Markets Support Officer for Women’s Empowerment – RAIN+


Markets Support Officer for Women’s Empowerment – RAIN+
Location: Mumbwa
Grade: F
Reporting to: District Programme Coordinator
Reporting from: N/A
Liaises withAll RAIN project staff, other FIM programme staff, PM&E Officer, Community Development Facilitators, Programme Coordinator and Technical Officer from MCDA, District Marketing Officer from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
Job purpose: The principle purpose of the position is to achieve the project outcomes of women’s economic empowerment, increased incomes from sales of micronutrient rich produce and improved access to inputs through the markets, in coordination with other project staff. The Markets Support Officer will facilitate implementation of the Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition Plus (RAIN+) project in line with the proposal and work plan. The Market Support Officer will provide support to RAIN women groups conducting marketing activities and facilitate linkages with private sector for the beneficiaries at local, district and national levels.
Main duties and responsibilities: 
Interactions with Markets:
  • In coordination with the DPC and Head Office Advisors Review and Revise the strategy for the market Component of the RAIN+ including:
    • Devise a system for proper usage of market grants by advising on the mode of fund usage taking into account sustainability of the groups.
    • Ensure that the seed and input supply in addressed in the strategy and adequately supported.
    • Identify through the value chain process the best options for Concern to engage with other stakeholders.
  • Support the women’ groups in market activities ensuring that:
    • 50% to 70% of the women groups are actively involved in market activities as per strategy.
    • Organise and support cascading trainings for the marketing groups as per the operational manual.
    • Supervise the activities of the marketing groups ensuring business plans are developed and reviewed by leadership of the groups.
    • Based on the marketing manual, support the women groups’ consuming marketing activities to actualise the business plan.
    • Provide linkages to the groups with private sectors at local, district and national levels through conducting market research and analysis.
  • Work with Concern Market advisor and/or consultant to ensure effective market engagement for RAIN+ to maximise benefits for beneficiaries.
  • Follow up with the groups from the RAIN pilot and provide support as needed.
  • Develop annual work plans for marketing and ensure the same are fully implemented and incorporated into the main plan.
Overall programme management and support:
  • Support day to day high quality project implementation against work plan.
  • Provide technical support to the partner and Concern staffs regarding markets through trainings and reviews.
  • Ensure effective rollout of the marketing strategy and conduct refresher training to staff both from Concern and partner.
  • Agree the data needs for the marketing component with the PM&E officer and work with all staff to ensure monthly data is collected, analysed and reviewed in a timely manner
  • Work with Women for Change to optimise the impact of the markets component on women’s empowerment. Ensure gender equality is mainstreamed in all markets activities.
  • Ensure the transparent and cost-effective use of resources within the project in line with Concern policies.
  • Provide monthly qualitative and quantitative reports and help to feed into annual report
  • Facilitate the integration of HIV & AIDS and Accountability within the project.
  • Participate in project relevant technical groups/ fora (district, province level) on behalf of Concern.
  • Conduct other duties as assigned by the supervisor not directly connected to marketing.
Other key tasks and responsibilities:
  • To adhere to and support the implementation of the Concern staff code of conduct and Programme Participant Protection Policy as described in the National Staff HR Manual
Education and Qualifications Required:
  • A Diploma in marketing or a related field.
Experience Required:
Essential:
  • At least 1-3 years’ work experience in agriculture related marketing.
  • Experience in community-based programming, including training of and working with small scale farmers
  • Experience in working with partners/ partnership management.
  • Demonstrable understanding of gender and women’s empowerment concepts and work experience in the same.
Desirable:
  •  NGO experience most preferable
Special skills, aptitude or personality requirements:
Essential:
  • An empowering working style with commitment to capacity building of development actors including partners and beneficiaries.
  • Good understanding of the role of M&E in the project cycle.
  • Good analytical skills including basic statistics
  • Fluent English language communication skills (written documentation, reporting).
  • Strong computer skills particularly Word and Excel.
Desirable:
  • Good understanding of gender/equality issues, HIV & AIDS mainstreaming, advocacy, disaster risk reduction and human rights-based development.
  • Working knowledge of local languages common in Mumbwa.
Application procedure:
Applications, in the form of a cover letter and CV, should be sent via e-mail to the following:HR.Zambia@concern.net and Zambia.DS@concern.netThe deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 19thFebruary 2016
Concern has a Code of Conduct and a Programme Participant Protection Policy to ensure maximum protection of programme participants from abuse and exploitation.
Concern worldwide website: www.concern.net
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