Markets Assessment Consultant (Mozambique)

Maputo, Mozambique
Apply by 20 March 2018
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 14 March 2018

Job Description

We’re looking for a
Markets Assessment Consultant (Mozambique)

I. Background
TechnoServe Mozambique is working with Sida to design and implement a five-year, Women in Business (WIN) program to support women entrepreneurs and women-led micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in high-potential sectors across the country. WIN starts with a six month market assessment and program design phase which will result in a proposal for a final program design to Sida at the end of the inception phase.

TechnoServe has prioritized seven sectors (Cashew, Sesame, Legumes, Fruits, Vegetables, Poultry and Service markets) for market assessment in the peri-urban and rural areas of Maputo, Nampula and Chimoio. However, during the market assessment period TechnoServe intends to verify the selection of these sectors and areas in consultation with government and private sector players, considering the relevance of the market to women entrepreneurs and women-led micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the sectors potential for growth and feasibility for intervention. These processes of ‘self-identification’ of priority markets will be done in order to drive ownership over the strategies developed and ensure participation at all levels including government and private sector.

TechnoServe has rooted it’s proposed market assessment design in a robust market system development (MSD) approach or the making market work for the poor (M4P) approach that emphasizes the potential for growth in prioritized market systems, the relevance of that growth to target beneficiaries, the role of the private and public sector in enabling growth, consideration of gender and youth in terms of engagement in the market system and the use of environmentally sensitive practices. The MSD approach identifies key constraints and opportunities that are addressed through targeted interventions that aim to enable more inclusive growth.

II. Project Objectives
The primary objective of this assignment is to support the TechnoServe Mozambique team conduct market assessments of key sectors and in specific areas as they related to women entrepreneurs and women-led micro, small and medium enterprises. Across all market systems, TechnoServe will use a market systems lens to conduct the assessment process. This assessment will use both primary and secondary sources of information pulling on expertise TechnoServe holds from past engagements in each market system.

* Minimum 5-7 years work experience, including at least 2 years of management consulting experience with a top tier firm
* Experience conducting research in a developing country
* Demonstrated leadership skills, teamwork and relationship building
* Proven analytical skills
* Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills; able to represent TechnoServe in front of senior stakeholders
* Excellent PowerPoint skills
* Ability to work independently, flexibly and responsively
* Able to adapt to changing working conditions Self-directed, disciplined and driven

About the Organization

TechnoServe is a global NGO that will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2018. We operate in 30 countries around the world, with more than 1,500 staff. Our work is based on the philosophy that if you provide the knowledge and market access to small businesses in emerging markets, you can successfully increase their incomes, helping poor individuals feed their families, afford to send their children to school and invest in their communities. In 2016, our work supported 594,000 farmers and entrepreneurs to increase their business revenues by $196M.

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