Adviser- Markets Linkages at CARE Ethiopia

Job Description

JOB SUMMARY:

The position holder will work with closely and report to the Agriculture Livelihoods Technical advisor. The position holder provides technical assistance and capacity building on marketing and value-chain development to the DFSA project consortium partners and staff in the operational woredas and zone/s. The position holder will coordinate market assessment studies, identify key marketing and promotional gaps and provides high quality marketing training and develop guideline, and also coordinate the design, planning and implementation of agricultural marketing and value-chain and market linkage activities under the designated project operational areas. S/he will work with other technical areas to ensure harmonization and appropriate sequencing of interventions to ensure that approaches are suitable for the households targeted by DFSA and are based on facilitating long-lasting relationship building.

Roles and Responsibilities

1. Provide technical assistance/Program planning and implementation (40%)

Provide quality technical support to consortium partners, government counter-parts, private sector actors and project participants;

. In close collaboration with the Agriculture Livelihoods Technical Advisor, develop and lead the design and implementation of a gender and youth sensitive market assessments, identify key marketing and promotional gaps and design a high quality approaches including coaching, relationship building, business understanding and innovation- including avenues for timely market information delivery system to beneficiaries;

. Participates in DFSA detailed implementation planning (DIP), and annual reviews, to ensure that proper practices, tools and guidelines are adopted throughout the life of the project.

. Establishes all necessary relationships with market actors to ensure that buy-in for evidence based and sound practices and share lessons.

. Support social change processes in relation to changing attitudes related to markets and market actors;

. In collaboration with the Gender and Youth Technical lead, ensure that all guidelines and implementation tools resonate with the needs of and are uniquely placed to facilitate empowerment of women and youth;

. Support identification and promotion of innovative approaches and interventions to achieve project objective and suited to the particular conditions and needs of diverse target groups in diverse geographic location and social norms;

. Support with the implementation of appropriate monitoring systems and provide/compile report on program activities;

. Ensure DFSA incorporates innovative, cost effective and equitable practices and mechanisms that have potential for social transformation, learning and scaling up.

. Monitor progress and provide on-going feedback and recommendations to project management.

. Actively engage with, maintain a productive relationship and be deeply familiar with all aspects of the relevant service providers, input suppliers and the wider market system (formal and informal) supporting poor households and are in a position to provide market expansion options;

. Support coordination and linkages among private sectors actors and business stakeholders, including government offices to support sound implementation of sound and fair market facilitation approach;

. Proactively engage with the learning agenda partners to identify and explore learning opportunities and issues;

. Advise and ensure technical area initiatives are consistent with sustainable development principles and are equitable.

2. Capacity building and Monitoring (40%)

. Conduct capacity assessment and based on the findings advise or plan for consortium partners to develop key competencies and skills to produce quality results and nurture commitments to apply new skills;

. Establish on-going induction and training processes on the technical area for staffs and market actors and other partners on facilitative market development approach;

. Provide support, guidance and training to program staff to understand the technical requirements and best practices that promote and support behavioral changes to enhance productivity, investment in inputs/technologies and market relationships;

. With the leadership of the technical lead, Closely works with the DFSA M & E staff and Collaborative Learning partners and CARE program quality and Learning (PQL) unit to ensure that learning and monitoring evaluation systems are in-sync with global agendas and needs, as required.

. Actively participate in regular team planning and review meetings; identify follow up activities based on findings of previous activities and implementation;

. Ensures productive relationships are established and maintained with all consortium partners, market actors, governmental and non-governmental organizations at all levels and with expert institutions;

. Proactively develop and maintain a good learning platform with all stakeholders and ensure that good practices are shared widely;

3. Learning, documentation and sharing (15%)

. With the support of the technical lead and supervisor, identify, record and share lessons on program processes, practices and results with internal staffs, consortium partners and other stakeholders;

. With support of the technical lead ensures productive relationships are established and maintained in the area of market linkage with all consortium partners, donors other DFSA implementing partners ,governmental and non-governmental organizations at all levels and with expert institutions;

. Led Market linkage activity of DFSA consortium and  Represent CARE and other consortium partners on market linkage and value chain forums at different levels;

. Ensure the program captures and responds to up-to-date information about market and regulatory developments;

. Establish and ensure proper sex and age disaggregated database is in place to track the effective engagement with private market actors;

. Organize opportunities and forums for experience sharing and learning;

. Prepare and maintain up to date information on the livelihood situation of each operational area;

. Prepare reports as deemed necessary.

Level of Travel Required

This position is based in Addis Ababa with 30 % travel to DFSA implementation areas under the three consortium partners.

Job Requirements

III. Qualifications

A) Education/Training Required:

.  B.A. Degree in agricultural economics, local economic development, marketing or other closely related field with experience on the agricultural Marketing, value-chain and livelihood promotion.

Desired:

.  MSC/MA in agricultural economics, local economic development, marketing or other closely related field with experience in agricultural marketing, value-chain, food security and livelihood promotion.

B) Experience Required:

.  5-7 years of work experience in the Agricultural Marketing, value-chain, local economic development and familiarity with food security, rural development.

Desired:

. Experience in business development and entrepreneurship development programmes and working in the NGO sector.

C) Technical Skills Required:

·         Language proficiency in written and spoken English;

·         Proficiency in computer (Word, Excel & Access);

·         Knowledge on marketing and value-chain;

·         Effective interpersonal skills,  maturity, initiative, tact and a high sense of responsibility,

·         Ability to work harmoniously with people of different educational and cultural backgrounds;

·         Ability to analyze technical issues, to write clear and concise reports and make effective oral presentations;

·         Demonstrated technical ability and skills to work effectively with project staff and partners at all levels;

·         Firm belief in teamwork, gender equality, and empowerment;

·         Good understanding of participatory approach and sustainable development;

·         Proven training and facilitation skills;

Desired:

·         Knowledge of Agricultural Marketing and value-chain;

·         Strategic and operational planning experience;

·         Knowledge of Afan Oromo;

·         Training materials development and facilitation skills;

·         Project design, monitoring and evaluation skill;

D. Competencies: CARE core values (respect, accountability, courage, and excellence), building partnerships, and managing performance for success, initiating action, interpersonal skills, contributing to team success, pro-active problem solving, organizing and flexibility.

If you are interested to be part of our dynamic team, exciting work environment and contribute to CARE Ethiopia’s mission and vision, please forward your: CV  and cover letter to ETHJobsHR@care.org.

Note: On the subject Line, please clearly write the position “Adviser- Markets Linkages”. Your application will be automatically disqualified, if you fail to do so.

Passionate and dedicated candidates who meet the requirement are strongly encouraged to apply, especially women

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