Mid-Level Program Markets Specialist

FHI 360, Washington DC, United States

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
23rd February, 2019

Job Description

Macfadden seeks a Food Security and Markets Specialist to support USAID’s Office Food for Peace (USAID/FFP). USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) Mission is to reduce hunger and malnutrition and ensure that adequate, safe and nutritious food is available, accessible to, and well-utilized by all individuals at all times to support a healthy and productive life. As the world’s largest food assistance donor, the office’s portfolio of food assistance programs includes contributions of in-kind food from the U.S., purchases of food produced locally and/or regionally, cash transfers and food voucher programs. By utilizing these modality tools when and where appropriate, FFP is able to ensure emergency food needs met and that programs support market systems and value chains.

As a member of the FFP Food Security Team (within the Technical, Learning and Planning Division), the Food Security and Markets Specialist will take direction from the FFP Markets Advisor(s). Technical support will focus on ensuring quality in program design and delivery specifically as it relates to response analysis and market-oriented emergency and development programming. The successful candidate will review food security and market assessment information; participate in field assessments; provide tools, guidance, and training to field missions and Washington FFP staff to enhance oversight of market-based programming; and support efforts to incorporate evidence, learning and good practices pertaining to markets-based programming into FFP decision-making processes.

The selected candidate will be a member of the multicultural FFP team working with a variety of clients including FFP global, technical, policy, knowledge management, and program design teams; the customer, technical and implementation partners, USAID Missions, and Regional Offices. Therefore, it is extremely important for the candidate to be a strong team player, have strong client base service orientation, and be sensitive to timely delivery of outputs.

Essential Functions:

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provide emergency food security and markets related technical assistance to FFP/DC, FFP field missions and partners.
  • Keep abreast of trends in Markets issues and apply knowledge to improve FFP’s food assistance, food security and the underlying causes of hunger.
  • Design and co-facilitate Markets workshops, training and learning events for both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Update and manage Markets related information systems.
  • Support technical review of emergency food security concept notes, applications and other documents as needed.
  • Support Food Security and Markets Team’s efforts to develop emergency response analysis guidance, including technical oversight of the International Emergency Food Security Annual Program Statement.
  • Conduct market assessments, desk reviews and ad hoc analyses.
  • Conduct literature review and support FFP engagement with other entities involved in related research such as academic institutions, independent research centers, and humanitarian partnership organizations.


  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as economics, business, international development or related field.
  • 6+ years (for Master’s degree) or 8+ years (for Bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible, professional-level experience related to humanitarian assistance with a strong preference for emergency food security and market-based programming.


  • Demonstrated experience with food security and market assessments, as well as response analysis frameworks. Familiarity with EMMA, PCMA, MAG, MARKit, RAM, MISMA and/or other relevant tools would be beneficial.
  • In-depth familiarity with emergency food security frameworks inclusive of monitoring and evaluation concepts and indicators.
  • Knowledge of standard operating procedures and policies for cash-based and market-based programming.
  • Familiarity with emerging trends with digital payments systems and related innovations.
  • Preference for knowledge of the humanitarian program cycle, humanitarian coordination frameworks, general humanitarian funding landscape and food assistance.
  • Knowledge of project design process.
  • Experience working with UN, NGOs, Donors, Private Sector and/or local partner organizations.
  • Experience with development of training materials, capacity building, and other means of increasing institutional knowledge.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to provide accurate reporting.
  • Knowledge of French, Arabic, Spanish or other languages is desirable.


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