Habitat For Humanity International Consultant (Associate Director Market Systems) NGO Career in Nairobi, Kenya

Jul 12, 2017

Habitat For Humanity International
A Leading Christian NGO Based in Pretoria

Job title: Consultant - Associate Director Market Systems
Job location: Nairobi, Kenya
Travel: Up to 25% travel within the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Habitat for Humanity International is looking to hire a Consultant as an Associate Director Market Systems. 

Reporting to the Director of TCIS EMEA this position is part of a TCIS EMEA team of experts in market development supporting Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA), with a key focus on advancing housing-related market development activities for the region. 

This position seeks to advance the effectiveness of housing value-chains and the market actors in that sector to better serve the needs of low-income people. 

This role includes a strategy to engage with entrepreneurs, start-ups, and local accelerators to identify and grow the next generation of companies bringing affordable housing solutions to the market.

Duties / Areas of Responsibility
  • Coordinating, developing and instituting strategies to maximize outcomes in the regional market, focusing on consumer demand and regional trends, as well as demand-side and sourcing goods and services.
  • Actively identify the challenges and opportunities present within the affordable housing sector to support low and very low income populations in EMEA.
  • Seek out and pursue new business opportunities to intervene in different components of the housing market system through direct contacts, and prepare project proposals, including establishing project teams and consortia.
  • Lead the design of a portfolio of projects related to housing market development regionally and in support of  Habitat for Humanity organizations in EMEA, including: analyze housing market systems, identify and facilitate contacts with key private sector firms and identify any gap currently existing in low-income housing services provision.
  • Examine public sector organizations, including the regulatory and policy framework that affects the affordable housing market.
  • Analyze qualitative data and write up results for program design.
  • Develop and maintain networks of local housing consultants and associates with skills in housing, private sector development, and monitoring and evaluation; build partnerships with like-minded organizations with complementary skills and interests.
  • Facilitate the development of products or services that exploit a particular niche in the market, and participate and lead product development, pricing, and distribution strategies.
  • Support national organizations in all of the above activities, as well as build their market development capacities.
  • Engage with other internal market systems practitioners and mentors through webinars, peer to peer networking events, learning forums, e-discussions, delivery of case studies; and develop and maintain online tools for potential collaboration.
  • Research and identify opportunities for events, when requested, including topics, attendees and collaborations, and assist with the organization and follow-through.
  • Coordinate regional work with entrepreneur accelerator programs as needed to bring innovation to the affordable housing market.
  • Collaborate with other Habitat for Humanity practitioners and other disciplines to create opportunities to amplify the work of the Center and the private-sector solutions resulting from this initiative.
  • In coordination with the director, support specific programs such as the Ron Terwilliger Fellows, the Market Development Showcase projects, and the Shelter Venture Lab Fund Advisory Services.
  • Collaborate with EMEA Market Systems and RD Department, as well as HQ TCIS, to identify new funds to support market system initiatives and projects.
  • Identify, prioritize, establish and maintain relationships with Funding Partners (Investors, Donors, Corporations, and Banks).
  • Manage a team of subject matter specialists (ECA, AME);
  • Carry out additional responsibilities and projects as assigned by EMEA TCIS Director.
Suitable candidates will need to satisfy the following requirements:
  • 10 or more years of work experience in international development, preferably with an INGO, experience in developing countries is a plus.
  • 5 or more years of professional experience applying development approaches for developing businesses, partnerships and relationship.
  • Experience working as a consultant to the private sector and managing engagements and consulting project teams.
  • Demonstrated private sector experience and knowledge of the role of private sector actors, the functioning of markets and the opportunities for inclusive economic growth for the region of operations.
  • Experience in selecting and coordinating consultant base.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required. Master’s degree or equivalent experience preferred in international development, business administration, or related discipline.
  • Working in the international development field.
  • Working experience in housing value chain analysis or market systems development.
  • Strong commercial, business planning & modelling skills.
  • Strong Excel & MS office skills.
  • Strong evaluation skills.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Organization and planning.
  • Cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Negotiation and partnership development skills.
  • Process facilitation and organizational development skills.
  • Decision making and problem solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team.
How to Apply:
To apply, submit your CV and letter of motivation to emeahr@habitat.org before the closing date, 17th July 2017.
If you have not had any response within a week after the closing date, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.


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