Market Systems Officer (4 Job Positions)

Market Systems Officer (4 Job Positions)

 

Job Summary:  GOAL is currently seeking to hire four (4) experienced, qualified and business minded Market Systems Officers to join our team in Kasese, Lira, Moroto and Hoima in Under the Young Africa Works Markets for Youth Programme. This is an exciting opportunity for you to join an extremely dynamic International NGO and to apply your skills in implementing a youth inclusive programme. If you have worked directly with agribusinesses/MSMEs, are familiar with and have experience in market systems development and private sector engagement approaches, and have worked with programs promoting youth and other vulnerable groups (women, refugees and persons with disabilities) participation in livelihoods and market systems context within Uganda and internationally, then this role is perfect for you!

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Planning, developing and implementing market development activities

  • In coordination with the Technical Specialists and local partners, plan, implement and monitor market system development activities. This will include developing partnerships with private sector actors to design, test, and deliver a wide range of appropriate services that increase youth employment and self-employment within the agricultural market system.
  • Assist in developing capacity building materials for business, technical and financial capacities as well as participate in capacity building sessions.
  • Help execute related field activities to ensure that the programme results are achieved to the highest standard, and that project deliverables are completed as planned.
  • Mobilize targeted youth to fully participate in the programme for sustainability.
  • Identify small business activities for seed support through basic improvements or inputs.
  • 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 and district leaders and local government departments, representing GOAL in coordination meetings and soliciting their participation in all activities where appropriate and as directed by the line manager.
  • Ensure close coordination and sharing of information with relevant stakeholders such as local government departments, NGO’s and local authorities, as appropriate and advised by the line manager.
  • Participate in the planning of learning and review meetings that bring private and public sector entities together to collectively review and discuss technology developments and innovation and to examine private sector approaches to household and community challenges that can be incubated through public sector incentives.

Documentation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

  • Work closely with the monitoring and evaluation staff to capture the required data for measuring output and impact of the programme; and to ensure accurate and timely flow of information from the field for entry in the database and for preparation of communication materials
  • 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 filling system in regard to market development activities of the program

Representation and Coordination

  • The MSO is expected to be the focal person for all coordination, partnership and related activities with local level private sector services providers, and related stakeholders.
  • Liaise with local government officials, local NGOs and civil society organizations, and other notables to ensure support for and acceptance of DYNAMIC’s market based programs.
  • Maintain close working relationships with development organizations, and local partners, including representing the programme at local coordination meetings as assigned.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to GOAL Uganda and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.




Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • A bachelor’s degree in business, economic development, agricultural sciences or other relevant
  • Background in business, with a minimum of three years practical experience in the private sector
  • Experience with market facilitation, supporting systemic change and promoting supporting services indirectly, is preferred Knowledge and experience in business financing for SME’s
  • Highly motivated and motivating individual who can lead SME’s from both the front and behind (depending on the situation)
  • Knowledge of the agricultural sectors highly desirable
  • Some practical experience in working with both very small, small and medium sized companies in a development setting,
  • Strong writing, communication, organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Excellent (English) verbal and written communication skills with proven financial management skills.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
  • Knowledge of the local language highly desirable
  • Willingness to spend more time in the field and work closely with program target groups

 

General terms and conditions

Code of Conduct and Accountability within GOAL

GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has values and behaviours framework which defines our code of conduct. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability.

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, Code of Conduct, health and safety, data protection and confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.

Safeguarding

Children and vulnerable adults a must be safeguarded to the maximum extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

 

GOAL

Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a global team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 13 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

 

General description of the country programme:

First operational in Uganda in 1979, the current GOAL Uganda country programme focuses on Health (including WASH, Health Accountability and Nutrition programming); and a market based systems approach to improving agricultural livelihoods and WASH. GOAL Uganda mainstreams gender, child protection, social behaviour change and resilience strategies across all programming. GOAL works on a district focused approach and uses a mixture of direct implementation and partnerships with national and international civil society organizations, local government, the private sector and communities to give effect to our mission.

GOAL Uganda has a skilled team of approximately 100 personnel and manages an annual operating budget of approximately €8.7 million (2018). GOAL is currently operational in the North, South, East and West of Uganda with six established offices in Kampala, Lira, Bugiri, Abim, Kaabong and Agago Districts. GOAL Uganda country programme is funded by a number of donors who include Mastercard, charity: water, Irish Aid and some small foundations.

Our package includes a competitive salary, health insurance cover for up to 3 dependents, comprehensive 24-hour personal accident cover, terminal benefits equivalent to one month for each completed year of service and our working hours provide for a half day on Fridays.  GOAL promotes a learning and development environment with training & study opportunities aligned to our staff development policy.

 

How to Apply:

Interested applicants who meet the requirements should submit their applications by email with at least 3 reference contacts (current or former Line Manager) from the last three employers and daytime contact number to; please attach a copy of the riding permit,  and daytime contact number to recruitment@ug.goal.ie  indicating the title ‘Market Systems Officer’ in the subject line and preferred location by 25th September 2021.  PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH CERTIFICATES.

Deadline: 25th September 2021

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