Livestock Market System Development Specialist – RCP Mongolia.
ABOUT MERCY CORPS
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within now, and for the future.
Mercy Corps has been working in Mongolia since 1999 with programs focused on three dimensions of sustainable development. These include:
- Inclusive Economic Development: creating the supply and demand for business development services to assist rural producers and firms; facilitating access to financial services for rural business development: enhancing market linkages and formation of herder groups and cooperatives; job development skills training for the rural poor
- Good Governance: improving legal, institutional and administrative processes to be more participatory, accountable and transparent; enhancing public planning and procurement mechanisms at the local government level;
- Environmental Stewardship, supporting communities to make more informed decisions around herding practices and particularly mobility, through improved access to early warning information.
PROGRAM/ DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:
Based on the existing context and 15 years of lessons-learned, Mercy Corps proposes a Mongolia Resilient Communities' Program to foster and protect development gains and support Mongolia to shape its future opportunities.
Mercy Corps defines resilience as the capacity of households and communities to learn, cope, adapt and transform in the face of shocks and stresses. To be resilient, individuals, households and their communities must have the capacities to impact and become fully integrated into resilient systems. The overall goal of the Resilient Communities Program is that a competitive and resilient livestock industry facilitates inclusive, long-term social and economic well-being in Mongolia. The program has two Inclusive Market System obejctives: (1) Economic hubs support dynamics and adaptive livestock market opportunities; and (2) Livestock production models are robust, responsive and adapted to changing economic and ecological conditions. The primary focus of this position holder will be the successful implementation of the Livestock/Meat market development in close partnership with small and medium Livestock businesses that the program supports.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
Reporting to the Director of Programs, Livestock Market System Development Specialist is a technical/Managerial position for Mercy Corps Mongolia playing a crucial role in the implementation of RCP program in accordance with its two main pillars. The Livestock Market System Development Specialist position requires responsibilities of coordinating and collaborating with different partners and stakeholders in the area livestock production including improved use of feed and fodder, improved use of veterinary services and functioning registration system; in the area of business including partner mapping and feasibility study, review and technical advises on certifications and standards or livestock products, branding strategy development and establishment of successful linkages between producers and processors and traders and end-users. The Livestock Market System Development Specialist will work closely with the program and field team and Monitoring Evaluation Learning and Communication department to ensure quality program implementation.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
Strategy and Vision
- With supervision and guidance from the DOP and team leaders undertake assessments, project design and strategy.
- Undertake a light market system analysis and more quantified economic and feasibility analysis of the meat market sector on the supply and demand side including domestic as well as export market potentials.
- There will be a critical review of promising external models and approaches identified to ensure they are fit for purpose, identify key lessons learned from approaches which have faced challenges (eg livestock insurance, livestock identification). The person needs to have the ability to review/evaluate, understand what has worked previously and how to adapt it and migrate successful approaches into the project
- Work closely with DOP and team members in developing partner mapping and feasibility study
- Identify the capacity gaps of small and medium businesses in the meat sector and implement most feasible capacity building activities based on identified gaps. Facilitate business development support (or facilitating access to it) for SMEs – guidance on business planning, financing, marketing etc (at the individual enterprise level). Also support enterprise risk assessment/risk management
- Work with monitoring evaluation learning and communication team in setting baseline indexes of targeted businesses and track progress against set business capacity performance parameters and support/conduct real-time evaluation of project interventions.
- Actively participate in the periodic program planning, review and reflection meetings and sessions.
- Prepare periodic work plans and progress reports and undertake timely after action reviews and ongoing evaluation of individual activities and overall strategy, applying principles of adaptive management and ensuring initial project theory of change is critically reviewed and revised if appropriate on a periodic basis.
- Prepare accurate and timely reports and other project documentation and communication that contribute to a learning organization;
- Work closely with all other program teams to ensure synergy and to maximize program impact.
- Provide technical support in livestock production and support program team
- Build field team capacity in the areas of business, business mentorship and coaching.
- Assists in all other tasks and duties as assigned by supervisor and program managers. Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
- Provide team members with information and resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
Finance & Compliance Management
- Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations.
- Maintain systems to ensure effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with program, donor and Mercy Corps needs.
Representation & Coordination
- Conducts due-diligence on potential partners and supports the negotiation process, as requested, in finalizing teaming and partnership agreements;
- Identify partner and establish close collaboration with in piloting Livestock registration system
- Connect with NGOs/Bilateral for collaboration that supports the RCP objectives (WB, ADB, SDC, FAO etc,.)
- Work closely with government veterinary service providers and private veterinary service providers in rural areas to develop and test replicable approaches to appropriate vet services that support export-orientated production.
- Coordinate with other Mercy Corps programs and local government bodies to ensure coherent program implementation and to capitalize on business opportunities in Mercy Corps’ target communities. Provide technical leadership and coordination amongst partners to leverage actions of partners and bring the vision of the project to a group of stakeholders with similar goals.
- Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its mission.
- As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve - we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries:
- Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Provide technical supervision to Regional Coordinators and Aimag Partnership Facilitators working on inclusive market system development under RCP.
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Director of Programs
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Program and finance team in UB, field office team in countryside and private sector partners
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
- A degree, preferably graduate level, in Business Administration, Economics or Development studies;
- Minimum of five to seven years private sector experience and/or experience with development agencies in the agribusiness/Livestock sector is required;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Excellent computer skills, specifically in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
- Excellent attention to detail and ability to complete tasks in a timely manner;
- Excellent teamwork abilities and interpersonal skills;
- Strong analytical and quantitative skills is required;
- Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and enthusiasm as well as a willingness to learn and to be continually adaptive within a dynamic and often self-directed working environment mandatory;
- Ability to focus on day-to-day tasks at hand while also working towards longer-term objectives with an understanding that these will change continuously;
- Willingness to spend time in the field and work closely with program target groups.
The ideal candidate will have the ability and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in rural areas. S/he will be an excellent communicator, have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and often stressful environments.
LIVING CONDITIONS/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
Mercy Corps Mongolia has offices in capital Ulaanbaatar as well five regional offices in the aimags covering 16 Aimags. The position is based in Ulaanbaatar, with expectation of up to 30% travel to field offices and sites. It is an accompanied post. Ulaanbaatar has access to basic amenities with reasonable good apartments available. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in town. The security situation remains quite stable however the city suffers heavy air pollution during the winter. There is SOS clinic and Intermed hospital that provide some reasonable primary healthcare in the city.
Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.