Country: Uganda
Organization: DAI Global
Closing date: 1 May 2022



Project Background:

The Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets Activity (FTF IAM) works with agro-industry/agribusiness firms, Government of Uganda institutions and agencies, and market actor organizations on creating efficiencies in cross-market functions that enhance systemic changes to sustainably increase incomes and improve the livelihoods of households through agriculture-led inclusive economic growth. The Activity contributes to the Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) Uganda Country Plan goal of reducing hunger, malnutrition, and poverty, as well as the USAID/Uganda Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) 2016-2021 5-year goal of strengthening Uganda’s systems to accelerate inclusive education, health, and economic outcomes. The Activity works throughout the Feed the Future Uganda Zone of Influence (ZOI), which covers 38 districts spread across four regions of Uganda.

Role’s Purpose:

The Market Systems Advisor will be responsible for ensuring FtF IAM is consistently applying a facilitative market systems development (MSD) approach to achieve the Activity’s overall objectives. FtF IAM’s causal model seeks to increase the competitiveness, inclusivity, and resilience of Uganda’s market systems by building capacity of local market actors and offering incentives that de-risk investments and encourage behavior change. Gender equity, youth and social inclusion (GEYSI) is an integral part of this approach and the advisor will support FtF IAM to advance and scale inclusive business models. The advisor will also support FtF IAM to advance its interventions and learning around market systems resilience (MSR), an increasingly important framework that complements MSD.

The Market Systems Advisor will provide technical leadership and capacity building to the FtF IAM team and its partners to ensure the FtF IAM has the capability to facilitate improvements and changes in the market system. The advisor will be responsible for staying abreast of learnings, research and market trends to bring best practices to FtF IAM. They will collaborate with the technical team to apply learning and technical approaches to the design of intervention and partnerships strategies and support how learning enables FtF IAM to adapt and scale.

Objectives and Duties:

The Market Systems Advisor is responsible for the following:

Provides strategic and technical market systems development leadership for the Activity, providing expertise and guidance in all results areas in planning, design and field implementation of intervention areas, including inclusive business models and MSR.
Supports the Chief of Party, DCOP and senior field technical staff in developing, reviewing and adapting FtF IAM vision and intervention plans to ensure its partnerships lead to transformational changes in the agricultural market systems.
Leads and/or conducts periodic updates to market systems analyses where needed; evaluates the business case and potential of business models and technologies improve impact.
Collaborates with technical team and learning advisor to lead initiatives that advance thought leadership priority topics, such as MSR; supports staff and partners to understand MSR and apply the concept to intervention planning, monitoring and learning.
Provides mentorship and guidance to the project’s Partnership Intervention Managers (PIMs) in the implementation of market facilitation activities in line with the intervention plans; develops partnership strategies in collaboration with the DCOP, supports PIMs to identify and engage private and public-sector partners; supports the application of creative tools for disbursing donor funds to private sector actors, negotiating partnerships, monitoring agreements, and making changes where necessary.
Defines and coordinates research to capture lessons learned and best practices from projects and ensures their documentation and dissemination to inform Activity intervention design, implementation, and industry best practices.
Supports writing of case stories, articles, and thought pieces; provides review and substantive editing to interim and technical reports.
Identifies, builds, and manages collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.
Works with the MEL Advisor identify what data can be collected to inform and drive learning (ex. evaluating the business case for specific intervention that have the potential to scale, evaluating changes in MSR, evaluating consumer satisfaction, etc.) in support of FtF IAM adapting and scaling its interventions.


The Market Systems Advisor reports to the Chief of Party.


Relevant degree; Master’s degree in agricultural economics, business, or related studies with specialized study in market systems development or relevant field OR a Bachelor’s degree in a related field with 10 years of experience in economic development or similar programming. (Note: Education requirements are a preference and are highly desired.)
At least five years (10 years for holders of a Bachelor’s degree) of experience in economic development/ competitiveness program design and implementation involving projects/ programs of similar size and complexity using a market systems facilitation approach.
Five years of expert-level experience in analyzing agricultural market systems (identifying opportunities and challenges) and designing and implementing strategies/ interventions that apply globally recognized approaches and tools, including partnering with the private sector, to facilitate inclusive and sustainable market systems improvements. Familiarity and/or experience with Market Systems Resilience an advantage.
Demonstrated experience in creating and maintaining effective working relationships that foster collaborative learning.
At least five years of experience working in related fields in Africa, preferably in East Africa.

About the Organization

DAI is an employee-owned global development company. For 40 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governments, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 60 countries. Our integrated development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines—crisis mitigation and stability operations, democratic governance and public sector management, agriculture and agribusiness, private sector development and financial services, economics and trade, HIV/AIDS and disease control, water and natural resources management, and energy and climate change. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

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