Identifies market development opportunities.
Conducts research on new/potential market systems that will be of value to farmers and other market system actors developing market channels, business models, or partnerships that will determine if the introduction of these crops and market systems will be economically viable.
Initiate and with support from RDC management, MEL team leader and Market Systems Managers design research and studies which will generate information and data that will support RDC develop and constantly improve an RDC sector strategy.
Support MEL team leader draft questions for ad hoc and annual performance surveys.
Identifies market actors, assesses end markets, develops value chain maps, and identifies constraints, market-based solutions, and incentives to integrate small-scale producers into rice supply chains and commercial distribution networks.
Assesses the feasibility and projected impact of proposed RDC initiatives in support of performance monitoring plan targets and overall strategic objectives.
Facilitates strategy sessions with potential partners to design initiatives that will increase the access of farmers and other market system actors and will improve the efficiency and profitability of cropping system production and crop processing and through this improve income for farmers.
Supports the Market Systems Manager prepare requests for applications for related grants.
Support the Market Systems Manager draft partnership agreements with companies who have applications approved by the project grant application review committee. Support the Market Systems Manager negotiate the content, activities and budget with companies for agreements. Analyses the sustainability and economic viability of company interventions that will be supported through an RDC grant. Develop and review impact causal models/results chains to demonstrate how interventions will contribute to sustainable poverty reduction in targeted districts.
Be responsible for managing a portfolio of company agreements assigned to the Market Systems specialist by the Market Systems Manager. Specifically, the Market Systems Specialist will be responsible for monitoring company implemented field activities and reviewing monitoring data such as event participation forms for their quality and accuracy.
Encourages the flow of information and reflection to maximize performance and continuous improvement.
Be a resource person for RDC on sector responsible matters and when required prepare publications on related project activities and communications at meetings, workshops and field visits.
Be responsible for liaising with Government institutions and development organizations implementing related programs.
Supports the Market Systems Manager produce technical briefs, success stories and other communications materials for the project communications manager.
Supports the Market Systems Manager prepare data for quarterly work plan meetings and for quarterly and annual report. Writes sections for these reports when requested.
Collects stakeholder reports, generates reports, or conducts additional research to support performance monitoring and evaluation data collection.
Monitor and provide feedback on sector specific market system trends, facilitation activities, and private and public sector actor interventions in the agricultural machinery sector that promote farmer income development.
Undertakes other duties and projects as may be assigned from time to time.
Bachelors or Master's degree in agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural economics or business administration, with a specialization in agronomy, economics or business management or another relevant field.