2 x Market Systems Development Program Assistant
- Post Date:June 14, 2022
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- Career Level AssistantQualification DegreeExperience 1-3 Years
- Industry Non Governmental
Location: Bulawayo and Mutare
Position Status: Fixed term, Full-time
Duration: 10 months
About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps partners with communities as they move from a place of fragility to resilience, meeting urgent needs while addressing root causes – always powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse, and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact.
The Program / Department / Team
Mercy Corps has been operating in Zimbabwe since 2002 focusing its interventions on a multi-sectoral market systems development portfolio mobilizing communities to promote small-scale agriculture and revive local economies. MC Zimbabwe seeks to support at-risk communities in Zimbabwe – with a specific focus on young people, women, and other marginalized groups – to move towards sustainable development through building resilience and strong inclusive systems in the face of climatic and economic shocks and stresses. Market driven approaches are at the heart of Mercy Corps’ programming. Mercy Corps facilitates the development of systems that increase incomes and improve access to goods, with services, and employment opportunities, while reducing the risks and effects of shocks and stresses.
General Position Summary
Mercy Corps Zimbabwe will implement a 4-year Market Systems Development (MSD) program focused on urban/peri-urban and the associated rural and urban linkages. The program seeks to improve incomes, working conditions and resilience to shocks and stresses for women through sustainable livelihoods, with a particular emphasis on the potential embedded in microenterprises and informal markets. Under the supervision of the Program Officer, the Program Assistant is responsible for making sure that all systems are in order for workshops. In addition, the Program Assistant helps to develop materials, translate documents, and organize the program offices.
Essential Job Responsibilities
- In collaboration with the Program Team, translate and review the proposal submission forms.
- Assist the MSD Officer to develop and modify contingency plans, business plans, work plans, budgets and other documents necessary for the project implementation, as required
- Assist in the implementation of interventions and ensure that they are effective in relation to expected outputs, results and impacts
- Collaborate with the procurement staff on collecting pro forma invoices and finishing the procurement process to purchase materials for the grant.
- Assist with the planning and writing of progress reports from the grant projects.
- Translate program documents and manuals from local languages into English and vice versa.
- Assist groups in case they have problems that hinder the project in the field.
- Remain flexible and willing to handle unforeseen circumstances.
- Write minutes of team and working group meetings.
- Receive correspondence and submit to the MSD Regional Coordinator.
- Assist the MSD Officer in engaging various market players and developing partnerships activities.
- Assist the MSD Officer in providing capacity building support to relevant partners and market participants (e.g. input suppliers, financial institutions, traders, processors) to improve their business performance and the functioning of their market systems
- Assist the MSD Officer in conducting ongoing analysis of the markets and market systems affected by interventions, including documenting observations and results.
- Assist in facilitating field visits for Mercy Corps staff and donor agency visitors. Actively participate in the development of new initiatives.
- As part of our 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 Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries
- Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring, and evaluation of our field projects.
Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
- Reports Directly To: Market System Development Officer
- Works Directly With: Program Team
Knowledge and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences or any related field.
- Experience in market systems development programming.
- Willingness to engage in problem-solving and troubleshooting.
- Excellent computer skills, including expertise in PowerPoint, Explorer, PhotoShop and digital camera technology, Excel and Outlook Express.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Willingness to interact effectively with international and national personnel.
- Ability to perform several activities simultaneously, while maintaining a controlled presence.
- Superior English skills.
- Strong team player and communicator.
Ethics and Integrity
All Mercy Corps staff are expected to behave ethically and demonstrate the highest integrity in their professional and personal life. Mercy Corps has zero tolerance to any form of fraud, corruption, abuse, harassment, or exploitation. Any breach of our policies or misconduct will lead to disciplinary action that may lead to termination.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening, and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact. We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination based on race, colour, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to always adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct eLearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
How to apply
To apply, please send one document that includes your cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, contactable references, and your CV to Mercy Corps Human Resources at [email protected] by COB 17 June 2022.
Applications should be clearly marked with the position applied for in the email subject line.
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity organization.
Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis and shortlisting will proceed as applications are received.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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