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Market Manager
Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Propcom Mai-Karfi was a six year DFID programme aimed at increasing incomes for the poor in Northern Nigeria through enhanced opportunities for increased employment and improved productivity in selected agricultural market systems in northern Nigeria. It now has a three-year extension 2018-2021 to work in a reduced number of states from mid-2018:


Tier 1 (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe);

Tier 2 (Gombe, Taraba and Bauchi) and

Partnership states / Tier 3 (Kaduna, Kano and Jigawa).

To provide direction and management to the technical work within an identified state which constitutes part of a Tier – determining the overall direction and delivery of the programme, by collaborating and coordinating with the Tier Leads of the Tier. The Market Manager will also be responsible for providing direction, in association with the core specialists, the Results Measurement team, and identified Short Term Technical Assistance (STTA). For a given intervention(s,) the Market Manager will also have responsibility for ensuring compliance for the programme objectives of:
  • gender and women’s economic empowerment (WEE),and
  • climate smart agriculture (CSA)
Management support for interventions and associated activities of the programme ensuring progress and achievements which contribute to wider programme milestones. Market engagement in a given state is tracked and documented (to agreed formats where applicable), and disseminated to relevant internal and external audiences in an appropriate and timely manner.  The field level work will be supported by the line managed State Officer and, when required, M&E Enumerators. 
The Market Manager will be responsible for the following:
  • Provide overall direction for identified interventions and activities within the assigned state, 
  • Ensure adequate understanding of field level issues and provide required support to the inter-linkages of actives taking place in the state.
  • Ensure all opportunities to identify and incorporate WEE activities are acted on in the Tier, and also ensure implementation of relevant interventions are aligned to delivering Climate Smart Agriculture indicators.
  • As part of the required wider monitoring and quality assurance, all intervention guides and associated documents and resulting outputs are adequately documented.
  • Identify new markets with the aim of contributing to the overall programme strategy; liaise with other members of the programme senior management team especially Tier Leads on potential markets and design effective implementation strategies for approved market interventions ensuring that they meet all donor and programme requirements.
  • Manage all market related value chain analysis ensuring study designs, contracting and implementation are done in accordance to set standards and in consultation with senior management, the Results Measurement team and the Support team; with the Tier Lead review of the development of final market opportunity reports as well as all other weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
  • Drive the stakeholder analysis of the selected commodity chains, as well as identifying and contacting potential agents of change within agreed value chains and/or specific states.
  • Support work required for PEA analysis for the state context as well as for specific value chains and potential partners.
  • Oversee the implementation of all interventions ensuring that initiative is taken within each intervention and setting work plans for the interventions.
  • Ensure that all intervention design follows the agreed process and reporting developed by the Programme.This complies with agreed reporting and is aligned with the defined protocols.
  • Identify evolving policy areas along with the Tier Lead for each intervention and establish appropriate partnerships and contacts aimed at driving the policy amendment process where applicable.
  • Coordinate all administrative aspects of partnerships including but not limited to grants, MoUs, Collaboration Agreements and other contractual mechanisms
The Market Manager will report to the Tier Lead(s). S/he will also be expected to work closely with the Results Measurement team of the programme in supporting with the design of all information gathering and progress monitoring tools for all interventions. S/he will also be expected to establish and maintain good and effective working relationships with other members of the Propcom Mai-karfi team.
The Market Manager will work closely with all market partners ensuring that interests of smallholder farmers and vulnerable groups are adequately protected and all interventions have the potential for sustained improvements of the standards of the poor within the market areas. S/he will be required to drive the programme and donor interests within all interventions within the market, thereby representing the programme at a strategic level with both the donor and other stakeholders.
The Market Manager should have:
  • A degree or similar qualification in Business Development, (Agric) Economics or Development Studies;
  • Minimum of 3 years’ work experience in activities related to agricultural commodities and rural development, with some experience working with the private sector and confirmed knowledge of the institutions and organisations that provide services to the agricultural sector in Nigeria;
  • At least 1 years’ experience leading a small team which required a coordination function
  • Experience in business development with a focus on agricultural value chain analysis;
  • Experience in market development activities in post-conflict environments would be a distinct advantage;
  • Experience in developing and supporting the delivery of simple business plans in complex market chains;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison with external parties;
  • Ability to influence a range of people including client organisations, government agencies and other key stakeholders by building constructive relationships through clear communication and generate effective discussion and mutual support for plans and ideas.
  • Strong project management expertise, exposure to implementing technical assistance projects, and ability to bring together sector stakeholders would be advantageous
  • Previous experience using the market for the poor (M4P) approach would be of great advantage;
  • Ability to speak Hausa is desirable. Fluent communication in English is essential.
26 Feb 2019
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