2 Market Development Officer International NGO Career Jobs – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: 
About US:
Mercy Corps is an international
non-profit organization which implements high-quality, analytical development
programmes in very difficult places. Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda
since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs in Acholi and Karamoja
sub regions. Mercy Corps is taking a community-led, market driven approach to
address poverty and food insecurity needs through interventions that get to the
root causes and contributing factors of economic vulnerability. Donors include
the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), DFID,
Mastercard Foundation, WALMART Foundation, Coca Cola Africa Foundation, US
Depart of State (DOS) /PEPFAR, ECHO and Nike Foundation.
About BRACED Program:
BRACED is being implemented in the Karamoja Region of Uganda, as well
as Wajir County Kenya. The BRACED Mercy Corps programme is designed around
three integrated thematic focus areas – Lands/NRM, Market Systems Development
and Governance. Mercy Corps recently received an 18-month extension operating
from January 2018-June 2019.
Job Summary: The Market
Development Officer will be responsible for setting up systems that will
support farmer access to agricultural inputs during the roll out of the seed
and other farm inputs subsidy activity. The incumbent will manage the
relationships between the agro-input dealers, seed companies and the farmers
for a successful subsidy program. S/he will also lead the identification and
selection of successful private sector actors and the program target
beneficiaries. S/he will ensure BRACED program’s objectives and results are
fully accomplished, documented and meet expected standards.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Formulate and implement strategies to
    facilitate establishment of agro- inputs and services providers through
    the networks of stakeholders for various private, government and civil
    sector engagements and linkages in Karamoja
  • Work closely with the seed companies and
    agro-input dealers to establish demonstration plots to test various
    varieties of seeds through organizing farmer field days to aid learning
    and adoption of new technologies
  • Support the development of a detailed
    implementation plan for agro-input manual voucher system to be implemented
    with clear activities, milestones and targets, in collaboration with other
    service providers and stakeholders.
  • Work closely with the seed companies,
    provide technical support and capacity building to agro-input dealers and
    other relevant stakeholders on how the voucher system operates
  • Lead identification and selection of
    primary schools to participate in the junior farmer schools activities
  • Coordinate and maintain good working
    relationships with government, private sector and civil society with
    interventions in agricultural value chains and market development
  • Work closely with the M& E team to
    design and develop and tools to assist with market development analysis,
    program design, activities’ implementation and M&E
  • Train and provide technical assistance to
    program field agents
  • Provide input to M&E activities
    related to all activities conducted
  • Plan, implement, evaluate and ensure that
    reports on field activities are properly drafted and timely submitted to
    the Projects Manager.
  • He/she will take part in periodic BRACED
    monthly and quarterly review meetings to share successes, challenges and
    lessons learnt to inform overall program objectives
  • 70%+ Travel in Karamoja required

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Market Development Officer job placement should hold a Bachelor’s
    degree in Economics, Entrepreneurship, Agribusiness, Social
    Sciences, and Development Studies, or related fields.
  • Possession of a post-graduate
    qualification in Entrepreneurship or Project Planning & Management,
    rural development and agri-enterprise is preferred
  • At least three years of experience of
    livelihoods or income generating projects, managing economic empowerment
    projects with ability to deliver sustainable community-based business
  • Experience working in Karamoja Region
  • Ability to network, build relationships
    and establish collaboration with different partners most especially local
    government staff, agencies local and international networks.
  • Previous experience and proven track
    record in rural development and participatory methods (including
    participatory integrated development plans)
  • A strong team player, with good
    communication and diplomatic skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently as
    part of a national team and with international professionals.
  • Excellent analytical and information
    management skills.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to
    work under stress and in austere contexts of remote locations.
  • Highly flexible and creative in planning
    and problem solving.
  • Keen attention to detail, ability to
    follow procedures and meet deadlines and work independently and
    cooperatively with team members.
  • Proven excellence maintaining professional
    internal and external relationships.
  • Ability to ride a motorcycle is required.
  • Fluency in N’Karamojong preferred
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:  24th January 2018
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