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Economic Development – Market Systems Development

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Work type: Permanent
Location: VIC - Metro
Categories: Transformational Development, Technical Specialists

As part of a dynamic team focused on social entrepreneurship and economic development, this role is responsible for providing high quality technical advice to World Vision Australia’s growing portfolio in Market Systems Development programming.

Working together and within the SEED team, the role will support the design of concept notes and program designs for World Vision Australia (WVA) supported projects and provide subject-matter technical support to National Offices (NOs) during the implementation and evaluation of these projects.


The Opportunity to Make a Difference:

This role will join the SEED team as it moves to scale up and evolve WVA’s key approach to livelihoods by leveraging the organisations extensive history in value chain development (Local Value Chain Development) and further develop the portfolio in the area of market systems development (including M4P approaches). 

The role will also contribute market and value chain expertise to World Vision International’s (WVI) Resilience and Livelihoods Community of Practice (R&L CoP) and the integration of such interventions within the R&L global strategy.


A day in the life of WVA’s Economic Development – Market Systems Development includes:

The Economic Development Advisor – Market Systems Development will undertake tasks such as the following:

  • Provide market systems/value chain development technical advice in the preparation of WVA Concept Notes for funding and design documents with market-based development objectives, drawing on existing approaches (e.g. the Local Value Chain Development project model (LVCD) and micro franchising), evolving emerging approaches (market systems development or M4P), and/or initiating new evidence-based solutions
  • Support the development of inclusive approaches to market systems/value chain development, including promoting pro-poor and Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) outcomes;
  • Support market systems/value chain development capacity building needs of National Office’s (NO’s) project implementation teams through designing and delivering training courses (face to face and on-line) and project management tools.
  • Provide market systems/value chain development technical input to WVA teams working on grants acquisition, business development, program management, evidence and learning, advocacy and communications.
  • Undertake ongoing research on prevailing practices in market systems and value chain development and insights from WV projects, and use findings to inform programming evolution e.g. utilising MSD principles within the Ultra-Poor Graduation Model developed by BRAC; applying MSD in fragile contexts;
  • Taking World Vision forward as the NGO partner of choice in Market Systems Programming – contributing to thought leadership and pre-positioning with donors, partners and peers for future programming opportunities.
  • Liaise with WVI’s Global Livelihoods team and integrate market systems development within the global strategy as a technical expert.
  • Support the development of approaches that help to identify suitable market actors within the system that we could link with other WV programs applying innovative social finance mechanisms to further scale impact.


Who are you?

  • Relevant tertiary degree in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Development Studies or similar
  • Extensive knowledge of local economic development, particularly market systems development (MSD/M4P), value chain development, private sector development and entrepreneurship in the international development context
  • Hands on experience utilising the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) Standard for Results Measurement in market systems or value chain programs
  • Ability to analyse local economies and diagnose appropriate and practical solutions to facilitate inclusive, pro-poor growth in agricultural value chains and market systems (MSD/M4P)
  • Ability to identify social, cultural, behavioural barriers to local economic development and recommend interventions to bring desired change
  • Ability to see opportunities and contribute to practical economic development program designs, including community based and led programs
  • Ability to understand and apply community development, social development, behaviour change principles into programs
  • Core skills in design, monitoring and evaluation in economic development programs
  • Ability to undertake research and economic analysis, analyse findings and make use of information in practical ways (e.g. market assessments, value chain assessments).
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a large range of diverse international stakeholders through many communication mediums

What you need to know

This role is a permanent position operating in a full-time capacity and will be based at our head office in Burwood East, Victoria. This role requires occasional Domestic and International travels.

Why Should You Apply?

  • We collaborate in a high performing and professional culture, committed to one common goal; the fight against global poverty, its causes and making a real difference in the world
  • We build brighter futures for vulnerable children and seeking to empower the world's poorest people.
  • Our people have access to professional development programs that include on-the-job learning, e-learning, workshops, forums, leadership development and internal mobility
  • Competitive salary and flexible salary packaging scheme

Why World Vision?

World Vision is a worldwide community development organisation that provides short-term and long-term assistance to 100 million people worldwide (including 2.4 million children).

We have more than 45,000 staff members working in 96 countries. For six decades, World Vision has been engaging people to work towards eliminating poverty and its causes.

Our vision for every child: Life in all its fullness. Our prayer for every heart: the will to make it so

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World Vision Australia is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation that is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and communities by tackling the causes of poverty. We are dedicated to increasing opportunities for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in line with our Reconciliation Action Plan


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