Job Vacancy – Senior Market Systems Expert

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April 5, 2018 | No Comments

Duma Works is recruiting a Senior Market Systems Expert for our client, Technoserve.

Title: Senior Market Systems Expert

Reports to: TBA

Location:  Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda or Uganda

Grade: TBA

TechnoServe Background

TechnoServe  works  with  enterprising  people  in  the  developing  world  to  build  competitive  farms, businesses,and  industries.  We  are  a  nonprofit  organization  that  develops  business  solutions  to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and  women in even the poorest  places can generate income, jobs and  wealth  for  their  families  and  communities.  With  more  than  four  decades  of  proven  results,  we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

Program Description

A  donor  is  planning  a  new  £50  million –£70  million,  7-year  flagship  program.  The  program  aims  to contribute  to  the  economic  transformation  needed  to  create  more  and  better  jobs,  set  countries  on  a trajectory out  of poverty, and create social stability. The program will support  increased foreigndirect investment   (FDI)   into   manufacturing   to   boost   productivity   by   introducing   new   technology   and management   capabilities,   and   increase   the   capabilities   of   the   workforce   and   diffuse   these improvements into the wider economy. Anticipated focus sectors include textiles/apparel, construction, pharma, light vehicle/machinery assembly, logistics and packaging, and agri-processing.

A  Transaction  Facilitation  Services  component  will  identify  and  support  investments  with  the  highest additionality and development impact. A Technical Assistance (TA) component will address constraints faced by specific foreign investors to facilitate new or expand existing investments. It will also support the  development  of  backward  linkages  to  domestic  firms  and  strengthening  of firm  capacity  for participation  in the supply  chain. TA  will  be  provided to government and private  sector/private sector-related organizations in line with market systems principles.

Position Description

The Senior  Market  Systems  for  the  Poor/Sector/Value  Chains  Expert will  work  with  the  Junior Market Systems Expert to provide TA to government and the private sector to support additional FDI in manufacturing  sectors.  Using  market  systems  principles  and  rooted  in  a  strong  understanding  of political  economy issues,  they  will  provide  TA  to  address  investment-specific  constraints  faced  by foreign investors, facilitate market linkages to FDI investors (both backward linkages to domestic firms and  upstream  linkages  with  new  buyers),  and  strengthen  local  firms’  capacity  to  participate  in  the investor supply chain.

Minimum Skills and Experience required

  • Must  have  at  least  10  years’  experience  working  in  a  particular  market  sector  or  subsector  to develop the sector  by  identifying barriers, developing  value chains (supply  based and customer), improving exports and product standards, productivity and skills issues.
  • Must have good knowledge of global trends in the sector.
  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. Master’s degree in a relevant field preferred.
  • Preferred to have experience in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Preferred  to  have  experience  in  sectors  related  to  the  project  (e.g.  textiles/apparel,  construction, pharma, light vehicle/machinery assembly, logistics and packaging, and agri-processing).
  • Strongly  preferred  to  have  experience  delivering  technical  assistance  in  a  way  that  aligns  with market systems principles  and is systemic, adaptive,  grounded in  political economy analysis  and aware of incentives.
  • Comfort and experience working in a fast-paced, multicultural environment.
  • An  effective  decision  maker  and  problem  solver,  able  to  analyze  situations,  diagnose  problems, identify the key issues, establish and evaluate alternative courses of action, and produce a logical, practical and acceptable solution.
  • Proven ability to communicate complex technical information to diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience in business planning and analysis, modeling for feasibility and execution.
  • Able to analyze and express ideas clearly in business writing.
  • Carries out tasks with integrity and honesty.
  • Preferred to have experience managing staff. Exhibits emotional intelligence, an ability to delegate, strategic  thinking,  support  for  the  development  of  staff  skills,  and  experience  providing  coaching and feedback.
  • Fluent in English.

This position is contingent upon funding and donor approval. We welcome hearing from qualified and interested applicants.


To apply online click here or send your Cover Letter and detailed CV to [email protected] marking the subject as “3324”, Your Full name & Phone number e.g. 3324 Barack Obama, +2547xxxxxxxx. If you don’t follow these instructions, your application will not go through.

Deadline for receiving applications: Monday, 30 April 2018


* You will receive a confirmation email and an alert to take a basic screening test over SMS or online. The email with the test may not arrive immediately. Please be patient. The email/SMS test will typically be 5-8 questions to help us understand your background. Regular SMS rates apply to the test.

If you apply and don’t meet these minimum qualifications, we will not be able to move forward with you application.

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