Fresher Market Systems Development Officer US Non-profit 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.
Job Summary: The Market
Systems Development Officer will implement all aspects of the market systems
development strategy in the Apolou Activity. This includes strengthening
private sector interventions in livestock and agriculture value chains, as well
as scaling up financial inclusion and other products/services as relevant. The
MSD Officer will work directly with the MSD Manager to developing agent
input/output and aggregator networks, increasing local partners’ access to
market information and financial services. The MSD Officer will ensure that
private sector led, project-support development is tailored to the unique
needs, opportunities and constraints of women and youth and that activities are
integrated with all other consortium supported sectors.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Strategy & Vision:
  • Support
    the MSD Manager to develop and implement MSD team strategy
  • Identify
    new opportunities for innovation and growth among private sector led
Program Management:
  • Actively
    participate in market assessments in the target communities to determine
    capacity gaps, business opportunities and potential hindrances that could
    be mitigated through engagements with public and private sector actors.
    This will include but not be limited to rapid market assessments, value
    chain analysis and business support activities for the key stakeholders.
  • Identify
    and engage private sector actors to effectively expand their business
    models in Karamoja Sub Region. This will include profiling businesses and
    conducting due diligence on potential partners, support the negotiation
    process to finalize teaming and partnership agreements, and providing
    ongoing business development support to key partners.
  • Foster
    ongoing positive cooperation with relevant stakeholders including MSMEs
    and the public sector to identify, assess and develop networks for
    potential linkages between market actors, producers and final consumers
  • Identify
    capacity gaps of MSME partner actors in Karamoja, design and conduct
    tailor made trainings, mentorship and coaching to boost their
    competiveness in the market and boost returns on investment
Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Establish
    procedures and guidelines to monitor and evaluate the progress and impact
    of economic development support work including setting and measuring
    benchmarks along results chains;
  • Keenly
    analyze project implementation strategies to identify constraints to
    program success and provide timely recommendations to inform decision
    making processes.
  • Provide
    data in support of team’s submission of timely monthly and quarterly
    reports, strategic reviews, annual reports and midterm evaluations that
    will be indicative of program progress during implementation.
Finance and Compliance
Comply with donor
and Mercy Corps regulations related to MSD Activities, contributing to monthly
procurement and financial needs and accurate administration of MSD funds.
Influence and Representation:
  • Ensure
    close coordination and sharing of information with relevant stakeholders
    such as local government authorities and NGOs as and when advised by the
    line manager.
  • Work
    closely with local government officials, local NGOs and civil society
    organizations, and other key stakeholders to ensure support for and
    acceptance of Mercy Corps’ market based interventions.
Organizational Learning: 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.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Market Systems Development Officer job
    placement should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration,
    Agrobusiness, or other related field
  • At
    least two years of related work experience with the private sector or
    market facilitation approaches
  • Familiarity
    with the Karamojong business environment a plus
  • Excellent
    English Language skills, with Nga’Karimojong language skills a plus
  • Computer
    literate with dexterity with Microsoft Office
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:  23rd February 2018
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