Global Thematic Advisor-Markets and Livelihoods


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About Christian Aid

Christian Aid is an international development charity that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty, and for this to happen unequal power relations need to be challenged and changed.

We work in partnership to eradicate extreme poverty; dismantle its root causes across the world, and enable the voice and agency of the poor and marginalised to be fully realised.  We deliver humanitarian assistance, in the wake of disasters and conflict, development programmes and policy, advocacy and campaigns so that poor and marginalised children, women and men, of all faiths and none, can achieve equality, dignity and justice.

This role sits in the Programme Policy, Research and Learning division, a cross-organisational team that supports our national programmes, ensuring that we are delivering strong programmes with a transformational impact on poverty; that we are continually learning from and improving our practice and that and our public policy and influencing work responds to and draws on evidence from our programmes.  In joining us you will have the chance to apply your existing knowledge on inclusive market development (with a particular focus on climate-resilient agriculture and food security), financial inclusion and social protection, and learn from our programme experience, working together with colleagues and partners to influence others based on our practice, and tackle global poverty and inequalities.

About the Role

This role provides thought leadership on markets and livelihoods across Christian Aid.  It does this through providing technical leadership and thematic advisory to enhance the capacity of programmes/ partners and other relevant stakeholders in the organisation and through generating learning and evidence from programme practice; linking this to improving programmes and influencing public policy.  The advisory work includes responsive support, to country programme and fundraising colleagues as they design and deliver programme work on markets and livelihoods; and proactive programme development and fundraising to grow and strengthen the markets and livelihoods portfolio. The post-holder will promote research and learning, through generating evidence from our programme experience and sharing learning internally, through communities of practice and other approaches. The post holder will represent Christian Aid externally in relevant networks to raise the visibility of our work and bring learning from other organizations and networks.

 About you

You will be a passionate advocate for pro-poor market development, you will have deep knowledge of market system and participatory markets approaches, integrated livelihoods and value chain analysis, within international development and humanitarian contexts. You will be familiar with debates and practice on business and human rights, financial inclusion, economic justice and debt relief and social protection; and have extensive practical experience of markets and livelihoods programme design, management and implementation at the country and local level, having had exposure to a range of market and livelihood programmes in different national settings. You will bring a strong understanding of evaluation, programme learning and adaptive programming, and an active interest in programme research. You will have excellent facilitation and communication skills, experience in providing training and technical support and an ability to promote critical thinking and reflection.  You will be a creative, innovative and strategic thinker with an ability to build effective working relationships across organisations, including at a distance. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to influence others, negotiate and develop win-win solutions and excellent interpersonal skills,

Further information

This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based.

Salary & Currency: The Salary and Currency for this role will be aligned to Band C Low of the Country PayScale where the role will be based and will be offered as appropriate based on the ranges shown below:

Role Global Thematic Advisor-Markets and Livelihoods 
Salary Band: C Low    
Country Currency Amount 
Burundi BIF 60,489,727
Ethiopia USD 24,532
India INR – ₨ 1,617,566
Kenya KES 4,520,690
Malawi GBP 25,519
Nicaragua USD 46,724
Nigeria NGN 12,723,525
South Sudan USD 40,986
Zimbabwe GBP 38,695

We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Christian Aid is committed to providing a safe and trusted environment for every person connected to the work we do; and to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour including sexual harassment and exploitation, abuse, and financial misconduct. Any candidate offered a job with Christian Aid is expected to share and demonstrate our values and adhere to Christian Aid’s Safeguarding policy and sign Christian Aid’s Code of Conduct.

You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a generous holiday allowance and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.

Competency questions

As part of your application please answer the following questions.  We are particularly interested in how you used these competencies to support programming in the areas of market-based approaches to climate-resilient agriculture and food security; financial inclusion and social protection:

Building Partnerships : Describe how you worked with others to develop a shared programme of work, where there were different personal or organisational agendas

Deliver Results: Describe a situation where a project you were delivering ran into difficulties? What happened? How did you respond? What did you do to get back on track, and did you need to adjust your overall objectives?

Communicate Effectively : Tell us a time when you communicated a complex technical issue or idea to different audiences, adapting style, media, timing and pace to communicate effectively.

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