Market Development Officer

United Nations Development Programme, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th March, 2020

Job Description


Climate change, manifesting in the form of intensified cyclones, storm surges, and sea-level rise (SLR), is accelerating saltwater intrusion into the fresh water resources of the coastal belt of Bangladesh. Climate change-induced soil and water salinity is projected to adversely impact freshwater dependent agricultural livelihoods (leading to loss of productivity or livelihoods) as well as the availability and quality of drinking water in the vulnerable coastal communities. Furthermore, given the crucial role that women play in water security and household level resilience, and their socio-economic marginalization, the climate change-induced threat to agricultural livelihoods and drinking water security of the affected coastal communities disproportionately affects women and girls.

Therefore, the key objective of the proposed project is to support the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) in strengthening the adaptive capacities of coastal communities, especially women, to cope with impacts of climate change-induced salinity on their livelihoods and water security. GCF resources will be combined with GoB co-financing to address information, technical, financial and institutional barriers to implementing and managing resilient livelihoods and drinking water solutions for the vulnerable communities in the Southwestern coastal districts of Khulna and Satkhira. An estimated 719,229 people (about 245,516 direct and 473,713 indirect) will benefit from the proposed project interventions.

The proposed project will empower target communities, especially women, as ‘change-agents’ to plan, implement, and manage resilient livelihoods and drinking water solutions. The project will enable those communities to address climate change risks on livelihood and drinking water security to promote synergistic co-benefits. It will enhance the adaptive capacities of these communities in the face of worsening impacts of climate-change induced salinity on their freshwater resources which in turn adversely affect livelihood and drinking water requirements. GCF resources will be invested in promoting a diversification from currently non-adaptive, freshwater-reliant livelihoods of small-scale farmers, fishers, and agro-labourers towards climate-resilient agricultural livelihoods. GoB co-financing is leveraged to support adoption and scale of these alternative, climate-resilient agricultural livelihoods through strengthened value-chains and market linkages for their long-term viability in the face of increasing salinity and extreme weather. The project also utilizes GCF and GoB resources to support investments in and management of climate-resilient drinking water solutions to secure year-round, safe drinking water supplies for the targeted communities. Access to reliable, safe drinking water enables the communities, especially women and girls in targeted households, to invest the resulting time and cost savings and health co-benefits in enhanced livelihoods and income generating and/or educational opportunities. In turn, the enhanced incomes and livelihoods will enable the communities to sustain the investments in the drinking water supply solutions in the long-term. Finally, through investments in institutional capacities, knowledge dissemination and evidence-based learning, the project will enable pathways for replication and scale of project impact to secure livelihoods and drinking water across the vulnerable districts of the southwest coast of Bangladesh. The project yields significant environmental, social (including gender), and economic co-benefits including enhanced integrity of coastal ecosystems and freshwater resources; improved gender norms and women empowerment; and increased income and health benefits, estimated at USD15 million and USD4 million respectively over the project lifetime.

The project contributes towards GoB’s achievement of priorities outlined in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and its climate change strategies. The project objective speaks to the top five key near-term areas of intervention identified by the INDC to address adverse impacts of climate change including: 1) Food security, livelihood and health protection (incl. water security); 2) Comprehensive disaster management, 3) Coastal Zone Management, including Salinity Intrusion control, 4) Flood Control and Erosion protection, 5) Building Climate Resilient Infrastructure. Directly aligned to six of the fourteen broad adaptation actions prioritized by INDC, the project is implementing improved EWS, supporting climate resilient infrastructure, Tropical cyclones and storm surge protection, stress-tolerant variety improvement and cultivation, and Capacity Building at Individual and institutional level to plan and implement adaptation programmes and projects.

The Market Development Officer will work under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Regional Project Manager, the Officer is responsible for the design and implementation of market facilitation strategies and interventions that impact the competitiveness, inclusiveness etc. and enhance networking with stakeholders within the project area.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Market Development Officer will be responsible for all following:

  • Provide technical support in identifying market development opportunities, understanding evolving market trends, conducting targeted research on new /potential market channels, and business models;
  • Closely Work with the concerned staff of the project management unit in particular the adaptive livelihood expert to formulate and design the market development plan and ensure effective implementation of the plan;
  • Support and review the ongoing market development activities as per GCF’s Annual plan and preparing the implementation plan by coordinating with respective department for implementation;
  • Generate ideas on livelihood options, training components, etc. based on the market survey findings and skills in demand in the market;
  • Identifies relevant market actors, assesses end markets, develops value chain maps, identifies constraints, market-based solutions, and incentives to integrate project’s livelihood interventions into value chains and commercial distribution networks;
  • Enable the team to work together so that livelihoods options, value chains, and marketing programs are integrated and provide synergy;
  • Support and assist market development interests at relevant meetings, events, and within resource mobilization or donor-specific peer networks, as it relates to project’s funding streams;
  • Enhance the capacity of project staff to mainstream entrepreneurship and value chain initiatives to inter-sectoral integration and liaise with stakeholders;
  • Develops technical knowledge, capacity and competency of project staff, partner and community leaders;
  • Prepares intervention budgets and monitors operations throughout the project period to ensure adherence to budgetary controls;
  • Support internal and external collaboration and learning to improve and adapt program design;
  • Take part in process documentation, collection and compilation of required information from the entrepreneurs and stakeholders preparing regular report;
  • Prepare regular report (interim, final, donor report and others) and documentation;
  • Ensures the smooth running of activities (objectives achievement, adherence to schedules, etc.), respect and follow the deadline for plans activities.
  • Provides spot coach for capacitating on facilitation, mobilization, leadership, conflict management, result based management and communication skills;
  • Create learning environment among team members through sharing sessions;
  • Maintain close working relationship with the partners, value chain actors, appropriate stakeholders in the government and other relevant stakeholders for smooth delivery of the project;
  • Conduct regular intensive field visit to troubleshoot field problems, monitor project activity progress, and collect data to measure the changes in the different level of the project;
  • Prepare progress reports on a periodic basis and on case to case basis as per requirement of the project and ensure quality documentation;
  • Develop training modules and facilitate different training sessions as need of the program;
  • Any other specific area of responsibilities assigned by the project management;

Required Skills and Experience


  • Minimum Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Economics, Development Studies or any other relevant field;


  • The candidate should possess the following qualification to compete for the announced position:
  • Minimum 5 years working experience in market development related projects preferably with a national/international NGO;
  • Experience in preparation of program budget, expenditure analysis and progress monitoring reports;
  • Ability to effectively communicate with and coordinate activities of multiple partners, including field-based staff and work well under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Formulate new promotional activities and guiding in brand promotional campaigns;
  • Experience working with NGOs and knowledge of the local language will be an added advantage;
  • Experience of UN/UNDP funded project is desirable;

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required;


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