Market Development Officer Job Careers – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy Corps
Project Name: MasterCard foundation DYNAMIC Program
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
Reports to: Market Development Specialist
About Mercy Corps:
Corps is an International NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and oppression by
helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps has
been fully registered in Uganda as an operational NGO. Currently Mercy Corps
has an office in Kampala and is implementing Food Security programs which
comprise of Water and Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture and Conflict
Mitigation Management Program in North and North Eastern Uganda. We implement
programs in the northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong,
Abim and Kotido with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as
well as other private donations.
About MasterCard foundation DYNAMIC Program:
Mercy Corps with funding from MasterCard
foundation is working in consortia with Goal Uganda, VSO and Restless
Development in implementing the Driving Youth-led New Agribusiness and
Microenterprise (DYNAMIC) programme which will strengthen systems and
facilitate the creation of sustainable economic opportunities for disadvantaged
Ugandan Youth. DYNAMIC’s overall goal is to increase the number of young people
who are in secure employment or self-employment and to promote effective and
efficient agricultural market systems for youth. Through a market-driven and
holistic approach, DYNAMIC will engage an array of public and private sector
actors to increase access to goods, services, markets, information and
productive and social assets to increase productivity of Ugandan agribusinesses
and non-farm enterprises.

Job Summary: The Market Development Officer will offer
technical support in all aspects of implementing the market systems development
component of the district and lower level DYNAMIC program. The incumbent will
also be required to apply a wide variety of market development tools and
approaches in order to catalyze innovative services and facilitate linkages
between market actors in the assigned program areas.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Planning, developing and implementing market development
    • Actively participate in assessments
      in the target geographic areas to assess current situation, economic
      opportunities and resources, needs and potential programs as well as
    • Introduce program to relevant
      stakeholders including local business owners, local representatives and
      community members.
    • Work closely with the Technical
      Specialists and local partners to plan, implement and monitor market
      development activities.
    • Support in developing capacity
      building materials for business, technical and financial capacities as
      well as participate in capacity building sessions.
    • Mobilize targeted youth to fully
      participate in the program for sustainability.
    • The incumbent will also identify
      small business activities for seed support through basic improvements or
    • Identify value-addition
      opportunities that strengthen economic opportunities, especially for
      young women and rural youth, in the livestock and agriculture sectors as
      identified by local and national government as well as independent market
      studies and needs assessments.
  • Collaboration/Networking:
    • Establish and maintain good coordination
      and working relationships with sub-county leaders, representing Mercy
      Corps and soliciting participation in activities where appropriate and as
    • Ensure close coordination and
      sharing of information with relevant stakeholders such as local government,
      NGOs and local authorities, as appropriate and advised by the line
    • Conduct himself/herself both
      professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to
      Mercy Corps Uganda and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Documentation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:
    • Work closely with supervisor to
      capture data for measuring output and impact of the program; and to
      ensure accurate and timely flow of information from the field.
    • The jobholder will also prepare and
      submit timely weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports that will be
      indicative of program progress during implementation. Respond to queries
      if and when necessary.
    • Maintain proper filing system.
  • Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps Uganda’s
    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 the DYNAMIC program as well
    as themselves.
  • Accountability to Beneficiaries: DYNAMIC
    team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability,
    specifically to direct program participants, engaging them as equal
    partners in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of our
    field activities.
  • Perform any other related duties assigned
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Market
    Development Officer job placement should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in
    business, agribusiness, economic development or other relevant field is
  • At least three years’ experience and background
    in business or market/economic development preferably in the private
    sector or related industry.
  • Previous experience with market facilitation,
    supporting systemic change and promoting supporting services indirectly,
    is preferred.
  • Knowledge of the agricultural sectors highly
  • Some practical experience in working with
    both very small, small and medium sized companies in a development
  • Strong writing, communication, organization,
    prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Excellent (English) verbal and written
    communication skills. Language skills in Luo highly valued.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full
    knowledge of office applications.
  • Keen attention to detail and ability to
    complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Excellent teamwork abilities and
    interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and
    enthusiasm as well as a willingness to learn and to be continually
    adaptive within a dynamic and often self-directed working environment
  • Willingness to spend much time in the field
    and work closely with program target groups.
How to Apply:
prospective Ugandans who wish to join Mercy Corps are encouraged to send their
applications via email including a cover letter clearly stating your salary
requirements, CV (with 3 referees), and copies of academic
qualifications/certificates to addressed to the HR
Manager, Kampala Head Office on 4th Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot 1188-1190 Ggaba
Deadline: 24th March, 2016
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