Practical Action – Market Systems Development Advisor – PAC East Africa.

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Salary: TBC

Location: Nairobi (Kenya) or Kigali (Rwanda) with travel within the Eastern Africa region

Employment status: Permanent

We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world. We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

Practical Action Consulting’s (PAC) market interventions are designed to produce change between market actors and the systems in which they operate in a sustainable and replicable manner. Our responses are always designed with a good understanding of key marketsystems, to ensure we do not inadvertently damage livelihoods, jobs and businesses. PAC delivers consultancy assignments that assist people at the bottom of the pyramid to increase their incomes by accessing technology, skills and knowledge to participate in and transform market systems.

The overall purpose of this job is to lead and manage Practical Action Consulting East Africa’s market system development work, winning and delivering market development-focused consultancy assignments in the areas of Energy Access, WASH, Agriculture and Livelihoods, and Disaster Risk Reduction, which support Practical Action’s regional strategy and our goal of helping poor and marginalised people in East Africa to achieve equitable access to the markets they need. The role will also engage in Practical Action’s work on impact investment, working with SMEs to develop inclusive business models that can access finance to grow their businesses.

To be successful in the role, you will be a graduate with a Master’s degree in business management, agriculture, cooperative management, social enterprise, finance, renewable energy, economics or a related discipline. A post graduate diploma in project management or community development will be an added advantage. Working experience of at least seven (7) years’ in market development and/or business support within INGOs, consultancy or private sectors, in East Africa and internationally. • Experience with market development in at least two of thematic areas (Energy Access, WASH, Agriculture and Livelihoods, enterprise models and bottom-of-the-pyramid delivery approaches and vast knowledge in collecting, organizing and interpreting statistical information is essential. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, generate new project ideas and contacts and drive forward initiatives proactively with excellent communication and influencing skills across cultures, including proven technical writing and presentation/communication skills is desirable.



Interested applicants should submit their applications, including an updated CV with a cover letter via email to: not later than 21st November 2021
indicating ‘Markets Systems Development Advisor’ on the email subject line.

At Practical Action, we treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age,
religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

We are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.

The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in Kenya/Rwanda.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted




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