Graduate Trainee Jobs – Market Systems Trainees – Mercy Corps

Job
Title:         
 Market
Systems Trainee
Organization: Mercy
Corps
Duty Station: 
Kampala, 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.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Graduate trainee
responsibilities:
  • The market systems trainee will take part in analyzing markets
    trends and suggesting activities towards access to new markets and business
    development opportunities for value chains in Karamoja region.
  • The trainee will gain a strong understanding of the market systems
    approach and he/she is expected to use the knowledge to analyze the key
    growth and revenue drivers across the existing value chains.
  • Provide daily support to the MSD officers and manager, including the
    preparation of background documents, research pieces, and presentations as
    needed.
  • The trainee will be involved in field-level implementation,
    demonstrations on improved practices and technologies in collaboration
    with MSD Officers and other key stakeholders in the intervention areas.
    This will improve his/her ability to create and maintain functional
    partnerships based on mutual benefit and respect to achieve win – win outcomes.
  • The trainee will work directly with the MSD officers to develop
    agent input/output and aggregator networks intended to increase local
    partners’ access to market information and financial services.
  • The market systems trainee will gain hands on experience in
    strengthening private sector interventions in livestock and agriculture
    value chains, as well as scaling up financial inclusion and other
    products/services as relevant.
  • The trainee will have a chance to experience how private sector led
    and project-support development is tailored to the unique needs,
    opportunities and constraints of women and youth in the intervention
    areas.
  • Contribute to writing weekly and monthly program reports based on
    field inputs for review by the Market Systems Development officers.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Market Systems Trainee job
    opportunity should hold a bachelor’s degree in Microfinance, Agribusiness,
    Economics, Statistics, Business Studies and any other related field
  • Previous experience in relationship building, data collection and
    reporting techniques
  • The candidate must be results oriented with the ability to think
    creatively and adapt to tense moments with minimal supervision.
  • He/She must be willing to work in rural settings in Karamoja region
    and interact freely with the program clients.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Self-starter and able to work under minimal supervision.
  • Energetic and eager to tackle new projects and ideas.
  • Flexibility and desirous to take on additional roles and
    responsibilities as opportunities and needs arise
  • Knowledge of the local environment and fluency in languages like
    Pokot, Kiswahili and Ngarikaramajong will be an added advantage.
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: ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.org
Deadline: 21st August 2018
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