Market Systems Development Officer US International NGO Jobs – Mercy Corps

Job
Title:         
 Market
Systems Development Officer
Organization: Mercy
Corps
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
Mercy 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.
Job Summary:  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.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
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
  • Actively 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.
Monitoring 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.
  • Work closely 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.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the Mercy Corps Market
    Systems Development Officer must hold a Bachelor’s in Business
    Administration, Agricultural economics, animal production or any other
    relevant fields.
  • Three years of 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.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their online applications to
the Senior HR and Legal Manager by clicking the link below. Please clearly
state your salary requirements on the cover letter, attach your CV (with 3
referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates.
Deadline: 18th June 2018
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