.
Job Summary:  The Market Development Advisor will work to enhance
DYNAMIC’s ability to deliver high impact market systems development and M4P
programming; development of market development interventions, tools and
resources; and the empowerment and upskilling of DYNAMIC team members to
implement, particularly Market Development Officers and Program Managers. The
Market Development Advisor is an integral member of the Program Management Unit
and will contribute to strategic and technical direction for the program. The
Market Development Advisor will work closely with the Financial Services
Advisor to identify and enable access to financial services as part of the
DYNAMIC approach.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Set strategic direction and provide technical
oversight and direction on market development.
The incumbent will develop tools and resources to
assist with market development analysis, program design, and activities.
Carry out refresher and specialized trainings as needed
with staff and partners.
Conduct pilot studies and research relevant to the
program and aimed at informing implementation and learning.
Responsible for the mentorship and coaching of
partner higher and medium level firms and enterprises
Significantly contribute to suite of market
development resources available to support and promote quality practice in the
Advise market development team in field activities
that may include conducting light due-diligence on potential partners and
supporting the negotiation process, as requested, in finalizing teaming and
partnership agreements; identifying capacity gaps of potential private sector
actors, designing and implementing most feasible capacity building activities
based on identified gaps; and providing continuous support and oversee
activities of the private sector partners.
Actively contribute to, Capture and Champion Market
Development Best Practices
Contribute to the suite of market development
resources available to support and promote quality practice in the field.
Support in mentoring and developing technical skills
of the Market Development Officers and other staff across program field teams.
Support in building a more dense, diverse and
collaborative network of relationships for market development practitioners and
other stakeholders and to broker effective relationships at the country and
regional levels.
Connect best practices and learning from programs
across MC countries to ensure an evolving and effective learning system for
improving program implementation.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in
business, agribusiness, economic development or other relevant field required;
Master’s Degree strongly preferred.
A minimum of eight years’ experience in business or
market/economic development in the private sector, market development and/or
related industry.
Dynamic leader who can guide teams to believe in and
follow a strong market development philosophy.
Past experience with a wide range of stakeholder and
partner management with national/regional companies; international agencies;
community-based organizations; agribusinesses, etc. needed.
Strong group process design and facilitation skills,
including developing and leading workshops, as well as group consensus building
around market development philosophy.
Working knowledge of agricultural development
Excellent track record in adaptive management in
fast-paced, entrepreneurial work environment required.
Strong writing, communication, organization,
prioritization and negotiating skills.
Excellent (English) verbal and written communication
skills with a full knowledge of office applications.
Working knowledge and experience in business
financing for SME’s and/or youth engagement is highly valued
Willingness to spend much time in the field and work
closely with various district-level program teams.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested Ugandan candidates should send their applications
including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV
(with three professional referees), and copies of academic
qualifications/certificates to the HR/Admin Manager, Kampala Head Office on 4th
Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot 1188-1190 Ggaba Road. The E-mail applications with
cover letter should be sent to:
16th October 2015

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