Market Development Officer US Non-profit Careers – Mercy Corps

Development Officer
Organization: Mercy
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 Development Officer will be tasked with the following
responsibilities including implementing all aspects of the market systems
development component of the district and lower level DYNAMIC program. S/he
will 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: 
Strategy &
  • Gather and analyze relevant market information for the purpose of
    accurate and confident decision-making in determining program strategy and
    selection of potential partners.
  • Participate in assessments in the target geographic areas to assess
    current situation, economic opportunities and resources, needs and
    potential programs as well as challenges.
  • 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.
  • Support in setting direction by prioritizing and organizing actions
    & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide
    strategy development.
Program Management
  • Introduce program to relevant stakeholders including local business
    owners, local representatives and community members.
  • Work in close coordination with technical specialists and local
    partners, plan, implement and monitor market development activities.
  • Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to
    established vulnerability criteria.
  • Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using
    effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts.
  • Fulfill Mercy Corps’ Program Management Minimum Standards based on
    the organization-wide guide.
  • Ensure all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No
    Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards.
  • 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. Recognize opportunities for innovative action
    and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
  • 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.
Team Management
  • Support team members with information, tools and resources to
    improve performance & reach objectives.
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team
    members strive to achieve excellence.
Finance &
Compliance Management
  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to
    emergency programming.
  • Draft and/or review scope of work to hire and manage any technical
    consultants, including review for technical efficacy and contract budget.
Influence &
  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with
    consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other
  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor
    obligations are met.
  • 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.
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.
Accountability to
  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward
    accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international
    standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively
    engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design,
    monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
  • Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional
    manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and
    values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Market Development Officer
    job opportunity should a Bachelor’s Degree in business, agribusiness,
    economics or other relevant field 
  • Three years of practical experience in the private sector or related
  • Good understanding of business and knowledge of private sector
  • Knowledge of the agricultural sectors highly desirable.
  • Excellent (English) verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office
  • Good negotiation skills and high tolerance for uncertainty
  • 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 mandatory.
  • Willingness to spend much time in the field and work closely with
    program target groups.
  • Ability and or willingness to ride motorcycle is an added advantage.
  • The successful candidate will be one with a coherent sense of
    strategy to prioritize and guide activities, context sensitive and open to
    criticism and constantly step back from details to look for bigger picture
  • He or she is persistent; able to deal with rejection/failure (trial
    and error) and motivated and enthusiastic
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their E-mail applications
including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV
(with three professional referees), and copies of academic
qualifications/certificates addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy
Corps Uganda to:
Deadline: 27th July 2018
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