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India: Market Systems and Entrepreneurship Specialist

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Habitat for Humanity
Country: India
Closing date: 19 Jul 2017

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is currently seeking a talented individual for the role of a Market Systems & Entrepreneurship Specialist. The Specialist will support and deliver programming that expands Habitat's work with housing market systems across South India.

The position entails working with market actors, government, low income home owners, external consultants and the regional team. This position will be based in either Chennai,India or Bangalore,India but with significant periods of time in the field and out of the office (app. 1 day per week in the office, 3-4 days going to the field and/or meeting partners).

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supports the housing market systems work in South India, identifying and soliciting initiatives from various market actors in the housing value chain, building relationships and supporting facilitation activities.
  • Provides project management on the delivery of housing market systems mapping, value chain and market research, and facilitation activities with private sector firms.
  • Leads monitoring and evaluation. Ensures data is being captured and analyzed, prepares reports.
  • Liaises with potential partners such as financial institutions, government agencies, construction companies, materials suppliers, etc. Provides technical inputs on various products and services in the housing value chain. Assists in technical/commercial feasibility of various proposals and in structuring agreements with market actors.

Key Requirements:

  • Masters Degree in economics, finance, engineering or related field. MBA is a plus.
  • Five years’ relevant experience in business, social entrepreneurship, international development, housing, finance or similar field with progressively increasing responsibility.
  • Experience in engineering, housing is a plus.
  • Experience with value chain programs and/or other market-based development approaches is a plus.
  • Experience monitoring and evaluating projects is a plus. in project management.


  • Entrepreneurial. Works well in dynamic environments with limited resources.
  • Persuasive. Demonstrates ability to influence others, to work with outside actors and create collaborative projects.
  • Agile. Prioritizes tasks and redirects work effort in response to new opportunities and changes in priorities.
  • Strong inter-personal skills with the ability to develop and manage good relationships between the project, private sector, government and other stakeholders.
  • Quality and results oriented. Demonstrated attention to detail, highly organized and able to coordinate multiple activities simultaneously and within deadline.

Technical Competencies:

  • Technical proposal development: Capacity to write technical proposals for lead firms and/or contracts.
  • Monitoring projects: understands project monitoring and evaluation considerations and adds value to data received to make project improvements. Ability to monitor project implementation and manage project budgets.
  • Communication and presentation skills in English (written and oral).
  • Ability to converse in one or more South Indian languages preferred.


  • Housing Construction/engineering with understanding of affordable housing products, services for low-income groups particularly in disaster prone areas.

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