Market Section Manager at Propcom Mai-karfi

Propcom Mai-karfi, a six-year project working to improve the livelihoods of Nigeria’s rural poor through targeted market initiatives, is seeking high-performing, results-oriented professionals to serve as Research Officers in northern Nigeria. Propcom Mai-karfi aims to increase incomes for 500,000 poor Nigerians, including 50% women, by enhancing employment opportunities and improving productivity in selected agricultural and other rural markets in northern Nigeria.

Job Title: Market Section Manager


  • The Market Section Manager will supervise and lead a market section comprising a number of Intervention / Business Development Managers.
  • The Market Section Manager’s team will oversee interventions in several target markets and identify further opportunities for the programme to pursue.


  • Providing overall strategic direction for the market sector and all interventions within the sector; monitoring and quality assuring all intervention guides and resulting outputs,
  • Identifying new markets based on political economy analysis to contribute to the overall programme strategy and liaising with the senior management team on potential markets,
  • Initiating and managing all market related value chain analyses, ensuring that study designs, contracting, and implementation are done in accordance with set standards,
  • Driving the stakeholder analysis of the selected commodity chains as well as identifying potential agents of change,
  • Overseeing the implementation of select market interventions, ensuring that initiative is taken and setting work plans for these interventions,
  • Identifying and establishing strategic partnerships within the markets and playing a lead role in managing all established partnerships, § Ensuring:
  • administrative guidance is followed for grants, subcontracts, collaboration agreements and general administration; programme budgets and funding requests for the markets being supervised are appropriately managed; security guidelines are followed by all team members who are line managed,
  • Improving the performance of the team through mentoring and coaching,
  • Ensuring strong team work with the Results Measurement team,
  • Contributing to the overall leadership of the programme as a part of the project’s senior management team.


  • A Master’s degree in a related discipline
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • Experience and knowledge of the agricultural sector in northern  Nigeria is a definite advantage
  • Ability to develop well written, cohesive reports
  • Strong skills in business software (Excel, MS Project and PowerPoint)
  • Team management experience
  • Evidence of the ability to form strong partnerships
  • Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English
  • Excellent Hausa speaker with the ability to decipher nuances in communicating across all levels
  • Working knowledge of M4P approach
  • Self-motivated individuals who can work independently with minimal supervision; a strong team player and knowledge sharer
  • Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in and proven experience with networking at private, public and Government levels
  • Experience with and demonstrated ability to build relationships and network with analogous organisations
  • Willing to work for six months with the possibility of an extension subject to performance and extension of the programme
  • A willingness to travel extensively in northern Nigeria

Location: Abuja

Closing Date
Not Specified.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV's (maximum of three pages), full details of your 3 referees and a 1 page covering letter outlining how their skills and competencies match the requirements of the post they are applying for to: Indicate in the subject line of the email which role you are applying for.


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