Market Systems Technical Specialist Job, Current Sales & Marketing Job Vacancies in Kenya,

Purpose of Position

To provide county-level capacity building, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all market systems strengthening interventions on agricultural production (crops and livestock), natural resource management and economic empowerment initiatives/activities in coordination with other program staff, consortium partners, private sector players and respective county officers from relevant ministries (e.g. Forestry and Environment, Agriculture and Livestock , Trade, Industry and Cooperative, Planning etc.) assigned to work with program as per IMARA program objectives aimed at achieving sustainable livelihood and resilient households in the targeted counties.

Major Responsibilities

  • Program Implementation (50%)
    • In consultation with the Senior Program Manager develop and implement plans for market development activities in the program
    • Identify and develop resources required by respective counties to successfully implement, monitor and evaluate sustainable natural resources-based VCs, financial inclusion and other outcomes related to commercialization within the program
    • Implement operational work plans related market systems in accordance with the budget, results framework, and administrative guidelines approved by the Program Steering Committee (PSC);
    • Participate in budget processes and periodic budget reviews for IMARA program
    • Stay abreast of new developments in market systems, livelihoods and financial inclusion, and participate actively in related technical working groups and forums;
    • Identify viable and sustainable niche markets for natural; resources-based value chains including non-traditional wood products such as gums and raisins and link them to producer’s groups in respective counties;
    • Facilitate the County Specific Producer/marketing/Commercial Groups engage the keys market players through collective price negotiations, contracts and/or warehouse receipting;
    • Facilitate promotion, establishment and reporting of village based Savings and Credit schemes through Savings for Transformation and onward linkage with formal financial service providers;
    • Facilitate various Business Development Support Interventions in collaboration with key stakeholders
    • Initiate various contextualized value natural resource-based chain development activities
    • Initiate linkages between the producers, input suppliers, financial institutions, traders, private sector players, government and other actors along natural resource-based chains
    • Provide technical assistance in the areas of NRM, agricultural/ livestock productivity, seed systems and agricultural/livestock value chains
    • Coordinate the adoption of new marketing approaches in NRM, Agriculture/Livestock and Livelihoods development
    • Implement decisions made by the Program Steering Committee (PSC) and the County Program Steering Committee (CPSC);
    • Technical support to the program team in launching tenders and calls for proposal; contract service providers and implementing entities;
    • Identify and facilitate establishment suitable innovative marketing information system (MIS) for the priority natural resource-based chains
    • Monitor progress of work plan implementation, identifying issues (technical and coordination) and formulate solutions to address the identified issues and;
    • Coordinate regular learning events and establishment of contractual engagements between various value chain actors
    • Establish County multi-stakeholder marketing forum/platforms
  • Quality Assurance: Design, Monitoring & Evaluation and Reporting (20%)
    • Ensure development and roll out of County Program, policies, guidelines and strategies
    • Facilitate the county in development of a detailed marketing systems and strategies for priority natural; resources-based value chains commodities that aligns with the county integrated development plans
    • Develop operational work plans (AOPs) in accordance with the budget, results framework, and administrative guidelines approved by the Program Steering Committee (PSC);
    • In consultation with the IMARA MEAL Coordinator develop a MEAL plan for market development activities in the program
    • Ensure effective integration of traders mapping and market monitoring interventions with other programs in the program
    • Track, in liaison with Program Manager and Accountant, program implementation expenditure levels and manage work plans and budgets;
    • Timely mobilization and effective communication with various market actors, communities and stakeholders during baselines and evaluations
    • Conduct periodic market assessment and develop relevant recommendations to be integrated in program planning
    • Support the IMARA MEAL Coordinator to develop annual learning agenda, data analysis from the field and producing customized reports for various applications/interventions and;
    • Support the County Program Steering Team in compiling reports every six months to be provided to the Secretariat that summarizes L & R program achievements, key challenges, lessons learned to date and detailing budget expenditures and investment plans from all stakeholders.
  • Capacity Building (10%)
    • Lead capacity building to ensure understanding and facilitate support to implementation,
    • Facilitate training needs identification for community producer groups, county staff and other public and private partners;
    • Facilitate Business Development Support Services trainings to consortium staff, partners as well as community groups
    • Organize for program staff to participate in relevant financial and market development related trainings.
  • Advocacy, Engagement and Networking, 15%
    • Ensure that the key laws, policies, regulations and government service delivery standards in marketing systems and financial inclusion are shared, interpreted and explained to communities
    • Effectively represent the program in stakeholder meetings at county and sub-county levels.
    • Report on resource mobilization opportunities at county and sub-county level
    • Provide information to inform fund raising initiatives at national level
    • Work with the County Departments of Agriculture, Cooperative development, Trade, Social Services, Devolution & Planning, and Enterprise Development for technical directions and leveraging of resources to support Economic Development interventions in the Program.
    • Facilitate community members to advocate on Economic Empowerment issues to relevant stakeholders;
    • Work with Private sector, other NGOs, CBOs, FBOs, Committees and Groups with related objectives for synergy and sustainability and;
    • Support community, sub-county and county level forums that facilitate identification of hindrances to effective market systems and marketing infrastructure
  • Others (5%)
    • Participate in Trans teams and support other initiatives by partners in the spirit of integration
    • Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor or designee

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

The following may be acquired through a combination of formal and prior experience or on-the-job training:

  • A degree in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, and Marketing, or any other related discipline.
  • At least 4 years experience in designing, planning, implementing, supervising, and reporting on integrated sustainable resource-based value chains marketing, Business Development, and/or Livelihoods programming in ASAL context is added advantage
  • A broad grasp of socio-economic policy issues with respect to NRM, Agriculture, range management and marketing in both in rural often fragile settings
  • Technical knowledge in NRM, Agriculture/Food security, Nutrition, Livestock and other Livelihoods, Social Protection, Gender issues and Youth inclusion
  • Experience in working with partners, county governments, civil society, donors and local communities;
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills
  • The ability to work independently, think innovatively and strategically and work effectively within a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and strict deadlines
  • Strong financial/budget management skills required

How To Apply

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