Consultant - Market System Development & Value Chain Development

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Iraq
Organization: Oxfam
Closing date: 20 Oct 2020

Terms of Reference

Training of Staff on Market System & Value Chain Development

Organization OXFAM

Country Iraq

Project Building Resilient Communities **

Position type Consultancy

Consultancy type Training of OXFAM’s staff on ‘’Market System Development & Value Chain Development’’

Duration TBD as per training course requirement

Reporting to EFSVL & Cash Advisor

Working with EFSVL & Cash Advisor

Application deadline 20 October 2020

Start Date 10 November 2020

INTRODUCTION: OXFAM GB is present in Iraq since 1990 and resumed its activities after ISIS offensive in 2014, Facing this protracted crisis, OXFAM’s vision is to ensure that women, girls, boys and men affected by conflict in Iraq can access appropriate and equitable assistance that meets humanitarian needs and reduces underlying drivers of conflict at all levels. To achieve this vision, OXFAM Iraq is working in four sectors, namely: (1) Providing equitable and safe access to basic water sanitation and hygiene assistance and services; (2) Increasing access to food, emergency and sustainable livelihoods and income; (3) Protecting the civilians and their rights and; (4) Advancing gender justice and women’s rights.

OXFAM works with partner organizations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end the injustices that cause poverty. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them. In humanitarian work, OXFAM specializes in water, sanitation and hygiene, emergency food security, livelihoods and protection.

BACKGROUND: OXFAM’s programme was established in 2014 in response to the ISIS conflict in Iraq. OXFAM has been implementing activities during the past few years around the delivery of 3 main areas: A) Lifesaving humanitarian assistance b) Recovery assistance, and C) Promotion of Women Rights.**

I. Lifesaving humanitarian assistance: to newly displaced populations residing in camps or host communities. The bulk of this work was done around the various governorates of Iraq including Diyala, Salaaddin, Anbar, Kirkuk, Ninewa, and Erbil. Activities included: Multi-purpose cash assistance, food vouchers, Establishment/rehabilitation of safe water (boreholes, repair of infrastructure); Emergency water supply (distribution of water through trucking and bottled water); Setting up water tanks and networks in camps; Distribution of hygiene items; construction of latrines; Cash for Work opportunities inside the camps to allow construction work and solid waste management; and Distribution of emergency winterisation kits.

II. Recovery assistance: to returnees, local host communities and IDPs to recover from the post-conflict and to cope with protracted displacement. The main activities implemented under this area of work included: Rehabilitation of water infrastructure; Supporting local authorities to rehabilitate essential public services (schools and hospitals); Grants to returnees to recover damaged businesses; Provision of livestock to support farmers; Cash for Work opportunities contributing to income for vulnerable families and supporting rehabilitation of infrastructure of public interest (irrigation canals, main roads).

III. Promotion of Women Rights: through contributing to the implementation of the National Plan for 1325 UN Resolution, and economic empowerment of women through provision of training and grants to establish/rehabilitate businesses.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW, OXFAM has thus far implemented many successful livelihoods projects which were focused on economic recovery efforts, included Cash for Work (CfW), support to small business and income generation activities in newly retaken areas of Iraq. Through these projects, OXFAM has been able to support vulnerable communities including IDPs, host communities and returnees through the distribution of unconditional cash, small business grants, mobile income generation projects and cash for work. These interventions have helped build the resilience of target communities as they rebuild their homes, recover livelihoods, restore public infrastructure and restart local economies. OXFAM in Iraq is planning toward a shift in approaches for longer term economic empowerment with focus on market system development approaches.

The strategy on livelihoods and economic development are built upon interventions, like,

1) Expanding financial and technical support for recovery and development of micro-small businesses.

2) Providing businesses development services and growing market linkages.

3) Creating employment opportunities for displaced, returnees and host population.

4) Identification of market systems and sectors with potential to inclusive economic growth.

5) Mapping and establishing linkages with private sector actors, serrvices providers, government institutes, financial institutions etc.

6) Identifying the barriers to marketing, which could, for instance, be related to limited access to information, limited knowledge of laws, lack of finances, presence of cartels etc.

7) Bridging the gap by bringing together these various groups. This will also include providing individual advisory services, assisting financial institutions in marketing the financial services they have available, addressing the barriers to entry to create a more conducive business environment.

8) Providing support to agriculture sector by providing farmers with agriculture inputs, trainings, establishing green houses, supporting agri-businesses, and agriculture value chain development.

9) Diversifying the livelihood options for the poor households through investing in small scale businesses related to livestock, entrepreneurship, and other innovative approaches.


OXFAM aims to work with a team of experts (trainers) from reputable training institute with strong expertise on conducting training on market system development & value chain development. The ultimate objective of the training program is to develop the knowledge, skills and expertise of the staff in assessing, analysing the market systems & value chains to design programs which are market driven. The specific objectives of the study include,

i- Developed assessment and analysis capacities of the staff in market system and value chain development work.

ii- Upgraded skill level of staff in designing of economic recovery & empowerment program which are market driven.

iii- Trained staff are able to conduct detailed market mapping and value chain mapping.

iv- Staff developed the capacities to identify and work with relevant market players in potential market systems.

v- Staff developed clear understanding of linking vulnerabilities, poverty, gender inequalities to market system development.

vi- Understanding of analysing sectors, value chains, markets, actors, and identification of the gaps & constraints in market systems.

vii- Development of interventions which are suitable to context and feasible for target population to take active role.

METHODOLOGY: Applicant needs to provide details on proposed methodology of training (Due to challenges posed by COIVD-19 in conducting physical gathering, virtual training methodology can also be considered in full or partial).


I. Key OXFAM and partner’s staff (approximately 15-20 individauls) are trained in market system and value chain development.

II. Inception report includes, training plan, training methodology, tools to be used.

III. Final training report and certificates to training participants.


Applicant needs to provide the number of days required to conduct full training course on market system and value chain development. **


A reputed organization/institute with proven experience in conducting market system and value chain development training. Some of the key requirements are,

1- At least 8-10 years of experience in training programs with focus on market systems and value chain.

2- An international recognized/certified institute in conducting trainings in specified work.

3- Desirable to have contextual understanding of Middle East.

4- Experience of working in conflict settings.

5- Experience of training diverse set of stakeholders, including government institutes, donor’s representatives, local and international NGOs.

How to apply:

APPLICATION PROCESS: The application process should include the following document,

  • Application letter, covering previous experience and how it is relevant to the proposed assignment.

  • Technical proposal with detailed description of training methodology.

  • Detailed budget covering specific costs related to assignment, i.e. training fee (per group or individual) and other associated cost. (OXFAM will cover the rest of the cost for the training i.e. cost related to training venue, refreshment, travel of the participants and other logistical arrangement in country).

*How to Apply:
As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile. **

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