Business Development Officer – Poultry Development for Resettlement (PDR) at Mercy Corps Nigeria

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.  We are recruiting to fill the position below: Job Title: Business Development Officer - Poultry Development for Resettlement (PDR) Reference Number: MDG/HUMOPS/2019/00057  Location: Maiduguri - BornoProgram / Department SummaryPoultry Development for Resettlement program aims to revitalize the poultry livelihoods and markets through the introduction of affordable, hybrid chickens in the context of Northeast Nigeria.The program will facilitate support to individuals and/or households in order to engage in a safe income generating activity (Poultry rearing) and provides households with access to a nutritious source of protein in the form of chicken and eggs, and thereby improve their nutritional status.The position will be based in Maiduguri with travel to project sites on regular basis.The project works with, private sector, Individual poultry farmers, returnees’ households and the host community. General Position Summary The Business Development Officer will be responsible for supporting market actors with business skills development, business plan and innovation to adopt new business approaches in the intervention communities of PDR program.S/He will be responsible for supporting the implementation of strategic, impactful, and high-quality programming.The BDO will report to the Deputy Program Manager - MALL and work collaboratively with business development assistant and other program staff.S/he will work extensively with other sectors of the project to ensure that all activities are implemented successfully and timely.Essential Job Functions Strategy & Program Management:Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.  Originate ideas for self and others and test those ideas.Share information and work with colleagues to create innovations in the team’s work.Facilitate effective communication of information to various audiences using a variety of techniques, ensuring the information is tailored to the audience.Following up new business opportunities and lead where necessary community meetings, business partner meetings for Poultry Development for Resettlement program.Identifying synergies between third parties and linking them to forge productive new relationships.Support market actors in assessing relevant information about market potential and opportunities to improve their businesses.Facilitating market linkages that provide vulnerable groups access to useful secondary services that markets provide when functioning well.Support mother unit and small holder poultry farmers to develop a clear business plan that will accommodate innovative and/or new business approaches.Facilitate access to the required knowledge and skills, so that mother unit and SHPF businesses have the confidence to adopt new practices and have the ability to do so successfully.Facilitate linkages between mother units and financial institution.Support the establishment and strengthening of groups of smallholder poultry farmers to form market-oriented enterprises that enable them to engage more effectively in an emerging market system; train the group on VSLA methodology and other business and financial management. Contribute to effective program reporting, monitoring and evaluation systems for both internal and external use in coordination with the other program staff.Adherence to all MC policies and procedures as outlined in MC policies and procedure manuals;Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission in country of operation;Other duties as assigned.Finance & Compliance Management:Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to programming.Responsible for expenditure tracking of activities carried out in the field Influence & Representation: Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with the community, government, private sector and other stakeholder’s Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets are met.Security: Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.Organizational Learning:  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 toward 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.Accountability Supervisory Responsibility - Business Development AssistantReports Directly To - Deputy Program ManagerWorks Directly With - Finance, Program, MEL, Operations, and support team  

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