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Sabtu, November 10, 2007

Vacancy at Mercy Corps based in Meulaboh and Banda Aceh

Mercy Corps is an international NGO implementing programs in Aceh, Sumatra, Jakarta and Maluku. With over 250 staff and a 5-year plan for programs in Aceh, Mercy Corps is looking for a strong individual that will provide leadership and direction to the program teams in BANDA ACEH and MEULABOH. Successful candidates will meet the education and experience requirements for this position and will have a strong understanding of humanitarian principles and development ethics.

Head of Project, Rice Markets (Based In Banda Aceh)
The Aceh Economic Development Program engages entrepreneurs and stakeholders in market-driven solutions that generate services and products to meet local needs. Given the central role of agriculture to the Aceh economy, Mercy Corps has prioritized the rice sub-sector as an important avenue to increase micro, small & medium enterprise (MSME) incomes, generate jobs, strengthen market linkages, leverage resources, and engage leading entrepreneurs. The rice initiative is a 2-year project to develop the rice market system and enable farm production and processing to meet local needs, improve farmer incomes and compete with imported product. The project will be leveraged by Mercy Corps’ financial access and market information initiatives. The Head of Project, Rice Markets is a dynamic senior leadership position that will manage the design and implementation strategy, partnerships and exit of the rice value chain project.

A minimum of BS in agriculture or related business field. In-depth knowledge of the rice industry and rice cultivation in SE Asia. Ideal combination would be business exposure to the rice market and best practice production methods (SRI). Strong understanding of market development and value chain approaches. Experience with agribusiness support services, policy interventions, and stimulating market competition a plus. Demonstrated ability to design and implement commercially viable solutions to market constraints. Relationships with regional business networks and technical institutions strongly preferred, especially with Medan and leading entrepreneurs in Aceh and diaspora. Strong project management skills. Strong written and spoken English.

Project Management: Strategy Planning, Start-up, Implementation and Exit: Play a leadership role in ongoing rice program design efforts, including: mapping value chains, analyzing and prioritizing market constraints & opportunities, identifying solutions and interventions, and conducting action research with stakeholders, staff and consultants. Plan and manage an implementation strategy for commercially viable solutions at the rice production, collection, processing, retailer, consumer, business services and policy levels (as prioritized and selected).

Project & Market Monitoring: Ensure routine monitoring of program progress against indicators, in collaboration with M&E staff. Manage results within a 2-year project timeframe, including collecting baseline data, developing implementation and spending work plans. Use data to inform program management decisions.

Partnership Management: Cultivate and manage market-driven partnerships for maximum program impact and to scale successful business models. Ensure participating market actors in program have defined roles and contributions. Build capacity of partners where needed. Manage agreements with BDS providers, communities, government, etc. to ensure that agreement terms are met.

Staff Development & Representation: Manage performance and development of rice markets team and represent Mercy Corps at key technical and industry working groups.

Head of Project, Market Information (2 Positions, 1 in Banda Aceh and 1 in Meulaboh)
The Aceh Economic Development Program engages entrepreneurs and stakeholders in market-driven solutions that generate services and products to meet local needs. Mercy Corps is investing in a dynamic two-year initiative to address one of the most pervasive constraints and opportunities in Aceh’s market system: access to market information. Mercy Corps will play a market catalyst role in this initiative through incubating a business platform for market information exchange and user-driven services. The success of this initiative will be closely tied to commercial business models that respond to small enterprise, business service provider and consumer needs with real-time content on pricing, production, services, quality standards. The Head of Project, Market Information is a senior leadership position what will manage the design of the project’s business models, implementation strategy, partnerships and commercial sustainability.

A minimum of BS in business or information technology field. Strong understanding of market information systems and appropriate technology. Familiarity with the market development approach and demonstrated ability to design and implement commercial business models to address market constraints. Experience working with micro, small, medium enterprises and business services providers in Indonesia. Relationships with regional business networks, existing market information service providers, IT companies, and leading entrepreneurs in Aceh and Diaspora are a plus. Ability to conduct action research and keep program approaches current with market opportunities. Ability to broker win-win business partnerships and market linkages to

benefits MSMEs. Minimum of 4 years direct implementation of development or Market Information. Strong project design and management skills.

Project Design and Strategy: Play a leadership role in designing the market information project including: designing business models, fee structures, selecting appropriate technology, selecting motivated business partners, identifying target customers and content providers. Conduct action research to stimulate market for different product lines. Ensure that all market information project activities are in line with market development principles, in particular, user-driven and adaptive to changing market.

Project Management: Plan and manage implementation strategy, including using monitoring data to inform project design decisions and spending. Stay current with information technology sector and adjust business models as appropriate. Leverage interventions with Mercy Corps’ financial services and rice market development initiatives.

Partnership Management: Broker and manage market-driven partnerships for maximum program impact and to scale successful business models. Provide technical assistance to partners as necessary. Leverage other market information & technology initiatives in Aceh, including Wi-Maxx, and IT companies’ emerging market interests.

Staff Development and Organizational Representation: Manage staff performance and professional development for all Market Information Project members. Assist in recruiting and hiring staff. Represent Mercy Corps in key technical and industry working groups.

Please send the Application, CV, salary requirements and references to:

Human Resources Officer
Mercy Corps Banda Aceh Office
Jl.St.Mansyursah No.7 Peuniti, Banda Aceh
E Mail :
For Banda Aceh based position

Human Resources Officer
Mercy Corps Meulaboh Office
Jl.Iskandar Muda, Kel.Ujung Kalak Pahlawan
E Mail :
For Meulaboh based position


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