USAID Market Specialist (Consultant) Career Opportunity – Chemonics International Inc

Organisation: Chemonics International Inc
Project: Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET III)
Funding Source: USAID
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

USAID’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is a leading global provider of objective, evidence-based food security information and analysis. FEWS NET collaborates with international, regional and national partners to provide timely and rigorous early warning and analysis of potential, emerging, and/or evolving food security issues in order to inform decisions and guide response. Chemonics International Inc., based in Washington, DC, has been contracted by USAID to manage FEWS NET technical and field activities. In an effort to understand current and to foresee future market anomalies, the FEWS NET project relies on a broadly defined Markets and Trade Knowledge Base, which includes market context documents (Market Fundamentals Reports), special reports, and databases of historical market information (including production, food balance sheets, and prices). The Markets and Trade Knowledge Base largely serve as baselines, against which to assess the existence and extent of market-based anomalies that could contribute to food insecurity. Most recently, FEWS NET has been tasked with also providing USAID with market response decision support, including but not limited to assessing the impact of potential food assistance programs on a given country’s local economy. Over the remainder of the current contract, FEWS NET III plans to produce Market Fundamentals Reports for up to 10 countries, globally.

Job Summary: The primary duties of market specialist will include finalizing a field assessment agenda and methodological approach; conducting in-depth interviews with representatives of the grains, tubers, pulses, and edible oil markets; gathering information from key informants on the current status of commodity markets; and obtaining secondary data on agricultural markets.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Contact relevant representatives of the private sector, government, international organizations, and NGOs/PVOs involved in food assistance programming.
  • Carry out in-depth meetings with key informants about the current state of the commodity markets of interest. This will include facilitating 1-2 day workshops with groups of key informants in specific geographic or thematic areas related to the commodity markets of interest to USAID.
  • Obtain relevant data (including price data, agricultural production and trade statistics, and other market data) and reports (including existing market studies) from government and non-government offices for use in research by the team.
  • Offer general technical support to ensure the successful completion of the Market Fundamentals and market response analysis reports.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The Market Specialist (Consultant) should hold at least a Bachelors (MS preferred) in Economics or a closely related field and should possess experience in agricultural market analysis and/or food security analysis.
  • The applicants should have prior work experience with the implementation or research of local and regional procurement, cash, and voucher programming is highly desirable. (USAID Food for Peace, USDA, WFP, etc.)
  • Significant experience  in conducting external evaluations of food assistance programs, including is highly desirable.
  • Previous exposure and experience with major donor organizations or research institutions involved in food assistance or food security analysis (e.g., USAID, USDA, WFP, IFPRI, universities) is highly preferred.
  • Prior experience facilitating technical workshops and/or focus group interviews.
  • Proficiency in the main language spoken in the assessment area, in addition to English and/or French.
  • Proven ability to work with international and multidisciplinary team members

How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their updated CVs and cover letter in English to: Please note the position title in the subject line (Ex. “Logistics Assessment Specialist Market Analysis Consultant").

Deadline: 6th March, 2016

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