Senior Markets and Trade Analyst

organization: Chemonics
deadline: 16 Jan 2018

Chemonics seeks a senior markets and trade analyst to support the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). USAID recently tasked FEWS NET to provide market-based response decision support, including but not limited to assessing the feasibility and potential impacts of food assistance programs (emergency and development) on a given country’s local economy through Congressionally mandated analyses, often referred to as a Bellmon analysis. USAID/FFP is beginning to diversify beyond the direct distribution of in-kind US-sourced commodities toward the use of market-based food assistance response modalities, including but not limited to local and regional commodity procurement (LRP), cash transfers, and food vouchers. These types of programs require up-to-date evidence to support the analysis of the feasibility and appropriateness of different market-based response options, but this contextual information –with the level of detail desired by FFP — is not currently available. FEWS NET seeks a highly qualified and motivated senior markets and trade analyst to lead this aspect of the project. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide technical guidance on market-based response analysis, in response to decision support requests from USAID to inform both development and emergency program design
  • Contribute to building a knowledge base to inform analyses of the appropriateness and feasibility of different response modalities in focus countries. This will include contributing to desk research to understand the markets, humanitarian logistics/supply chain, financial services, and livelihoods context in areas under consideration for market-based response options
  • Supervise and contribute to desk research on the design, strengths, and weaknesses of past market-based response activities implemented in focus countries and their priority sub-national areas
  • Liaise with partner organization to inform desk research and field assessment design, including USAID implementing organizations in focus countries and CaLP, Food Security Cluster Groups, Cash/Voucher working groups, among others
  • Supervise the development of related field assessment tools and agendas
  • Supervise short-term consultants onboarded to support market-based response analysis field research
  • Train field assessment teams to ensure understanding of the assessment tools and consistency across field assessment members
  • Supervise and participate in field assessment (4 – 6 weeks), when possible, given prevailing security conditions
  • Draft sections of FEWS NET deliverables, with guidance from the Home Office Technical team
  • Provide general support to the team to ensure the successful completion deliverables. This may involve making phone calls to set up interviews, data entry, as well as other forms of ad hoc logistics and technical support over the duration of the contract


  • Bachelor’s degree in economics or international development or a related field is required; master degree preferred
  • 4 years of experience conducting market, food security, and response analysis in a developing country setting
  • Familiar with EMMA, RMA, MIFIRA, or other market assessment tool as used in the humanitarian context
  • Provide technical support, guidance and training on issues related to market-based response design, implementation, and analysis
  • Able to manage personnel in remote areas of the world
  • Carry out research and analysis on market-response related topics (i.e. systematization of experiences, lessons learnt, monitoring and evaluation, etc.)
  • Able to work extensively with major donor organizations or research institutions involved in food assistance or food security analysis (e.g., USAID, USDA, WFP, IFPRI, universities).
  • Work daily with international and multidisciplinary team members with minimal supervision
  • Display past professional experience in Sub Saharan Africa and the Middle East is highly desirable (particularly experience related to Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi, and Madagascar)
  • Proficient in English language; additional language fluency is preferred
  • Demonstrate leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of staff across 25 country and regional offices
  • Ability to travel internationally, approximately 30 percent of the time (intensity of travel will vary considerably throughout the year. Peak travel times are the months of June through August)
  • Display a track record of producing high quality written deliverables under tight deadlines

Application Instructions:

Apply through our Career Center by Tuesday January 16, 2018. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply

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