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Market Services and Data Specialist

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  • Post Date: July 29, 2020
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Job Overview

Job Title: Market Services and Data Specialist
Deadline: 2 August 2020
Station: Bulawayo covering Bulawayo, Insiza, Lupane and Matobo districts

“Sizimele Action for Building Resilience in Zimbabwe” is a multi-year project meant to build resilience and well-being of 31,455 at risk households in Insiza, Lupane and Matobo districts of which over 60% are smallholder women rural farmers, 15% unemployed migrant youths and 10% vulnerable households. The main objective of this project is to enable recovery and enhance the resilience of at risk smallholder farmers so that they are food, income and nutrition secure in the face of increasing multiple and chronic shocks and stressors. This initiative was identified and designed in a participatory manner with target groups, local authorities and other stakeholders to transform the livelihoods and resilience of 31,455 households directly and 125,800 men, women and children indirectly in the three districts. This was achieved by building community capacities to prevent and mitigate potential negative impacts of shocks and stressors.
The Sizimele initiative has four major outcomes;
  • Communities in 57 wards have access to information for decision making on weather related shocks and relevant programmes;
  • Increased crop and livestock asset base and productivity for improved food, nutrition and income security
  • Strengthened and diversified livelihoods and incomes for local economic development of 31,455 households
  • Integration of resilience models for systems change & new knowledge in national programmes by government, private sector and other local development partners
The Sizimele consortium of 10 organizations implementing the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF) project would like to strengthen its market linkages component that was implemented during the past three years. A vacancy has arisen within the Sizimele Consortium for a Bulawayo based Market Services and Data Managing Specialist with frequent travel to the three operational districts
Purpose of the position
Under the overall supervision of the Sizimele Consortium Team Leader, the incumbent will work to build strong relationships with businesses, government stakeholders, NGO partners, community members, transporters and vendors associations in Bulawayo, Lupane, Matobo and Insiza districts. S/he will innovatively contribute to resuscitating and re-organising malfunctioning and inefficient market systems emanating from decreased economic activity pre and post Covid-19 pandemic.
The purpose of this role is to provide leadership in the full roll out of the market aggregation and e-voucher system to affectively link urban and rural  markets in Matabeleland.

Job description

The candidate is expected to:

  • Manage day-to-day relationships with private sector players, farmer producer groups, transporters, consumers, local authorities and government stakeholders.
  • Design innovative interventions that would facilitate change among targeted market actors. Support selected market actors to improve commercial, financial and technical competencies while mainstreaming resilience, competitiveness and inclusiveness in project activities.
  • Contribute to internal learning and knowledge management processes by conducting performance monitoring, Cost Benefit Analysis, market assessments, market analysis, project reviews and evaluations as appropriate.
  • Collect, analyse, interpret and compile reports that communicate strengths and weaknesses in market actors’ practices.
  • Identify opportunities for innovation and new areas for market aggregation and development of Covid-19 compliant and sensitive market systems approaches and tools.
  • Use innovative technological platforms to link farmer producer groups to transporters and buyers. Identify and rectify bottlenecks in specific value chains supported by the project. Conduct markets surveys, document success stories and lessons learnt to inform adaptive and future programming.
  • Manage data related to the portfolio.
  • Provide technical guidance partners engaged on this activity in consultation with Consortium Team Leader

Qualifications

  • Degree in marketing, business studies, entrepreneurship, social sciences, economics or related field.
  • At least 5 years’ working experience in the commercial sector and/or economic development or management consultancy or non-profit sector.
  • Good business acumen and appreciation of budgeting and financial management.
  • Good analytical and critical thinking skills, problem-solving, judgment and decision-making skills and the ability to monitor and explain trends and variances.
  • Excellent oral and writing skills, good reporting and presentation skills, with the ability to communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner, ability to tailor make reporting to meet target audiences’ competencies.
  • Strong relationship management skills, with the ability to engage direct and indirect reports and peers.
  • Good negotiation and persuasion skills.
  • Able to work both independently, efficiently, and effectively as well as in collaboration with people at various levels and from different backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications namely Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
  • Fluency in English is required and Knowledge of Ndebele language is an asset

Deadline: 2 August 2020

Job Detail
  • Career LevelOther
  • QualificationDegree
  • Experience5-10 Years
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