Market Development Officer NGO Jobs – GOAL International

Job Title:      Market
Development Officer
Organisation: GOAL
Duty Station: Abim,
Reports to: Programme
About US:
GOAL International
is an international non-profit organization that was founded in 1977 and works
to promote the realization of the fundamental rights of the poor, the
vulnerable, and those affected by humanitarian crisis. GOAL currently works in
16 countries, with our head office in Dublin, Ireland.
GOAL leads a
Consortium with Mercy Corps, VSO and Restless Development to implement the
Driving Youth-led New Agribusiness and Microenterprise (DYNAMIC) program in
partnership with The MasterCard Foundation. DYNAMIC is a five-year program
(2015-2020) that aims to increase the employment, self-employment, income and
resilience of youth aged 15-24 by promoting effective and efficient
agricultural market systems for and with youth.
Job Summary:  The Market Development Officer will implement
all aspects of the market systems development component of the district. She/he
will be required to apply a wide variety of market development tools and
approaches in order to catalyze innovative services and facilitate linkages
between market actors in the assigned programme area. The Market Development
Officer will work directly with the Market Development and Financial Services
Advisors who, in collaboration with the Program Managers will determine
technical strategy and work objectives for the Market Development
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
developing and implementing market development activities
  • With support from the Programme Manager and sector-focused Technical
    Specialists, participate in assessments in the target geographic areas to
    assess current situation, economic opportunities and resources, needs and
    potential programs as well as obstacles that could be mitigated through
    DYNAMIC’s engagement with public and private sector actors. Such
    assessments shall include but are not limited to rapid market assessments,
    a local competitiveness assessment, sector selection, value chain analysis
    and development, market development approaches and business support
    capacity needs to the stakeholders of the programme including relevant
    government agencies and other key institutions
  • Introduce the program to relevant stakeholders including local
    business owners, local representatives and community members. Foster
    ongoing positive cooperation with these stakeholders and forge links
    between market actors, producers, end users, etc.
  • In coordination with the Technical Specialists and local partners,
    plan, implement and monitor market system development activities for youth
    job creation. This will include exploring 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
  • 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.
  • 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 shared Learning Dialogue series that are thematically
  • Participate in the planning of learning events, exhibits, workshops
    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.
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
  • Where needed, support external evaluations by MasterCard’s research
    partner ODI.
As part of GOAL
Uganda’s 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 the DYNAMIC programme as
well as themselves.
Representation and
  • The MDO 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 DYNAMIC 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.
Accountability to
  • DYNAMIC team members are expected to support all efforts towards
    accountability, specifically to direct programme participants, engaging
    them as equal partners in the design, implementation, monitoring and
    evaluation of our field activities.
  • Any other related duties assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the GOAL International Market Development
    Officer job placement must hold a Bachelor’s degree in business, economic
    development or other relevant field
  • Background in business, with a minimum of 3 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
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested applicants who meet the requirements should submit
their applications which must include at least 4 reference contacts (2
professional, 2 character references, including your supervisor and the most
recent/previous employer), and daytime contact number to; The Human Resource
Manager, GOAL Uganda on the email: PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH
CERTIFICATES, indicate the job title in the subject line.

Deadline: 21st November 2018 

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