Market System Development Advisor-EUTF

Market System Development Advisor-EUTF
Trócaire , Ethiopia

1 Year
0 - 0
Job Type
Job Shift
Job Category
Requires Traveling
Career Level
As mentioned in job details
Total Vacancies
1 Job
Posted on
May 31, 2021
Last Date
Aug 31, 2021

Job Description

CST Ethiopia represents the overseas development and humanitarian agencies of the Catholic Church from England and Wales (CAFOD), Scotland (SCIAF), and Ireland (Trócaire) in Ethiopia. The three agencies have over 40 years’ of experience in international development and humanitarian response and are each members of worldwide networks, including Caritas Internationalis. Currently, the three agencies jointly operate a single, integrated country programme in Ethiopia through the legal entity CST Ethiopia.

CST Ethiopia is implementing a country strategic plan focused on two programmes Women’s Empowerment and Resilient Communities, which integrates sustainable livelihoods, humanitarian and other (e.g. peacebuilding) programming.

As part of the CST Ethiopia Programme, CST Ethiopia/Trócaire has secured a grant from EU under the EUTF for a project entitled Stability and socio-economic development for vulnerable and marginalized communities in the Tigray region of Ethiopia (T05-EUTF-HOA-ET-76). The overall objective of the project is to promote stability and socio economic development in vulnerable and marginalised areas of the Tigray region, in Ethiopia. The project has two components namely; i) Promotion of peace building and conflict prevention among local populations living in peripheral areas of Tigray at regional, zonal, woreda and at community levels and ii) Improvement of socio-economic opportunities for the most vulnerable and marginalized populations of the Tigray region. The project is going to be implemented in partnership with 7 implementing partners for 42 months with a total budget of 5.89 million, starting in July 2021.

The project is going to use Market System Development approach/ MSD approach in its implemention of the second component that is the improvement of socio-economic opportunities for the most vulnerable and marginalized population of the targeted areas.

CST Ethiopia is seeking to hire a MSD Advisor with relevant experiences on MSD approach and its application for providing technical support and accompany them during implmnetion.

For the candidate with the required experience and passion for the role, CST Ethiopia offers a competitive package of salary and benefits.

Scope of Role

The Market System Developmnet Advisor reports to Consorrtium Manager. The Market System Development Advisor is an important role in the Ethiopia Country programme and works closely with the Consortium Manger, CST Programme team, Business Development amp; Compliance Advisor, MEL-Advisor, Consortium members and other stakeholders to:

  • Provide technical support on Market System Development/MSD approach to EUTF- Consortium members of ADCS-Ad,REST,VIS, Famp;S, and other Stakeholders to implement the project entitled Stability and socio-economic development for vulnerable and marginalized communities in the Tigray region of Ethiopia (T05-EUTF-HOA-ET-76).
  • Facilitate and build the capacity of Consortium members on MSD approach
  • Ensure that the women’s empowerment theory of CST Ethiopia is well integrated into the project and all activities at different level are well captured using the gender lense.

Reporting to Consortium Manager -EUTF project

Key Duties amp; Responsibilities

Provide technical support on MSD approach to EUTF-Consortium members

  • In coordination with the EUTF-Consortium Manager, Programme Manager, Business Development amp; Compliance Advisor, and Resilient Communities Programme Coordinator ensure that the project entitled Stability and socio-economic development for vulnerable and marginalized communities in the Tigray region of Ethiopia (T05-EUTF-HOA-ET-76) is applying MSD approach as mentioned in the project proposal approved by EU
  • Jointly responsible with partners for the effective implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the project, in line with jointly agreed standards (programme cycle management) and EUTF requirements;
  • Ensure the implementation of the project activities as per the outcomes, activities, budget and timeframe indicated in the EUTF contract
  • Work in collaboration with Consortium Manager at partner head office to ensure the appropriate technical direction of the project and that the expertise and experiences of all Implementing partners can be brought to the project
  • Ensure timely technical support is provided, drawing on CST Programme, Partner head office or consultancy backstopping support where appropriate
  • Ensure the documentation of learning in a way that all stakeholders can engage with and use as a learning tool and that it is communicated to EU-delegation via CST-Ethiopia in an appropriate manner
  • Realise CST Ethiopia’s principles by acting in line with CST’s partnership standards, and by promoting and supporting partners’ adherence to jointly agreed accountability, gender, safeguarding children, protection, supply chain management/procurement good practice, and other standards, as these emerge;
  • Contribute, where appropriate and in agreement with partners, to advocacy and information work on MSD in support of partners efforts, with relevant stakeholders in the region and/or globally;
  • Ensures that Partners have clear understanding of gender equality within their organization and the project on women empowerment approach
  • Facilitate and accompany Famp;S during assessments , VC-analysis , and Business case Development
  • Facilitate different forums for value chain actors to improve the input supplies and for better negotiation and fair profit margins
  • Undertake any and all other duties as may be assigned by the EUTF-Consortium Manager or Programme Manager that are consistent with the nature of the job, its level of responsibility and requirements of the CST Ethiopia country programme

Build effective relationship and capacity of Consortium members

  • Develop, nurture and manage relationships with CST Ethiopia’s partner organisations in line with the principles and standards set in our Partnership Policy, guidance and tools, and in agreement with the EUTF-Consortium Manager or Programme Manager;
  • Work with partners to regularly assess the quality of the relationship, ensuring that effective communication channels are in place, and that any shortcomings are addressed;
  • In collaboration with EUTF-Consortium manager identify capacity needs among Consortium members and other relevant stakeholders in the area of understanding and Appling MSD Approaches and related topics
  • Provide training and accompaniment to Consortium members staff to ensure effective project implementation is in place
  • Supports and facilitates experience sharing forums and meetings on MSD approach ,capture and document the learnings for further dissemination

Manage the Women Empowerment approaches

  • In collaboration with the Women Empowerment Coordinator and EUTF-Consortium Manager, conduct power analysis among the Consortium members and design activities to address te gab
  • In collaboration with the Women Empowerment Coordinator facilitate different trainings that are planned to be provided as per the project proposal
  • Facilitate women only spaces during the project implementation for experience sharing among women groups from different Consortium members
  • Facilitate the training of WE, Transformative Household methodology, Protection, and gender equality to men and boys
  • Facilitate and recognize exemplary women of the year in market approach

Monitoring amp; evaluation

  • Ensure that monitoring visits to Consortium members are regular and support partners in their monitoring and in producing timely action plans on activities related to MSD deliverables
  • In collaboration with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor ,ensure the monitoring framework is functioning and updated when required.
  • Support the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor to regularly gather information required for the progress reports, and annual project reports according to the EUTF contract specifications.
  • Support the EUTF-Consortium Manager during the compilation and submission of all narrative reports and other requested documents to EUTF.
  • In collaboration with the EUTF-Consortium Manager, ensure the maintenance of comprehensive records of the project, in compliance with CST-Ethiopia Programme systems and the EUTF contract specifications.
  • Support the EUTF-Consortium Manager during the commence of Baseline, Mid-Year, and Final Review of the EUTF project


  • Undertake any and all other duties as may be assigned by the EUTF-Consortium Manager or Programme Manager that are consistent with the nature of the job, its level of responsibility and requirements of the CST Ethiopia country programme


Person Specification Essential Requirements

(E) Qualification

  • University Master’s degree in rural (agri-) economics, value chain development, developmental economics, business administration, agribusiness
  • Strong commitment to principles of partnership, solidarity, social justice and localisation
  • Good interpersonal relationships and team work skills in a multi-cultural environment
  • Proactive, participatory and result oriented approach to work
  • Excellent networking skills with the ability to establish good relationships, confident in engaging with colleagues, partners and stakeholders
  • Constructively critical, and analytical
  • Entrepreneurial, affinity to creativity and innovations
  • Open minded and flexible in approach
  • Effective communication
  • Cross cultural sensitivity
  • Readiness to work outside of the framed job description
  • Availability to work outside normal hours to meet deadlines and travel to project sites and within the region and outside when necessary and sometimes on short notice.

(E) Experience

  • Proven knowledge and experience in designing and implementing interventions on market development and value chain analysis (esp. focusing on livestock value chain)
  • Hands on experience in cost-benefit analysis, feasibility studies, context mapping
  • Profound skills in (participatory) market research, actors analysis, amp; conducting business case studies
  • Experience in private sector development, market linkages, and building network of actors
  • Very good understanding of theTigray context and their livelihood systems
  • Understanding food security and livelihood improvement in the context of dryland ecology
  • Familiar with gender sensitive and youth led interventions
  • Profound knowledge and skills in conflict transformation and do-no-harm approaches
  • Conviction and proven experience in active community participation (including in decision making) and empowerment of grassroots structures

(E) Skills

  • Capable of translating research/study outcomes into concrete actions
  • Understanding of the role of community based institutions in Tigray
  • Skilled in conducting training and facilitate learning workshops
  • Networking abilities, and exploring opportunities for cooperation with others
  • Able to exchange on best practices and engage on learning activities
  • Able to harness the capacity (power) of government and other actors to bring systemic change
  • Participate in partnership building and capacity development
  • Excellent communication and change management skills;
  • Computer literacy, including Excel, Work and Outlook

Person Specification Desirable

  • Project Management Qualification
  • Fluency one and or more local languages
  • Experience using Salesforce; experience using Agresso
  • Experience working in and coordinating consortium projects
  • Experience in working in a multi-stakeholders approach
  • Engage actively in facilitating processes for better results (facilitation skills)
  • Ability to provide effective coordination following result-based management principles
  • Familiar with monitoring and coaching techniques

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