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Seeking Senior Technical Advisor (Market Linkages)
iDE is an international NGO with over 30 years of experience in designing and delivering market based anti-poverty programmes in 13 countries. We are a world leader in making markets work for the poor as well as the longest established market development specialist NGO in Bangladesh. iDE believes that markets can be a powerful force for improving smallholder prosperity by creating income and livelihood opportunities for poor rural households.
iDE Bangladesh (iDE-B) has 12 projects under its Food Security & Nutrition, Agriculture Markets, Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) and Technology & Innovation Portfolios. iDE-B is looking for a skilled and ambitious professionals for its upcoming SUCHANA project under Food Security & Nutrition portfolio.
The Senior Technical Advisor (Market Linkages) is the full time technical lead for iDE in the SUCHANA consortium. The position leads on the provision of technical advisory on market systems development as part of the Project Management Committee (PMC). This involves executing the TA support agreed for deployment in SUCHANA under the technical direction of the iDE Programs Director. The position will be directly responsible for field operations (led by a Field Team Leader and wider field team of around x20 staff), and will lead on the collection of monitoring and results measurement (MRM) data with the iQ team in iDE Bangladesh and Head Office.
Overall Responsibilities:
The Senior Technical Advisor (Market Linkages) will be primarily responsible for executing the TA support agreed in SUCHANA under the technical direction of the iDE Programs Director. This will include:
  • Developing/contextualizing program approaches, materials, and deployment strategies for the TA assignment for iDE in SUCHANA;
  • Responsibility for iDE field operations in SUCHANA in conjunction with the Field Team Leader iDE-SUCHANA;
  • Liaising closely on the collection and analysis of monitoring and results measurement (MRM) data for SUCHANA from the iQ team in iDE; and,
  • Budgeting, reporting and administration of the iDE’s program of work in the SUCHANA initiative to the coalition, and donor, as required.
Technical Overview:
With the Programs-Director, the Senior Technical Advisor (Market Linkages) will identify and capitalize on best practices in market linkages and management in other ongoing similar initiatives both within and out-side iDE and Bangladesh and the generate knowledge needed and lessons learnt to incorporate within the SUCHANA intervention as and when appropriate. The key technical areas include:
  • The application of market development/ private sector development approaches and theory such as Making Markets Work for the Poor(M4P), into a large-scale food-security and nutrition initiative in a coalition modality;
  • The preparation of programs of technical assistance (such as training curriculums and other materials) to enable to the iDE-SUCHANA TA team to guide and support the SUCHANA implementation staff (both implementing and partner NGOs); and,
  • The application of monitoring approaches such as the Donor Commission for Enterprise Development (DCED) standard for results measurement into the project to create a feedback loop will enable management to “course correct” from an informed position.
The Senior Technical Advisor (Market Linkages) will be expected to work collaboratively with the wider SUCHANA coalition team to ensure that technical assistance is provided as a cross-cutting theme in the overall initiative. This will involve:
  • Working cross-functionally with other experts (nutrition, gender, behavior change communications, aquaculture and horticulture science) in the routines and spaces developed by the project to ensure optimal project impact;
  • Providing regular inputs and recommendations to the SUCHANA Project Management Committee and strategic leadership (comprised of the institutional representatives of the coalition partners) to-wards achieving education goals for the project.; and,
  • Lead on engagement with partner organizations, and represent iDE both in the coalition, to the donor consortium, and to other external stakeholders as required in various knowledge sharing, project spaces, and industry events.
Educational Requirements:
  • Masters in Business Administration (Marketing, Finance, Management), Economics, Agro-Economics or Development studies
Experience requirements:
  • Minimum 5-7 years of relevant experience in developing and managing development programs, ideally in consortia, which follow market-development principles;
  • As this role requires a significant understanding of monitoring and results measurement (MRM), good experience of working directly with or alongside an M&E, MRM unit is required;
  • Demonstrate high-level performance management and leadership skills, particularly influencing and communications skills;
  • Expertise in strategic planning, program budgeting, financial management and reporting;
  • Excellent skills in coordinating, leadership and presentation are essential;
  • Excellent communication skill in English; and,
  • Ability to adapt and work with people from different cultures, gender, religion, race, nationality and age.
Additional Requirements:
  • This position is ideal for an expatriate with significant experience in working with international development projects relevant to the position. An understanding of Bangladesh country context is desirable.
Job Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Application instructions:Applicants are requested to send a CV (maximum 4 pages) with a cover letter (1 page) stating the applicant’s motivation for the role and insights from their previous experience in the technical areas outlined above to Please write “Senior Technical Advisor (Market Linkages)” in the subject line of the email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited by an interview either in-person or via video-conference. iDE is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on grounds of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

Deadline: 16 August, 2015 by 5.00 PM, Dhaka time

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