Programme Officer, Market Development: Christian Aid
Deadline: 7 September 2012 

Job Reference: ZIM/POMD-712/TS

Christian Aid is looking for a Programme Officer, Market Development to provide support to the Zimbabwe programme, particularly but not exclusively, the DFID Programme Partnership Arrangement (PPA) on pro-poor market development. The post holder will provide direct support to partners implementing the PPA programme and work closely with the Zimbabwe Christian Aid team to ensure PPA funded work is well integrated to strengthen performance of the country programme. The post holder will also support the development of Christian Aid work on pro-poor market development (PPMD), particularly applying the participatory market system development (PMSD) approach. This position requires extensive engagement with the private sector, markets, business associations and networks, as well as other relevant market stakeholders, including government. The Programme Officer will also coordinate, monitor and provide technical support to Christian Aid partners to ensure quality programme performance in accordance with PPA requirements. The Programme Officer will network with market and value chain stakeholders to keep abreast of market developments, as well as sharing experiences and best practices. 

Reporting to the Senior Programme Officer, Markets and Value Chain Development, the Programme Officer will be working closely and liaising with other Programme Officers working on livelihoods, advocacy and monitoring and evaluation on the Zimbabwe programme to ensure PPA work is well integrated into the Country programme. 

You will need to have a university degree in a relevant discipline, skills and knowledge of markets and value chain development, understand the partnership approach to development and be familiar with programme cycle management approaches and tools, documentation, networking and advocacy. You should have significant experience in development work, particularly involving markets, value chain development or enterprise development, proven ability in promoting and collaborating closely with multi-level stakeholders, strong writing skills in English, as well as IT skills and ability to communicate effectively in English and Ndebele or Shona, excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in team situations. It would also be desirable that candidate appreciates gender and social exclusion issues, have facilitation skills and some experience of working on markets. This is a fixed term contract for up to 18 months, renewed annually depending on funding. You will start as soon as possible after interviews.

To apply for this post, you need to access the full advertisement on the Christian Aid website and download the application form and role profile.

Please email your completed form to [email protected].org quoting the reference number for the post.

Preference will be given to applicants who are Zimbabwean nationals or who are eligible to work in Zimbabwe and can drive themselves to project sites.

Please note that CVs will not be accepted and that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by 14 September 2012 please assume your application was unsuccessful. 

Interview date: Week commencing 10 September 2012 

Christian Aid values diversity and aspires to reflect this in our workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.